The new Barts Medical School in Gozo took another step towards completion this week with the launch of a world-class anatomy centre in which students will get to study body parts up close.
The anatomy centre, located within the Gozo General Hospital, includes a laboratory, specialised areas for dissections and embalming, and facilities for showing clinical images, videos of surgical procedures and specialised computer imaging.
Here’s a collection of photos of the new anatomy centre
Speaking about the project today, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat focused on the multicultural diversity of the 60 or so students Barts has attracted to Gozo so far.
“Some students are British but chose to study in Malta instead of the UK, but others hail from places as diverse as Canada, Nigeria and Taiwan,” he sad. “A cosmopolitan and culturally diverse group of students is forming in Gozo, which is incredible.”
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Health Minister Chris Fearne inaugurate the anatomy centre
The initial announcement that Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry was going to open a branch in Gozo was announced in March 2014, back when Godfrey Farrugia was still Health Minister.
The government initially entrusted the construction of the medical school to Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) as part of a major deal which saw VGH take control over the St Luke’s, Karin Grech and Gozo hospitals. However, VGH ran into serious financial difficulties and ended up selling its contract to US health giant Steward Healthcare.
Addressing the launch of the anatomy centre last week, Barts vice principal Prof. Steve Thornton said the medical school will open at the Gozo Hospital in spring next year and that its facilities will allow for the development of a strong medical community on the tiny island.