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Ask Baystate Medical Center to End the Use of Live Animals in Trauma Training Courses

Please take a minute to ask Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Keroack, M.D., M.P.H., and Baystate Medical Center president Nancy Shendell-Falik, R.N., M.A., to immediately replace the use of live pigs in the hospital’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of live animals in your ATLS courses with simulators and other human-relevant training methods.
  • Currently, 99 percent of ATLS courses (274 of 276 programs) in the United States and Canada teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • Every other ATLS program in Massachusetts uses human-based methods for trauma training—including Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Massachusetts—Baystate is the only one of seven to continue using animals.
  • The American College of Surgeons endorses simulation to replace animal use for ATLS training.
  • In 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in ATLS courses in favor of human-relevant medical simulation.


  • Mark Keroack, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Nancy Shendell-Falik, R.N., M.A.

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