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Hospital Ends Emergency Medicine Resident Training on Live Dogs

By Residency Program Insider  
   September 13, 2017

A non-profit organizations had planned on erecting billboards protesting the practice.

This article was originally published in Residency Program Insider, August 25, 2017.

Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital has ended its involvement with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) after coming under fire for a training program in which emergency medicine residents are taught a number of procedures on live dogs.

Cleveland Clinic had planned to end the portion of training in which residents traveled to NEOMED by the end of the year but expedited its plans. It is looking into alternative training opportunities.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit organizations representing 12,000 physicians, had planned on erecting billboards protesting the practice in which residents were taught procedures at NEOMED on live dogs, such as inserting catheters and breathing tube, placing chest tubes, and inserting needles into chest cavities to drain fluids. The dogs would be euthanized following the training sessions.


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