MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine set a campaign in motion asking Morristown Medical Center to stop using live dogs to train residents at the hospital. The group criticized Morristown Medical Center for performing procedural skills on live dogs; which in the end were killed. The group asked the community to join their efforts to put an end to this practice by emailing President Trish O'Keefe.
The public outcry was successful. On Thursday afternoon, Morristown Medical Center, in a statement to the public stated that the hospital will change the training for emergency physicians. The hospital stated "the use of animals is not essential for the training of emergency-medicine physicians."
"As such, Morristown Medical Center will begin using either simulators or cadavers for this specialized, annual training", stated Elaine Andrecovich, a spokesman for the hospital. "As we have said from the beginning, training our physicians and staff to provide the highest-quality care for our patients is our priority and responsibility. We will continue to ensure that our emergency residents are able to safely and proficiently perform life-saving procedures".