Tan Fang Chin 陈方敬 (MEM130156) ~ 02/05/2017
Iskandar Afiq Bin Abd Nasir (MEM130058) ~ 02/05/2017
I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to join Silent Mentor Program. I feel so blessed to get a teacher who was willingly to donate her body just for the sake of our future. This program not only taught me
about medical skills and procedures, it is far more than that. It is about empathy, sacrifice and love. Every time I cleaned up my teacher, I would clean it up as clean as possible. Every time I did suture on her, I would make it as perfect as possible. The
unconditional love she has given is priceless. The toughest time was to say goodbye to our Silent Mentors. She did not only teach us to become a better future doctor, but better human being as a whole. I would like to say thank you to my Silent Mentor, Madam
Pok Lam Kiow and her family for everything. Not to forget Mr. Sia and other committees for making this program a success. Thank you.
Chen Xi 江晨曦 (MEM120063) ~ 02/05/2017
Binti Zulkifli (MEM130126) ~ 02/05/2017
I think Silent Mentor is a very inspiring and beneficial program. It does not only improve my clinical skills but also teach me compassion
and respect. Apart from that, it also shows us that there is no border in humanity. It unites us no matter what race or religious we are in. I am forever grateful to all the teachers.
Low Qiong Cong (MEM120080) ~ 02/05/2017
Ang Bin Ting 洪斌庭 (MEM130010) ~ 02/05/2017
into the Silent Mentor Program, here I was thinking it would just be a walk in the park, a good practical session to hone our skills. After registering, it was a whole different ball game. It was a normal day when we received the message of “Your teacher
has just passed away, please gather at 5pm”. Right after class, we went straight to the mortuary and received our mentor’s body. It was then we felt the gravity of the situation. While cleaning the body, I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders
- the responsibility that comes with it. I do find it insulting the way some of my peers were joking and laughing during the session.
Going for the home visit, it was the time where
we felt the overwhelming pressure of the responsibility of participating. I cannot begin to imagine the pain the family has to go through telling us her life story, her history, likes and dislikes. I am sure that it would bring up so many memories, and I can
feel that we are opening old wounds. When we left, these words were carved right into my mind, “From now on, my mother is in your hands”. That struck a blow harder than anything. It was then I started to notice that it was not just a practical,
but the dying wish of a person to benefit the world, to make the world a better place. And so the journey begins.
The program went by, cleaning the bodies every morning. The Initiation
Ceremony was especially heart breaking. It was my mentor but the moment a child ran over to see his grandmother and then noticing that grandma wasn’t waking up. The horror on the child’s face & tears from the family members. So much emotions
and I can’t help but having tears trickle down non-stop. The workshop was useful and I believe that I have learnt a lot. During the Sending-off Ceremony, I had the privileged to be by the coffin and send-off my mentor. The amount of gratitude is undescribable
and words would fail me as it was an unforgettable experience. From now on, every cut, every suture, every procedure I do on my patients, I shall always remember the skills that my mentor has taught me.
Ng Yun Hui 黄韵惠 (MEM120120) ~ 02/05/2017
Tee Wei Jie (MEM120192) ~ 02/05/2017
Traditionally, learning medicine is through viewing pictures in text books akin to learning culinary skills by looking at recipes. No matter how
many times one memorizes the recipe, without physically touching the ingredients a cook can never satisfy customers' palate. In medicine, a lack of practice in a real person would not just end with a disappointed customer but lead to failure to save someone's
The Silent Mentor Program has lead to a paradigm shift in our medical curriculum. We are deeply privileged to have the unprecedented chance to learn invasive procedures in a real
person which in the near future could potentially help save lives.
Besides, traditionally physician only enquires about a patients' disease or condition. Rarely, a physician will get
to know a patient very well, unless a few patients whose unique condition requires repeated visits and long term follow-ups. Through this program, we get to know about our mentor and their family members deeply and thoroughly through home visits and interview.
This has made us more empathetic to the loss suffered by the family as well as training us to be a more caring doctor. We have learnt the essence of "treating the patient not the disease" in a way.
All in all, the Silent Mentor Program has been a remarkable experience for all the students that were fortunate enough to participate in it. It has taught us lessons no book can provide. I hope that in the near future, more students are allowed to participate
and in doing so cherish it's essence.
Christine Koay Swee Zhu (MEM130029) ~ 02/05/2017
Brian Tay Cheong Yang (MEM130015) ~ 02/05/2017
Silent Mentor Program has been a great journey for me. It taught me more than just being a skill oriented doctor, but to also be compassionate to all our patients. Although hands-on remains the mainstay in saving lives but nothing beats the importance of getting
to know your patients and building a good rapport with them. With this, we are able to gain patients' trust. I got to learn these two core knowledge, empathy and sympathy through this Silent Mentor Program. I have never regretted joining this program and I
would like to express my utmost gratitude to my Silent Mentor Mr. Lau Kum Sing and his family members for willingly contributing to our learning experience. It takes more than just courage alone to pledge as a Silent Mentor. Hopefully with this effort of yours,
it will help us, healthcare providers to treat the person rather than just the disease alone. Thank you, my Silent Mentor.