22nd Silent Mentor Workshop 17-22/04/2018
Steven Toh (IMU_22025)
Silent Mentor Program provides a golden opportunity for medical students to enhance their surgical skills by working with real human bodies. It allowed me to experience the
spirit of total selflessness by our beloved Silent Mentors, which I would strive to embody in my career as a doctor in the future. I would recommend every aspiring medical student or practitioner to grab this opportunity and participate fully in the program.
William Lim Jia Hao (IMU_22179)
Words simply cannot express the gratitude for being given the opportunity to participate in the Silent Mentor program. This program truly shed light to the
life of patients and allow medical students to understand the human side which is imperative to cultivate the sense of empathy and humility to doctor. This program have had enlightened me and broaden the horizon of my view on medicine. I was given the chance
to watch and learn from doctor performing surgical procedure and to do suturing with guidance from the training doctors. I am grateful to the Silent Mentor and their sacrifice could never be repaid. Thank you very much Mr. Teh and family for imparting the
greatest lesson of all which to treat other how you wanted to be treated which is with respect and dignity.
Fathimath Zaha Ikram (Monash_28610652)
I first heard about the Silent Mentor
Program from one of my seniors. When she described the program, it felt like an amazing opportunity to learn. Little did I know that the connection that we would have with our Silent Mentors would be so strong. Getting to know our mentors through their family
allowed us to be more empathetic, respectful and appreciate them through every procedure performed. During the first day of the workshop, it was hard to fathom the fact that my mentor had ever so selflessly donated his body to help us learn and visualize more
than what we can from our books. Throughout the whole program, there were so many emotions that could not be expressed through words. We will never forget our mentors and feel truly grateful for our mentors and their families for giving us this incredible
opportunity to practice our medical skills and teaching us to be empathetic and compassionate.
Nor Hazira Binti Hishamuddin (IMU_20360)
Silent Mentor program was one of the programs
that I still get attached too emotionally even though the program was already over. It was an amazing memory for me. Get to know about my Silent Mentor, his family and making new friends from other universities. This program is entirely different from the
traditional education whereby the students regain surgical skills by facing the cold anonymous cadaveric models with unmindful and un-empathetic manner or only through mannequins thus limit our experience with real life situation in the future as doctors.
Through this program, I was not only acquired surgical skills but also included the caring and compassionate approach to the Silent Mentor by closing all the wounds carefully, dressing them with undivided dignity, paying my last respect to them and interact
with the family members. If I am given an opportunity to join this program again, I’ll definitely up for it. I realise from this program, other than broaden my knowledge in medical and surgical skills, I definitely improved on my empathetic skills and
this program did open my eyes to new events that I have never experience before.
Ravitha A/P Ravi (MEM130140)
The Silent Mentor Program has definitely taught me many new things that
cannot be found in books. Throughout these 7 days of workshop, I learnt the value of selflessness, patience, empathy and most importantly love. Our Silent Mentors have never met us. Yet, they chose to donate their body for us to learn from them. The sacrifices
they made somehow had influenced me to treat patient like my own family members and also contribute to the community in the future, just like our Silent Mentors did. Thank you my dearest Silent Mentors. May you find peace in the after-life. You will be always
Chua Chia Ean (MEM140026)
From the day when I first received our Silent Mentor’s body, I thought that Silent Mentor Workshop would just be like another anatomy dissection
or autopsy class that I had gone through previously. Soon after that, we had the home visit session which we got to know our mentor’s life from the very beginning to the end. Then we had a one week workshop with our mentor. Every morning, we had to bath
our mentor. We also had the opportunity to learn knowledge that we can never easily get in the textbook and practice some skills that we can rarely perform in the real patients. Among all, the most important lesson learned is the selfless love which is demonstrated
by the mentor. It takes a lot of sacrifices for a Silent Mentor to donate his/her body after passing away for the medical students and doctors to learn and become more competent.
Thank you our Silent Mentors for inspiring
us to become a better doctor in the future and also for being the greatest teachers in our life!
Muhammad Fauzan Bin Redzuan (MEM140064)
A teacher is a person who can give hope, ignites
imagination, and instil love on knowledge. But Mr. Teh is a mentor who instils passion in giving and helping others which is more crucial as a doctor. Apart from learning medical based knowledge, Mr. Teh silently giving a strong message for us to be more selfless
and willingly to sacrifice for the benefit of others. I am truly touched on how he dedicated his life to help person who is in need without hoping for reward. This Silent Mentor program should be expand to nationwide to give opportunity to other medical students
to gain and to feel the un-describable experience that I have gone through for the past one week. It was truly amazing! Lastly, I would like to thank to my Silent Mentor Mr. Teh and may you rest in peace.
Lim Wan Ting (MEM140049)
“捧着一颗心来，不带半根草去”，表达了郑老师无私奉献的高尚精神。也因如此，我才可以学到许多课堂上学不到的知识和技能，让我受益不浅。他从不在乎我们的失误，而是默默地承受我们割的每一刀，缝的每一线。每当我看到他身上的伤痕，我都替他难过，并在心里想，他需要多大的勇气和无私奉献的精神才能将自己的身体捐献出来。 此外，我也很感恩他的家人一直非常支持这项计划。 当我看到他的家人在伤心地流泪时，我的心也在流泪。我感受到了他们的不舍，但他们还是愿意完成郑老师的遗愿，把他的身体捐献出来给我们学习。这也需要相当大的勇气和决心。
Aina Salihah Binti Shahruniza (MEM140012)
first I had my doubts before joining this program. I was only exposed to it once during my first year when a lecturer mentioned it. I eventually sign up after my senior said this is an opportunity I cannot miss.
I had my preconceptions. I wondered why we must do the home visits and the slides and all. Why do we have to do it? In the end, when the program ends, only did I understood. This program is designed as such that even though I have never met my mentor, I feel
as if I had known him forever. I can remember his hobbies and his virtues and his life journey. When I finally send him off to his final journey, it feels as if I am sending off my own kin.
All surgical experiences
aside, the more valuable experience that I had gain is new found friendship. With the friends that I have made during this program with the family members. Even though I don't speak a single mandarin word and the family members don't really speak English,
we can still communicate through the common language of love for Mr. Teh. I learn about the burial customs of different beliefs and how all of us face our final destination in the same yet different ways.
I think the
most important thing that I learn during this program is that life is temporary. When I die, what do I want to leave behind? I hope it's something great, just like our Silent Mentors.
Adrian Lee Yen Xian (MEM140124)
The Silent Mentor Programme was one in which participants learn and practice surgical skills on donors, who had donated their bodies upon passing for this exact purpose. It was with this I participated in the workshop, believing
that I would be able to learn such skills. However, what I took away from the workshop was not just surgical skills, but a whole dimension and perspective to the life.
It was understood, and in fact, stressed upon
that the “patients” upon which we learn our skills are not merely “bodies” to cut up, but “people”. The mentors were not to be treated as a mannequin, but as though they were still alive. Initially, I had my doubts, but
as the program progresses, starting with the home visit, I have gained an insight into the lives of the mentors. I learned their stories, not just of their medical conditions, but also of their lives. Their occupations, hobbies, personalities, even their outlook
on life especially their approach to death. In the span of one hour, the mentor whom had arrived at the Silent Mentor Centre became more than a body. It had become an entire person.
It was not just the lives of the
mentors themselves into which I gained an insight, but also the family members. I have seen the pain in the eyes of the family members, at their loss, and especially when they have to bear the pain of the memories upon our questioning. They were unable to
lay not just their loved ones at rest, but also the memories of their lives. Their remarkable strength and willingness to bear the pain for the benefit of medical research and learning touched me, and gave me a new found perspective into the concept of sacrifice.
So in honour of the love demonstrated by the mentors in their willingness to donate their bodies, and in honour of the strength of spirit of the family members who endured much pain in the face of this sacrifice, I thank the
Silent Mentors and especially their family members, for the sacrifice of their bodies, for the sacrifice of their pain.
Chong Kai Ning 张凯宁 (MEM140022)
Hamizah Binti Hashim (MEM140033)
Generosity is the practical expression of love. Our beloved Silent Mentors have shown us their
greatest love by giving us the opportunity to learn from them. Although we never meet them, they are very special because they can be our teachers without even speaking to us. I am touched by their generosity and sacrifice which I will never forget. Thank
you Silent Mentors for your contribution to the learning process of future doctors. I hope there are more people like you so that our country can make not just skilful doctors, but also doctors with good and kind heart.
Binti Mappiase (MEM140034)
When people asked me about Silent Mentor program, I paused and think how should I put it into words. To be honest, I don’t know what I should say. This program was beyond what words
I was hesitant at first before enrolling to the program because of the hectic clinical schedule. It took a lot of thinking and deciding whether to join or not. However, after the program ended, I am the
most grateful person on earth for my decision to be part of this program.
Throughout this 1 week journey, I gained abundant knowledge about medical sciences and surgical skills. Not only that, the mentors had taught
us on how to be a future doctor with empathy and patience toward the patients.
My dear Teacher Mr Tee, even in your difficult time battling the disease that you had suffered from, you were still capable on making such
a brave decision to be our teacher. I know, this gratitude won’t be enough to express how blissful I am to have you as our teacher but I promise to you that one day, I will try my very best to become a good doctor, who understand my patients and
treat them with compassion and love just as what you want us to be.
And now, you may rest in peace.
Mohamad Ridwan Bin Abdul Manap (MEM130091)
teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart".
In every phase in my life, I always wanted something that make my soul breathing, challenges that make me grow up, or even people that can inspire me.
Participated in Silent Mentor program, I got all of it, together. Our teachers (Silent Mentors) not only touch my heart, they teach me how to be a good person in future. They sacrifice themself without expecting, just only hope
that we can be a doctor that treating patients with full of heart.
Dear my beloved Silent Mentors, thank you for your part in my life journey.
Muhammad Iznul Haziq Bin Md Daud (MEM140065)
Selfless is defined by concerned more with the need of others than one's own. This definition entail definitely to this program as its main focus through the act of the mentors. Though they are silent, the things I learned from
them were more than words can be put on paper alone. They taught me about selflessness, humility and courage. A man once said, "I have a theory that selflessness and bravery are not all that different". After the program, I truly understood the meaning behind
these words. To one of the bravest man I did not have the chance to meet but is fortunate enough to learn from, I give you my deepest gratitude.
Saw Yean Ting 苏嫄婷 (Newcastle_140671955)
You are a human first, before you’re a doctor. I think that is the essence of this program - it is alright to form a healthy relationship and empathise with your patients (or in this case, our mentors and their family
members); and that it is okay to feel bad when it’s really not okay.
With our Silent Mentors, they provided us not just their bodies for us to practise our skills but also taught us what’s important in
life. They might not have led the best life but they have chosen to contribute their bodies for greater use after their passing.
Often, we meet people who describe their doctors as cold and aloof. Maybe it’s
a defence or a coping mechanism by the doctors? It would have been difficult if they feel too attached to their patients. However, I do believe that we should learn to balance some emotional detachment with compassion, for we are only human.
Family members of our mentors have enlightened us the power of love. As much as they might not agree with our mentors’ wishes to donate their bodies in the name of science, they eventually agreed to grant their loved ones’ last wish,
because of the great love they have for their child or spouse. The pain of losing someone is never easy, what more agreeing to the idea of sending their bodies to be studied.
Thank you, mentors, for reminding us to
be compassionate, and to be human - to feel, to laugh, to cry, just like everybody else. I am grateful to have met your wonderful family, it is no wonder you have so much love to share with us and the rest of the world. All of you have a special place in our
hearts and I will never forget the tiny tug at the heart when I first met you.
Alexis Wong Ching 黄清 (IMU_ME0213033018)
Words cannot express my utmost
gratitude and honour to be able to join the Silent Mentor Program. Our Silent Mentor, Mr Tee Ten Chang’s selfless act not only imparted medical knowledge and skills to us, but most importantly taught us about love and humanity. The very essence of this
program is the spirit of love and volunteerism. Home visit was a very useful way of getting to know our mentors and their families. It really gave us an insight about who these mentors were and how they were like. The learning process was profound throughout
the program. I felt that it gave a very humanistic touch when we finally cleaned and clothed our mentors in fresh clothes for coffining. Emotions were stirred during the gratitude ceremony, as we heard touching speeches from a representative from the mentor’s
family. I believe that friendships have been fostered, with new friends made and perhaps some came out of this program even stronger. Truly, I am very grateful to everyone involved. Everyone played a major role to make the one-week successful and smooth. I
can only hope that the last wishes of the Silent Mentors have been fulfilled.
Wong Wei Xin 黄炜心 (IMU_17004)
I first heard of this program in 2010 when
I was given a chance to join a two-weeks youth camp organized by the Tzu Chi University in Hualien, Taiwan. At that time, the program was not introduced in Malaysia but the program fascinated me deeply. I was elated and overjoyed to learn that the program
was introduced in University Malaya in 2012 and hope that I would one day be able to join the program.
When I got the phone call saying I got into the workshop, it was indeed a dream came true. I joined the workshop
in hopes that I could gain more medical knowledge and sharpen my skills, it was my Silent Mentor’s selflessness act of humanity that moved me and inspired me the most to become an ethical doctor in the future.
workshop has changed and inspired me in many ways. Through home visits and meetings with the family, we got the chance to know him more as a person. I got to understand how hard it was for the family to have gone through all this, grieving while trying to
fulfil my Silent Mentor’s last wish. We were very involved in the entire process, and eventually I got quite emotionally attached to my mentor. I learnt a lot of new skills throughout the medical workshop, and it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience
I will be forever grateful to be given the privilege to join this workshop, and to have met my Silent Mentor who had selflessly contributed his body for medical purposes after his passing.
May you rest in eternal peace now, my dearest Silent Mentor.
Khoo Kay Jin 邱继仁 (MEM140044)
Something about our heart-felt conversations with
the family members, something about getting to know who our mentors were, really drove home the point that what we were dealing with was more than just another cadaver in the anatomy lab. This cadaver had a life story, a loving family behind him, and a big
heart. He was a filial son, a patient husband, and a loving father, whose life was cut short at such a young age when he was just bearing the fruits of his past efforts. The message he left behind was as sad and heart-breaking as it was inspiring. He had hoped
that even though he has an incurable disease, he played a part in contributing to the advancement of medical sciences, so that the day would come when his disease cease to make another suffer as he did. They say the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher
explains, but the great teacher inspires. And silent as he was, he has inspired us like no other teacher has ever did. To the world you may be just another person, but to us you are a hero. Thank you, my mentor. And thank you Silent Mentor Program for opening
our eyes to a world outside of textbooks and lectures. Students might forget what the books taught them, but they will never forget what their teachers said.
Chong Yueng Kent 张荣庆 (MEM140024)
Tan Hzu Shing (IMU_22849)
I am grateful to my Silent Mentor, Ms Phoon
for her unconditional giving of herself. I am gratified to be able to witness the support system her family had, the way she coped with her disease and the way she lived her life. It saddened me that I had not known Ms Phoon before she passed on, who I later
discovered to be beautiful on the inside and outside as well. Silent Mentor solidified my focus and perception about doctors that competency is one thing, empathizing is another. I was attracted to this program for the way they cared for the bodies of the
mentors, because being able to handle death is a matter of importance to me, not to become immune to death, but to find appreciation for the living. The surgical and procedural workshops are a bonus to me, and I am thankful for the exposure and learning.
Asma' Binti Mohd Hussin (MEM140015)
Silent Mentor is a journey albeit a brief one. Cruise it is not, I am ragged with emotions. For once as a youngster and a junior member of the medical fraternity, I saw the glimpse of a patient's life from her childhood, apprehended her rooted values
through the visit to her family's house and handled her lifeless body upon her death, all the way until her burial service. Perhaps, what our Silent Mentors intended us to learn is beyond medical sciences and surgical skills. In their silence, they are teaching
us the sense of humanity, the act of selflessness and their affectionate touch to the world.
Throughout the program, I met with many people including the trainers, other participants and the volunteers. The hands-on
training on many basic but life-saving bed-side procedures equipped me with the confidence for future practice. I am also glad that we had a workshop on surgical procedures in which we only had the chance to observe from a distance in the operational theatre.
The entire workshop itself ran smoothly, efficiently and successfully. I admire the dedication and hard-work the organiser and the volunteers maintained. To notice that this program stands on public funding alone, I am further impressed by the amount of generosity
this world is capable to give.
Humbled by the experience, I am very grateful for the golden opportunity to be part of this esteemed program.
Wong Xiang Qing 王湘晴
Wan Muhammad Afnan B Wan Airol Anuar
Silent Mentor Program has taught me a lot, not just improved my very minimal medical knowledge but also to be empathy and respect patient’s family members. We
are not dealing with one person, instead the whole family. So, it is very important to give our best services to all patients!
The best mentors are those who show where to look but don’t
TELL what to see. That’s why Silent Mentor is the best teacher that I have ever had and will always be the best. All the skills that I have gained throughout this program will be used in my future career and it will definitely help thousands other patients.
As saying goes, our mentor is like a candle, she consumes herself to light the way for us. I am so thankful and grateful to be part of this program, I learn to remove all the egos to serve others.
As saying goes, it takes a big heart to shape little minds. I am impressed with our mentor effort to help us even at very last moment of her life. I can’t imagine how I could pay for all of this efforts, it is too much for me. But one thing
that I can be sure, I promise to do as what you keep reminded us. “Put thousands of knives in me, its fine, put it wrongly in me, I will forgive you but don’t ever put a single wrong knife in real patient’.
Before I end, I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart towards family members, all the Silent Mentor program staff and our volunteers that give hands along this program. Without this cooperation, we are nothing. Thank
you again. I will keep this in my memories forever.
Natalie Lai Zi (MEM140070)
It's amazing - the supreme art of teaching without talking. How you demonstrated to us what selflessness, love and compassion are. Miss Phoon, I hope our paths have crossed earlier to get to know you better, but with the home
visit all the way to Penang and chatting with your family, reminiscing about your life that was so well lived with your endless volunteering work in many countries. Your heart of gold is truly inspiring. What I have learnt from this program was too much to
be written in a paragraph. Thank you Miss Phoon, Mr Teh, Mr Tee and Mr Sam, for your lives have touched many and until forever will you live in our hearts. Rest in peace.
Natasha Binte Amran (IMU_22457)
The Silent Mentor workshop was truly an eye-opening experience.
This was my first ever experience on a real patient’s body. We were taught many surgical and clinical skills that I had never seen before. I have always wondered how doctors do such procedures in a real setting. This workshop has taught me and allowed
me to experience my first ever clinical procedures. I will always remember the moments my Silent Mentor taught me. As medical students we not only learn many clinical and surgical skills but also essential virtues such as humility and compassion. Towards the
end of the workshop, I could not thank my Silent Mentor enough for the skills that she has taught me. I wish I could have met her when she was still alive. She was truly inspirational through her selflessness and willingness to continue her legacy even after
she has passed on, so that we, future doctors can learn and benefit from her body. I was inspired through every second of learning from her. This experience was a great one and one that I will never forget. Thank you my Silent Mentor, it was a great honour
learning from you. God bless you and may you rest in peace.
Siti Mardhiyah Lee Binti
Muhammad Hisyam Lee (MEM140102)
This is my first Silent Mentor that I've joined and I believe it's hard to get another opportunity.
From 17 to 22/4/2018, it's a busy week for me on top of my clinical works during the day. Despite being physically tired, I'm so grateful to be part of Silent Mentor program. Being able to polish my hands on skills, learning new clinical and surgical skills
from the experts were really a great experience for me. On top of that, I learnt how to empathise, understand, respect and be grateful as a doctor and of course as a human to human. This shows that our Silent Mentors were very selfless persons and always think
about contributions to the society even at the very last breath. It's true that our mentor did not speak a single word but she taught us silently through every procedures, incisions and stitches that I made. This is really a useful and beneficial program and
I'll make sure I promote and introduce this program to the outsiders. Thank you to my beloved and respected Silent Mentor, Ms Phoon Wan Khan, family members, lecturers, doctors, volunteers, staffs and my colleagues in making this program a successful one.
Foong Wei Kei (MEM140130)
Silent Mentor Program has been an amazing journey for me. First of all, I would like to thank the Organization Committee for giving
me this opportunity to be part of this program. I truly appreciate and value everything I have learned from my Silent Mentor, Ms Phoon. You have shown me the value of humanity, selflessness and courage by donating your body for medical education and research.
The knowledge you have imparted upon me will be a great help throughout my medical career. Besides, I have learned to be more confident when it comes to performing surgical procedures. Words are powerless to express my gratitude.
I always believe that success isn’t about what you accomplish in your life. It’s about what you inspire others to do. One day, I hope to inspire someone else as you’ve inspired me. You have reinforced the importance of giving back
to the society and taught me how to be a better person. Thank you Ms Phoon, You are a blessing in my life and you will always be remembered.
Pearly Quek Poh Sia (IMU_20468)
I first applied for the Silent Mentor program, I saw it as how it would be to any medical student: an invaluable experience to learn from a cadaver procedure that would not normally be accessible to us. I never expected, however, to bond with my mentor as
deeply as I did. This encounter gave me a chance to meet the side of a patient we don't intuitively realise: that they all have their own lives lived, hopes and dreams to fulfil, hardships and obstacles overcome and people they loved - or who loved them dearly.
Knowing what our mentor was like before her demise gave us a gentler touch with which we cleaned her every day, spoke to her in our own way in awe and gratitude as we appreciated but the tip of the iceberg of her contribution to humanity. Her selflessness
has touched the lives of many; not just us aspiring doctors, but specialists and doctors who have had the priceless opportunity to learn from the mentors. I hope that the students after us will treat the next mentors with the same respect and gratitude that
we felt, and bond with their mentor like we did. All this would not have been possible without the noble sacrifices of our mentors.
Ong Zun Zheng (IMU_22723)
I am grateful
that I was given the opportunity to participate in this workshop because I believe there is no other similar workshop in the South East Asia region. Some medical students even had to travel to Taiwan to take part in such event, therefore I felt thankful that
I could join it here in Malaysia.
The special part of this event was we were given the chance to know about the life of our Silent Mentors. We started our workshop with a home visit to our Silent Mentors' houses so
that we could learn about the stories of our Silent Mentors. Through the interview, we got to know how our Silent Mentors grew up, their occupations, their personalities and their expectations from this workshop. This taught us to treat our Silent Mentors
as our family members, and also to treat our future patients as such so that we could not only help them cure their illnesses, but also to support them emotionally.
During the workshop, we cleaned our Silent Mentors
every morning and night, just like taking care of our beloved ones. Even though our Silent Mentors did not speak to us, they taught us love as they decided to contribute to the advancement of medical field even after their passing. They sacrificed themselves
so that all of us can learn something, hoping that we could one day become outstanding doctors. From this, I learned to be selfless, to be ready to help my patients without expecting any return.
I was able to learn
and perform some medical procedures and it was really an indelible experience. Practising procedures on plastic models would never be the same as on real bodies. Besides, going through this workshop made me a better person. Through this workshop, I learned
to be altruistic, compassionate and empathetic to my patients. Thank you, Silent Mentors!
Sakinah Muhammad Firdaus Ooi (MEM140099)
I am deeply moved when I see my Silent Mentor Mr Sam
Suit Fai silently being cut multiple times.
His selflessness made a great impact on all of us. I am thankful for the opportunity participating in the program. I have learnt so much and gained confidence in doing some
of the hands-on procedures such as suturing. This is also my first time attending other religions funeral and allow me to understand their culture.
Sarveshwarry A/P Gangatharan
Being a part of Silent Mentor program has impacted me in various ways. I learnt not to give up if encounter any failure because people out there are not giving up on us and they belief that we will be
a great doctor one day. Besides, being a medical student, we often don’t get to involve in a lot of procedures that were done in hospital. By involving in Silent Mentor program I learned the technique of how to do the procedures hands on through our
Silent Mentor. Lastly, I learn about unconditional love. It means loving them when they are unlovable, and in spite of their imperfections and mistakes.
Ting Yi Wen 张瑜纹 (MEM140110)
Vanessa Chong Yu Ling (IMU_19519)
I am Vanessa Chong,
a 3rd year medical student from International Medical University (IMU) and I was given the rare opportunity to take part in the Silent Mentor Program in April 2018. During this program, medical students were able to learn and practise common and essential
medical procedures, such as endotracheal intubation, insertion of central venous line and suturing on our Silent Mentors. I feel that this program is extremely helpful for us medical students as we are able to practise these procedures under actual conditions
so as to ensure that we are able to give the best possible care to our future patients and not make any mistakes. Moreover, this program has an additional focus on our Silent Mentors and their families. We are not practicing on faceless, nameless patients
but on real people. We are taught to give our gratitude and show interest and empathy towards our Silent Mentors and their families through the home visits and gratitude ceremony which usually isn’t present in our normal medical training. This is an
important aspect of this program as it teaches us that our future patients have a life story behind their diseases and it teaches us not to be desensitised to the human ailments we see in the wards daily.
Muhammad Azra Hafizi Bin
Ahmad Azam (MEM140062)
I felt beyond grateful to be a part of this Silent Mentor program. It teaches me not only to be a good and competent doctor, but also an empathy and caring person above all.
To my Silent Mentor, Mr. Sam, even you were silent, you have taught me a lot to improve my surgical skills. It was indeed an honour to be able to take care of you throughout this program. This program has also widened my medical networking, in which I was
able to learn and to work with medical students from other medical schools. Together, we gain knowledge as one big family. I would highly treasure this experience, and return the contribution of our Silent Mentors to our society as a better medical practitioner.
Malini Sunitha Vivek (Monash_28294998)
The workshop was definitely not what I had expected. What I had in mind was that it would teach me the biomedical aspects of anatomy and surgery. But
the workshop was far more.
The Silent Mentor workshop was able to bring ethics and empathy together with science. Being able to speak to the families and making the whole process as ethical as possible really shows us doctors-in-training
how to be in the future. In a world where empathy and understanding are fading out, it is important for medical students to experience this.
The guidance from the doctors and surgeons was invaluable. Their expertise and
patience created a healthy and open learning environment where we felt free to ask questions. It made the selfless act of our Silent Mentors worthwhile. Our Silent Mentors were the greatest teachers of all.
Tan Ling Han (MEM140106)
Throughout the years in medical school, I have met various different lecturers and tutors. There are those that were kind and caring, giving all their time and effort to teach us. We were grateful to them for teaching us amidst
their busy clinical works and even sacrificing their personal time in the wee hours of the morning. However, I learned throughout this week that great teachers can come in many forms and life lessons can be learned from everyone. There are those who live a
life driven by the selfless act of giving. Such a man is our Silent Mentor, Mr. Sam. He dedicated his life providing for his family and friends. He’s the kind of man who would drop everything and help his friends at the drop of a hat. His last act of
selflessness was to donate his body for the benefit of medical research and training. He taught us a way of life, to add meaning and purpose to our finite years of living. No one can truly say how long a person can live but Mr. Sam can say he truly have lived
a life of meaning.
