Unique Workshop To Replace Animals In Training Classes At Christian Medical College And Other Colleges Is A PETA Project

For Immediate Release

19 January 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Landmark Programme Trains Instructors in Use of Modern, Humane Teaching Tools

Ludhiana – This month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is sponsoring a series of free continuing medical education workshops on alternatives to the use of animals in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programmes at numerous Indian medical colleges. The series is the first of its kind in India and will be held at Christian Medical College in Ludhiana on 20 January. The series was developed after the adoption of a policy by the Medical Council of India in 2009 that cleared the way for medical schools to end all use of animals in MBBS training. Other schools presenting the professional advancement workshops include All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, St John’s Medical College in Bangalore and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Pondicherry.

“By relegating the use of animals in training to the history books, India’s medical colleges will ensure that students are given the most modern educational tools available”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “Students across the country can now learn life-saving techniques without participating in cruel classroom exercises that defy the physicians’ Hippocratic Oath to help, heal and save lives.”

In the US, non-animal medical training curricula have already been adopted in 95 per cent of programmes and are 100 per cent in use in Canada and the UK. Institutions in these countries provide students with the latest training methods, including human-patient simulators, supervised clinical practice and interactive computer-aided teaching models. Non-animal training methods have repeatedly proved to be superior to those that use animals.

The workshop in Ludhiana will feature presentations and demonstrations  by leading medical experts, including  John Pawlowski, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School (US); Dinesh Kumar Badyal, MD, Christian Medical College (Ludhiana, India)  and Mohammad Akbarsha, PhD, Bharathidasan University (Tiruchirappalli, India).
The workshop will be held on 20 January from 8 am to 5:00 pm at Guy Constable Auditorium, Christian Medical College. Media may attend anytime during the event; however, the speakers will answer media queries between 5:00 and 6 pm.

Additional information about the workshops, a photograph of a human patient simulator that can be used instead of animals and the program schedule are available from PETA upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.