TWO UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH STUDENTS FACE CHARGES FOR ABUSE OF MEDICAL CADAVER
I remember having to take anatomy class back in the nether times of my youth. Quite frankly, it was mostly boring. Who likes memorizing a seemingly endless list of technical body part names? Especially when the subject material is also boring. Bad illustrations from a book that made watching paint dry interesting in comparison were no help at all. And, I didn’t even have one of those funky hanging artificial skeletons to identify with. There was nothing interesting or real at all. But some students are luckier than others and have better classes to engage the source material. Some even get access to a medical cadaver! It doesn’t get more real than that. But that can create other problems. Like, the two Pitt students who now face charges of abusing their medical cadaver.
WITHOUT ENOUGH OVERSIGHT, IMMATURITY AND A MEDICAL CADAVER ARE A BAD COMBINATION
Pittsburgh University receives about 80 medical cadavers for their students to use every year from the state non-profit Human Gifts Registry. That represents a pretty amazing resource for students to use to learn all about the human system. So young adult learners from basic anatomy class all the way to med school have what they need to increase their knowledge. I’ve never had access to a medical cadaver, and can only think of them as spooky and strange. We are talking about dead human bodies, after all. But we’re also talking about kids. And when kids act like kids there’s usually trouble. And two Pitt students acted like stupid kids with the medical cadaver they had access to, which is a bad look for them, and even worse for the school.
STUDENTS FACE HEARINGS NEXT MONTH FOR ABUSE OF NOT ONE, BUT TWO MEDICAL CADAVERS
Both Pitt students have been charged with one misdemeanor count each and will face a hearing next month for mistreating a cadaver in their anatomy class. Pitt, of course, says that they have strong oversight in place to prevent such thing from happening. Yet this happened anyway. And, well, it wasn’t the two students even abusing the same body. It was the two students abusing a different body separately. The issue arose when other students complained of how the two made inappropriate sexual comments about the bodies, and touched them inappropriately in class.
The University now says that they will “review opportunities” to make their strong oversight stronger. That’s a good idea.