I am truly grateful for all the people involved in this program to make it a success. We will always remember our mentor Mr. Sam and his family members who showered us with kindness and love. Thank
you! Mr. Sam.
Muhammad Amer Iskandar Bin Ahmad Mahmud (MEM140059)
As recommended by a fellow colleague, little did I know about this Silent Mentor workshop. After the 1-week duration
of this workshop, I would say that I am glad that I made that decision to join. Apart from the practice of invasive procedures such as chest tube insertion, intubation and surgical incision, which the medical students rarely have the opportunity to do, values
such as humbleness and respect are the backbone of this workshop as evidence by the daily cleaning of the Silent Mentors and also the silent prayers before each session. This aspect (humbleness and respect) is clearly an instrumental for the development of
a good doctor, which we often overlook. As a conclusion, Silent Mentor is simply more than a workshop. It is an experience.
21st Silent Mentor Workshop 23-28/01/2018
Chuan Deik Roy 全德瑞 (MEM140027)
This is the second Silent Mentor Workshop I attended, 20th workshop was my first participation as a volunteer. Most of us
may envy our seniors who attended the workshop for their opportunities on performing hands-on procedures, which drive us to enrol for this program. Fortunately, I was being selected for the 21st workshop. With the intention to improve my procedural skill,
I tried to commit wholeheartedly from the beginning of workshop. However, throughout the event, I see there are more things to learn apart from procedures. Having the home visit, we practice our social skill and communicate with the family members of our assigned
Silent Mentor, including speaking with Mr Lim's daughter via phone, as she was studying abroad. We learnt about our mentor's life story, and made a presentation for our workshop participants. Surely we appreciate the chances given to perform procedures. Far
more important is that, we developed the empathy for Silent Mentors' family members. It's not easy for one to register as a Silent Mentor, also difficult for his/her family members to accept the fact that we are withholding the funeral until so late. The most
important lesson learnt is that love doesn't need to be shouted out loudly, through action, we felt the love from our Silent Mentors. We love our Silent Mentors too, wish you all rest in peace.
Hoe Hong Xian 何鴻賢 (MEM140037)
Jane Ho 何采贞 (MEM140131)
I have gained so much from Silent Mentor Program that words cannot fully express how I felt. It has always puzzled me how can someone be so selfless even on their death bed, till this day I still cannot fully understand the
idea but I know deep down in my heart that their selflessness has helped me grow so much from the very beginning of the program. Being in medical school has somehow killed the fiery spirit of mine in becoming a good doctor as we are more focused on passing
our exams and just knowing diseases rather than people. Being in this program I was constantly being reminded to be compassionate because everyone we meet is someone’s parent, child, sibling, someone who is being loved dearly by others. We often forget
that they could be our loved one and I was overwhelmed by the thought. Besides, our Silent Mentors have helped me gain new medical knowledge and made me feel more confident when it comes to performing surgical procedures.
they have helped me answer my doubt of whether to pursue a career in surgery. No one is more selfless than our Silent Mentors and their family members, thus to repay their kindness I can only always remind myself to be a selfless doctor in the future and be
kind to everyone.
A truly great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget.
Thank you dear Silent Mentors.
Yuvidelci Nilrat (MEM140119)
Thank you Silent Mentor Program for this great opportunity to go through this amazing yet meaningful program. In my opinion, it was an amazing program because I learned
so much during these past 1 week. It is no just about polishing our medical skills and learning something new from the doctors, Silent Mentor Program had given me more than that, I learned to be empathic and had learned from my Silent Mentor himself on the
sacrifice that he made for us. Thank you my Silent Mentor, Mr. Lim, the staff and doctors who were busy arranging and helping us for the past 1 week and of course to the new friends and colleagues that I have met, thank you so much. I will forever remember
and cherish this memory.
Christal Asong Vinsien (MEM140025)
I first heard about the Silent Mentor Program back when I was just a budding first year medical student. I remembered a short
introduction regarding Silent Mentor was held back in the lecture hall in 2014. It was my first time knowing about such a thing, a program where a dying patient willingly donates his/her body for medical study and research. I was instantly intrigued and interested
to join because I knew I will not get this chance elsewhere. It was a good opportunity to acquire new skills by conducting the procedures on a real body, in lieu of on a dummy/mannequin, like what we did back in medical school.
when the opportunity came for me to sign up for the program, I immediately grabbed the chance and I’m not afraid to say that it’s one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.
The Silent Mentor Program
has been an amazing journey for me. I’ve gained so much – new friends, new experiences, new knowledge and skills. I’ve met new friends from different universities, with the same passion and enthusiasm as me for medicine. We were all assigned
to our respective Silent Mentor and I learnt about responsibility and teamwork – from interviewing our Silent Mentor’s family during the home visit, to caring and cleaning the body of our Silent Mentor before each procedure. I was honoured to be
able to go on stage and introduce to everyone about our dear Silent Mentor. The whole process of the Silent Mentor Program was an enriching experience. It taught me about empathy and sacrifice. Everyone has a struggle and a story to tell, thus, we should always
be kind and understanding. I felt very touched and emotional, especially during the ceremonies and rituals conducted, from the initiation ceremony to the sending – off for the cremation.
It’s been a fruitful
journey and a real privilege for me to be given this opportunity as a medical student to join this program. My hope is that this program will continue to reach out to the hearts of the community and reap benefit to all the other doctors and medical students
everywhere, just as how it did to me.
Banuvithiya A/P Selvamani (MEM140126)
Silent Mentor was one of the best thing that had happened to me so far in my journey as a medical student.
Four people who were not from medical background donated their bodies, so that we medical students could practice procedures on them. They did not even know us personally. This is a very noble act and I could never thank them enough. Being able to perform
procedures on real human body was a gift that I would cherish forever and I'm tremendously grateful for being a part of this program. Besides, this program has changed me emotionally as well. I had to deal with death within a close proximity and I grew very
attached to my mentor within that one week and during his funeral.
Beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but how happy others can be because of you. A sacrifice without expectation. Thank you SILENT MENTOR.
Ashvirni Gilbeth (PERDANA_13922708)
The Silent Mentor Program changed me in many ways possible. I learnt the importance of life, the virtue of patience and the
meaning of contributing to society. It changed me by enforcing empathy within myself in treating patient in the future. It moulded in becoming a better doctor in serving my community. It is the ultimate way to give back to the society, like my Silent Mentor
I believe the Silent Mentor Program is a great motivation to all of us and me especially. The Silent Mentor showed great courage and sacrifice by donating their bodies to facilitate research and learning and that is
a sacrifice of intense magnitude. They never met any of us and yet they gave themselves willingly for us to learn from them.
Thank you Silent Mentors. You are the greatest of teachers, to teach me about life even in death.
May you find peace and solace in the after-life. You will be dearly missed and always be remembered.
"No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away".
Chia Pei Ling 谢沛玲 (Monash_27456161)
Humanity - are we doing it right? Have we done enough?
Those were the repeated questions that I’ve
been asking myself throughout this one week. Of all the early days, late nights, gowning up and more fun things to be explored, what hit me the most was every chance that I get to look at our Silent Mentor quietly and peacefully whenever there are waiting
time in between workshops.
Are we doing it right? Have we done enough? Do we still remember what humanity is? Have we respect lives enough and how? And it repeats as a cycle.
how funny it is to be a human yet still need to bring out that humanity in us? We were no difference as a human. Our Silent Mentor once was an ordinary human being as well. There are times where I had no thoughts, totally blank in mind too while seeing him.
I wondered why too, and was inspired that our life could be this simple and pure as a blank canvas. All we needed were mutual respect between each other.
It was really a great honour and pleasure to be able to join the 21st Silent
Mentor Program. As my peers described ‘none of us came out from this program the same’. It was a lesson beyond life and death, but humanity and mutual respect between every living thing.
Humanity before remedy,
with a heart that respect lives we can heal more wounds, and maybe if we are lucky enough, more broken souls too.
Tok Sin Lei 卓欣蕾 (Monash_27751864)
Being able to join the Silent Mentor Program is of my greatest honour and blessing. Through the learning journey with our mentors, what I have gained is beyond medical science that prepares me on becoming a doctor, but the value of humanity and selflessness,
which equip me to become a better doctor. With their altruistic sacrifices, our mentors had turned themselves into a precious gift for us to serve a better future. Thank you, our Silent Mentors, you will always be remembered.
Wong Sui Weng 王綏榮 (MEM140115)
Silent Mentor, a phrase aptly describes all our teachers in this workshop. Though they lay silent, I’ve learned so much from them.
Their selfless sacrifice for medical education and pursuance of surgical skills are admirable. Through them, I’ve gained much not just from a medical standpoint, but also learned the value of humanity, compassion and empathy. I could see the difficult
decision that their families go through and their trust to medical students like myself have greatly touched me. It reminds me of our unique role in society as healer for the sick and the great responsibilities that come with it. I hope that the knowledge
gained through this workshop would enable me to help my patients in the future. Thank you, Silent Mentors!
Chang Jo-Ven (MEM140018)
Feelings of emptiness, loneliness, silence. All these
I feel after the Silent Mentor Program became overwhelming, just like a part of my life has faded away. I stepped into the Anatomy Hall, being required to clean the Silent Mentor’s body for the last time before his burial ceremony. The air seems heavier
but not as heavy as my heart. I started recalling my life lessons for the past one week. I learned about true sacrifice. I understood how powerful selflessness can be, to influence someone to donate his or her body for the benefit of the many others without
asking anything in return. I learned about humanity. Looking at how the Silent Mentors’ pupils bowing their heads for silent prayers, tears dropped when sending the mentors off, giving their very best and most sincere appreciation while learning. Every
cut, every suture and every drop of blood loss from the Silent Mentors, it hurts me in the heart but it acts as the reminder that will constantly be driving me to become a responsible, approachable and trustworthy doctor in the future. Now, it has came to
the end of the program. What's taking over is the heart pinching warmth and the compassion for the journey the Silent Mentors have helped to set forth. I will never forget all these heartfelt moments for the rest of my life.
Deanna Marcella Amboi (MEM140028)
The meaningful knowledge and valuable memories I have gained throughout the Silent Mentor Program is hard for me to summarize in words.
Committing myself to the workshops, home visit and its preparations especially during the hectic weeks of my surgical-based posting has driven me to newfound levels of stress and sleep deprivation, nevertheless it taught me how to open my eyes to
opportunities and blessings, how to be grateful, resilient, and gentle all at the same time. Our Silent Mentors have indirectly taught and inspired me that, despite the little that we have in this world, we can always give much, if we give wholeheartedly and
with good intentions. I hope to share what I have learnt here and contribute to my society.
Thank you to all Silent Mentors!
Khairunnisak Mohd Nor Azman (MEM140043)
Through this Silent Mentor Program, I have learnt that a selfless act of humanity is the greatest and priceless gift one can ask for in this world, especially in the benefits of the medical field. I am so grateful as this program reminds me to be
competent and more empathic in treating my future patients as a whole, not just the diseases. Last but not least, The mediocre teacher tells; the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires. Thank you Mr. Phong
Lim Wai Chen 林慧倩 (MEM140048)
Hung Wei Pin (MEM140038)
Mindy Ngui Chui Min (Monash_27728250)
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” This quote has always been inspiring me but I couldn’t have embraced the true meaning of it until I saw it from our Silent Mentor. Here’s
to you who inspire me and don’t even know it.
It has been the most emotional, inspiring and grateful period of time in my life and I believe no one walks out from the program the same. Every scar I saw on your
body, my heart breaks a little and every time it allows me to grow a little. You have shown me your selflessness which can tolerate every incision we made on your body. No matter how much suture we did on your open wound, it could never mend the pain your
family members have to suffer. I could never thank you enough for your contribution to the medical field as well as the support from the family members for willing to extend their grief in order to fulfill our Silent Mentor’s last wishes.
No one is actually dead until the ripples they caused in the world fade away. There is always a place in my heart to keep every ripple you have made and every lesson you have given me. Words could never express how blessed I am
to just be a negligible part of it. Thank you for brightening my world.
Wong Lin Ling (Monash_27323676)
Death is not an end if one can live on in the next generation. This Silent
Mentor Program truly inspired us that to what extent one can sacrifice for the sake of humanity, even after death. In this program, we witnessed the anatomy of a real human, practiced on suturing real skin and observed various operations on real bodies. Everything
was so real that no pictures, books or any learning resources in the world could illustrate to us. We felt the Silent Mentors with our hands and heart. We had never met each other throughout our lives, yet they were willing to give us the opportunities to
learn from their bodies, to practice our surgical skills and to make enormous contribution to future medical field. Every misconception we had and every mistake we made on the mentors has become our most valuable lessons to treat the patients better in the
From cleaning up our mentor’s body every day until the last day of closing ceremony, we felt as if we were treating an alive patient till the last moment of his life. Never did I know that we learnt to
be empathetic and compassionate from this meaningful program. The pain and sorrow that the family members went through to let go of the body of their loved ones was unbearable. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and apology to the Silent Mentors
and their family for the sacrifice they all had made. The Silent Mentors had left behind incredible legacies and will live on in our hearts. Although their lives had come to a full stop, but the lessons we gained from them are immortal.
Wei Pin (Newcastle_140671933)
I am eternally grateful for the privilege and opportunity to learn from our Silent Mentors, not only in term of medical knowledge but also the great value of being selfless they have
instilled in us. The 21st Silent Mentor Program has been a meaningful journey that inspired me to become a doctor who treats every individual with gratitude, respect and love. My heartfelt gratitude towards my teachers for their selfless sacrifice, leading
me to take a big step spiritually.
Celine Fong Mien Er (Newcastle_140671704)
Before joining this program, I have never expected that I will have such a deep sense of gratitude
towards my Silent Mentors. They have shown me what a true hero is. Even without knowing us, they did not hesitate a second to be Silent Mentors. These heroes gave me many powerful lessons that I will forever carry with me. They taught me knowledge no other
medical books can. They gave me the confidence to do certain medical procedures on real life patients. They inspired me to be a good person and doctor. Most importantly, they showed me how a selfless act should be. Words can never describe how thankful I am
to these teachers. Towards the end of the Silent Mentor Program week, I slowly began to feel a bond with the Silent Mentors. It is amazing how you can feel a strong connection with someone whom you have never met or spoke to. I owe them a debt of gratitude
for all they have done for me.
‘It takes a big heart to shape little minds’.
Ong Chon Sum 王俊森 (Newcastle_140673742)
Nydelene Llewellyn Tong Yiu Shyong (MEM140133)
Firstly, I am extremely grateful to be given
this opportunity to join the Silent Mentor Program as well as being trusted with the role as a team leader. I never knew how crucial and beneficial this program was for me until I went through it. Above and beyond the knowledge and skills I gained from this
workshop, this workshop changed my perception of medicine, of patients, of empathy and my life as a whole. I could never imagine this short one week lesson could make such a huge impact on my life, but like what Prof Si Lay said, the experience is unexplainable.
This experience sparked in me a new interest in surgery and renewed my passion to pursue medicine because my mentor was a patient unlike any other. I am truly grateful not just for my Silent Mentor but also to the family members
who suffered a great deal throughout past few months. From not being able to bury their loved one after death, to having prolonged grief to suit the time of this workshop. I see the pain and I feel it, but I know I will never understand it. It is truly an
enormous sacrifice for them.
On my part, I will thrive to become a good doctor that they have placed their hopes in, that way, their sacrifices will not be in vain. The time we took to clean our Silent Mentor every morning,
may seem like a small and insignificant task, but it changed my point of view each morning. I learned to see my mentor as my own father or loved one. It takes 10 of us in a team to clean him, even then, we struggled to do so. I imagined my mentor’s wife
and son caring for him every moment, every single day and with only a pair of hands or two; I believe it indeed takes great patience, strength, love and perseverance to be in their shoes. Every day, we see a new scar or suture on him, my heart aches thinking
this upon my loved one. Who am I that he would trust me with his body? But that is how it is, for every patient that allows me to examine in the wards, they have trusted me to their bodies and life. I will never forget the moments I spent learning by his body,
the first patient that I have done a chest tube on, intubated, taking time to suture on and etc.
I will always remember to treat every patient as though they were my family, because they too have a family who loves them,
as I love mine. Thank you, to the Silent Mentor and family members, my professors, Mr. Sia for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“The world doesn’t need more famous doctors (名医), it needs good one (良医).”
said one of the Silent Mentor’s family member. By God’s grace, I will try my best to become a good, kind and compassionate doctor. I will always look back to this day and ponder upon the invaluable lessons I learned from my Silent Mentor, and keep
the passion burning in my heart.
Rozita Binti Ishak (MEM140098)
I’m truly touched from deep down on my heart during the week of Silent Mentor Program. When I filled in the form
to participate in this program, I know that I’ll benefit a lot of knowledge and clinical skills yet it is surpassed my expectation after this program ended. I’m not just learnt knowledge, clinical skills but also sense of empathy, humanity, selflessness,
responsibility and teamwork. Thank you for letting me experienced all this. After the workshop, I gained confidence to do it to a real patient because I got the feel and being able to do it first time on the real human body was opportunistic. Surely, I gained
a lot and thank you.
Sarah Aisyah Binti Anuar (MEM140100)
The Silent Mentor Program is such a meaningful event for both students, lecturers, volunteers, organisers as well as the family
members. After meeting the family members of our Silent Mentor, their strength and selflessness really touched my heart, throughout their sadness of losing a loved one, my Silent Mentor's family remained positive and trusted us to take good care of our late
Silent Mentor. Their trust is something that taught me a lot of the responsibilities of becoming a doctor and I hope that from this experience and the clinical skills that I gained I can contribute to my community. Thank you to my Silent Mentor and the family
Chong Ro Wan 張若婉 (MEM140023)
Ilham Bin Saadin (MEM140120)
A truly great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget. I am very grateful to be able to join the 21st Silent Mentor Workshop. I am touched beyond words
for the selfless sacrifice and great courage showed by our Silent Mentors. As the saying goes; a good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others. I obtained a lot throughout this program. I acquired new medical knowledge and clinical
skills. Besides that, the most important thing that I learned is to empathise, sympathise, appreciate and respect others. The Silent Mentors taught me the true meaning of selflessness. Thank you to our beloved Silent Mentors and their family members. Thank
you, teachers, for inspiring us and making us what we are today. You will be forever remembered.
Khairunnisa Mohd Khalid (MEM130067)
A great teacher teaches
without boundaries. I’m truly grateful to be part of Silent Mentor participants this year. This program benefits medical student in all aspect. It gives me courage and confident to apply and practice the procedures that I learnt for the last 7 days.
I would like to thank to my Silent Mentor and his family for their kindness and generosity for giving me these unforgettable experiences.
Thank you, teacher.
Say Wei Xian (IMU_22098)
The Silent Mentor Program taught me that we can learn a lot about a person through his/her actions. We never got to know our mentors personally, all we have are stories told by their loved ones, but their decision to become
a Silent Mentor spoke volumes of the great amount of love and selflessness that resided inside him. Even in death, they are still giving to the living.
No one stepped out of this program the same. It made me realize that
medicine is truly a very scientific yet humane course. For me personally, Silent Mentor was a very emotionally conflicting experience for me. During the workshop, it amazes yet scares me how we are just able to turn off our emotions and focus at the task at
hand- learning all the procedures. It was only after the workshop, during the coffining and the funeral that I felt more in tune with my emotions towards my mentor again.
It was hard to be confronted heads on and to work
so closely with the concept of death for the past week. I would say that this will be the first glimpse for many medical students into the emotional aspects of being a doctor and how they feel when they lose a patient. I guess our Silent Mentors can be considered
the first patients we lose, our first association with the death of a patient.
I feel extremely blessed to have the chance to be a tiny part of it- for really, without our teachers, our beloved Silent Mentors, there is no
William Wong Lik Loong (Monash_27034550)
To many, death may be the end to one’s life, but to our Silent Mentors, they continue to contribute to the teaching of medical
profession. A decision tough for our mentors and hard for their families to accept, yet our mentors have devoted themselves to teach their dear students. Truly a noble act of selflessness!
It is of great honour that we can
be part of the program, learning alongside our mentors and their families, doctors, surgeons and our peers. Such program is pivotal for medical professions and students to learn and perfect our hands-on skills to better serve our patients in future, minimising
potential risks and errors. As medical professions, we are guided upon the Hippocratic Oath, ‘first do no harm.’ Our mentors, allows us to correct and learn from our mistakes made and minimising harm to our future patients. In addition, as for
medical students, we realise that textbooks are tools of our learning that do not reflect into real life. As for example, anatomy that we learn through illustrations from textbooks is just an abstract that we can hardly grasp. A doctor cannot learn solely
from books, our mentors however, have taught and provided us with a realistic learning opportunity through our senses, further reinforcing our understanding. Our mentors have sparked the curiosity and enthusiasm towards learning in us!
Knowledge is just part of it, our mentors have inspired and taught us how to care and extend our empathy and compassion to others. An integral part in providing everyday care to patients and qualities that need to be instilled as early as medical
students. In the beginning, having to clean and performing procedures on our mentors, we just aren’t used to with feeling of discomfort. However, as time passed, caring for our mentors have become a routine for us and we have built a sense of attachment
with dear mentors. We learn how to respect, care and extend our empathy and compassion to our mentors as they are patients of us. We will carry such spirit and attitude through our lives ahead whether in our medical profession or everyday lives!
Dear mentors, you may not know us, yet you have acted selflessly to contribute yourselves for our learning. We really appreciate your sacrifices and we cherish the moments being student of yours. It is of such reluctant to bid farewell to our mentors
at end of program with tears seen on faces of grief. You may have parted from us, but your everlasting memories are kept deep in our hearts.
What you have taught we will remember and share among peers to benefits more people.
For families, the prolonged grief is a torment, but thank you for being supportive and allowing us to know more about our mentors. So much that our mentors and their families have done yet nothing much we can do in return. Feelings deep within, no words that
can describe, all we want to say is thank you!
Chong Tze Lin (Monash_27345548)
Being a medical student who was exposed to dead body for the first time, I was not afraid or surprised
instead I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice our respectful Silent Mentors have made. Their contribution to making great doctors in the future will never be forgotten. I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to practice and sharpen essential skills
to practise in emergency situations in addition to some surgical procedures. These are all made possible because of the selfless act by our Silent Mentors who were willing to donate their body for the medical professions. We are truly sorry for the prolonged
grief which the family members have gone through and meanwhile we are thankful for the support and encouragement they gave to our Silent Mentors in granting their last wishes. Despite the fact that we were all strangers in the beginning, throughout the program,
we have somehow bonded with our respective Silent Mentors and their family members. Tears were seen on the faces of almost everyone including professors, doctors, organisers and medical students while accompanying our Silent Mentors along their last journey.
Emotions deep within my heart at that moment were beyond word description. While feeling sad for their lost, I was glad that they could finally rest in peace while leaving knowledge and passion to be remembered. Practising in real life is different from theories
that we learn from thick medical books. Observing personally is also different from imagining in mind. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Doctors shall be compassionate and most importantly, do no harm to any patient. In order to do so, exposure and
practice are the key to become a better doctor. This program gave us an insight into the real life setting. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the Silent Mentors, their family members, organizers and also medical professionals for their guidance.
Soh Wei Qi (Newcastle_140672000)
This Silent Mentor workshop had been a truly enlightening experience. It was not just any anatomy dissection class, but one that touches and humbles the
soul as well. The family visit was the bridge to understanding and connecting with our Silent Mentors and their family, providing us a unique viewpoint to empathize and deeply appreciate their contribution. Through our Silent Mentors and their families, we’ve
witnessed what it truly means to give and to understand, we’ve reinforced how it is to respect and to be empathic. Values I believe are pivotal in helping to shape us to be a better humane doctor in the future in addition to the clinical skills obtained
through the workshop. The time and effort put into making this workshop run successfully by the organizing team, as well as the time the doctors and volunteers spared to teach and guide us late into the night was also deeply appreciated. Thank you for this
Wong Xue Zheng (MEM140116)
It's been the most hectic life I had gone through in my medical student life, being assigned as a team
leader for Silent Mentor Program and had 3 on-calls for my Obstetrics & Gynaecology posting held during Silent Mentor Program week. However, it was truly one of the best and unforgettable memories that I will cherish forever.
I had learned about Silent Mentor since my 1st year, by joining the closing ceremony of 14th Silent Mentor Program, it was truly an eye opening experience as there are people who are willing to donate their bodies to us, medical students and professionals
to undergo teaching and research purpose on their precious body. Since then, I had decided to join the Silent Mentor Program, when I am eligible. Surprisingly, I was even being selected as one of the team leader to conduct my team's activities and programs.
From each activities and programs we were assigned to join, from receiving our mentor's body, home visit to Silent Mentor week, I was truly grateful to have the opportunity to understand our mentor, Ms Lee. From her personal
history, medical history, her family background and her family members, these allow us to understand her more as a whole, even though she had passed away. Without this, I will not have all the hard feelings every morning, when I was washing our mentor's body,
without all this understanding, I will not be that grateful, joining Silent Mentor Program.
Empathy and compassion towards patient are way more important than medical knowledge. It pushes us forward to become not just
good doctors, but great doctors. This is the lesson I had learned from this program. May our mentor, Ms Lee rest in peace.
Varshaa A/P Manoharan (MEM130168)
Mentor Program has changed the way I see life and death. Seeing death from close made me realize the sacrifice my Silent Mentor did in order for us to learn. She is the greatest teacher I had who taught me sympathy and empathy. Thank you Silent Mentor for
this beautiful learning experience.
Nur Syafira Binti Bilalluddin (MEM140087)
21st Silent Mentor Program had given me an eye opening experience. I believed I had done the right decision
when I decided to sign up for this program. I never expected that I had the opportunity to try and practice a lot of procedural skills, which I had never done before during my previous years in medical school. Getting to participate to this program for free
was a great chance that no one will get if we didn’t grab this opportunity. Like what Dr Akmal Miswan said, ‘I have to pay RM2000 to do all the procedures on goat, where here all medical students can do it for free’, really make me feel grateful
and glad that I have joined this program. Thank you to all silent Mentors and their families for teaching all of us the meaning of love.
