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While Hopkins officials maintained the remaining four-session surgical training course that used anesthetized swine was popular among third and fourth year students, they said it was no longer essential to train “the best doctors in the world.”

“The latest task force to examine the pros and the cons and the ethics decided that the bar has to be pretty high to justify doing this,” said Audrey Huang, a Hopkins spokeswoman. “While students were huge fans of the course it felt like it wasn’t absolutely necessary.”

The move leaves the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as the last holdout among medical schools in the United States and Canada, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an animal rights group that has waged a decade-long battle to stop the use of animals in training.

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