Advances in Medical Education With Henry Heimlich, M.D. (1997)
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
This resource video looks at Harvard Medical School's clinically-based alternative to the traditional physiology "dog lab" for training medical students. The students now take part in an operating room practicum and observe actual human cardiac bypass surgery rather than watching the effects of various drugs on anesthetized animals. World-renowned medical innovator, Henry Heimlich, M.D. narrates this inside look at one medical school's live animal lab alternative. The film includes interviews with the Harvard professor who designed the course, the student whose concerns prompted this change in Harvard's medical education program, and prominent surgeons and other physicians, who discuss the use of animals and non-animal methods for training in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery. Produced primarily for an audience of medical students and medical faculty, this film offers an examination and discussion of the ethics and effectiveness of live animal laboratories in medical education.
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