Nur Syafiqah Idris (MEM130125)
Mentor taught a lot of things to me. From a perspective of a medical student and also as a human being myself. Empathy, kindness, patience, relationship with family etc all of this built my character as a human and medical student. Thanks to all the
Silent Mentors, I have the opportunity to learn a lot of basic to advance stuff. I experienced something that I might not even have the opportunity in the future. I am really glad that I chose to enrol in this workshop even though I was hesitant at first.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Song Zhi Liang 宋智亮 (MEM140104)
A million thanks to the organizing committee of Silent Mentor Program and everyone
who are part of this journey. This journey of learning from our Silent Mentor has been a memorable one. It’s an exponential growth of intellect and empathy for me and I couldn’t have achieved this without this program. I am grateful enough to have
a supportive group and extend their help whenever it’s needed. Thank you.
Muhammad Amin Bin Mohamed Usuf (MEM140060)
I think it's hard to go through this program and came out unchanged.
In fact, this one week program has affected me on a personal level as a human being.
I've this great opportunity to learn medicine from a different angle, to receive a special experience and be taught so many things just
because of the utmost act of selflessness and love by these Silent Mentors.
As medical students, in our “baby-years” in this journey of medical life, we are incredible excited to be able to perform procedures.
In fact, it is such a milestone for us to be able to do it. But little do we know this Silent Mentor Program is also preparing us future-doctors, to experience real empathy and love, thus to put in our care of the Silent Mentor.
up early everyday or sacrificing our weekends for the activities are not mere tentative and participation duties but also has showed to us and planted in us how hard we should be preparing ourselves in caring for our patients.
undeniable touched by the life-story of my Silent Mentor, Ms Lee Yoke Chin. In her entire life with years dedicated to teaching, she still find herself wanting to do more for the society. Her contribution and aspiration for future doctors have not only moved
our hearts but have also prepared us to become better doctors.
With much love and with grateful heart I’m only able to say much thanks to everyone who has made this program possible. Such a rare opportunity to have
come and such a beautiful one for me, to have experience. Thank you.
Ong Siu Ching (Monash_27300382)
Prior to joining this program, my thoughts were mainly on how to
hone my skills as a doctor and to constantly find opportunities to do so. One of these opportunities was the Silent Mentor Program. However, after joining it, I realised that it is not merely an opportunity to sharpen my skills, but to develop the qualities
that most doctors lose after a long journey of pursuing medicine – kindness, compassion and empathy.
I too broke down when I saw the families mourning over their loved ones who had then became our Silent Mentors. It
was then when I felt a sense of responsibility - I was now in charge of taking care of their loved ones together with my fellow colleagues. A whole week of program was tired yet fulfilling for me as I cared for my mentor, Ms Lee Yoke Chin.
At the end of the program, I felt a wave of sadness wash over me as I sent her off. It was as if I had connected with her even though she passed on. The amount of admiration that I have, for her willingness to sacrifice herself for education could
not be put into words.
There’s a saying that goes, “We all die, the goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” Yes, our Silent Mentors have passed on, but they created
a batch of doctors that will not treat the patients as mere diseases, rather as individuals with each a unique story of their own to tell.
May our Silent Mentors rest in peace. Thank you for all you have done!
Edwin Foo Hsiang Win 符祥荣 (Monash_27232875)
At the start of the Silent Mentor Program, I thought the program was merely an opportunity for me to attain competency
in surgical skills. However, what I did not expect to unearth is a precious lesson on self-sacrifice and a much needed emphasis on the importance for empathy. I would say that the persistent effort of the organizing committee to entrench the need for compassion
has yielded its desired outcome, for I believe that I now see patients much differently from before.
The chronologically structured questions that had to be asked during the home visits enabled us to have a deeper understanding
of the life story of our mentor. Listening to our mentor’s story from the family members’ point of view, it was as if we witnessed the moment of her birth until the instant she gasped her last breath, being aware of the events that shaped her future,
the decisions that changed her life, as well as the regrets that never came to be fulfilled.
Although as medically irrelevant as it may seem, however, it was through these mundane and perhaps insignificant histories that
it felt so alive, as if our mentor was someone whom I knew throughout her life. And as I went through her bio-data again and again in preparation for the presentation to come, subtly but unmistakably, an indescribable bond began to form.
Throughout the workshop, we were tasked with the responsibility of cleaning our mentors. The experience was a first for me, and the amount of care and delicateness shown for fear of damaging our mentors was tantamount to one we would have shown to
any family member of our own. It became a constant reminder to me that our mentors were not just cadavers used for the sake of medical training; they too were good people that suffered before passing on and yet continue to suffer just for the sake of our education.
Furthermore, it is no easy feat for the family members as not only the raw grief experienced were denied of a swift closure, wounds that were beginning to heal were torn afresh with each encounter. With that, I would like to
express my heartfelt gratitude towards all our Silent Mentors as well as their families.
And through our Silent Mentors and their families, I realized we are all capable of compassion, and that sometimes, what it takes to
bring out empathy is simply to know that person a little more.
Khor Hui Yi (Monash_27280667)
Daniel Wong Bang Lun (IMU_22076)
As a medical student from International Medical University, I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity
to join the 21st Silent Mentor Program. I will briefly share my experience of joining Silent Mentor Program held in University of Malaya.
Technology has made studying and practising medicine easier with all the
stimulations, but nothing can compare to real experience of learning from a unique and precious Silent Mentor.
This program mainly improves our surgical and procedure skills. Firstly, the condition of a Silent Mentor which
resemble the living body without breathing, heartbeat and feeling is the best for surgical stimulation. First experience of doing procedures and surgeries on Silent Mentor is essential for junior doctors to gain confidence in doing surgeries and complicated
procedures with high risk on a real patient. Next, it gives us a deeper understanding of the human’s anatomy. It helps me to remember better after seeing the real anatomy with my own eyes.
Spiritually, Silent Mentor
has taught me the most important lesson which is we must treat every patient like our family and treat illnesses with compassion. Understanding their worries and needs is far more important than diagnosis. It molds us into a caring doctor and enables us to
gain an insight into the feeling of family side. It is our responsibility to take care of the family members’ feeling as well and act in the best interest of everyone.
After the workshop, all the incision wounds made
were sutured back and wrapped neatly before helping Silent Mentor to dress up. Thanksgiving ceremony and Sending off ceremony were held to show our respect towards the Silent Mentor. It refreshed our humanitarian knowledge. I hope I can live up to my Silent
Mentor’s expectation, remember why I started this journey in the first place.
20th Silent Mentor Workshop 10-15/10/2017
Nur Ain Syahirah Binti Md Ansor (MEM130115)
The Silent Mentor Program is a very beneficial and inspiring program for us, the medical students. To be given the opportunity to join this program
and be able to learn from a mentor who selflessly donating his body just for the sake for our future, I am forever grateful for that. Listening to my mentor’s life journey from his family and how a great guy he was made me realized that this program
was not only about learning the medical skills and procedure, it is beyond that. It teaches us about empathy, sacrifice and respect. From now on, every suture or procedures that I made to my patients in the future, I will always remember that I had learned
these skills from my beloved Silent Mentor. Thank you to my Silent Mentor, Mr. Mooi Choong Kong and his family.
Lee Zhi Yang 李智揚 (MEM130078)
Silent Mentor was one of the program I was looking forward to. I never regretted joining it. It was more than what I have expected. I could not thank our Silent Mentors and respective family members enough. The sacrifices and commitments they made
were extraordinary. Being a Silent Mentor was not an easy decision to be made because it involved huge understanding and tolerance from the people around them. What we gained was not merely knowledge and skills. More importantly, we learnt about empathy, humanity
and respect. It was against the norms that we never introduced ourselves prior to learning from our patients. We did not meet nor speak to our Silent Mentors before but we learnt about them through their family members. This was what made them unique and I
do really salute them. Thank you for organizing this meaningful event for us. It would be one of the best memories in my medical school life. I would bring along what I learnt with me in my future medical career.
Bt Mohd Nordin (MEM130127)
When I first entered medical school, I saw Silent Mentor sending-off ceremony held at the Centre Point. At that time, I don't know what it was, only knew that it has something to do with
the Silent Mentor Program. After being introduced to the program, I had made it my personal mission to get a place for myself among all the medical students. Lucky me, I was among the chosen one to be allowed to join. Silent Mentor Program was everything I
imagined it would be and more. Starting with receiving of Silent Mentor at the Silent Mentor Center, getting to know our Silent Mentor through his/her family, throughout the one week course until the send-off ceremony, every step actually taught me a lot of
things; not just surgical-related stuff but also life values. I learnt how to be empathetic, how to care for others, the importance of respect, how to be a team player, all in all how to be a good doctor. I'm very grateful to all the Silent Mentors for without
their selfless gifts, we would not be able to learn, what we have learned and what we have experienced. I would also like to thank Silent Mentor committees for planning and conducting this program.
Amalina Mohamad Razale (MEM130124)
It is a very meaningful, once in a lifetime opportunity for me to be part of this Silent Mentor Program. I leant a lot of things from this one week program not just about the basic
things that we need to know as a medical student but I also leant about the other aspect of life that we often overlook which is about the value of life and to be kind and love to each other. I thought heroes only exist in the movies but now I have seen 4
of them during this Silent Mentor Program and I don't know if there is any suitable words to describe how grateful and how thankful I am for their selfless contribution for making this program happened. They were not just heroes but they also a great teacher
that inspire us to become a passionate doctor in the future. A doctor that will takes care of our patients with the best care that they can receive. To my beloved Silent Mentor, Mr. Mooi Choong Kong, you had taught us that action speaks louder than words.
You did not speak to us about anything yet you have taught us so many things. I can't thank you enough to your family and your selflessness for making this program happened. You were no doctor yet you taught us basic things that we need to know for our future
practice and your sacrifice will always be remembered.
Khadijah ‘Izzati Binti Berhanuddin (MEM130065)
I had joined Silent Mentor because I want to gain experience doing procedures
on human cadaver initially, and I thought that’s it. On the last day of the program, I had realized that the Silent Mentors not only taught me the experience of those procedures. It teaches us medicine is not just about practice, it involves people and
thus involves emotions and interaction. There is a reason why the program had designed a home visit and cleaning the body every day. Even though the Silent Mentor was dead, we had learned how he lived his life and cleaning him every day is like building a
rapport. I was moved by the sincerity of the Silent Mentors, willing to donate their own body for the purpose of others. Their hope on medical practitioners who had learned from their body to be a good, caring and compassion doctor, I will try to fulfill
with all my minds. Thank you and rest in peace Mr. Mooi.
Chai Yan Yu 蔡彦瑜 (MEM130018)
Yong Voon Wei 熊温薇 (MEM130180)
Teh Hui Xin 戴慧欣 (MEM130164)
Choo Xing Yan 朱興彥 (MEM130027)
During the first time when we met, I was grateful for having you as my mentor. It was not an
easy decision for someone without a great love to donate his body just for a better future in medical science. Without the unconditional love from the mentors and the support
from the families, we wouldn't have make a success
in the events. Again, to my mentor, you had left, however the knowledge that I gained from you will always be there.
During the coffining session on the 2nd last day, I felt that you, my great mentor accomplished your
mission and this was the time for you to go back to the place that belongs to you.
May you rest in peace, my mentor, my family.
Ooh Jie Wen (MEM130134)
Nur Suhana Binti Zakaria (MEM130123)
The commitment given towards our silent mentors throughout this program has taught me about sacrifice. The hours, sweat and energy that were channelled
towards our mentors has truly given me a taste on the sacrifices that are to be made in my future; how are we going to care for our patients? The family members’ support has left a heavy responsibility for us to uphold. And with this weighing on our
shoulders, we spend not only our time, but our soul to provide the utmost care. And our effort has worth it, as how I immensely hope the sacrifice that our mentors have made for us to be competent future doctors. Thanks to our teachers, Mr. Lee Kim Chong,
Mr. Mooi Choong Kong, Mr. Wong Thiam Yoong and Madam Soo Kam Yip.
Putri Jasmine Filza Binti Firdaus (MEM130138)
I feel so blessed and humbled to be given this opportunity to be
part of this one-of-kind program. In this journey, we've learned so much more than clinical skills, we've learned the values of compassion, empathy and gratitude. These are some values which will not only make us better doctors but also better human beings.
I cannot find words to express my gratitude towards our Silent Mentors as well as their families for the altruistic sacrifice. This has touched each and every one of us and will leave an everlasting impression. There is no doubt that letting go of a loved
one is difficult and painful. I would like to thank the family of Mr. Lee Kim Chong for being supportive of his final wish and for welcoming us into your home and for being very helpful and cooperative throughout the whole program.
A/P Ramachandran (MEM130097)
I am so grateful for given an opportunity to join Silent Mentor Program. This program not only helps the medical professionals to improve their clinical skills and gain knowledge but
also shapes us into a better and humane one. I really feel like I am part of my Silent Mentor’s family throughout this program. When I went for home visit, I got to know about my Silent Mentor. I was amazed of his life story. More than that, I was impressed
when I heard his last wish before he passed away. He wished that medical professionals can make full use of his body to make advances to find cure for cancer so that no one will suffer from pain in the future. Not everyone in this world willing to donate their
body for a useful purpose after their death. Although I learnt a lot and had the chance to be hands-on during the workshop held during the Silent Mentor Program, it really wrecked my heart to see the number of wounds and fractures on my Silent Mentor’s
body. These made me want to salute him and his family member’s for a great sacrifice for medical field. Despite being exhausted throughout this Silent Mentor Program, I am happy as it went uneventful and able to send him off peacefully. From the bottom
of my heart, I would like to thank everyone for giving me the chance to be part of this program. I also would encourage my juniors to join this program as it will benefit them.
Lee Jing Yih (MEM130076)
With their unconditional love, our Silent Mentors have shown us the virtue of contribution to the medical field and they inspired us about the beauty of humanity. Millions thanks to our heroes of life and their beloved family members. It was certainly
a meaningful program in my medical life.
Lai Yuen Sin 賴悠欣 (MEM130073)
Ong Wee Meng (MEM130133)
I wouldn’t boast of how much surgical skills I have learnt from the Silent Mentor workshop because it was never the main purpose of this workshop. To me, the workshop is
to instil 2 main principles of life, the first one being volunteerism and the second one is selfless love. But again these 2 principles are intertwined and can’t be untangled. We volunteered for the workshop, spending our time and effort, preparing and
cleansing our mentor. Our mentor portrayed to us, selfless love, love that ignores the boundaries of time and space, sacrificing her body to give us a lesson in life though she never meets us in person. She already passed me the torch, it’s now my duty
to continue her life purpose of volunteering and spreading love. Thank you.
Sharifah Azura Bt Shafie (MEM120169)
I learned about Silent Mentor Program through my friends. They always
talked about this program in a way that it helped a lot in their study. So that’s why I gave it a try. Throughout this program, it was not only focused on the medicine, but it was about teamwork, care and love of the family. I'm grateful of having a
new family as they were supportive and already assumed me as their "real family". They also were thanking us of taking care of our teacher, in which we were the one supposed to thank them and bow to them. Real speaking, I've never met family as them. I will
never forget about them and promise to stay in contact with them. Nevertheless, what sadden and touch my heart is that "may you make twenty mistakes on my body, but never make mistake on real patient's body". Thank you for giving me the opportunity to join
Silent Mentor Program.
Haida Izzaty Izyan Bt Yahoda (MEM120044)
This Silent Mentor Program, flawed as it is in certain part, it's also perfect in a way that it unifies us all. It's okay
to be of different religions but still show respect to our Silent Mentor. (Let's have a moment of silence, whatever religions you are to pray for the Silent Mentors, every single time) To actually see such concept to actually come true, that we were capable
of such things, is very touching. (This is something you rarely see these days). We've learnt so much from our mentors. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. You'll always be in our hearts, always.
Muzamil Bin Mohd Moussa (MEM120111)
I would reminisce one day, knowing how pivotal this experience has been in my life, academically and personally. The Silent Mentor Program has provided a much-needed injection of inspiration and motivation to my waning pupil
The pleasure of working in a well-functioning team, practising medical procedures and learning the innards of the human anatomy on a body untainted by preservatives and embalming fluid is indeed an unparalleled
acquaintance, especially for a student.
As a person, these Silent Mentors have given me a glimpse of what it means to be selfless, a keystone value of a quintessential doctor. I hope to mortally perpetuate the lessons
I have learned and make good of the sacrifices that these mentors have gifted in the name of education.
Chai Jia Xuan 蔡佳璇 (MEM130017)
Tan Yan Jing 陈妍静 (MEM130160)
Puteri Nurul Syifa Binti Othman (MEM120195)
To meet someone who lives for
the service of others, even death can’t stop her from contributing to others is impossible, but I met one while participating in this program. I never met my mentor before, but I was touched by her kindness and love for others. It’s an honour to
meet someone like my mentor. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to learn, to help others. I hope I can be as kind as my mentor in the future.
Bin Abd Karim (MEM120088)
Silent Mentor is a great workshop especially for medical students to learn from live demonstrations and get some hands-on in surgical components of the undergraduate program. Students are
able to appreciate that a patient is always someone’s family member. Aside from that, students are also able to appreciate friendships both intra and inter universities.
Sii Hoe Leong (MEM130145)
After our Silent Mentors passed away, they have to be frozen for a couple of months before the workshop to preserve their bodies. Families and relatives have to wait for the funeral after the workshop as well. Through this Silent Mentor workshop,
I see the selfless love expressed by all Silent Mentors even after their passing to let all the doctors, specialty trainees and medical students to practice skills and technique on their bodies. At the end of the workshop, there were so many cuts and sutures
on each of our Silent Mentors and I believe these have had benefited many doctors and medical students in their journey as a healthcare provider. Their sacrifices also give me constant reminder from Hippocratic Oath which is ‘first, do no harm’
to my future patients. Thank you, Silent Mentors Mr. Wong Thiam Yoong, Mr. Lee Kim Chong, Madam Soo Kam Yip and Mr. Mooi Choong Kong.
Leuk Kheng Soon (MEM120075)
Joining the Silent Mentor
workshop is preparing me to be a more responsible and caring doctor. Throughout the program, I gained a lot. I acquired a new set of clinical skills. I learned sympathy and empathy. I learned the sorrow and frustration that the family experienced when they
lost their loved one. These all helped me to become a better person. I'm glad I joined this workshop. Thanks.
Siti Nor Syafiqah Bt Shaari (MEM120176)
This Silent Mentor Program has taught
us a lot either in academic section or humanity. It is different to practice any procedure in mannequin than in real human body. It helps us to practice about sympathy and empathy. It is very important elements to become a productive doctor. I am grateful
with this opportunity. The real teacher is our four mentors who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the academic purpose in present and in the future. I am thankful to the lecturers who spent their time to guide us to become a better student. I am grateful
for one week of Silent Mentor Program.
Andrew Long Chay Zhien (MEM130009)
I was not too sure about the Silent Mentor Program at first. I had initially thought that it was a ‘clinical
based workshop’. Only later after joining the workshop did I realize how it is also about the fundamental meaning of empathy and humanity in the medical field. I would like to thank all the Silent Mentors and their family for giving us this opportunity
to learn from them. Thank you.
Fatin Syahirah bt Mustaffa (MEM130046)
Silent Mentor Program helped me understand how big the sacrifices of the mentors in helping medical students and
doctors. A few procedures and anatomy were taught during the program and it helped me in refreshing my knowledge. Besides, I learnt how to handle our mentors properly during preparation and sending off as our appreciation for their generosity. My gratitude
towards our mentors would not be enough to be expressed in words. May our mentors rest in peace.
Nurshahanum bt Mohd Nahrorawi (MEM120144)
I have learnt a lot from this
Silent Mentor Program. This program provides us a good exposure especially in surgery. We were also being taught on how to do suturing and some important procedures which were very useful for us in the future. During my first time seeing my Silent Mentor,
I felt very sad as he is willing to sacrifice his body for the sake of us to learn. But, as time goes, I felt thankful to him as I can learn various procedures through him. I also felt grateful because I have met a supportive family like my Silent Mentor's
family. For me, he was a gift not only to us, medical student but to all patients that we will meet and treat in the future. Thank you to my selfless teacher, Mr. Wong Thiam Yoong.
Lau Jia Ru (MEM130074)
很慶幸，家訪讓我更了解我的無語良師 — 添勇老師。最意想不到的收穫是看到添勇老師的家人那堅強與無私的精神。尤其是老師的雙親，雖然要忍受白髮人送黑髮人之痛，他們卻願意接受添勇老師的遺願，那就是捐獻大體。他們忍痛割愛，無法立即為至親舉辦喪禮做最後的悼別，只能等到數月後的工作坊方能再次見到無語良師最後一面。他們願意打破傳統，為醫療教育貢獻，是非常值得人們敬佩的。
Annabel Chong Su Lin (Monash_27295826)
The Silent Mentor Program has truly been a great inspiration to all of us. I strongly believe no one walks away from this
program the same. There is so much to write about - the sacrifice of our mentors, the strength of their families, the skills of the trainers and the team spirits of the participants.
The Silent Mentors showed great
courage and sacrifice to have chosen to donate their bodies to teach medical students and professional new skills. They never knew anyone of us, yet they freely gave their bodies for us to learn. They taught me selflessness and that we had to love others just
as selflessly as they had.
Nothing prepares you for death. I watched as the families of the Silent Mentors grieved during closing ceremony and my heart ached for them. I cannot imagine what the families of our Silent
Mentors went through. There is no true closure until burial, they said. The immense strength to have lived through the past few months before the actual burial is unbelievable. My heart goes out to the families and I pray that they find the peace and closure
I feel extremely blessed to have just been a tiny part of it - for really, without our teachers, our beloved Silent Mentors, there is no us today.
Agnes Lau Wei Yin 劉維穎 (Monash_27261425)
Good teacher explains, but great teacher inspires. It is truly a blessing for me to be able to join the 20th
Silent Mentor Workshop. Through this program, I deeply felt the spirit of sacrifice one can make solely for humanity. They were not medical professions but they still made a choice to donate their bodies for medical research and learning. Death is the end
of one’s life but Silent Mentors left their love and legacy behind. I will truly appreciate whatever I had learnt from this program, not only the medical knowledge or procedure, but also the spirit of sacrifice and love for humanity. Thank you teachers.
You will be forever remembered.
Loh Hoi Yan (Monash)
Mark Yii Chi Song 余自松 (Monash_26380218)
The Silent Mentor Workshop has inspired me in many ways. I had learnt that life is not about how
much you earn or receive, but how much you give to other people and the community. The Silent Mentors had shown great love and sacrifice to humankind by giving out their body for education purposes. Their sacrifices had turned into blessings to the doctors
and indirectly to the patients.
The workshop had taught me, as the future healthcare providers, to be kind and caring to patients. There was a famous saying by the previous Silent Mentor, that is they rather have wrong
cuts being done on their body than the patient’s body. They had taught us to always treat our patients kindly.
I had also learnt to be grateful on things given to us. During the workshop, the participants showed
their gratitude towards the Silent Mentors through different methods such as drawing cards, buying gifts, presenting speech and performances. We should not only show our gratitude orally, but also though our actions.
importantly, I had learnt to treasure every now and then. This is because life is uncertain, and one could not foresee what lies ahead. Therefore, we should number our days and be glad in it because each day of living itself is a blessing.
Tan Li Yin (Monash)
As the saying goes, “for life and death are one even as the river and the sea are one”. Before entering this Silent Mentor Program, my understanding of
the program was relatively superficial. Little did I know that I was about to be changed completely by it.
On the first day of the home visit, a group of us medical students came together and carpooled
to our mentor’s home. Upon reaching our destination, we were immediately welcomed with open arms into their home and they were so glad to share with us about their deceased family member, Madam Soo Kam Yip. Although I have never met Madam Soo previously,
I was deeply touched by her contribution to everyone around her while she was still alive. Her assistance did not meet its end and even extended to anyone in need of help without expecting anything in return, be it simple donation to charity homes to going
on site to help the disaster victims. Many of her family members, including her closest relative, her daughter only realised Madam Soo’s true intention after her passing. Not only that, they were also only aware of Madam Soo’s health condition
after it was being told by Madam Soo herself and everyone knew at that time there was nothing more they could do but to support and care for her till her last breath. Listening to their story has allowed me an insight into the importance of empathy and understanding
about a person’s situation, so that we as the future doctors would learn to care for a patient holistically without any discrimination.
After the home visit, it was time for us to proceed with
the preparation session. We cleaned the body every day and it surprised me how different Madam Soo looked from the pictures. There were changes in her appearance and the remnant from her past surgeries remains on her body. Looking at her from afar made me
realise the value of life and spur me to be a good doctor in the future so that I may save more lives that are currently in Madam Soo’s position as well. When the workshop session approaches, I was initially anxious as to how it was going to be and whether
I could face someone of such great reputation to be dissected in front of me. Fortunately, the support from my peers helped me in overcoming that fear and it was through that whole process of learning that built our teamwork together.
All in all, it was truly an amazing journey in the Silent Mentor Program. We often do not realise the true value of a moment until it has become a memory. I have witnessed, understood and learnt tremendously, not just about how
to become a doctor, but also how to become a better person. My sincere gratitude goes out to all for this opportunity given to us. Last but not least, I would like to just convey a message to our Silent Mentor’s family, ‘those who we truly love
will never leave us”. With that, I thank you.
19th Silent Mentor Workshop 18-23/07/2017
Dahlia Munchar Binti Elias (MEM130031)
“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touched” – Judy Blume. If that holds true, then the legacy made by all the Silent Mentors
will truly be eternal. In my opinion, the Silent Mentor Program is one of the noblest ways to contribute to the society. I’m sure I speak for many students when I say that their actions move us deeply. After living a full life, on with joy and strife,
the mentors chose to forgo traditional memorials to donate to the advancement of medical knowledge. What we learnt from them will be used in our practice to help others and be passed down to future students as well.
family once asked, ‘Why isn’t this program part of the faculty’s curriculum?”. To them, they wanted all students to be able to learn from my mentor. My answer then was that, “I think, the exclusivity of Silent Mentor makes the
whole experience more valuable to the participants”. I feel truly grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to join this program and learn from my mentor. God willing, I hope that all participants, including myself, will cherish this opportunity
to learn from our mentors and not take them for granted.
Joyce Teo Wei Ting 张玮婷 (MEM130061)
Alina Binti Mohamad (MEM130006)
I heard about this program from my seniors and friends. They said it is a beneficial program that I should join it. So I signed up for this program a few
months ago. I thought I just can learn about clinical skill from this Silent Mentor, but I was wrong. I learnt more than that, including empathy, love, sacrifices, and more. I am glad and thankful that this program was planned and conducted smoothly so that
we can fully benefit from it. Thank you.
Teong Chee Sin 张芷馨 (MEM130166)
Elicia Chieng Tze Zhing 詹智晴 (MEM130036)
This Silent Mentor Workshop has taught me invaluable lessons of love
and selflessness on top of the very necessary clinical skills. I am truly grateful for the mentors' selfless contribution to allow us to practice on their bodies so that we may become better doctors in the future.
