Join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to stop the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga's (UTCOM Chattanooga) use of live animals for emergency medicine resident training and in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses.
Please meet us on the sidewalk at the intersection of East 3rd Street and Wiehl Street, in front of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (GPS users, plug in this address: 960 E 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403).
Signs will be provided! This event will be held rain or shine. Please use nearby public parking.
At UTCOM Chattanooga, trainees are instructed to cut into live pigs to practice emergency medical procedures. If the animals survive the invasive procedures, they are killed following the training session. Meanwhile, more than 92 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residencies (196 of 212) in the United States and Canada use only nonanimal training methods. In addition, 99 percent of surveyed ATLS courses in the United States and Canada (307 of 309) use only human-relevant training methods. Finally, the American Heart Association, which accredits PALS courses, has stated that it "does not endorse the use of live animals for PALS training."
Help us modernize medical training at the UTCOM Chattanooga!
We hope to see you at the demonstration. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Christine at CKauffman@pcrm.org.