People’s need to document everything with a selfie is so common that we’ve gotten used to it. But, sometimes it still manages to be surprising, bizarre and inappropriate. Graduate dental school students and a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor recently took a selfie just like this. It shows them with two severed heads used for medical research at Yale University.
As The Guardian writes, the selfie was taken in June 2017 at the Yale School of Medicine. It happened during a workshop about dental-related facial deformities. The Associated Press got a photo from a person who received it in a group chat. Both this person and the one behind the selfie require anonymity because they fear they could get expelled.
Reportedly, the photo shows Dr. Flavio Uribe and several graduate students. The professor and some of the students are looking at the camera, and the others are working. Everyone has a surgical mask, and there are “two severed heads on tables, facing up.” Uribe is an assistant professor and orthodontics program director at UConn Health, as well as a visiting associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine.
According to Uribe, it wasn’t intentional that the heads were captured in the selfie. He told the AP that someone took a photo during the workshop and “it was so quick.” He adds that he “wasn’t sure of the surroundings or scenery at that point.”
Yale spokesman Thomas Conroy said that every entrance to the laboratory has a clear sign that photography is forbidden. By taking the selfie, the students broke the rule, and both Yale and UConn Health have reportedly taken the steps to prevent this from happening again. Conroy adds that this selfie-taking episode is “disturbing and inexcusable deviation from anything Yale would expect to occur.”
Furthermore, Conroy claims that the heads in the selfie were not donated to Yale and it remains unclear how they were obtained. He also adds that the workshop was not a part of Yale’s anatomy program.
The selfie isn’t just a violation of Yale’s no-photo policy. It’s also violating the ethical standards. Not to mention it’s bizarre and inappropriate. In today’s world, people see almost any situation as selfie-worthy. But certain limits must exist, and I believe taking a selfie during a medical training is a bit over the top on its own, even without the severed heads.