Nur Nazifah Binti Mazlan
I am glad that I was introduced and was able to participate in the Silent Mentor Program. I never knew that someone that I have never met before would leave such a huge impact on my life. With each and
every day of the program, I had learned something new and met someone new. Aside from clinical skills, I have learned to give love and care to others and to respect other people’s culture and beliefs. Most importantly, I have a family here and I will
always remember and cherish every moment of this Silent Mentor Program.
Cheryl Chia Hau Yee 謝巧兒 (MEM130021)
Nazhatulnadia Binti Hashim (MEM130105)
I feel very thankful and grateful for being given an opportunity to be involved in this beneficial program. From this program, I learnt to be more
compassionate and respect to all our patients. It taught me more than just being a skill oriented doctor. Silent Mentor Program has been a great experience to me and it taught me a lesson that no book can provide to me. From the home visit and interview session,
it allowed us to know our mentor and their family members thoroughly. It also made us more empathetic towards family members and trained us to always put ourselves in patient shoes. Through this program, I learnt a lesson that we need to treat a patient as
a whole and not just treating the disease. Thank you my beloved Silent Mentor Mr. Ong, his family members, Mr. Sia and other committees for making this program a success.
Saw Li Sean 苏丽仙 (MEM130143)
Sim Su San 沈淑钐 (MEM130146)
Fatin Nur Shaheera (MEM130045)
I have heard great things about the Silent Mentor Workshop and I am glad that I have decided to join this workshop. I have not only learned and experienced numerous hands-on surgical skills through this one week program, but
also empathy and the meaning of sacrifice. The family members of our beloved Silent Mentors should receive an amount of respect as highly as our Silent Mentors as their sacrifices to support their loved one’s decision while having to go through the tough
moments of grief were unimaginable. I have developed a sense of respect and affection to my respectful Silent Mentor, Mr. Tang Nam who was known to be a great husband, a loving father and a caring friend through my times helping to preparing his body every
day. He was indeed a great man with a big heart, I would always keep him close to my heart, as my motivation to be the best doctor I can be, to be as kind and generous, as he was. To him, who had inspired us all, my deepest gratitude, Mr. Tang Nam.
Asyikin Mohamad (MEM130014)
It is a very great opportunity, a lifetime experience to be part of this Silent Mentor Program. I gained a lot of things that I am sure that won’t get in any textbooks
At first, I thought by joining this program, it will be just the same as learning anatomy using the cadavers in Anatomy Lab. However, my thought changed day by day, when I involved directly in knowing my Silent
Mentor’s background, family members as well as his dedication in donating his body for medical education. I am very touched for his sacrifices, that I am sure we could not afford to pay financially or physically.
this program, the most important aspect that I learnt is not the medical knowledge, but the power of love and passion showed by my Silent Mentor. He was a very nice person, loved by his family, relatives and friends. Almost every day, my friends and I took
good care of our Silent Mentor, by cleaning and suturing the body, to ensure that they are always in the best condition. It instilled the value of responsibility, love and passion to our hearts. I am sure this is best to be applied to our real patients in
Thank you my dearest Silent Mentor Mr. Tang Nam, for your selfless sacrifices to contribute to medical education. Even though you are silent, you spoke voices that communicated with us emotionally. It is our honour
to learn from you. You will always be remembered & loved.
Last but not least, A Great Doctor is inspired by a Great Mentor. Thank you, our beloved Silent Mentors.
Fong Mee Ing 冯美瑛
Kok Piao Yee (MEM130069)
I have learnt a lot from this Silent Mentor workshop. Honestly, this is one of the best workshops
I have ever participated so far. I am truly grateful to have chance to join this meaningful workshop. Although tiring, I truly enjoyed this workshop and also the time spent together with Mr. Tang Nam's family. Here, I would like to thank Prof Saw Aik and Mr.
Sia for their great efforts and guidance in making this workshop successful. Thank you, we really appreciate it!
Nong Sofea Ku (MEM130106)
I feel thankful that I have
got the chance to involve myself in this Silent Mentor Program. I have learnt a lot of things that I will never get from anywhere else. It is all about clinical and humanity combined at the same time. I am glad that important clinical procedures mentioned
above were able to be performed under the guidance of experienced lecturers and doctors, but more importantly essential medical humanistic values and approaches were successfully inculcated in us in our daily practices as future doctors. The sacrifices that
our Silent Mentors made as well as the willingness of their family members to let us learn from their loved ones have taught us the true meaning of selflessness. Our Silent Mentors have also redefined death; it is not the end, rather it signifies the beginning
of a great purpose after their passing. With this knowledge, they faced death with courage and pride. These lessons have been firmly ingrained in each and every one of us who attended this program, for which we would not be able to learn elsewhere. My only
regret is that I was unable to wish all the Silent Mentors, especially Mr. Tang Nam, my sincerest gratitude when they were alive. Finally, thank you and rest in peace. You will always be remembered.
Ang Yuin Ging
Leroy Lim Wui Hon (MEM130081)
It’s been a difficult week, physically and emotionally.
Physically, the times were demanding. We
need to wake up at 5.30am and 6.30am. While everyone is having their beauty sleep, our alarms were the only one that rang before the sun rose up. We got back late too. Workshops ended about 8.30pm but cleaning up will take time. Some members even got back
at 11pm without having their dinner. Emotionally, I was drained as well. Having listened to each mentor’s life stories, sometimes you think, man.. these people did not deserve to die yet. They’ve got so much more to achieve, so much more time to
spend with their loved ones, so much more stories to tell. But life is life, and death accompanies it. I couldn’t help but to feel sad every time I look down on my mentor in the hall, knowing how great of a man he was (and still is!), and now he is just
lying down there. May God bless his soul.
Having said all this (hope I don’t scare you), in the end, all the morning calls, the late nights, the long hours, it was all worth it. I am not asking the organizers to change
the times or the hours. I am asking the students to embrace it. Trust me, spend the time. Take the extra courage to wake up early. Take good care of your mentor. Learn as much as you can from the workshop. And know that you mentor will be smiling down on you
from the heavens.
My last sharing is, I know as doctors, we are not supposed to be so attached to patients and their families. It will affect our decision-making. However, I must say that I am happy to be able to meet and
got to know Mr. Tang Nam’s family better, since there are also no decision makings in this event. The family, especially Mr. Patrick (son) and Ms Pui Kwan (daughter), had shown so much kindness and love for our team. The family had been through so much.
Even the burial had to be postponed by months because of the program. It must have been hard for the family, that they could not lay Mr. Tang Nam’s earthly body to rest yet. The least I could do is to help wheelchair the elderly relatives around, showed
Mr. Patrick some hidden parking spots, walked them to their cars, etc. Mr. Patrick even offered to keep in touch even after the event has ended. We truly appreciate the sacrifices made by our mentor and his family. We love you. Thank you. God bless.
Nur Farahin Binti Ismail (MEM130118)
I am very grateful for being chosen as one of the participants in this great program. I started this program without having any single idea about how this program
being conducted other than knowing that I could learn something especially in term of skills. So, I just thought this program as one of our clinical skill programs which will enhance our skill and technique. After going through this program for about a week,
I realised that I gained more than the knowledge itself. I learnt about respect, sacrifices and empathy. I could see that how hard the organiser and volunteers tried their best to remind us about respecting our mentor by having one minute of silent prayer
before every session and everyday introduction of our Silent Mentor to the postgraduate team. They also reminded us to handle our mentor very softly and try not to make more harm to the body especially when cleaning. We also learnt about sacrifices by our
mentors and their family members in allowing us to get the best learning point in this program. “It is okay to make a thousand cuts on a dead body but don’t make mistake on living person”, the last word from my mentor
that I cherish the most.
Chuah Su Ying 蔡淑颖 (MEM130030)
Aimi Amirah Binti Yusof (MEM130004)
Silent Mentor Program is a good learning opportunity as I learned a lot of things from it. The basic surgical skill and other common procedures were not the only things I’ve learned but equally important skills I gained from the program are
teamwork, empathy, communication skill and the culture of other ethnics.
Tan Keh Ling 陈柯鲮 (MEM130157)
Tang Weng Kin 陈永健 (MEM130162)
Kwong Kar Ying 关嘉莹 (MEM130072)
Wai Suetyen 韦雪燕 (MEM130170)
Chong Jia Jie 張嘉傑 (MEM130024)
Siti Aminah Binti Muhammad (MEM130147)
I learnt a lot throughout
the Silent Mentor Program for the past one week. Firstly, I gained first hand experience through the workshops held in which I would not get in any clinical sessions throughout the medical school years. It was a golden opportunity and a blessing to be
able to learn from the Silent Mentors in the clinical aspect of medicine as well as values to uphold in being a better doctor in future and a better person as a whole. These precious experiences also encourage me to study and work harder to be able to convey
and share the knowledge that all the Silent Mentors have taught us.
Wan Nur Solehah Binti Wan Abdullah Zubir (MEM130172)
It has been an enlightening experience joining the Silent Mentor Program.
I learnt and did so many new things that would otherwise only been seen in textbooks or heard from lectures.
I am also amazed and humbled by the generous hearts of the Silent Mentors who donated their bodies for the advancement of the medical field. Not one single day passes by without me thinking on how they were able to do so. How did one accept having multiple
procedures done on one's body after death, even knowing that it would help future medical professionals?
Truly, the courage they had when making the decision to be a Silent Mentor was not little.
Tan Chung Wei 陈俊威 (MEM130155)
Chin Xin Wei 陈欣薇 (MEM130023)
很感谢能够参与第十九届无语良师工作坊。经过了一星期的活动，真的让我受益不浅。通过此工作坊，我在大体老师身上插入了我人生中第一个中心静脉导管(central venous line)与胸管(chest tube)。这些都是医学生永远都没有机会实行的程序，但唯有获得大体老师的无私奉献，才得以让我们实现学习的梦想。春蚕到死丝方尽，蜡炬成灰泪始干，但大体老师的奉献却是永无止尽的。我非常感谢各位大体老师的无私付出，也很感激为这工作坊日夜劳动的工作人员，以及自愿者们。这将是我永生难忘的美好经验与回忆。感恩！
Lee Sin Ying 李芯荧 (MEM130077)
Through Silent Mentor Program, I got to know my Silent Mentor, Mdm. Tam and her family members. Donating her body for
the use of medical education was really an act of love and kindness, especially when our mentor did not even know the person who is going to carry out procedures on her. By putting trust on us, she just surrendered her body. Silent Mentor Program is like a
silent movie, messages conveyed without spoken dialogue. You have taught us humanity, love and courage. Thank you, Mdm. Tam. You will always be remembered.
Jacklyn Hong Chew Ting 熊秋婷 (MEM130060)
From the first day of cleaning your body while I felt like you were just another patient who passed away, until the last day when I cleaned your body as if you were one of my family members, you had shown to all of us that love
can be simple, courageous, selfless and of no boundaries. You had left, but you left us thoughts to be pondered upon late in the night; you were gone, but nothing can carry your greatest kindness away. You were silent but you spoke volumes. You were a
gift not only to us medical students, but to all the patients we are going to meet and treat in the future. Thank you.
Nor Azuwa Binti Said (MEM130109)
I first heard about Silent Mentor
Program when I was a first year medical student. Years passed, and now, I felt so grateful to be able to participate in this program. Silent Mentor Program had taught me more than just clinical stuffs. It had a lot of “first time” for me. My first
incision made on real human being, able to feel the pleural space and lung, intubation, endless suturing and many more to mention. I won’t be able to forget the adrenaline rush at that time. However, I learnt more than that. The four Silent Mentors taught
me about love, kindness and courage regardless of race, religion and culture. They were not just cadavers on operation table. They were once a caring father, a hardworking person and a loving husband yet they still thought about others who are not related
to them. They all had one similar idea which was to return back the good deeds to society. I wish they will rest in peace and may their family members and friends live their life to the fullest. Thank you to all Silent Mentor Program committees especially
Mr. Sia, volunteers, group-mates and of course our beloved Silent Mentors for one week of precious memories and priceless knowledge.
Woo Wing Jun 胡永缙 (MEM130173)
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams.
A million thanks to Madam Tam and all other Silent Mentors. I felt extremely grateful to be able to join
this program as I was able to learn all the clinical skills to the fullest as I could practise as many times as possible. Nevertheless, the most valuable lesson I have learnt was the art of medicine which included empathy, selflessness and compassion. Your
sacrifice and selfless contribution will definitely be remembered and carried forward along the journey in my medical career. From a stranger to a special teacher, you spoke no words, but the volume of your action has given us the most special experience during
Syahirah Binti Mohd Radzi (MEM130154)
I initially decided to join Silent Mentor Program with the intention of learning clinical procedures and skills from the Silent
Mentors as I have heard so many good comments from students who have joined this program before. And as expected, this program was an excellent workshop that focused on delivering medical humanity, which could not otherwise be obtained from books or observation
alone. It allows us to practice a lot of important procedures on real human bodies, which prepared us in the future when we become doctors. However, after going through it, I was pleasantly surprised that what I actually learnt was so much more than just that.
Our Silent Mentors’ selfless act of donating their bodies for the benefit of others have taught us how love and kindness transcend boundaries, no matter what race you are or what religion you practice. Even at the face of death, our Silent Mentors have
shown us how a kind heart can move other people’s hearts and change their lives. They have taught us the values of love, compassion and respect and we are beyond thankful for that. I would also like to thank the family members of our Silent Mentors especially
to Mr. Stanley Wong and his two daughters for allowing us to have this valuable experience. The journey of losing their loved ones must have not been easy, as the grieving process have taken longer than usual because of the workshop. We could never repay the
sacrifice and kindness that you have extended to us throughout this program. Thank you to all the committee members and lecturers that have taught us during this workshop and making this the best learning experience for all of us. And lastly, to my dear Silent
Mentors, Madam Tam Guek Chee, Mr. Steven Ong, Mr. Tang Nam and Mr. Khor Jee Ming, your sacrifice have changed so many of our lives and have made us better people. We know that a simple thank you would never be enough to pay for your great act of love. You
have given us the honour and privilege to learn so much from you and we feel so blessed and thankful to be at the receiving end of your love. We promise to be good doctors in the future and to always be kind to others. Finally, rest well, my dear Silent Mentors.
Nur Nadira Binti Mohammad Aris (MEM130121)
I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to join Silent Mentor Program especially to my mentor, Madam Tam who
was willingly to donate her body for the medical education, so the medical professionals and students can improve their clinical skills. This program also taught me about empathy, compassion and respect. From the home visit to the initiation ceremony, her
husband gave us a lot of motivation. Her daughter also supported this program by reminding us to make full use of her mother for learning purpose. I could see the love and proud from their eyes to Madam Tam during the Initiation Ceremony. I would like to say
thank you to her family for everything.
Looking at the sutures that scattered all over the bodies of Silent Mentors had taught me the unconditional love they have given is priceless. I would like to pay my greatest respect
to all the mentors for their selfless sacrifices to contribute to the medical education. I am forever grateful to all mentors. In our hearts, all of you will always be remembered.
Hafizatul Nasuha Abd Rahman (MEM130054)
Every journey must come to an end. For me, the past one week is the most memorable experience I ever had in medical school. The Silent Mentor Program not only helped me in my clinical skills but also taught me the meaning of
life, love and compassion. In my opinion, this program is very unique as there’s a lot to learn from the Silent Mentors without the need for words. By the end of the program, I felt that I am now a part of the family and I am very grateful to our Silent
Mentor for the irreplaceable experience. 感恩!特别的老师.
Carla Cai Zi (Monash University 27031101)
Silent Mentor Program was a tremendous and inspiring program. When I was given a chance
to participate in this program, I was extremely grateful thinking that this must be a platform for me to enhance my surgical skills before stepping into clinical years. However, after the home visit session, I realized that I was wrong as it wasn’t just
a research and training session, but a selfless contribution and huge courage made by our mentors for the advancement of medicine. Going for the home visit, I felt the responsibility of participating. Getting to know our mentor’s life story especially
the pain she suffered due to her illness made me realized the importance of respecting human anatomy and the dignity of the donor. The home visit session had built a strong bonding between us and our mentor which is always reminded us to handle the body with
utmost respect and gentleness during the workshop but not just seeing it as a cold cadaver.
The workshop went by where every morning we have to clean our mentor. When I touched her cold hands while cleaning, I will always
think about the sacrifices she had made for us, medical students. Looking at increasing number of sutures and procedures that have been performed on her from the first day till the last day of the workshop, I felt as if I could also feel the pain. I will never
forget the fact that she was my first ‘patient’. Without uttering a single word, my mentor not only taught me the medical knowledge but also the value of selflessness and love which I promised to pass down to my future patients.
The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation. All in all, I would like to thank our mentor Madam Tam Guek Chee for her contribution. To the world she may be an ordinary person, but to us she will always be our greatest mentor. I appreciated
your contribution from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for introducing me a different pathway to the world of medicine where there’s full love, empathy and respect.
Teh Wen Xin (Monash)
Silent Mentor Program has given me a chance to explore and discover the other side of medicine and humanity that I have never been exposed to up till my second year of medical school. When I first joined this program, I wasn’t as emotionally
attached to my Silent Mentor as I am now after the workshop. My first home visit to my Silent Mentor’s house made me realised that this was not just a stranger’s body that I will learn from, but a good father that was selfless enough to donate
his body for the sake of medical education. While listening to my Silent Mentor’s life story from his children, it fascinated me how much I could be involved in my Silent Mentor’s life as his children walked me through their father past experience
Throughout the workshop, every morning I had to clean up his body and prepare him for the hands-on workshop later in the evening, I became more and more emotionally attached and grateful towards my Silent
Mentor. I had learnt so much of clinical procedures that I thought I wouldn’t be exposed to at this stage of my study. When the program came to an end and sending off ceremony was held, it appeared to me that my Silent Mentor had given all that he could
to teach me. All that I could do was properly prepared him to send him off to the ‘other world’. That was the moment where all kinds of emotions set in – sad, grateful, compassion, thankful.
18th Silent Mentor Workshop 18-23/04/2017
Khoo Wei Joo 邱玮茹 (MEM130068)
Lim Lee Hui (MEM130082)
Tay Swee Woon (MEM130163)
Silent Mentor Program is a recognized charity event whereby any individual can willingly donate their body after death solely for medical research, and Silent Mentor
Workshop enables us medical students to get an opportunity to have hands-on experience under the guidance of learned doctors and specialist, objectively speaking. However, at times it can be overwhelming for a student as there was so many things going on behind
the scene, so much emotions and feelings, and definitely, so much love and affection spread throughout the event.
My Silent Mentor, Mr. Hong Yu Chuan, selflessly devoted his body to be under our care, to somebody whom he
may or may not have known or met during his lifetime, all for the sake of giving somebody else a chance to be a better person. I will always remember his wise words, “you can make hundreds and thousands of mistakes on me, but never do even a single mistake
on other people when using the blade”.
As for the workshop, it was one of the workshops I gained the most from albeit the time and effort spent on this. Opportunity for valuable hands-on experience was given to us
to hone our surgical skills as well as to better understand certain procedures. It will definitely be a memorable one for me and I urge other medical students to actively participate in this program.
I thank Mr. Hong’s
family, Mrs. Liew and her three children for the patience and strength to go through this event with us, and to fulfill Mr. Hong’s last wish. Words of gratitude alone can never be enough, thus I promise I shall do my best in every aspect of life, and
to be a better man. Thank you.
Siti Nazihah Binti Abdullah (MEM130149)
I could not say more of how fond I am to my Silent Mentor Mr. Hong Yu Chuan. One hectic week is definitely not
enough to understand his bravery and willingness to join this program, but rather the rich emotional experiences that I had with him. When you thought you only capable to let us learn medical and clinical aspects, I gained beyond that. I learnt cultural, religious,
and volunteerism aspects as well and this made you truly a special teacher. Besides that, this program provides a platform for me to sharpen my practical skills, especially suturing techniques. God knows the difficulties I had as a left-handed person. Mr.
Hong dedicates his body to a person like me, someone who has not much skill and deemed to make mistakes so that we are able to do it better and gracefully with minimal mistake to the real patient. Not to forget, I would like to extend my special thanks to
Dr. Warren Erwin who really sit down with me and attempt left hand suturing so that I could understand the steps better. My respect and gratitude to the noble Mr. Hong Yu Chuan as well as the rest of the Silent Mentors for dedicating your bodies for us to
learn with the hope of better future although you were not in this world anymore. All of you have enlightened us with this exceptional sacred contribution. May all of you rest in peace.
Mohamad Zulfadhli Bin Abdullah (MEM130092)
When I was in 1st year of medical study, I started to wonder what this Silent Mentor is all about. We got a simple briefing on what is it, since that, I already put my heart to this program that I will join it when
I am able to do so.
Silent Mentor Program is a great platform for us medical students to get to know so many things from our Silent Mentors. Not only the medical skills such as suturing, intubation & chest tubes, but
we also get to learn on how to handle the Silent Mentor carefully, to put everything into our hearts, go deeply into the emotions of the Silent Mentor’s family and taught us to be empathy to our Silent Mentors. Couldn’t count for how many times
I burst into tears when joining this program, but for me, this is such a program of its own, no program would be the same as this. In addition, the Silent Mentor brought us new experiences that they taught all of us on appendectomy, releasing the carpal tunnel
syndrome and many more. It did help us to gain more knowledge than what we see in real life in the operation theater. I am grateful for being given an opportunity to participate in the Silent Mentor Program.
Sumitra Ropini A/P
It is said that teachers are great, in that they burn themselves out to give light to others. However, our six Silent Mentors took it one step further, by giving light to others even when their
own were extinguished.
The Silent Mentor Program is unlike any other. In the past one week, I learnt about the human body and various skills needed to be a good doctor. More than that, I remembered the importance of being
a humane, empathetic doctor. I was overwhelmed at the selflessness of our Silent Mentors who were willing to donate their bodies for the sake of research and to teach medical professionals and students. The lessons and values we learnt from them are some that
I will carry with me for the rest of my medical career.
Yong See Yen (MEM130179)
Choo Lai Yee (MEM130026)
Mr. Hong Yu Chuan vividly reminded to always appreciate the time I have with my family and friends. Three months of involvement
in this program, I had learnt more than what I learnt in the hospital. He had taught me to be selfless. From a stranger turned to be a teacher of my entire life. It is kind a rare but it happened. I am blessed that family members of Mr. Hong gave me their
trust to handle the ups and downs of this program. Silent Mentor had made my mind clear on where should I move to on the next step. Thank you.
Gan Chai Woon (MEM130049)
Christine Koay Swee Zhu (MEM130029)
Tan Fang Chin 陈方敬 (MEM130156)
Tan Qing Hang
Siti Munirah Binti Mohamad Ismail (MEM130148)
The Silent Mentor Program has given me an experience like no other. I have never dealt with death so
closely in my life. The Silent Mentor Program has given me the chance to learn medical skills, teamwork and most importantly, medical humanity. I was blessed with getting to know these beautiful souls, though after their death. This program has affected me
deeply and I am forever grateful to our Silent Mentors for their selflessness and willingness to let us learn from them. I am also very grateful to their families for accepting us into their homes, introducing the Silent Mentors to us through their stories
and family photos, and for entrusting us to take care of their loved ones throughout the program. Lastly, I would like to thank the amazing doctors who taught us throughout the program, the Silent Mentor Program coordinators and also my fellow colleagues who
have made the program a success. Thank you.
Muhammad Fikri Bin Mohammad Rosli (MEM130099)
I feel very honoured and privileged to be one of the
participants in this Silent Mentor Program. This program did not only teach us about certain clinical skills that are important in our future career, but also emphasize on the humanity, respect and empathy. For me, empathy is one of the most important values
to be equipped by us as a medical student because as future doctors, we will not only treating the disease but we are taking care of the patient as a whole. These values will not be learnt from any of medical textbook. I would like to express my utmost gratitude
to my Silent Mentor, the late Madam Pok Lam Kiow for her selfless contribution by donating her body for us to learn, and not to forget her family members for their cooperation throughout this program. May blessing will always be upon you and your family.
Kathy Anne Nunis (MEM130063)
With utmost gratitude, respect and love, we bid our selfless teacher goodbye on April 23rd, 2017. To my Silent Mentor, thank you for not only giving me the opportunity
to learn medical skills but also to be humble and compassionate healthcare providers. Your inspirational life story acted as an encouragement as I pursue to be a good doctor. Rest in peace Madam Pok Lam Kiow.
Binti Abdullah (MEM130001)
Being part of the program was a unique experience. My utmost gratitude to the organising committee, lecturers, staffs, and our Silent Mentors, for whom
without, the program would not be possible, and my deepest condolences to the family and friends of our Silent Mentors. I truly appreciate the effort and time spent for us medical students to get the extra hands-on and procedural skills sessions. Thank you.
Iskandar Afiq Bin Abd Nasir (MEM130058)
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.
Kong Chen Xi 江晨曦 (MEM120063)
Lee Chun Haw (MEM120068)
Thank you Mr. Ong Hock Seng & the family members. I am grateful for this great opportunity to learn from you. It is not just about the medical skills and knowledge, but also humanity which we are required in order for us
to pursue in this journey of medicine, journey of life. You had done a great part in educating important values that we will not be able to learn from the textbooks. Indeed you are a great Silent Mentor of ours. May god bless you and your family.
Ler Xin Yi (MEM120074)
The Silent Mentor Program is truly an eye-opener for me. I certainly obtained a lot of first- hand knowledge by performing
the procedures on our Silent Mentor. These valuable lessons would certainly come in handy during our real medical practice. For the body donors, it was not easy to make the decision to donate their bodies. They must truly understand the meaning and purpose
behind the body donation program with no fear or regret. For that, I truly felt grateful and privileged to be part of this beneficial program.
To my dear special teacher, we owe you a great depth of gratitude for all that
you have done for us.
Nuralyya Binti Zulkifli (MEM130126)
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.
Chong Chee Min 张志敏
Ong Lay Sim 王丽心
Low Qiong Cong (MEM120080)
NorAsmira Binti Samsuri (MEM130108)
Silent Mentor Program is a great program. Not only it taught me about medical knowledge,
it also taught me to care about my Silent Mentor and future patients.
In terms of medical knowledge, I have learnt different types of suture and new suturing techniques that are very beneficial. Before this I only
know about simple interrupted suture but after this program I have learned a few more sutures. Before this I only able to perform intubation on a mannequin but thanks to the Silent Mentor, now I am able to perform it on a human being. It was not as easy as
doing it on a mannequin because human and mannequin are different. Besides, it is good to learn something new like chest tube insertion and central line catheter. It was a good exposure because one day I might be the one that needed to do it on a real patient.
