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Tell Johns Hopkins University: Stop Using Animals for Medical Training

Please take a minute to ask Johns Hopkins University vice dean for education Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., to immediately replace the use of pigs in the school’s medical student surgery clerkship. Johns Hopkins is one of only two medical schools in the United States and Canada (out of 188 schools) continuing to use animals to teach surgical skills to students.

Dr. Ziegelstein has told the Johns Hopkins student newspaper that this animal use provides students with "an appreciation for the sanctity of life." But students would garner a greater appreciation for life if the university would make the compassionate—and educationally superior—choice that nearly every one of its peers has made: switching to human-relevant medical simulation for surgical skills training.

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