The University of Malta has condemned medical students who filmed their classmates singing ‘We Are The World’ prior to a body dissection class and posted the video to Instagram.
“The University of Malta prides itself to be one of the few universities which has fully functional dissection laboratories for anatomical studies and medical research,” the UoM said in a statement. “Anatomical studies are vital both for undergraduate and postgraduate studies for medical students and health care professionals.”
“There is an established legal process where people voluntarily donate their bodies for medical studies. The University has full respect for such a noble selfless deed. In fact, just one year ago a memorial was set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first body donation to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.”
“In view of this, the University of Malta deplores and condemns the immature behaviour of some medical students who decided to use social media in order to post videos of their anatomy dissection lesson accompanied by inappropriate comments. Immediate action was taken by the Faculty. The University does not tolerate such highly unethical and disrespectful behaviour.”
The medical students were encouraged to sing prior to the dissection in an attempt to calm their nerves ahead of watching their professor cut up the cadaver, but several people have warned their behaviour amounted to disrespect towards the cadaver.
The University Students’ Council (KSU) and the Malta Medical Students Association (MMSA) have both condemned the way the video was posted to Instagram.