All of these procedures will help me in my medical life and also my career in the future.
In term of spiritual gain, I have learnt to care for my Silent Mentor. There is no other way for me to express my gratitude
to my mentor other than to care for him throughout this program. I will never be able to pay back my Silent Mentor for his willingness to contribute his body for this program.
This program went on so well. All of this cannot
be done without the help from all of the committees. The lectures have been really helpful. The family members also gave their contributions to make this program a success. Without their help, we might not be able to know about our Silent Mentor life story.
Overall, this program is a great success.
See Toh Yiling 司徒依翎 (MEM120168)
Lei Chen Shin (MEM130079)
Life is easier to say than done. Every decision we made affected by religion, culture and
belief. Our teachers came from different religion, culture and belief yet they all made the decision and had done it with no hesitation to donate their bodies for the medical benefits. Their selfless act had warm my heart and made me believed that we should
always be kind and generous towards other people.
At first we do not know our teacher, however through the home visit we get to know the story of our teacher and we become more understanding of what kind of person our teacher
was. This made me often think of our teacher personality every day during the cleaning session thus I felt more and more grateful and respect towards our teacher throughout the event. It is my honour to be part of this program as it taught not only skills
but the value of life that does not end at death.
Edwin Khoo Yi Way (MEM130035)
Death comes surely and at times silently. It did not stop my Silent Mentor, Madam Lee Leng Kee from constantly
reminding her two daughters to fulfil her last wish, which was to become a Silent Mentor. I cannot find words to describe the selflessness and bravery that she had. She might have lost her life to her illness, but she left a great legacy to all of us who have
participated in the program. I am sincerely grateful for her generosity and sacrifice, and not forgetting her family members, for fulfilling her wishes.
The Silent Mentor Program has allowed us to get hands-on experiences,
but most importantly, the values of care, love, empathy and respect were observed throughout the program. It reminded us, as future healthcare providers, that we shall not be treating diseases, but patients, as human beings. For that, I would like to offer
my deepest gratitude to all Silent Mentors and their family members, the organisers and volunteers of the program for this invaluable experience.
Dayang Farah Afiqah Binti Awang Husslan (MEM130034)
Being one of the participants in this Silent Mentor Program has been one of the highlights in my life. I had never imagined myself involving in this kind of learning process before. I would like to thank our Silent Mentors and their family members
for giving this golden opportunity to medical students to gain some knowledge and to practice our skills. It was a very meaningful experience which ended beautifully. The Silent Mentors may be silent but they speak volume. Thank you so much and may you rest
Tang Siew Wei 郑晓薇 (MEM130161)
I felt so privileged to join the 18th Silent Mentor Workshop. This program not only sharpened our clinical
skills, but also taught us about respect, love and care about our Silent Mentors and our patients in the future. In this program, what I could not forget was the Silent Mentor body cleaning early in the morning. I was responsible to wash and comb my Silent
Mentor's hair. This had reminded me of my late grandmother. I asked myself, when she was alive, did I help her to wash or comb her hair as well at least once in her lifetime? Besides, I was impressed by the decision made by all the Silent Mentors to donate
their bodies to this program and the supports from their family members, just in hope that we can become a better doctor who cares and has empathy for our patients and I promised I will. I would like to say thank you to all the Silent Mentors for their selflessness
and all the committee members for making this workshop successful.
Nor Anis Suraya Binti Mohamad Nor (MEM130107)
I really learnt a lot from the Silent Mentor Program, not only the medical
knowledge but a lot more on humanity. Although it may sound cliche, I was really touched when the family members came to us and said thank you for taking care of the deceased Silent Mentor when actually it should be we who expressed that gratitude to them.
I cannot imagine how big your heart has to be to be able to donate your body to someone you barely know for the sake of knowledge. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly thankful and I hope I could return the deed by becoming a good doctor someday. Honestly,
Silent Mentor Program had taught me to be compassionate, empathetic and big-hearted. I could not possibly learn this from just reading books or lectures.
P’ng Chun Keat (MEM130135)
am so honoured to be able to be part of the Silent Mentor Program this time around. I am really grateful to have so many selfless mentors, donating their bodies for the program. Along the workshop, we had home visits, interactions with the family members,
which brought us closer to our mentors, understand their personal life and expectations. It has touched each and every one of us so deep that mere words are unable to express our sincere thanks. They served as a teacher to us without saying a word, yet we
felt the connection, the hope and expectation towards us. Some people may ask, how can we participant be so emotional during the course of this workshop since we did not know the mentors personally, nor were we able to communicate with them verbally. However
when we were given this opportunity to spend so much time with our mentors, taking care of them from the very beginning till the end, a bond so strong would inevitably be formed. I am hereby giving my greatest respect to them for their courage, kindness and
selflessness. I will forever be grateful for their sacrifices solely for the purpose of teaching us, for our medical profession. Thank you so much.
Kasturiy D/O Chandran (MEM130062)
and foremost, I would like to thank my Silent Mentor, Madam Lee Leng Kee and her family members. The Silent Mentor Workshop was a program which I came to know about it during my first year as a medical student in University of Malaya. At first, I did not really
understand regarding the purpose of the program. When I entered fourth year, I was keen to participate in this program to get to know about it. It was a one week program which first started with introduction to our Silent Mentor, visiting the family members,
cleaning the body of our Silent Mentor followed by teaching and learning session of several procedures with the doctors. On the last day of the program, we had a formal ceremony as a way to appreciate the sacrifice of all six Silent Mentors. The program was
an eye opener for me which enabled me to learn many things that cannot be explained by words. Hope the program continues and will have more students to volunteer and willing to learn.
Ang Bin Ting 洪斌庭 (MEM130010)
Enrolling 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.
Ai Wie 周爱薇 (MEM120029)
Chuah Chun Wooi 蔡俊伟 (MEM120034)
Liew Hun Nee 柳邗妮 (MEM120076)
Ng Yun Hui 黄韵惠 (MEM120120)
Nabilah Binti Abdul Razak (MEM120112)
Silent Mentor Program is really a beneficial program. I learnt a lot from different perspective, not only the medical knowledge but also far way greater
than that. Great thanks to our teacher who is willing to donate their body for this program, it takes pure, noble and loving heart to make such decision. You are really passionate teacher who is willing to contribute for the sake of medical learning and advancement
even after your last breath ~ Madam Wong Huang Sio Eng. I will always remember you in my heart. Lastly, thanks to all family members, doctors, organizers and volunteers who really put a lot of effort to make this program successful. I hope this program will
continue so that more students will benefit from this program.
Nurul Najihah Binti Hassan (MEM130132)
The Silent Mentor Program gave me a lifetime experience that I will never forget.
The teachers' selfless contributions inspired me to do one greater good at least once in my life. I can never forget how kind and touching their acts were, to sincerely donate their bodies to medical students, whom they don't even know, for the sake of better
medical knowledge and research. How I wish I could meet all the teachers when they are still alive, especially my teacher, Madam Wong Huang Sio Eng. Four days of learning from her made me repeatedly say thank you in my heart. I wish her the best for the afterlife
and thank you again. Madam Wong Huang Sio Eng, your act has deeply moved my heart. Thank you to all the families involved as well for supporting their decisions. May god bless your soul always.
Tee Wei Jie (MEM120192)
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 life.
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.
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.
Yeap Jen Sheng 叶征鑫 (MEM130175)
Esther Yeow Kar Mun 邱嘉敏
Tan Shi Qi (MEM130159)
Kok Suet Hwa 郭雪桦 (MEM130070)
Brian Tay Cheong Yang (MEM130015)
The 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.
Beh Ming Jian 马铭剑 (MEM110015)
Dayana Binti Dunian (MEM130033)
To be a part of Silent Mentor Program, it is a true blessing for me and all of my friends. Before joining Silent Mentor Program, I did not have any clue of
who he was. But today, Mr. Lau Kum Sing is one of my greatest teachers in my life. To the world, he may be just a teacher but to us, he was a HERO. He had a passion for the students that shined brightly and made you want to be the best student you could ever
be, not only for the sake of ourselves, but for the sake of our future generations. I still remember the day when he pledged to be one of the Silent Mentors, his intention was so pure and he just wanted to contribute to the society even when he is no longer
alive. I believed he already achieved his life goal by now. His selfless contribution had really taught me on how to become better in the future. He was not only taught me on how to be kind to one another, but he also planted the seeds of knowledge that would
last a lifetime, as long as we live.
To my Silent Mentor Mr. Lau Kum Sing, thank you for taking us through this experience of a lifetime. May you rest in peace and may your family find comfort in knowing that you are home
now. God bless you. Thank you.
Darcy Jamih (MEM130032)
I remember the first time I joined the Silent Mentor Program. It was back when I was a first year medical student where I served
as a volunteer. I had no idea what was it truly about but I still joined the Sending-off Ceremony. Even though I knew nothing about it, there was a sense of sadness and solemn in my heart upon the sending-off.
And this time,
I am a fourth-year medical student. I joined the whole process of the program, from meeting up the family, to transferring the body of our Silent Mentor and finally to the Sending-off Ceremony. STILL, I had the same sense of sadness and solemn. But this time
it was different because I got to know the background of my Silent Mentor, I met the family and put myself in their shoes and I know, I already fulfilled my Silent Mentor’s wishes.
For me, this Silent Mentor Program
is not just a platform for students to learn and discover new knowledge and skill, it is also all about humanity and to treat patients as well as their family as human beings. I learned that it is not easy to donate body for the benefits of others; and I learned
it is not easy to let go someone you love to be dissected, sutured and kept for a while before they are buried or cremated.
All the sacrifices, both from the Silent Mentors and family members, as well as the committee ignited
the sense of humanity and love in me, to treat patients and their family with dignity and empathy. I quote one of the sentences in the speech of a family member during the closing ceremony: “Before you can become a good doctor, you need to become a good
human first” and I couldn’t agree more. I believe this simple message given by one of the family members has a deep meaning and I will hold on to it for the whole journey of me as a medical student or as a doctor in the future.
To my Silent Mentor Mr. Lau Kum Sing, thank you for taking one step further from the norm. It was a great honor to have you as a Silent Mentor and I feel so privileged to stitch the very last suture on your body which has a great meaning for me.
And as I am sharing this, my thought also goes to your family members, who never at once felt hesitated to share about you to us. Rest in peace Mr. Lau Kum Sing.
Fathin Aina Binti Abdul Hadi (MEM130043)
Being a part of Silent Mentor Program, it really teaches me a lot. I became more responsible and disciplined towards life and works. I entered this program with zero knowledge of what this program is truly all about and decided to join it for the
sake of study and improve my skills. Little that I know of, it was far beyond that. I got to know my mentor, Mr. Lau Kum Sing through the home visit and also from his daughters. Only then I realized that this program teaches me more than just clinical skills.
I learnt to be responsible. For Mr. Lau to become a Silent Mentor was a true sacrifice from him. He voluntarily entered this program for me and the students to get benefit from his body. His selflessness did contribute a lot to our society and in fact more
to the students who joined this program.
To my late Silent Mentor, Mr. Lau, thank you for being a teacher for me. Even though it was a short experience but it was an experience for the rest of my lifetime. Thank you.
Roshan Arjun Ananda (Monash University Malaysia)
First of all, I am very grateful and thankful that three medical students from Monash University Malaysia Campus
were invited to participate in the Silent Mentor Program.
The structure of the program was very organized and it had benefited me. Home visit prior to the program had enlightened me about the life of my Silent Mentor before
he passed away. During the conversation with his family members, I got to know him in greater depth although he had passed away. His family members were very friendly and aided us in the history taking. I admired the decision of my Silent Mentor to donate
his body. It is never an easy decision. His expression about the Silent Mentor Program made me feel touched. Although his educational background was not high, his dedication and contribution towards the society is huge. I learnt that I have to contribute to
the society and help others regardless of educational and financial abilities as there is always channel to do so. The core problem faced by most people which in turn deter them from participating in this program is belief. According to my Silent Mentor, he
urged people to put down their belief and donate their bodies for medical studies. I understand that it is a very tough decision as it requires a lot of courage.
During the workshop, I was taught the skills to perform medical
procedures including chest tube insertion and suturing. I appreciated that the lecturers spared their time after work to educate and assist medical students to perform the medical procedures. It was indeed a great learning experience as hands-on clinical skills
are limited in medical school.
During the last sharing session with the family members before the funeral, we learnt about the feeling of the family members on their expectation for the participants. One of the family members
expressed that it was very upset to wait for four months for her mother’s funeral. From this aspect, it is visible that the family members were still grieving and in pain although they supported the Silent Mentor’s decision.
In conclusion, I feel that this program is crucial in shaping me to become a better doctor with empathy and emphasize in the patients’ emotion in the future. Tackling the patients’ emotion is a crucial step in treating a patient as it
will build a good rapport between the doctor and the patients as well as increase compliance towards treatments that are prescribed to them.
Beh Yuan Fei (Monash University Malaysia)
the Initiation Ceremony to the Sending-off Ceremony, Silent Mentor is an impressive program which does not only focus on delivering medical teaching for undergraduates, but also instilling excellent humanity and ethics among healthcare professionals.
As a Year 2 medical student, it was a great opportunity for me to have an early exposure to some clinical procedures and minor surgeries. All procedures (suturing skills, endotracheal intubation, central venous line insertion and
chest tube insertion) were performed on the Silent Mentors which allowed us to practise on real human beings. This practical workshop not only fine tunes our clinical skills, but also acts as a platform to prepare the medical students in handling emotion and
stress properly in facing death.
Looking at the cuts and sutures that scattered all over the bodies of Silent Mentors whilst cleaning their bodies every day before and after each workshop, I was greatly moved by their acts
of love to humanity. Every prayer being made before the workshop is never enough to repay the gift the Silent Mentors have bestowed to us.
In short, the Silent Mentor Workshop is a reminder of empathy to every future doctor
for the greatest benefit of the patient. I would like to pay my greatest respect to the beloved Silent Mentor - Madam Lee Leng Kee for her selfless sacrifices to contribute to the medical education. Thank you for teaching us the values of compassion and empathy.
In our hearts, you will always be remembered and loved.
Ting Xuan Ning (Monash University Malaysia)
The Silent Mentor Workshop was a total eye-opener. In fact, it was the starting point
where I view medicine from another perspective.
Although we have plastinated specimens coupled with the advanced technology in aiding our learning of anatomy, I realized that nothing beats the first-hand experience of observing
a dissection. I was awe-inspired by the intricacies of human anatomy, and in fact, this was the first time I could truly appreciate the significance of learning anatomy and correlate it with different medical conditions. The surgeons demonstrated and explained
to us the procedures of laparotomy, appendectomy, pfannenstiel incision, carpal tunnel release and incision & drainage. Understanding our needs, the surgeons even showed us layers and layers of muscles during fasciotomy and demonstrated the actions of
each muscle group.
Apart from the clinical skills and surgical skills, I believe I have learnt the most important lesson of life, a lesson that I should advocate to my friends. My most respectful teachers - the Silent Mentors
showed me the values of humanity and the importance of empathy. Knowing their life stories beforehand made me felt as if I were to know them personally, as if they were someone who are of significant relevance to me. Their life stories kept reminding me that
they were a caring father, a loving mother or a dedicated teacher. In fact, all these indirectly teach me to become a doctor who does not only treats disease, but always treats patient as a whole.
Probably due to the strong
attachment, I felt so sorry to the Silent Mentors’ each time when I performed procedures on them. Although they had never complained, I felt as if I could also feel the pain with each procedure, be it suturing, chest tube placement or central venous
line insertion. As such, I always tried to be as gentle as possible. I believe that when I perform procedures on real patients in the future, I will keep reminding myself that I should be gentle and caring, and to incur the least pain.
To my Silent Mentors, I am a total stranger. They have never met me. What they only knew was that they were going to donate their bodies to medical students and healthcare professionals for the sake of medical education; what I potentially learn
will not even benefit them. The very fact that they are willing to put aside their traditions and cultures of dying in a piece demonstrated their courage and determination in educating the future generation. What they chose was a different method of contributing
to the society; they chose to leave legacies behind for humanity, for science and for life.
At the last day of the program, I was so despair when I could no longer recognise my Silent Mentors’ faces after all the procedures
that they went through. I tried to reconcile their faces with the ones on photos but to no avail. Besides appreciation, the only thing that I could do was to promise myself that I will be a good doctor, for I had such great teachers. No matter what challenges
I am going to face in my medical journey, I know that I will not give up easily as my Silent Mentors had made such huge sacrifices just to educate me.
Without uttering a word, they taught me the importance of humanity, showed
me the value of selflessness and showered me with the gift of love. Armed with their love, I promised myself that I would pass down their love and generosity to my future patients. Once again, I reminded myself that I will become a compassionate doctor, a
doctor who cares always.
17th Silent Mentor Workshop 06-11/12/2016
Leong Sih Yoong (MEM120073)
Tan Hsien Jon (MEM120187)
I am very grateful to be able to participate in the Silent Mentors Program. This program taught me that it only takes an ordinary man to make an extraordinary contribution
to the society. Empathy is an important value to be taught because as a future doctor, we are not treating the disease but we are treating the patient as a whole. And I believed that this program managed to instill this value deeply in our heart.
I would like to offer my utmost gratitude to the total strangers who contributed their bodies for the sake of us, medical students to learn more and improve our clinical skills. No words would able to show how noble they are.
Ooi Chieh Yin 黃潔吟 (MEM120159)
Kelvin Khoo Wei Shen (MEM120059)
To be honest when I first registered, I didn't have much expectation. For one I knew, it would be beneficial for my skills and medical
education and nothing more. But towards the end of the program, voluntarily or not, I had learned many values and qualities a doctor should have. To name a few, compassion, selflessness and empathy. It took me by such surprise that I was overwhelmed with emotions
on the last day. The Silent Mentors are truly one of the greatest educators, not because of the knowledge or skills they passed on but because they taught us using their very own bodies. Though they have long passed, but listening to their stories and seeing
their family members, it was alike they were right there with us which of course they are, in body. But having that feeling and perception made me as careful and attentive as I was when I am dealing with a living person. Through this program, I wasn't just
taught on how to be a better doctor, I was taught on how to be a son, a brother and so forth. Not an understatement when I say one of the most meaningful lessons in life.
Kwok Zheng Hong (MEM120040)
It's been a meaningful and memorable event. Mr. Loo Thean Khoy - I can't thank you enough. I've learnt a lot, from medical and ethical aspects. Thanks to you Mr. Loo and the organizing
committee of this program. I'm proud to say that I am confident that the objective of this program has been achieved seeing that I've learnt skills and self morality being instilled through this week. I hope Silent Mentor Program will continue for a very long
time to let medical students have the chance like me to learn all these valuable lesson and experience. Thank you!
Lee Seek Yang (MEM120069)
Sia Jo Ee (MEM120173)
I’m so grateful and thankful for Tzu Chi giving the chance for us to join this program. Learnt some things, although is just empathy, but
is something which can be learnt outside academic stuff. Lastly, be a humane doctor instead of a successful doctor.
Chan Xiao Min (MEM120025)
Ng Kar Aik 黄嘉镒 (MEM120119)
Tan Hong Keat 陈鸿杰 (MEM120186)
Bryan Lee Yen Pei 李彥培 (MEM120022)
While words may never be enough to repay the gift the Silent Mentors have bestowed to us, they were all that I can offer here. I am sincerely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Silent Mentor Program and to the
selfless sacrifices the Silent Mentors have made.
The values of compassion, empathy and gratitude are among the many that this program aims to instill and I believe that it has been achieved. These values are ones
that transcend creed and culture, and values that have been taught by total strangers, who have made the decision in life to give what remaining that belongs to them when they passed on, in hopes that we may benefit and pass that down when treating future
patients in our care.
The Silent Mentor Program is, in short, a reminder of empathy, a remembrance of a deceased loved one and a show of utmost gratitude to an act of great love to humanity. For that I offer my deepest
appreciation to the Silent Mentors and their family members.
Nur Farah Inani Binti Zakaria (MEM110125)
No words can describe my feeling throughout this Silent Mentor Program. At first,
I joined this program just to learn about the surgical skills. But I’ve learnt more than that. Our Silent Mentors have taught us more than we expected. Not only the skills, but we have learnt to be a good doctor when giving care and treatment to our
patients. Empathy, love and responsibility are very important for this profession. We even received loves and advices from our Silent Mentor’s family. Having them together with us made this program more meaningful. Lastly, I’m thankful to have
our doctors from UMMC and Silent Mentor organizer to teach us the skills and stay with us for hours. Thank you Silent Mentors, families, doctors and organizers.
Tun Yun Tien 孙润添 (MEM120195)
My first impression on Silent Mentor Workshop is that it is a platform for medical student to learn and practice various skills such as suturing, chest tube insertion and etc. However, my view changes after I went through this
workshop. I started to realize it is not only new skills that I learned from this workshop but what I learnt from it is way more valuable - gratitude. When each of us was assigned to certain families, we interviewed our Silent Mentor family about their life
and family members too. Indirectly, we also make new friends and connection with their family. Every morning when I cleaned my Silent Mentor, I treated them as one of my family members and with respect. After a week of being with the Silent Mentor and family
members, I personally think that the amount of sacrifice and commitment that they provide to us is tremendous. I think that Silent Mentor Workshop is a must have workshop and should be continued because it does not only teaches students new skills but also
the way of treating patient in the future such as sense of responsibility, sense of gratitude and empathy.
Chan Pei Qi 陈沛琦 (MEM120024)
Silent Mentor Program has been an experience like no other I have experienced over my time in medical school. It is the one program we are given the opportunity to discover the compassionate aspect of our future careers. To have worked so closely with our
patient's family even after she has gone is really an opportunity one doesn't get often; some ever in their medical school life. I would like to extend my gratitude to the administrators especially Mr. Sia, who has tirelessly aided this program phase by phase,
day by day. The skills I have gained will always be treasured; probably even be the kick starter to a career in surgery. I have finished this program refreshed and excited to a lifetime of new found confidence.
Christopher Chin Chien Chuan 曾健专 (MEM120055)
It was a privilege to be able to join this program in the first place and I
would like to thank my Silent Mentors and their families for the love and sacrifices they showed us. Words and emotions are unable to express the gratitude felt by my colleagues and me. It's indeed a noble decision made by the Silent Mentors. It's easier to
say than actually do it.
I think besides medical knowledge and skills, what I learnt most from this program is the selfless love portrayed by the mentors and their families. After joining the program,
it was difficult to just walk away without feeling emotional. The lessons learnt from our mentors are precious and special. Although we never met them before, the bond grew stronger as the days go by.
next to them and walked them to their final journey made me realised the contributions they made are going to last forever crafted in our heart. And we are forever in debt to our mentors. Thank you for all the love. It's a perfect chapter laid to rest and
rest in peace, our beloved Silent Mentors.
Nurul Farhana Binti Mohd Amin (MEM120150)
Till now, I am still missing my teachers, especially Teacher YY (Chan Yoot Yee). Throughout
the sessions day by day, while doing the medical procedures, I am really into my teacher. Every time, I am helping my friend to cut the strings, I will hold your cold hand and saying to myself, thank you and I am sorry. How can you be so brave and kind
hearted soul for allowing us to learn such a valuable knowledge. You are really my hero. On that day, when you are leaving us, I am crying really hard. Thank you. Thank you. I never met you before, but I will always remember you as my hero and inspirational
teacher. Going to miss and love you so much. Rest in peace, my teacher. Thank you.
Pong Jia Shen 冯嘉伸 (MEM120163)
Oon Chun Huat 温俊发 (MEM120162)
Weng Wai 黎穎蕙 (MEM120066)
Hoh Wee Liam 何洧年 (MEM120049)
Kow Yun Shi 高韵诗 (MEM120064)
Siti Qaiyyum Binti Kamari (MEM120178)
There is no word or phrase that can describe all the Silent Mentor's noble sacrifice. They were all
my teachers. My silent teachers that taught us more than a book can give. I am so glad to get the opportunity to join this program which has taught me a lot especially in the aspect of respect, love, value and sacrifice. Big thank to all the Silent Mentors,
family members and the organizer.
Dherej Kaur A/P Amarjit Singh (MEM120037)
The Silent Mentor Program is indeed one of its’ kind.
I feel so blessed and privileged to be a part of such a unique program that not only teaches us and allows us to sharpen our clinical skills, but also emphasizes on compassion and respect of our mentors. I cannot find the words to express my gratitude to our
Silent Mentors for their selfless sacrifice. Our mentors have not only allowed us to become better doctors but also better human beings. This cannot be learnt from any textbook but stems from the love for humanity that our Silent Mentors have exhibited. This
has touched each and every one of us and will leave a lasting impression. Not forgetting their families. No doubt letting go of a loved one in an unconventional way would have been a difficult and painful process. I would like to thank you sincerely for being
supportive of our Silent Mentors’ decision. To the family of my Silent Mentor, Mr. Foo Siek Yoon, you welcomed us into your home and have been nothing but helpful and cooperative throughout the whole program, thank you for this. Lastly, thank you to
Mr. Sia and the Silent Mentor organizers as well as the volunteers for making this program possible.
Quek Ven Chin 郭汶锦 (MEM120164)
"More bless to give than to receive". Indeed this phrase is true as I now see it myself in this Silent Mentor Program. It's through their selfless sacrifices that our hearts can be touched, understanding that life is not only about
ourselves, but sacrifice for the others. It has reminded me to have love for people, even to those that I didn't know or met before, and this is important in my medical career as I will be going to meet all kinds of people from different walks of life! Our
Silent Mentor has definitely demonstrated a good example for us to learn from.
I've learnt so much through this Silent Mentor Program. Thank you to all Silent Mentors, family members and organizing
committees for making this possible! I'm so grateful!
Tan Pheng Hian (MEM120189)
Silent Mentors’ decision to participate in this program
despite orthodox cultural and religious belief is a courageous yet noble one. We have benefited a lot from this program and we highly appreciate the sacrifice made by the Silent Mentors and their families.
Lee Chee Hao (MEM120067)
A tree is known by its fruits, a man is known by his deeds. Thank you Silent Mentors, your kindness is beyond words.
Siti Nabihah Binti Kumasi (MEM120174)
Mentor Program has provided a very good platform for a medical student, not only to learn medical skills, but also to respect patients as their teachers. The knowledge that we gained is very helpful and beneficial for our future as a doctor. Thank you Silent
Kaalpana A/P Jayakumar (MEM120056)
When I first registered for the Silent Mentor Workshop months ago, I was in the impression that I am just going to learn the important clinical
skills a doctor should know. From the first day I took part, I realized that its way beyond just learning. There was love, emotion, sacrifice and more sentiments in this program.
