U of Connecticut dental students, professor under fire for taking selfie with severed heads at workshop

Storrs-based University of Connecticut dental students and orthodontic professor Flavio Uribe, DDS, are facing backlash after taking a selfie with two severed heads at a training workshop, according to the Hartford Courant.

Here's what you need to know:

1. Students took the selfie during the 2017 DePuy Synthes Future Leaders Workshop, which was held at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. The workshop focuses on dental-related facial deformities with the severed heads designed to be used for medical research.

2. In the selfie, obtained by the Associated Press, Dr. Uribe and an assistant professor from Yale are seen with several graduate dental students in front of other students who are working with the severed heads. Everyone in the photo is wearing surgical masks.

3. Dr. Uribe said he was teaching the students how to place a screw in the cadaver heads when one student decided to snap a photo.

4. Yale and UConn Health officials noted the universities have taken steps to ensure this type of incident does not occur again. Officials are taking steps to improve oversight at similar training events and requiring participants sign an ethical standards of conduct agreement.

5. Dr. Uribe has never been disciplined by UConn. The workshop was not part of Yale's anatomy program and the severed heads were not donated to Yale. It is unclear how the heads were obtained.

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