ECU Criticized For Ferret Use In Medical Training

10:35 AM, Nov 15, 2011   |    comments
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Greenville, NC -- A nonprofit physicians' group is criticizing East Carolina University for using ferrets to train pediatric residents at the medical school on how to insert a breathing tube.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says it's not necessary to use ferrets. The Washington, D.C.-based group says students at the Brody School of Medicine could use simulators, which are mannequin-like medical devices.

East Carolina's Dr. James Cummings says the ferrets are unconscious during the procedure. He says a research committee that oversees Brody's use of animals agrees that ferrets are a superior training method.

A survey conducted by the physicians' committee shows only 10 of 185 pediatric residency programs in the country use animals for the training. Brody is the only one in North Carolina.

AP

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