My Silent Mentor, Mr. Chia Song Lee
is my hero. When I went to his house to meet his family members, I was told about his personal life. He was such a loving father, husband and brother. All those sweet, loving memories that his family members had about him reflects how special he was to them.
Since then, I realized that it was not just about the body, it was also about his courage and the sacrifice that he made for us, medical students. We all have learnt to be more humane when giving care to patients, to handle the human body with utmost respect
and gentleness and to respect their families’ emotions.
His daughter said this during the Gratitude Ceremony, “Remember, today my father and Silent Mentors are your heroes. We believe that in the future,
you will become our heroes.
Good luck to all of you, doctors to be and thank you.” These words from her were very touching.
Thanks to the organizers of Silent Mentor Workshop,
to the mentors’ family members and most importantly thank you so much to all our Silent Mentors, the real heroes - Mr. Loo Thean Khoy, Mr. Chia Song Lee, Ms. Chan Yoot Yee and Mr. Foo Siek Yoon.
Koay Zhong Lin 郭忠霖
New Ru Peng (MEM120118)
One of the most exciting parts of my medical school during the pre-clinical years is to learn anatomy using cadavers in the dissection hall. It was when medical students
will dissect frantically to find the particular vessel or muscle before the session ends without knowing the origin or background of the cadaver. The Silent Mentor Program opened my eyes to understanding the suffering and selflessness of a patient to allow
others to learn from them. I learnt more from the house visits rather than the clinical session itself. The surgical and clinical skills that I learnt may be valuable and life-saving but what is more important is the awareness and emphatic feelings that is
instilled within from this Silent Mentor Program that will make a doctor who cares for their patients. Thank you, Mr. Chia Song Lee and family for allowing us to get into your intimate area of your lives for us to understand better, to be better doctors in
Lee Shu Ren (MEM120070)
Nur Fatihah Binti Abdul Razak (MEM120132)
Mentor is a beneficial program where I have learnt so much beyond what I can learn from patients and books. I would like to send a big gratitude to the late Mr. Chia Song Lee and his family for their contribution to us, medical students and doctors. He portrayed
that to teach, we might not need to be in the same world. Even though we are in different worlds, he could still teach using his body as a genuine sacrifice. I personally really appreciate what he has done.
blessing will always be upon you and your family, dear Mr. Chia Song Lee.
16th Silent Mentor Workshop 04-09/10/2016
Chian Xue Han 钱学涵 (MEM120031)
Irdina Aminuddin (MEM120052)
Apart from gaining
new clinical skills, this program sheds light on the more intimate side of medicine: the impact of disease on family, the process of coping with a loss and particularly, an individual's wishes to leave a legacy for others to benefit from.
It's an honor to learn from the Silent Mentors and take care of them up till their grand sending-off ceremony. This experience is important to me and it is one that will always be remembered.
Aun Yiyang (MEM120188)
It was my fault 23rd birthday when I first got exposed to the Silent Mentor Program. I was called by my friends to help out on cleaning the body of a Silent Mentor. I reflected on my life, for that instance. Months passed and
we finally completed our 6 days course on Silent Mentor Program. From the home visit to sending the teachers for cremation, it gave me an insight on our purpose of life. I admire the courage of the teachers to donate their bodies for a better future and generation.
I respect the family members who are always supportive and putting high hopes on us, the future medical practitioners. To give is to take, I hope the spirit of the program would be passed down.
Tung Yu Feng (MEM120196)
I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity to participate in this Silent Mentor Program. Not only that my Silent Mentor gave me an opportunity to learn and practice on his body, he also encouraged me to become a
better person in the field of medicine. In my opinion, Silent Mentor Program is a way in which a person is able to learn not only clinical skills but also medical ethics. From a stranger to someone who is willing to donate their body after deceased for good
use, we can see that how strong the expectation of our selfless Silent Mentor is, in terms of hoping that we can one day be a good medical practitioner, so that whoever is in the same faith as them, would not have to suffer the same way they do.
Through my Silent Mentor, I also learned that emotions also play a very important role in treating our future patients. It is always better to put ourselves in the patients' shoe so that we understand their feelings as well. In this way, hopefully
better care can be given to them as well.
David Zachary Redzuan Mosiun (MEM120036)
As I continued to walk down the path laid before me in my medical student
life, I often thought about stepping off for a little while to see where I would end up. I did just that the moment I enrolled myself in the Silent Mentor Program.
This program brings invaluable benefit to doctors,
students, and patients alike, past or present. Doctors are able to hone their skills further, polishing the finer details in their work. Students are able to learn new knowledge and gain a better understanding of what they have learnt. Patients are able to
receive the treatment knowing they are in capable hands. Furthermore, the benefit is sure to live on into the future with the help of this program.
I cannot seem to find the right words to describe my feelings towards
the program. I am happy yet I am in awe. Happy that I got to learn so much from this program, practical & life-saving clinical skills together with the importance of the way you feel towards your patients. In awe simply because I can never and probably
never will understand how our Silent Mentors can be so generous and full of courage as to donate their own bodies for our cause.
Whatever it is, I now feel more confident as I return to the path laid before me in my
medical student life. And rest assured I will make good use of whatever I have gained from this to serve the people, as my teachers, the Silent Mentors, have served me.
Teoh Yi Ming (MEM120193)
Participation in the Silent Mentor Program was initially to expose myself to a different kind of learning opportunity. Later on when the program started, it revealed a more personal and emotional type of education. Then I realised the importance
of knowing and understanding our Silent Mentor before we started to expect knowledge from him. I was inspired by the courage and selflessness of the Silent Mentors to donate their bodies and contribute to the society even after they passed away. They did not
know who will be utilising their bodies yet they were willing to let us as medical professionals to practice clinical skills on them. I then started to ask myself if I would do the same as my Silent Mentor.
this Silent Mentor Workshop, I had definitely brushed up my clinical skills but the more important things that I would highlight are the noble values that I learnt indirectly from the program. I learned to be empathy and to respect my patients. My Silent Mentor
taught me that a patient-doctor relationship is far more crucial than the medical treatment itself. Ill patients need understanding doctors, not stereotypic doctors. I would say that it was truly an amazing experience and a lifelong opportunity to participate
in this program and benefited from it. I would also like to praise the family members of the Silent Mentors for their generosity and support. Lastly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude towards my Silent Mentor Mr. Low Hun Ming for being the one
and only special teacher in my life.
Goh Saw Huan 吴淑环 (MEM120043)
Sharveena Veeran (MEM110157)
I am blessed to be involved in the 16th
Silent Mentor Workshop. It was way beyond my imagination. In the beginning, I did not expect much and did not have much idea though I thought it would be just a one day program held with clinical procedures teaching. However I was in shock wow 1 week, though
I had to skip my one week of Banting posting which I was enjoying and relaxing but bravo, that 1 week of Silent Mentor Program totally changed all my perception that I did not develop in these 5 years.
every Silent Mentor who was selfless and willing as well able to contribute for medicine especially us the medical students to practice on their long lived body on earth. No one can teach empathy, sympathy is easy but empathy is not. I developed empathy and
would like to express my gratitude to all the 6 Silent Mentors. Their great contribution has helped me to develop and practice clinical skills on their body with the guidance of the doctors.
When I watched the video
of Silent Mentors before their final succumbs, I was really touched and tears was just flowing down my eyes looking at the honourable deed they could do, as it was not that easy. They were great teachers for us medical students, through their bodies I got
the opportunity to learn and gain experience as well as recall my anatomy which I did not get much exposure during my first year of medical study. I am really in awe of this program and would like to thank all the doctors who helped us and taught us especially
on Friday night teaching patiently, giving one to one teaching to me as I joined the workshop. Thank you Dr. Ridzuan, Dr. Ashraf, Dr. Sachin, Dr. Jaya, Prof Si Lay and all the doctors who gave their time to teach us. I learned what it means by love toward
knowledge which is vast and unfathomable.
Last but not least, I believe everyone has a role in this world but above all let's give and contribute for science and medical research to be better. I would like to thank
every family member of Silent Mentor without whom this may not be possible, thank you for your willingness and support towards our Silent Mentor. In a nutshell , thank you Prof Chin and Prof Saw for being with us all the time guiding us and encouraging us,
Mr Sia & the volunteer helpers. I believe every medical student should take part in this program, such a great fortuity. I am thankful and grateful to God for this sublime experience.
matters in management of patient" – Silent Mentor Mr Low Hun Ming
Celia Low Fang Ying (MEM120023)
Silent Mentor Program was first introduced to me
during anatomy class in my first year of medical school. I got to know this by listening to seniors and professors talking about this program. However, I did not take further actions to participate due to lack of interest. I suppose it was due to my limited
medical knowledge during first year. I did not have the intention to involve myself in this voluntarily.
As a final year student, the opportunity to do hands-on and to gain experience made me wanted to join this program
so eagerly. Seeing juniors helping selflessly, spending their evenings just for this program, I realized that they will be good doctors in future because it shows that they are so truthful and kind-hearted. Their patience and passion towards this program could
not be faded, and so did that our Silent Mentors, their sacrifices made earned my utmost respect.
It would take me a huge courage to donate my body as a Silent Mentor. However I would consider organ donation. But for
now, what I want to learn and to achieve as a medical student is first to be responsible to my patient. I would put myself into the patient's shoe and give more attention to the patient and the family members physically and mentally. Lastly, I feel that all
Silent Mentors have brought pride to their lives and their family because of their selfless act. By letting us learn on their bodies, hoping that we could become a more decent doctor to help more patients in the future.
Shu Jiun 邱诗珺 (MEM120057)
Nurul Hazirah Mohd Hanafiah (MEM120153)
Silent Mentor Program has taught me a whole new level of empathy towards medical profession. Apart
from having the opportunity to practice and improve clinical skills on those bodies that had the closest feeling to real patients, I also learned that one can still continue to contribute to the society even though they are no longer around. As for now, I
hope to make full use of the knowledge I have acquired through this program not only for my own career but also to share with my other colleagues, so the benefit from the Silent Mentors can continuously be passed down to other generations.
Sherwin Johan Ng (MEM120171)
I first heard of the Silent Mentor Program when I was a first year medical student back in 2012. Before joining this program as generations of my seniors did, I thought it
plainly serves as a platform for medical practitioners to brush up invasive procedure skills by practicing on the cadavers.
After the home visit and interacting with our mentor's family members, I discovered that it was
not merely to extract information of the mentor, but to learn about a teacher's life story through fragments reminiscence shared by each family member, which were put together forming a beautiful memoir.
the sessions, I had learnt and practiced on surgical and procedural skills which were guided by experienced professionals. No doubt that I had achieved my objectives in this program. But that was not all, I too learnt the values on how to care and empathize
our patients which are life lessons that could not be educated in a classroom. For each day, we cleaned, shampooed and dried our mentor before and after the workshop, as though as they are a living person. With every stitches and procedures I have done, I
did it with care and with the mindset that these were performed on actual patient instead on the mentor.
As we move our mentors into the coffin, I felt grateful and relieved at the same time as they finally deserved
to rest well after all the contributions they gave to the medical field. As we proceeded to the funeral the next day, I walked slowly behind the hearse and I felt sad for every step I took as though as it was sending off someone I knew for years. It was the
Mentor who was silently teaching, illuminating and upskill us; It was the Guru who patiently allowed us to learn slowly; It was the Teacher who did not lecture us for any mistakes done. Thank you my Silent Mentor, Ms. Tan Gek Booi, for giving me and my team
the chance to learn not only to be a skillful doctor, but a benevolent one. May God bless upon you and your family members.
Koh Ee Yin (MEM120062)
"Declare the past; diagnose the
present; foretell the future." Hippocrates' words on medicine were spoken centuries ago, yet until today it remains relevant. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program - it is only with the contribution of the Silent Mentors
that I am able to diagnose the past, build up on my medical knowledge, and proceed from that point on to be a better medical learner. The chance of learning from Silent Mentors is definitely a privilege, and I will always remain humble in the presence of these
great teachers. Thank you so much.
Tiew Han Wei 张汉伟 (MEM120194)
Chew Wen Dee 周宛莅 (MEM120030)
Ngio Yi Chen (MEM120121)
这个计划可以顺利进行，我也要感谢慈济大学，感谢Prof Chin, Prof Saw, Mr. Sia， 还有每一位工作人员。感谢您们愿意付出生命宝贵的时间为学生们筹备，带领学生做家访，陪学生们一大清早清洗老师的身体，每一天的工作坊完成后又帮助学生们收拾。从这次的工作坊，我学到了一些医学上的技巧与知识，相信对未来行医工作会大有帮助。
Ooi Ying Shi 黄音绮 (MEM120161)
感谢您老师们，我会永远记得您们所给予我们的。无语良师计划绝对是值得让医学生们参与以及付出精神的，真心希望这项具有意义的计划可以一直延续下去，把大爱散播到世界每一个角落。最后，我非常感谢Mr Sia, Prof Chin 和全体工委及志愿者，带领我们将这次的无语良师计划进行的十分顺利。
Nor Izzati Binti Mohd Zuki
I joined the program with the intention of learning more than a book can teach, and indeed I learnt so much, not only from the clinical skills point of view but I also learnt about empathy
that nobody can ever teach. This program has taught me that each patient is not just another patient but someone dear to the family and that all patients deserved to be treated the way I would want my dear family to be treated. I am forever indebted with my
Silent Mentor and her family for this noble act for which in return I promise to be a safe and useful healthcare provider in the future. Big thank also to the management of Silent Mentor Program for this opportunity.
Len En Yean 练恩延 (MEM120071)
Chen Chin Chern
I came into the program with mere expectations of having some hands-on experience on some of the common procedures. However the program has left me
emotionally attached to my mentor. Our mentor has a complicated history as she had not officially signed up for the program prior to her death even though she intended to. Her death had left a gaping wound within the hearts of her family: her husband and her
only son. She had left without saying a proper goodbye to her family as she suddenly contracted a hospital acquired sepsis. The disease progressed so rapidly that she soon went into comatose. However, her husband showed great amount of wit, by weathering through
the many hurdles his family faced to fulfill his wife's wish: to donate her body for the Silent Mentor Program. Her story had truly left a mark in my heart. I thank her for giving us this rare opportunity. She will be remembered, Madam Leong Pai
See in loving memory.
Yaw Mei Sim 邱薇璇 (MEM120201)
Jaclyn Tay Yi Ling (MEM120054)
Silent Mentor Program has definitely been an eye opener to me. I am thankful for having the opportunity to participate in this workshop whereby I have learnt
that the greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane. Through the Silent Mentors, I too learned that selflessness is a journey much more than a destination. Be a person with empathy, kind & generous, for everyone you meet is fighting
a hard battle. Thanks again to the steering committee for making this program a success. To all the Silent Mentors, your sacrifices will always be in our heart, and we will strive to be humane doctors of the people tomorrow.
Hui Ting 陈惠婷 (MEM120188)
Heng Kai Voon 邢凯雯 (MEM120048)
Shiu Yong Sheng 徐勇胜 (MEM120172)
Adam Bin Amir (MEM120007)
What do I say to a person who would so willingly give all that they are for the benefit of others? How do I thank someone for their selflessness? Where do I even begin, to show
my gratitude to someone who has so much love for the people around them?
My Silent Mentor is the late Madam Chia Hei Hong. I may never have had the chance to hear her speak, but even in death, she has taught me that
there are no boundaries to good deeds. There are no word to describe how generous and brave she was to become a Silent Mentor, guiding future doctors and specialists. My only hope is that the love she and the other Silent Mentors emit will be translated into
the love and affection towards the care of future patients. They are all beautiful souls and I am sure they are in a better place. I will be forever grateful to them and their families.
In short, the Silent Mentor
Program is not just a workshop to have hands-on experiences. We have learnt to be more humane when giving care to patients, to handle the human body with utmost respect and gentleness, and that having a pure and sincere heart is part of the treatment the patient
needs and deserves. The Silent Mentor Program does not only train medical students to become competent doctors but also compassionate doctors.
"I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and
that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug"
Adrian Lim Jia Hwa 林佳华 (MEM120008)
Ong Jin Xu 王谨旭
Fatin Nadiah Zainudin (MEM120151)
"The one who gives is always better than the one who receives". I know this phrase better when I joined this Silent Mentor Program. Indeed there is no word or phrase that can describe
our Silent Mentor's noble sacrifices. By donating their bodies to us, we learned not just medical skills but also the meaning of love, sacrifice and empathy. Respect and love are not just for the living but also to the dead. We met for a reason either you
are a blessing or a lesson. Thank you Silent Mentors, family members and the organizer.
Lim Eng Seng (MEM120077)
I am very glad to be a part of the 16th
Silent Mentor Workshop. Initially, I thought that Silent Mentor Program is just a platform for medical students to brush up their clinical skills. However, after one week of exposure of this program, I think that we, as a medical student, can learn way beyond
this. Silent Mentors were not only cadaver which serves as our study specimens, but they were someone with their own stories to tell and each of them is unique in their own way. Therefore, we started off this program by doing home visit to know more about
our Silent Mentors and understand about their expectations to us. Then, every day we will clean their bodies before and after the workshop. For me, I think that Silent Mentors not only improve our clinical skills, but also medical ethics which could not be
learnt from the textbook. We really appreciate Silent Mentors for donating their bodies for the good deeds even they have passed away. I hope that we, as a medical student, will utilize this golden experience to help out more patients in the future. I would
like to thank all the Silent Mentors and their family members for their great contribution. I would like to end my gratitude by a short poem: "Like a warm lantern in our heart, like the supple light of the moon. To embrace you forever In the fragrance of the
flower. We will remember you forever". Thank you!
Audrey Lee Ying Shin (MEM120017)
I am truly grateful to be able to participate in the 16th Silent Mentor Workshop. Before I took part
in this program, I have always heard that this program is a good platform for us, medical students to gain clinical experience through our Silent Mentors. Little did I foresee, the Silent Mentor Program not only benefited me in terms of clinical skills, but
has also taught me to be more compassionate towards my patient. As medical students, we often get so excited over learning and managing a disease, rather than understanding the patient as a whole person. Throughout this one week workshop, I have witnessed
how the Silent Mentors have selflessly given themselves to us, for the good of medical practice and to serve the society they love. If there is one thing I can conclude from this Silent Mentor Program, it is that I have learnt to empathize and feel for my
patients. It is my greatest honor to have known such courageous and sacrificial Silent Mentors and I would like to express my heartfelt thankfulness to them, for teaching me to be a doctor with a heart.
Low Chay Lee (MEM120079)
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me invaluable lessons that I will never forget. Thank you so much to the Silent Mentors who were so selfless for the benefit of others. I hope this meaningful program can flourish further
in the future.
Yan Hui Xin (MEM120200)
This is definitely a meaningful program. Other than practicing medical procedures, we also learnt about empathy and understanding patients’
thought are as important as medical knowledge. I think all the activities in this Silent Mentor Program are useful and invaluable. When providing care for them, I also try to imagine myself in my patients’ shoes. I hope this precious program can be continued
and benefit more medical practitioners.
Ding Shu Hui 陈淑慧 (INTI_I11008028)
Ching Yuen Lim 陈媛琳 (INTI_I12001600)
Andrew Lee Heng Yong 李兴涌
Chung Tze Shun 钟紫纯 (INTI_
Kon Chung Yee 官中义 (INTI_I12001606)
Hu Jin Weng 胡锦伟 (INTI_I13002672)
Lam Wan Ying (INTI_I12001585)
I am a Traditional Chinese Medicine student, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have this great experience. Before I attend
this workshop, I was always trying to imagine about my reaction and feeling when I meet my Silent Mentor. I was also curious about what would I learn from this program. When I first met my Silent Mentor, I found that I have no more other feelings except calm
and respectful as my mentor was just looked like a sleeping elderly and he looks so peaceful. Throughout these days, I have learnt more than I expected. It is not just the medical knowledge that I have learnt, either in western medicine or traditional Chinese
medicine. The more important things that I have learnt are the ethics and spirit of selfless dedication. When the patient comes to us, we should always be well prepared before treating them and treat them as our family member. I am very grateful to have this
opportunity to learn so much throughout this program.
Yip Shin Yi (INTI_I11008053)
First, I am very thankful to have a chance to
join Silent Mentor Program. This was the first time I saw Silent Mentor and it was a very precious experience for me. Besides, I have deeply experience the greatness and selfless act of Silent Mentors who contributed their bodies for medical studies. I learnt
lots of knowledge on anatomy.
Through Silent Mentor Program, I also found that patient-doctor relationship is a key factor during a treatment. The effect of treatment may be affected by the understanding and trust
of patient to their physician. Furthermore, I also found that the concern and patience of doctors to their patients are also important, so that the patients have the willpower to insist the treatment. Thank you Silent Mentors for your selfless contributions.
Yap Min Yi (INTI_I16010143)
Natalie Goh Yen Ping 吴滟萍 (INTI_I11009330)
everything will be fine, this is why I’m here for, don’t give up hope!”, 我就想办法振作起来，不懂的就趁空档问问导师或医学同学。在晚間，同样的替汉民老师清洗大体后，运送到冰库房里再坐车返回我校。
，来自不同背景与学校的我们，还记得第一次见面时的尴尬，到后期渐渐的熟悉彼此，一起聊天说笑，到别离时的不舍，缘分真的来得不易！感谢我队的老实人组长David Zachary, 每次我有什么不懂时，你都不嫌烦的解释给我听，爱追求完美的我遇到瑕疵时，你每次都会第一时间给予我鼓励！感谢我队活泼的Yap Min Yi，记得我在最后谢幕时不争气的哽咽，一下台，就收到坐在遥远观众席的你发出的简讯：“别哭啊，Natalie，David说你已经表现得很棒了！”，你们俩的举动，我真的很感动！感谢我队的大姐Lam
Wan Ying林婉莹， “叶子“Yip Shin Yi叶欣仪与Sharveena，感谢你们的陪伴与帮助！感谢我队的可爱姐妹Goh Saw Huan吴淑环，虽然鲜少见面，可是一见面可以说笑无边，还记得在焚化场我快忍不住泪水时，你搭着我的肩，微笑对我说：“好了啦~不要哭了~~”，看着你的表情，我还真的把眼泪“吸“回去，也算破涕为笑。再来，当然是我的台上简介搭档，外冷内热的Teoh Yi Ming张奕明，还记得第一次认识你，你就像冰柜那样冷，彼此不熟就像陌生人，当我们俩被安排担纲简介拍档，老实说我真的想放弃，因为不懂要怎么与像冰山的你联系，还好最后才慢慢熟络，破冰后原来还蛮健谈的。还记得备稿的日子吗？遇到种种的难题，你我相隔两地，没有机会一起练习就上讲台，回想起来还真是吃了豹子胆。稿改了又改，你都很有耐性的做翻译与纠正。默契后来慢慢培养了，还在谢幕礼上台前一刻一起肚子痛啊！最后，还是要说谢谢你，我的拍档！希望往后的日子大家可以一起出来聚会哦！
Lau Chong Ren 刘崇仁 (INTI_I11008096)
Lee Si Min (Inti_I11008314)
I think the biggest change in me after attending this Silent Mentor Workshop is my attitude when I am in the lab. As a final year student, I am spending almost
every day inside a lab. Martha Graham said "Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful, but the path to paradise of that achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries even in its sleep. There are times of complete
frustration. There are daily small deaths." Although Graham was a dancer, but she precisely described how it looks like to live a life as a researcher. Finding the source of perseverance, hard work, focus and passion which can be persisted over a long period
of time is something very key for a researcher. Before this workshop, given with the hard facts of being a researcher, I actually doubted if I should continue with what I do. However, after meeting my Silent Mentor, Madam Mary Ha, I was deeply touched by her
great courage in donating her body for medical research, in which she hoped that she can somehow contribute to the advancement of medicine, so that patients like her can be cured eventually.
I was reflecting on what
I went through during the few days of workshop in the sending-off ceremony. It was one of the longest one kilometer distance I have ever had. As I walked down the road behind Madam Mary's hearse, I have made up my mind that I want to continue to be in the
line of research. Madam Mary convinced me that I can do a good job in this. I know it will be very challenging, but with these selfless Silent Mentors in mind, I am confident that I can endure through the hard times inside the lab, at least for them, I will
endure. Guess this is my way of saying thank you to them.
Chock Wai Chun (Inti_I13002513)
Sumantri Agung Lim (INTI_I12000272)
First of all I am very thankful to be given an opportunity to participate in the Silent Mentor Workshop.
I have learnt so many things through this workshop. In my opinion, every medical student should participate in this program. Because, we cannot study only from the textbook, we need to enhance the clinical practice as well. In this workshop, I have a team
and we were mixed with other medical students. We learned to cooperate, communicate and work together as team even though we were just met one another for the first time. It helped to improve my communication skill. During this workshop, I really used most
of my time to understand and learn more about the human body. I realized that to become an expert and skillful doctor is not easy and need to do a lot of sacrifices. Need to keep practice and learn. Nevertheless, I really salute to all of Silent Mentors who
donated their bodies for us to study and investigate. It is my great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to learn from my Silent Mentor. Through this workshop, I learnt in deep about the empathy, gratitude and selflessness. I would like to say, this
is an unforgettable workshop I had ever attended. I would like to thank SMC to give me this precious chance to participate in the workshop.
15th Silent Mentor Workshop 11-17/04/2016
Lee Hong Qing李宏慶 (MEM110060)
Danial Bin Ismail (MEM110030)
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to join the Silent Mentor Program. It has taught me many meaningful things, both in improving my clinical skills
as well as lessons in life. I was able to practice clinical skills that I never would have had the chance to. But more than that, I have learnt to appreciate life and death in a new way. It has given me an extended appreciation to sacrifices and contribution
for the greater good. It endowed in me empathy towards a stranger that I did not think I would achieve. Most of all, I am very grateful to the Silent Mentors and their families for their honourable acts of selflessness. I will use what I have learnt on this
journey, to be as good and safe a doctor as I can be.
Desmond Ling Chung Wei (MEM110032)
At the beginning, I didn't expect much from this Silent Mentor session, just another program
to me. But as I went through this event, it made me realised that the world does not rotates around me alone, there are so many people together standing on this soil. As the only intelligent species on this earth, we need to start caring for each other
as we all know that, united we stand, divided we fall. Throughout this program, we received help from many volunteers and without them it will never be as successful as ever. I will like to thank everyone who contributes to the success of this Silent Mentor
Program. Lastly I will like to thank our Silent Mentors for their unfathomable love towards the world that they are willing to help us in our future career. Thank you to all doctors who taught us during this program, I promise I will obey the Hippocratic Oaths
and save without remorse.
Mohammad Farhan Bin Md Saleh (MEM110080)
I am very thankful to be given an opportunity to participate in the Silent Mentor workshop. I have learnt so
much throughout the course of the workshop and I personally think that every medical student should participate in this program. All the experience I had such as doing the procedure at real body gave the most valuable gift in learning as a medical student.
However, the beauty inside this program is the Silent Mentor is not just a platform to do real-stimulation procedure, it way beyond that. I learnt in deep about empathy, gratitude and selflessness. I was able to relate myself to the family members and realised
that as doctors, we are not only treating the disease itself but also the overall well-being of the patients and their family members. Respect and love not only to the living but also to the dead. I am also grateful to learn about other religion's
funeral ceremony and respect it. Last but not least, I will like to thank SMC for this great opportunity.
Lee Xin Ying 李欣萤 (MEM110064)
Writing this reflection marks the end of the 15th Silent Mentor Workshop. At the very start when I decided to join Silent Mentor Program, I thought the program was mostly about brushing up our skills on clinical procedures. It turned out
that it was way more than that. From the conversation with our Silent Mentor’s family members and friends during home visit, I began to learn about our Silent Mentor’s biography. I got to know about her personality, her life in the temple, her
illness and her coping strategies, which strengthen my affection for her. This is the same as taking a full history of a patient before starting treatment. It is as important as any other chapters in medical school as it taught us to understand the patient
situation and try thinking from the patient’s perspective. Moreover, it is a very courageous act to donate our body after death. It is my greatest honor and privilege to have the opportunity to learn from my Silent Mentor and I would like to express
my gratitude to her. Throughout the program, I have also come into contact with students from other universities. We learned to cooperate, communicate and work together as a team even though we have just met each other for the first time. It helped in improving
our communication skills, which is crucial in interpersonal relationship in the workplace. All in all, I am very grateful to join this workshop from the start till the end. It was a truly unforgettable experience, and has prepared us both clinically and mentally
for our career. Although it is not easy, I know that we will try hard to realize our Silent Mentor’s expectation, which is to maintain good intention and reduce patients’ suffering.
Ong Jun Yin (MEM110141)
Em Jun Min
Leong Hui Ling梁蕙琳(MEM120072)
Tan Soon Sin (MEM110176)
Nur Faezah Mohd Ariff (MEM110121)
I have learned about the Silent Mentor Program ever since before I attended medical school. There was a documentary from a local TV station covered the
story about the Silent Mentor Program in Tzu-Chi University, Taiwan and I was so impressed with their achievements there. However, I knew at that point of time, this program has not been practice yet here in our country. Until I entered medical school, during
my first year of doing medicine, there were a few seniors that came to our lecture hall and talked about this program which was just newly started here at that time. I was so excited to know that this program is actually been adapted based on what Tzu-Chi
University is doing, as what I had already seen in the television. Ever since then, I kept promise to myself that whenever I have the chance, I should and I must join this Silent Mentor Program. Therefore back in 2014, I managed to register myself for the
Silent Mentor Workshop and finally got my turn to join the 15th Silent Mentor Workshop & Ceremony. This workshop is so much beneficial to us in terms of enhancing our surgical procedure skills such as suturing, intubation, inserting central venous line
and also inserting chest tube. Throughout this workshop too, I had the chance to meet and cooperate with medical students from other universities, thus widen my circle of acquaintances. However, most importantly, by joining this program, I learnt that even
being silence, one still can teach others, like what our noble mentors had done. They not only gave us the chance to do practical procedures on their bodies silently without complaining anything, but indirectly they also taught us a lot of positive values
such as empathy, sincere, respect, caring, braveness and more significantly, the values of love. I feel grateful to be a part of this honourable program, and I wish that the Silent Mentor Program will be widely accepted in our society and thus can be continue
to be implemented until next time for the sake of success of the medical field.
Nur Arynah Saiyidah Bt Mohd Jamili (MEM110118)
Silent Mentor Program is a new program I knew since I entered
clinical year in medical school. It is a program that covers a lot of aspects not just in medical field. It taught me about life, empathy, sacrifice, understanding of our patient and the environment around him besides just lent his body for our learning on
insertion of endotracheal tube, chest tube, central venous line and suturing. In addition, I learnt about different culture which is not really new for me but it reminds me of my late grandparents who are also Chinese. Our Silent Mentors are wonderful, kind-hearted,
and honourable people who I admired their selflessness for us people in medical field to learn from their bodies. I am grateful to be given a chance for joining this program as I could learn a lot of things and experience it myself. Thank you for all the people
involved in this program including my team members who worked hard and cooperated together in this program. If I were given a chance to join this program again, I will volunteer to join.
How Wen Jie (MEM110047)
I have heard this question many times: Who is your favorite teacher? And I have always answered it silently with – none! All I could remember about my teachers
in the past is the smack on the head from my reading and writing teacher, whenever I mispronounced a word, when I was still in primary school. While in high school, a teacher made me turned my chair around (I was sitting on the front row) to face my classmates,
because I failed to heed her warning to stop chattering. The embarrassment I felt became an appendage to the word “teacher.” But my answer to the popular question transformed when I joined this Silent Mentor Program and Mr. Phua became my teacher/Silent
Tzu-Chi’s Great Body Donation initiative gives death a new meaning. Dharma Master Cheng Yen changes the perception of death from one of gloom, decay, destruction and abandonment to one of purity and dignity
and an enhancement of the value of life by means of helping others. Her establishment of this body donation program has also changed the feelings of medical students towards cadavers. Instead of treating cadavers as decaying anonymous objects, which they often
treat with frivolity because they are afraid of confrontation with death and having to experience repulsive odors, medical students are taught to see them as selfless family members who should be treated with respect, gratitude and care. The positive attitude
towards cadavers will stay with the students throughout their medical careers and play a decisive role in future doctors to treat their patients with respect and other positive feelings.
I still have a vivid memory of the workshop
given that day. It gave me a very deep impression and I was quite frightened. It was my first experience of standing next to a mentor. I felt oppressed by the horror of standing beside a deceased body. I was scared, as the Silent Mentor
was nevertheless different from a living person. His body was cold. But this feeling passed quickly. We were taught that the Silent Mentor was really a person; he was a teacher, not a cadaver. He was the same as us, had life, and now is using his body
to guide us. Our mentor is also a teacher who deserves our respect. He is here to help us cross this psychological barrier quickly, so that we can easily follow the class. Regardless of how attractive the illustrations in the books were, they were flat,
printed materials. But the mentor was real, 3-dimensional.
When I touched his body, I found some unusualness from a normal body. I then realized that those unusualness was the cause of his death. I felt very sad. In
his last days, he must have suffered a lot of pain. As I touched him, I remembered the pain he suffered. I could feel his pain. I would like to ask him if I was being too rough. Though I knew he could no longer feel, I am still worried that I might hurt
him, or do something wrong. I really could not express how bad I felt.
Deep down inside, we know that Mr. Phua has touched some of our hearts in very special ways that we can never, ever accurately or fully explain
with the mere tools of these written words.
There are many things that will catch your eye. But only a few will catch your heart.” Mr. Phua Sin Eng caught my heart and he will be forever missed.
Binti Arafin (MEM090164)
From Silent Mentor Program, I realized that how a person can give big impact and benefit to other person. Silent Mentor helped me to improve my clinical skills. Made me realized that death
is not the ending. Even after death, we still can do good deeds to other people. Family members who supported this program also taught me about how they respected their loved ones' wish. This program also taught me how important teamwork is and how important
for us to be tolerate with each other. I really got a lot of benefits from this program. Thanks a lot especially to my Silent Mentor and all the staffs that help me throughout this program.
Never have I thought that this Silent Mentor Program would leave such a big impact in me not just for my future medical career but also as a person. I was able to brush up on some of the
skills that I have previously learned & practiced on a mannequin, but this time on a real human body. I was able to feel so much emotion and had full respect towards my Silent Mentor despite never having the chance to know him personally.
Thank you and well done to the organizing committee for making this program a success & also for your guidance throughout the whole program. This experience is definitely a big stepping stone for my future career.
that I have such a selfless Silent Mentor.
Thankful that I was given the opportunity to join this program.
Blessed I am, for being able to study medicine that can change
people’s life for the better.
Chan Min Yao (Taylor’s_1006A79489)
I was very fortunate to be able to participate in the Silent Mentor Workshop. Through this workshop,
not only do I have the opportunity to meet new people but also learn tons of medical procedural skills on our great Silent Mentors. Other than that, I am also able to enhance my soft skills through interaction with our Silent Mentor’s next of kin as
well as our peers.
These encounters have been able to change the way I feel towards communicating with a patient. It also made me realized the importance of empathy, kindness and compassion in solving our patient’s
problems and issues. With all these golden opportunities given to us, I am certain that we will be better doctors tomorrow.
I would like to thank all Silent Mentors and their family members for their big-hearted, generous
and kindness. Your sacrifice will always be in our heart, and we will strive to be doctors of the people tomorrow.
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” – A.P.J.
Janarthana Prasad (Taylor’s_303911)
Participating in the Silent Mentor Program was truly a remarkable experience. One may say that it’s similar to any other anatomy
session when you dissect a cadaver, but the Silent Mentor Program is much more than that. From Day 1, we learned about our mentors not only through their bodies, but through their lives as well. I have come to realise how insignificant our minor problems were
when compared to those who have gone through hardships in life and are willing to sacrifice themselves even after death. It was truly an emotional experience as we created a bond between us and our mentors, as well as their family members. Perhaps I may have
come out of this program improving my medical skills, but the biggest improvement and lesson that I have learnt is perhaps the interpersonal aspect of medicine, to be empathic and to understand our patient’s emotions as well as the impact on their family
members. I will forever be thankful for my mentor, who was generous in life and death.
Lah Wen Chin (Taylor’s_1006A79723)
After joining the Silent Mentor Program, I have learned
the importance of empathy in my medical career in the future. Not only that, we were also able to learn many life-saving procedures on our Silent Mentor, for example chest tube insertion, central venous line insertion and suturing techniques. Without our Silent
Mentor, we wouldn’t be able to have the chance to practise on a real person and we would end up starting our medical career without equipping ourselves with these important clinical skills.
Thank you to all the Silent
Mentors who pledged their bodies to contribute in the medical field, not forgetting the organizing committees who made this program a successful one!
Chin Zhen Hua (Taylor’s_308533)
Charlene Tang Song Min (Taylor's_1101G12015)
Silent Mentor Workshop has been a profound and eye-opening experience for me. The home visits to the families of the Silent Mentors had allowed us to establish a better understanding of the lives of our Silent Mentors from their lives’ first cries to
their final breaths. Their courageous and selfless act in choosing to surrender their very own physical bodies in the hope of a better life for the living is admirable and is an example for us to emulate. They are indeed the nation’s unsung heroes.
I have signed up for this program out of curiosity and also in the hope of improving myself to be a better healthcare professional in the future. From this program, I have gained a deeper sense of empathy and respect towards
others. This experience was a gentle reminder to me to see every patient as another’s family member and friend and to treat them as if they are of my own. This has indeed echoed the wishes of our dear Silent Mentors who have hoped to make us better doctors.
From our Silent Mentors and the tutoring of the clinicians, I have learnt to refine my clinical skills for which I am utterly thankful for. Other than the new bonds established and acquaintances made during this program, teaming up with the students from University
Malaya has also been an unforgettable experience of which I cherished. Not forgetting all those whom have contributed to this initiative, directly or indirectly, let it be known that our gratitude to you is endless and is not confined to the limits of these
words. Thank you.
Elaine Eustace Pereira (Taylor’s_1001A76020)
I am very thankful and grateful to have been given this golden opportunity to participate voluntarily in this 15th
Silent Mentor Program. This program has definitely made a great impact in my life.
Firstly, I have learnt clinical skills that include suturing, chest tube insertion, intubation and insertion of central venous line.
Prior to this, I only managed to read from textbooks and written materials. I have not got the chance previously to perform these procedures. However, this program enabled me to sharpen my skills via these hands-on procedures as mentioned above. Not forgetting,
the tutors who journeyed with us throughout this program guided us patiently while imparting their knowledge to us young medical students.
Apart from that, I have inculcated many moral values that include kindness, generosity
and selflessness from our beloved deceased Silent Mentors and their loved ones. I am touched by their unforgettable good deeds. They will always be cherished and treasured by all the medical students who attended this entire program. Despite the sufferings
and pain encountered by the family members of these Silent Mentors, they still went all their way out to spend quality time with the medical students during the home visits held during the weekend. Hence, I would like to extend my utmost gratefulness and appreciation
to the Silent Mentors and their loved ones who sacrificed in one way or another in this program.
Last but not least, I am glad to have made many new friends from University of Malaya. This Silent Mentor Program
required a lot of teamwork in order to make this event a success. Hence, I am very thankful to have met these great teammates who worked hand in glove in every way that we could as the saying goes, “Many hands make light work”.
Low Jun Cong (Taylor’s_304038)
Diong Wern Jyn (Taylor’s_301037)
I have heard about Silent Mentor Program from those who had participated earlier. Nonetheless, knowing and hearing from
them were different than experiencing it myself. Being part of the 15th Silent Mentor Workshop allowed me to gain more than just medical skills I can use to save someone's life in the future. It taught me how to give in the first place which was shown by my
mentor who selflessly donated his body for medical purposes so we could learn more. It is because of him I had the opportunity to practice the skills on a human body when I am still a medical student. More than that, this workshop gave me many new exposures
from the start of the workshop till the last day. This is definitely a great platform to learn the meaning of love.
Tan Li Yi (Taylor’s_311814)
Tan En Hui (Taylor’s_312804)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Silent Mentor, Mr. Phua Sin Eng and his family members. Through this program I have learnt not only surgical
skills but also empathy, kindness, selflessness and other humanistic values and he had inspired me with his selfless act of giving. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn.
Teh Zhi Wei 郑芷薇(Taylor’s_312886)
Ng Sijie (Taylor’s_1101G12781)
I first heard about this program when I was in 2nd year as it was
introduced to our faculty in a meeting. It was a short and brief introduction but I was amazed by the program and wanted to join ever since. Previous participants were full of praises for the event not just in terms of knowledge and skills learnt but also
soft skills and communication skills. Furthermore, as I went to Taiwan Tzu-Chi Hospital Taipei for my electives, I was told about the origin of the program and how it had been in place for many years. However due to the limited amount of seats, I was forced
to wait till my final year. Nonetheless, it was worth the wait.
We went to our home visit in Penang on the 23rd of January 2016. It was a long journey as it took us about 4 hours to reach the temple. As our mentor
(Dharma Master Shi Hui Xian) lives in a temple ever since 2 years of age, we were greeted by other dharma masters and her siblings in the temple. There were forthcoming and we learnt and understand her life story from her siblings and friends. They were very
friendly and we were able to visit and see what she left behind. All her items and belongings were still neatly kept and organized. It was just as if she was still there as her presence was deeply felt as we browse through them. Later on, our group sat down
together and we discussed. As the discussion progressed, we felt a sense of remorse but at the same time appreciated and respected her bravery, determination and decision.
We transferred our mentor on the 8th
of April 2016, it was the first time we see her in person. Feelings rushed through our bodies as we pushed her gently to the anatomy laboratory. As we started the programme on the 11th of April 2016, we briefly introduced her life story. The few
slides presented did not do her adequate justice as her achievements were plentiful. However, with the given amount of time, I think it was beautifully presented by our representatives. We started our sessions the following day.
our sessions, we were able to gain knowledge and skills. Proper techniques were taught and we were encouraged to learn well. The doctors that participated were helpful and their willingness to educate had motivated us to thrive for the better. As our session
ended on the Saturday, we did the coffining ceremony. It was an eye-opener for me as so much respect was paid to our mentors. As we move our mentors into the coffin, a deep sense of gratitude was felt and I feel that a mere thank you was not enough for our
mentor. As we proceeded to the funeral the next day, we were able to witness a well-organized and respectful event was done to allow them to rest well. As we walked slowly behind the hearse, every step we took was intended to pay our last respect for our mentor.
This Silent Mentor Program has taught me a lot in terms of surgical and procedural skills and the proper way to do it with guidance from experienced professionals and specialist. But that was not all. We were showed to love,
to care, and to empathize with our patients which are life lessons that could not be educated in a classroom. This has ignited my passion once again for medicine and motivated me to be a better doctor in the future.
Binti Ahmad Nasir (Taylor’s_300604)
I have always believe that the person who gives is always better than the one who receives. By joining this Silent Mentor Program, I have seen how it transformed me
to becoming a better person and a good human beings. It taught me of the values that one should uphold as a human, and as a doctor. It told me to work harder and use all the skills I have learnt throughout this program to a good use so that my Silent Mentor's
sacrifice will be beneficial to other human beings too. The most important thing I have learnt is; to always give without hoping anything in return.
Wong Wei Herng 黄维恒
Sim Li Bin 沈里嫔
14th Silent Mentor Workshop 24-29/11/2015
Tan See Teng (MEM110173)
Edmund Tan (MEM110035)
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me the values of being a better person. Throughout the program, I've learned to be not only competent in basic surgical skills
but also empathy. The hardships and pain the mentors had endured throughout their illness and the difficulties and sorrow experienced by the family revolving the mentors’ gradual deteriorating condition while they were alive represents the frailty
of a human being. It was an emotional and spiritual journey for those involved in the workshop.
Lee Jac Lyn 李洁伶 (MEM110061)
Phang Shi Wan 彭诗椀 (MEM110144)
Ang Chee Sheng (MEM110008)
Silent Mentor Program is such a beneficial yet meaningful program, undeniably contributes tremendously in medical field. Before joining this program, I had heard
about it for quite a few times from seniors, how good it is. Initially, I thought it was all about learning and improving medical and surgical skills, but it had proven me wrong. After joining this program, not only the skills do matter, but also our empathy
level had been raised to certain level. From the very beginning, from home visit to preparation and the sending-off ceremony, a lot of precious moral values had been emphasised and instilled. I can’t deny that one-week program like this was so tiring,
but I did learnt a lot and I had actually “grown up”. A very deep appreciation from the bottom of my heart, I would like to give it to four Silent Mentors in this workshop that I had taken part. Because of their relentlessness, we had this golden
chance to learn. If I am given another opportunity to join this program, I would definitely grab this chance well. Yes, I would say!
Ng Chin Khoon (MEM110102)
has been a great program for me. Besides learning all the various surgical and clinical skills that normally medical students can’t perform on real life body, I have also learnt to be more appreciative of life. Through this program, I learnt the life
journeys that our Silent Mentors have went through and how they persevere throughout their illness. Their positivity towards life and their self-less thought to donate their bodies so that they can contribute towards the medical field will always be appreciated
and remembered. With this, I will uphold the honor of being a good if not great doctor and be more empathic and caring towards my patients, serving only the best for them.
Nurul Dyana Amira Zalzali (MEM110132)
Silent Mentor isn't just a platform to do real-stimulation procedure, it way beyond that. It taught me a life. I know empathy is really important and will make a good doctor with it. But honestly, I never really feel that feeling. But everything
was changed after I joined Silent Mentor Program. Empathy is something we earn, if we treat our patient sincerely without any other reason. Although Silent Mentors were in the other world, I still thought that they are someone that we must respect. Moreover,
they were fighters! Thank you for the opportunity. I appreciated this so much.
Ooi Jian Min 黄健敏 (MEM110143)
感恩您吴珍珠老师，让我尝试了在真人身上的手术流程 - 从endotracheal tube insertion, chest tube, suturing 到 Central Venous Line insertion。还有更重要的是看似简单却不是每个人都会有的同理心。虽然您的躯体冰冷但这股无私的奉献确实让我深深的感动。感恩您的无怨无悔及不求回报。
最后我想感谢Prof Chin, Mr. Sia和全体工委的志愿者。感谢你们为了无语良师计划而努力和付出。
Aqeela Nadhirah (MEM110011)
Honestly, we learnt a lot from this program. An experience that we will never ever got it from anywhere else. Madam Goh Chin Choo became the
best teacher we ever had. Thank you for everything Madam Goh. "The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book."
Nor Nadia Farasha Binti Abdullah (MEM110115)
Dear Late Madam Goh Chin Choo and my beloved family members of Madam Goh. Word 'Thank You' is not enough to appreciate everything. Nothing can describe my feeling. When I saw you, this reminds me of death itself. Every soul will meet their creator.
Letting me and my friends using your whole body as teaching purposes made me feel like how kind you are. Only God can repay back of your kindness. I love you the late Madam Goh Chin Choo.
Mohd Shaari (MEM110136)
The fact of dying must be a major factor in our understanding of living. Yet only few of us have come face to face with death as a problem or a challenge. There is a slow-ness, a delay,
a neglect on our part to think about it. For the subject which is not exciting, but rather strange and shocking. Death is grim, harsh, cruel, a source of infinite grief. Our first reaction is consternation. We are stunned and distraught. Slowly, our sense
of dismay is followed by a sense of mystery. Suddenly, a whole life has veiled itself in secrecy. Our speech stops, our understanding fails. In the presence of death there is only silence, and a sense of awe.
to register for Silent Mentor Workshop back in 2014 and finally I got my turn to join the workshop in late November 2015. This workshop has given me the chance to widen my circle of acquaintances by working hand-in-hand with students from other universities.
This activity not only provided me the chance to enhance my surgical procedure skills but more importantly, to understand how noble our teachers were; to allow us, medical personnel who are completely stranger to them, to make cuts on their bodies. I will
forever be grateful to them as they taught me not only in academic but also lessons of life; what is the legacy we want to instill to the people before we leave the world. I really respect the Silent Mentor because it is the trust that the family members entrusted
to us. I, together with my group members cleaned the body with respect and thank the Silent Mentor before and after each learning session.
Nurul Izniza Yamin (MEM110135)
First of all,
I would like to thank Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for giving us a chance to sow the seeds of knowledge of the human anatomy and also the ethics of being a compassionate doctor. I would like to emphasize that being a doctor is more than treating the diseases. We
should be able to treat every patient holistically as a whole. And for that to happen, we need to have a significant level of empathy in ourselves. And this workshop has taught us the importance and on how to develop empathy. We were given the task to interview
the patient's family. And these has given us the opportunity to know the patient not just as 'patient' but as a human who was once a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a colleague and also as our Silent Mentor. Thank you once again for everything, Madam
Lim Gek Kim.
Julia Liew (MEM110053)
The silent mentor Program has taught me not only useful clinical skills but also skills that will help me become a better doctor such as empathy,
selfless love, respect and to treat a patient as a whole and not just the disease.
With that, I would like to thank my Silent Mentor, Madam Lim Gek Kim, as well as her family members, for allowing me this unforgettable
experience that will certainly help me be a better doctor in the future.
Tan Shun Herng (MEM110174)
Nurshahira Nadhirah Binti Shah Hiran (Taylor's_0300615)
I joined the 14th Silent Mentor Workshop initially because I was told that it was compulsory for us, medical students from Taylor’s University to participate. It was not a voluntary desire to join it because as a final year medical
student, I have a lot of responsibilities and a lot of things to catch up for the upcoming professional examination. Furthermore, I thought that it will be very difficult for me to travel from Sungai Buloh to University Malaya as it needs time and a lot of
money. However, I decided to join it.
The first few days were very difficult for me because it was very tiring to go and come back after class, rushing here and there. I managed to go for the home visit which was held
at PPUM itself. I became even irritated after the home visit as some of the UM students were not there because it was unfair for me to travel for 45 minutes. They just have to walk from their hostel but they did not manage to go there. The home visit went
When the workshop started, I put away all my dissatisfactions and tried to be sincere. I tried my very best to go to every session that we had. I thought that may be this was an opportunity for me to learn
procedures especially suturing and intubation. From day to days, I realized that this program is very beneficial for me and my friends. It was not only about clinical procedures that we learnt, it was about empathy, care and being responsible. We had to take
care of our Silent Mentors and cleaned them after we learned from them. I also had the opportunity to learn about other race and religion. It was the first time for me to see the coffining ceremony. I learned to respect others in term of race and religion.
I am taking this opportunity to thank our Silent Mentor, Madam Goh Chin Choo for her kind heart and willingness to let us learn from her. May her rest in peace.
Muhammad Nabil Bin Mohamaddin (Taylor's_0300733)
It was an honored to be given a chance to participate in this Silent Mentor Program organized by Silent Mentor Centre of University Malaya. It was definitely one of the colorful memories that benefited me throughout this program.
Worth the tiredness and exhaustion, I was able to learn a lot of the medical skills on the real human body. Apart from gaining the medical knowledge, there are few things that I learnt and gained during this program. I met new friends and built a meaningful
relationship not only with the UM students and staffs, but also with the Silent Mentor’s family members. Other than that, I finally had a chance to learn about Buddhism in more detail in terms of its belief, cultural and also spiritual aspects. Most
importantly, my Silent Mentor’s life story itself taught me about many aspects in our human life including the meaning of love, caring, independent and also sacrifice. With that, I would like to have this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation
towards my Silent Mentor with her honored sacrifice for us. Thank you teacher, Madam Goh Chin Choo.
Felicia Wong (Taylor’s_0313898)
Firstly, I would like to express my greatest
gratitude to all the Silent Mentors for donating and sacrificing their bodies for the sake of education. Their selfless acts were definitely a great contribution to medical field, by letting the others to learn about their bodies even after their death. Without
them, Silent Mentor Workshop wouldn’t be successful and not to mention that I, as a 3rd year medical student, to have the opportunity to practice medical procedures on a real body.
short one-week workshop, I had benefited so much than I ever thought, which I initially joined just for the procedures that I get to practice on a real body instead of mannequin. From knowing our Silent Mentors to practicing skills on their bodies to wrapping
up and coffining, I had experienced all kinds of emotions and learnt about compassion as well as empathy. Looking at their bodies which filled with cuts and sutures, I could never imagine how brave and selfless they were to donate their bodies, knowing that
their bodies are going to end up like that. I truly respect the selflessness our Silent Mentors and their families had in sacrificing for the greater good. Our Silent Mentors may not be alive but they taught me a lot. From them, I gained not only medical knowledge
and skills but more importantly, the lesson of life including meaning of love, care and sacrifice. Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you Madam Goh Chin Choo.
Also, I would like to thank Prof Chin, Mr.
Sia and all the program organizers for their hard work in making the program a success. Although it was very tiring to travel to UM from Sungai Buloh every day after class, I never once regretted from joining this program. I would say I will definitely join
again if there is a chance for us in the future.
Voon Shau Tung (Taylor’s_0308833)
It is one of my greatest honour to be able to be a part of the Silent Mentor Program. I can never
offer enough gratitude towards the Silent Mentors for their courage and selflessness to dedicate their own body for the sake of medical education. Madam Goh Chin Choo's devotion towards education is incredible as she didn't let the end of her life to stop
her from teaching. Nonetheless, I would also like to say thank you to all the family members of the Silent Mentors as this project would not be possible without the support from them.
Binti Mohd Zol (Taylor's_0300620)
An opportunity to join Silent Mentor workshop was one of the greatest gift in my life. In the first place, I thought that this workshop will only benefit me in term of medical knowledge,
but I am totally wrong. Instead, I learnt in deep about empathy, gratitude and selflessness. From this workshop, I also met a bunch of wonderful friends who have had cheering up my life throughout the weeks. Because of the workshop, I met one gentleman who
is so humble, friendly, supportive and dedicated to his work -- who is Prof Chin. Prof Chin has being my admiration ever since then. Even though I just barely knew him, but I learnt so many things from his attitude and behaviour. One of the greatest lessons
is, I realized that life is just temporary. And there is no more point to ask for forgiveness when someone had gone forever. So while we have chance, we should express our love to the person before it became one of the biggest regret in life. To end my words,
I would like to thank everyone who has being supportive throughout the workshop. Till we meet again.
Najibah Zahirah Binti Jamaludin (Taylor's_0300605)
I have never really been crying
for someone who was a complete stranger in my entire life. I have also never really been mentioning the name of a complete stranger in my prayers as much as I have done for the Silent Mentors. It has been an amazing experience joining this program. Not only
I got the opportunity to learn few life-saving clinical procedures from the Silent Mentors, but I also got to learn about life. They taught me that we don't really get the chance to choose how we are going to die, but we certainly get the chance to choose
how we are going to live. Endless of gratitude to all the Silent Mentors, their families, friends and not to forget the doctors who have had taught us all those clinical skills. Thank you.
Ummi Fatiah Hanim Binti Bahaman (Taylor’s_0300606)
Silent mentor is a programme that taught me the value of love, respect, empathy, honour and gratitude. All of these values are needed by not only as a person but also by the medical professionals. I also believe that to be a
good doctor you need to know your patient very well first before knowing his/her disease. In order to know your patient, one has to have these values. They are not something that we can learn but it is something that we have to gain through our life process.
Personally, this programme has inspired me to treasure life even more especially after hearing the life stories of our Silent Mentors. They are great people with selfless attitude. Last but not least, I am so fortunate to be able to join this programme and
always look upon for the similar programme in the future.
Nazliatul Aniza Binti Nor Azizol Hamdan (Taylor’s_0300615)
Throughout my journey as a student for the 14th
Silent Mentor Workshop, I found that it was a total new experience. It was my first time attending the whole process of funeral by other religion. I made a lot of new friends from UM. Another new thing that I have learnt was the sign language and how to speak
in Mandarin. I strongly encourage the next Silent Mentor Workshop to enhance this new skill especially for the non-Mandarin speakers. I also learnt the aspect of empathy and I was very shocked that I could get attached to the members and life stories of all
Silent Mentors easily. I believed that it was the golden knowledge and experience throughout the journey. The knowledge and sacrifice of the Silent Mentors, their family members, committee members of this program as well as all the participants, will be implanted
in all our hearts throughout our career and our life. Thank you so much.
Lee Yu Mey (Taylor's_0313693)
I have learnt so much in Silent Mentor Program,
in which it doesn’t just confine to surgical skills, but more on "human skills“ such as empathy. I have learnt that a disease isn’t just merely a disease, but its impact on a person’s life and also the people around them. I would like
to thank my Silent Mentors and all of their friends and families for giving me this opportunity to learn, and also to serve. Thank you for allowing me to learn how to be a better person, and a better doctor in the future.
Wei Lit (Taylor's_0307840)
Overall, the Silent Mentor Program was a learning yet humbling experience. I was able to enhance further my clinical skill particularly on four clinical procedures. Besides that, I was
able to relate myself to the family members and realised that as doctors, we are not only treating the disease itself but also the overall well-being of the patients and their family members.
Anthony Chiew Han Yang (Taylor’s_1006Q79497)
Silent Mentor Program has taught me the important values in life; gratitude, respect and love not only to the living but also to the dead. I have learned and experienced a lot throughout the workshop. Thank you to all our Silent
Mentors for all the invaluable lessons that you have imparted to us.
Arvind Kaneson (Taylor’s_1006A79949)
This program has been an eye opener to me. I have learnt many important
values throughout this program. Apart from making new friends and learning life-saving procedures, empathy was the strongest value that I have learnt from this program. I knew the importance of this value before enrolling myself to this program, but never
knew that it could change my perception towards the medical field. It taught me that sometimes medication is not the only treatment for diseases or misery, but other elements such as caring, understanding, sensitivity, and respect are as important too. I hope
that in the future, I am able to apply these values to every patient that I treat, because it will definitely bring benefits not only to the patients, but also their family members. I wish this program all the best for future success, and I hope that many
more medical students like me will benefit from this program. It would surely benefit all of us, as well as the community, since we are the future doctors. Thank you.
Hazirah Binti Ahmad (Taylor’s_0300547)
When I first heard of the Silent Mentor Program, I wondered how could a person devote their whole holy body for the sake of other people that they don’t even know. After joining this program, I realized that the mentors
and their family members had sacrifice so much in the name of medicine and education in a whole. I had learned not only the basic surgical skills taught during the one week program, but also life lessons that I had never experienced before. I have learnt that
life is so unpredictable and that we should enjoy it to the fullest like most of our ‘teachers’ have; nobody knows when the last goodbye is. Besides, I have met so many new people during this short time which made me realized that it takes all
kinds to make the world. Despite hailing from different universities and backgrounds, we only needed a short time to make friends with one another and the team work observed throughout the workshop is nothing like I have ever witnessed before. Therefore, I
would like to thank all of our ‘mentors’, their family members and friends, Professor Chin, Mr Sia, all surgeons, volunteers and friends that made this journey a timeless treasure in my heart and soul.
Binti Ramli (Taylor’s_0300553)
By participating in Silent Mentor Program, I had discovered a lot of valuable experiences which contribute significantly as a medical student and as a human being. This
program should be held for all medical students as this may become the platform for us, medical student to get an exposure for all the procedures that the participants managed to do. In fact, apart from learning the procedures in medicine, I actually managed
to build up the feeling of empathy which is important for all the doctors giving the best treatment for patients. Besides, I discovered the culture of Chinese which I had never seen before throughout the journey as participant in Silent Mentor Program which
I sincerely appreciated and amazed.
Charlotte Ee Sze Lyn (Taylor’s_0313464)
This program has been an amazing experience for me. Not only do I feel I have become better at performing
surgical skills, I also feel I have become a better person - a more compassionate and caring person. The whole experience was truly touching; particularly being able to share the experience with our mentor’s family and having the opportunity to get to
know our mentor through her family. I think that the program encourages all its participants to be more compassionate - to think of patients as more than just the disease to treat in addition to helping develop essential skills necessary in our line of work.
I am honoured to have been able to participate and hope whole-heartedly to be given another chance to do so in the near future. For most part, I have only glowing reviews and praise for the program and its organizing committee.
I only hope that in the future, if possible please arrange the timing of rehearsals and such would be better planned so as to accommodate students from Taylor’s. Thank you again for this beautiful experience.
The Silent Mentor Program has been a truly wonderful experience for all of us medical students. Silent Mentors taught us many medical skills, which have proven to be invaluable to us. That
was just a small part of it though, as she also taught us how to be caring and compassionate doctors as well as the importance of listening to our patients and respecting their wishes. We shall apply all that you have taught us towards become better doctors
in the future.
The last words of my mentor will forever be engraved in my heart. We will all respect and follow your wishes to become caring doctors that respect our patient's wishes and choose the best form of treatment
for all our patients.
I would like to sincerely thank my Silent Mentor, Madam Lim Gek Kim and her family. I would also like to express my gratitude to the other Silent Mentors, Mr. Sia, Prof. Chin, the volunteers and
everyone else involved. Thank you!
13th Silent Mentor Workshop 08-13/09/2015
Chong Hee Chuen 张希淳 (MEM110023)
Sien 邓素娴 (MEM110182)
参与了无语良师工作坊, 让我领悟了很多。身为医务人员的我们, 不只是要巩固自己的知识, 也常常得带着慈悲的心, 用心去对待每一个病人。无语良师的牺牲, 以及家人们的支持, 让我们有机会去学习新的知识, 而这些知识将会一代传一代, 一直延续下去。这就是真正的遗爱人间。
很感谢无语良师们。虽然我们并没有机会见到您, 但您会永远活在我们心中。也希望这工作坊能继续下去, 培育更多的良医。感恩。
Anis Syafrina Mohamad Radhi (MEM110009)
Firstly, I would like to express
my greatest gratitude to Madam Chan Oai Chun and other Silent Mentors for sacrificing their bodies for me to learn many things, especially basic surgical procedures. This was my first time doing intubation, chest tube, central venous line and suturing on real
body. I hope I can become a competent doctor one day and become more confident doing all those procedures. Besides, this program is an eye opener for me that a good doctor must not only know treating the disease per se but also have sense of humanity, empathy,
responsibility and treating the patient as a whole. This is very good and excellent exposure to me. I also learned that we are not only treated one patient, but his or her whole family. I am also grateful to learn about other religion's funeral ceremony and
respect it. Last but not least, I would like to thanks SMC for this great opportunity!
Diana Amira Roslan (MEM110033)
I am very grateful for joining Silent Mentor Program. At first I
did not know anything regarding Silent Mentor and I merely joined this program to learn the basic skills such as suturing and inserting central line as I was not able to do it on real patient. During that time I was very curious on how people can donate their
body to stranger to help them learn. As I started meeting with mentor’s family member, my perspective changed. I am not looking at the Silent Mentor as a stranger but as a person. I started to know everything regarding her lifetime story and how she
was keen to enter Silent Mentor Program so that future medical doctors would benefit from it. Despite that her death was sudden, her family member accepted it anyway and I learned that as a future doctor, we are not only handling our patient’s physically
but also emotionally and mentally. I understand their grief towards their loved one. After knowing my Silent Mentor, I started to care for her. That is the very least that I can do for her. I learned to be responsible to my mentor. I make sure that she will
be cleaned up before and after procedure being done. It was a great experience to interview the family members of the Silent Mentor and I enjoyed going to the home visit. Lastly, to my Silent Mentor, Madam Chan Oai Chun, there are no words to explain my gratitude
to you for giving me the opportunity to learn something which I will remember forever in my life. I would also like to give special thanks to the organizer of Silent Mentor Program, Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for giving us the chance to join this program.
Kok Yong Leng 郭咏霖 (MEM110056)
四年后， 我终于可以全程亲自参与, 感触更是非纸和笔可形容的。舍己为人这句话说起来非常简单，但在这世上又有多少人能做得到呢？经过这次的工作坊，见证了四位大体老师把小爱化为大爱，把无用化为大用的精神，真的给了我很多启发与感想，受益良多，也让我深深地了解到舍己为人的真谛。
Lai Su Meng 黎淑敏 (MEM110059)
Hue Yuen Ling 丘沅灵 (MEM110048)
I am very grateful to have this opportunity to join the Silent Mentor Program. I gained not only hands-on experience, but the meaning of love, care and sacrifice. I have learnt that one cannot be selfish in the process of learning as you will learn
more if you share what you have.
I would like to tell Madam Khong Soy that we appreciate your kindness and generosity in donating your body to science. Your benevolent is going to give huge advancement
to the medical field, be it the learning medical students or professionals towards knowledge, experience and attitude. Thank you from the bottom of our heart.
Chia Yuik Ling (MEM110020)
Seah Ru Bin (MEM110155)
I started to register for Silent Mentor Workshop back in mid of 2014 and finally I got my turn to join the workshop in late June 2015 (my group was the last few groups
of my batch to participate in the workshop.) This workshop has given me the chance to widen my circle of acquaintances by working hand-in-hand with students from other universities. This activity not only provided me the chance to enhance my surgical procedure
skills but more importantly, to understand how noble our teachers were; to allow us, medical personnel who are completely stranger to them, to make cuts on their bodies. Their reason and noble vow to become a body donor really struck me and it was and is still
a thing for me to ponder on. I will forever be gratitude to them as they taught me not only in academic but also lessons of life; what is the legacy we want to instill to the people before we leave the world. I will forever remember a statement told by Prof.
Chin: some extinguish when his candle burnt off, but some would think of lighting others else before he runs off his time. As I was the team leader, I got more chance to talk to the family members. Due to the rapport made with the family members, I really
respect the Silent Mentor because it is the trust that the family members entrusted to us. I, together with my group members cleaned the body with respect and thank the Silent Mentor before and after each learning session.
the Silent Mentor, I never get the chance to perform the surgical procedure hands-on in my study as a medical student. I would also like to extend my deep appreciation to Mr. Sia and Prof. Chin who had guided us throughout the program. Last but not least,
I would like to thank the volunteers, without them, our workshop would not be as smooth as it had. Let the Silent Mentor Program to be continued for many years to come.
Loo Shweh Fern (MEM110073)
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my Silent Mentor, Madam Tan Yook Moy for being a lifetime teacher to most of us. Although we have not met you personally, your story has guided, inspired and impacted us tremendously. Thank you for
your trust and faith towards us. I remember the story of your life told by your family and they were all very proud of you as a mid-wife. You were constantly helping many patients and neighbours with delivery of their child and taking care of their child.
Even after your passing, your last wish was to educate medical students and young doctors through contribution to the medical science. You have a sincere and generous heart in sharing a helping hand. Your teaching has showed me the right path, to travel towards
success. You moulded me to the right shape, to reach the heights. You have not only taught me through medical knowledge and skills but also on many life values that I may not have foreseen before this. You have imprinted a priceless value in our heart which
will shape us to a better tomorrow. You are truly a great inspiration for me. May the gates of heaven open up to reveal strength and comfort to you. Once again, thank you Madam Tan.
I would also like to express my
gratitude to Prof Chin and Silent Mentor Centre for making this event a success and for providing us the opportunity to participate in this program. We have benefited a lot from this program and we hope it will be continuous for many more years to come. I
can never thank you enough.
Chye Shi Ying (MEM110029)
Tan Sin Yee 陈星妤 (MEM110175)
Yew Soo Ying (MEM110196)
Silent Mentor Program taught me not only the clinical skills but more importantly, the lessons about life. The unreserved giving of Silent Mentors shed new light
on humanity and the meaning of life itself. Throughout the program, I had learnt about awareness and the importance of presence. I will apply those valuable lessons in my future career as a doctor. Provide the best care possible for the patient in front of
To Mr. Foong Ah Kow and all other Silent Mentors:
"We meet but briefly in life, if we touch each other with stardust, that is everything."- Unknown
Raja Wahith Nissa (MEM110147)
I think the program as a whole is an interesting one. I never participated in any of this kind of program anywhere.
And I personally think that it is a good exposure for every medical student to indulge in this kind of program, to be introduced to surgical skills such as insertion of chest tube, CVL insertion, suturing, and intubation.
It was such a good opportunity for me to be participated in this incredible journey. I felt a little bit closer to the deceased and I felt more responsible to perform such skills on the deceased. And I learned that the whole program not just learning
how to perform a good surgical skills but as to be loving, responsible, and deliver care to the deceased and the family. It teaches me how to be a doctor as a whole.
I wish to attend more of this kind
of program and wish the future students are able to have the opportunity to indulge in Silent Mentor Program and it should be held from time to time for all medical students.
Muhamad Muizz Mat Daud (MEM110085)
Firstly I would be grateful and say thanks to Prof Chin and team because I was chosen to take part in Silent Mentor Program for this year. It had given me a remarkable experience throughout the program. This event not only teaches me about the procedures
or techniques in medical skills but also it taught me how to work in a team. I was impressed and respected Silent Mentors because they all willing to be a donor and teach us. With that thank you.
Mohamad (Taylor’s University)
Silent Mentor had taught me to respect not only to living creatures but also towards the dead one. My Silent Mentors may not be alive but they taught me a lot. Not only medical
stuffs, they also taught me about life. I learned and experienced lot of new things throughout this workshop. Thank you to everyone who is involved especially Mr. Sia, Prof. Chin and all of the family members.
most fundamental principle of medicine is love."
Nur Atikah Ibrahim (Taylor’s University)
I was grateful as I was given an opportunity to participate in the 13th Silent Mentor
Workshop. The program had taught me a lot about medical learning as well as journey in life. Throughout the program, I had a chance to improve my skills in medical field especially suturing and chest tube insertion skills with the help of professional medical
practitioners. I realized that we must appreciate all human bodies regardless of who they are. Besides that, I learned a lot from all the Silent Mentors; they had opened my mind that life was about sacrificing ourselves for others and it would be a wonderful
journey if we could contribute something to the world. They also taught me that selfless, love and generosity were beautiful values which all of us must develop in this life. From that, I could also see from all the family members that they had a strong love
and respect among them. Not only that, Silent Mentor Program was a good experience for me as I had a chance to meet and build rapport with all the family members of Silent Mentors as well as other medical students and medical practitioners. I really
hope that I will get another opportunity to join this program next time.
Nur Nadia Mohd Zain (Taylor’s University)
I had gained a lot of experience throughout this Silent Mentor
Program. It had given me a lot of opportunities to learn and improve my skills in medicine. My basic suturing was much improved after joining this program and I was really satisfied. This program had also given chance to do all medical skills and procedures
on a real human which had taught me to appreciate life more. Not only that, through this program, it had taught me the meaning of sacrifice and love. I was amazed with our four Silent Mentors who were willing to allow their bodies to be used by us for the
purpose of learning. They had put lots of trust on us whom they don’t even know who we are. Their trust and care had opened my eyes that this program should not only benefit me myself but I should also care about others. Hence, the benefits that I had
gained from this program should be contributed to the society. In short, no regret I would say after joining this program and I would like to express my gratitude especially to my Silent Mentor, Mr. Foong Ah Kow and his family, Prof Chin, Mr. Sia and
all my group mates.
Leong Sheng Hoay (Taylor’s University)
I first heard about the Silent Mentor Program in 2012, through my friend's parents who were practicing
in UMMC. Since then, I was incredibly interested in joining the program if I ever had the chance. I was very happy when I found out the program not only included medical students of UM, and extended it to involve Taylor's. Such an opportunity was hard to come
by as I was able to suture for the first time on human skin, and carry out many more procedures that I know I wouldn't have the chance to as a third year medical student. From my home visits, to personally doing the introduction slides of my Silent Mentor,
Mr Foong Ah Kow to presenting his life story on stage to his family (and seeing his wife weep) and my fellow medical colleagues, I felt a tinge of sadness, a huge appreciation, plenty of admiration and a sense of gratitude towards a person I never knew, but
only used, his body. I'm happy that I got the chance to know my Silent Mentor on such an intimate level. Prof Chin, in those few weeks of getting to know him, he was every bit dedicated to the program that he lead, very sincere and he really taught me empathy
from his actions. I aspire to be that "people's doctor", and I think this experience will hold my thoughts and decisions in the future as I try to do good work. Thank you for instilling the humanistic part of medicine in me. And thank you, for showing me universal
Nadiah Ahmad Nizam (Taylor’s University)
I felt very grateful and thankful for being given the chance to attend the 13th Silent Mentor Workshop
which was held recently. In my opinion, Prof Chin had done a very good initiative by starting this program in Malaysia, and had benefitted me as a medical student in many aspects. I was given the golden opportunity to perform clinical skills such as various
suturing techniques (simple interrupted, mattress, subcutaneous and subcuticular), chest tube insertion and removal as well as tracheal intubation on a real patient, which I could never have experienced it in the hospitals.
Although quite challenging, all the surgeons and facilitators were very patience, calm and helpful to us. I felt honoured and having fun learning at the same time, especially in a stress-free environment that I felt during the workshops. I could
never thank enough to all the staffs and all the great surgeons for helping me through the workshops. They were really humble and warm-hearted people, especially Prof Chin. Thank you very much for everything.
learned the feeling of empathy towards my Silent Mentor family members. They treated us like their own family. I learned a lot about the love that my Silent Mentor have shown us, the utmost sacrifice that she had made just to donate her body for the sake of
knowledge. I wished I could meet her when she was still awake and be with her during the last days of her life. Words just could not express my gratitude for her. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Madam Tan Yook Moy. You are a true hero and the best teacher
ever. Last but not least, thank you Mr. Sia for his hard work of putting this program to be a huge success. It was a beautiful funeral ceremony that I have been to for the first time of my life. I felt so blessed that I could attend a Buddhist funeral and
learned about their culture. I have also made a good teamwork with my team members from UM, UTAR and INTI Universities. We really shared our experiences and knowledge, as well as having fun learning together. I find it amazing that all of us could work hand
in hand so well. Last but not least, I wished that I could learn Mandarin or other Chinese dialects so that I could understand everything clearly as sometimes I felt violated when most of the people around me speaks in a language that I could not understand.
Amanda Yap Qiao Ying (Taylor’s University)
I am grateful for this opportunity to experience the whole process of grieve of different religion better. I also had the chance to sharpen
my clinical skills, an opportunity hard to find. I also appreciate all the hard work that has been put in to make the program a success.
Najwa Atiqah Mohd Zabidi (Taylor’s University)
Mentor Program is a good program especially for the medical students as it allowed us to perform and practise few life-saving procedures such as endotracheal intubation and chest tube insertion on a real human body. Although we have learnt to do such procedures,
it was very different as we only did it on mannequin. Besides, the instructors were very friendly and knowledgeable. They will guide and help you until you be able to perform confidently on your own. All medical students should take this opportunity as this
program will benefit us a lot.
Wong Kar Khee (Taylor’s University)
Participating in Silent Mentor Program was a great and valuable experience that I couldn't get
elsewhere with my identity as a year 3 student. I would say I will definitely join again if there is a chance for us in the future.
Through my Silent Mentor, I've learnt a lot, not only medical procedures which were
my initial aim in participating this event, but also life lessons and so many great values that we should have mastered by now. Rather than expressing my gratitude to the family members, so many words of encouragement from them to me have been a great motivation.
The selfless act of my Silent Mentor in preserving her body for us students by rejecting an invasive procedure that supposed to help her has a huge reflect on me.
From here, I would
like to express my gratitude towards all Silent Mentors and program organizer for giving us a chance to join this perfect workshop, to improve our skills and definitely our minds.
Goh Kai Sheng (Taylor’s University)
During the Silent Mentor Workshop, I learned more than just clinical skills, the emotions and bonds between Silent Mentors and families. They'd sacrificed their bodies for medical purposes, so that medical personnel could have
hands-on experience of their clinical skills. That was definitely the bravest and most selfless sacrifices to the society, letting others to learn more about human body, even after they'd passed away. Gratitude to all that made this possible especially
Tzu Chi University for founding this program and spreading it across the globe. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this meaningful program.
Sharon Chang Mei Wern (Taylor’s University)
When I first joined this program, I was only excited about the procedures I will get to learn. To finally be able to practice on a real body instead of a mannequin, or even worse, just learning from books and videos and letting my imagination run
free. Little did I know that I will be gaining spiritual growth here as well. In fact, much more than knowledge and skills.
Going through the process of knowing the Silent Mentors from their families, following the
prayers for them and hearing their families bid their last goodbyes, washing the Silent Mentors, using their bodies to practice, looking at the bodies being filled with cuts after cuts, sutures after sutures, looking at bruises turning up all over their bodies
and finally, the wrapping of the bodies and the coffining. Each process brought different emotions to my mind. But, at last, I am glad that it is happiness I felt. The Silent Mentors have had a fulfilling life, and they had gone, hopefully, to a better world,
where there will be eternal peace and serenity.
Although their bodies have been used by others, these were all considered earthly matters. The body is but a vessel for the soul to grow. This is a much difficult concept
to be accepted by humans, especially Asians where we believe that the person's soul can still feel what is being done to the body, and it is important for the body to be sent off as a whole. I am very much grateful, not only to the Silent Mentors, but to their
family members as well for their understanding and support, as they were the ones who suffered most from the death. Again, I pray that these kind souls have achieved the ultimate Nirvana, and thanks to the family members. They will forever be alive in our
Nur Bisyri Afifah Amerzuan (Taylor’s University)
I felt really grateful for giving me a chance to participate in Silent Mentor Program. It was a very good program for us
as a medical student to learn about the clinical skills in real patient. I have learnt a lot and gained new experiences during this program. Hopefully I will get a chance again to join this program and I was very thankful to those who organized this great
Yap Sin Roy (Taylor’s University)
It was indeed a very good program. I've learnt far more than what I expected. I knew it would be a great experience and the Silent Mentors
were so courageous before attending the program but I didn't expect it to let me see so many things in life. There was not right or wrong about our decisions. It was all about our perspectives and how it benefits others. The Silent Mentors really earned my
respects to them.
Overall, it has improved my clinical skills as well as my perspective to my career. Hope to get a second chance to participate again in the near future.
Thank you Prof
Chin and Mr. Sia for making this program a huge success. It has touched many medical students' hearts.
Muhammad Syamel Aizad Mohd Amin (Taylor’s University)
It was a great experience
to have joined the Silent Mentor Program. The program was well organized and it taught me lots of things. Not only have I learnt useful techniques but I was able to learn more about people. The Silent Mentors were indeed great people and they have sacrificed
a lot for our advancement in medical field. Thank you for the chance to be able to participate in this program and thank you for being a great organizer.
Wai Sheng Xuan (Taylor’s University)
Thank you Silent Mentors, 无语良师, 谢谢您们... I doubt saying "Thank you" a hundred times would ever be enough. May you rest in peace & 安祥的离去。
Throughout the week, I had gained surgical
skills, made many new friends, but most importantly, I've learned humanity and to appreciate the people around us.
Tears welled up in my eyes when I heard that phrase: "我宁愿你们在我冰冷的身上划上一百刀,也不希望你们在病人身上划错一刀。".
I will try my best to be a safe doctor and to be as gentle as possible to treat your bodies with respect.
最后,感谢各位无语良师的家人所给予的支持,马大无语良师主办单位给予的机会, Prof Chin, Mr. Sia, Dr. Goh , Dr Ben, Dr Marianne Lee
和各位志工的帮忙与指点。Hope we'll meet again.
Monisha A/P K. Ramamuraly (Taylor’s University)
When I first heard of the Silent Mentor Program in 2012, I was unable to understand
the concept of it and was actually in disbelieve that someone would voluntarily give up their body for the sake of medical education in our rather religious society. However, as I learnt more and more about it from friends who had gone through the program
before me, my disbelief turned into admiration and respect for these kind people who were willing to become our teachers. The learning experience that I have had during this Silent Mentor Program is like nothing that I have ever experienced before. Medically,
I have learnt so much from all the mentors as this was the first time I was performing most of the procedures on a real human body. The surgeons who took the time to teach us all the skills with utmost patience actually inspired me to think of a career
in surgery. Besides, I have met so many new people during this short time which made me realised that it takes all kinds to make the world. Despite hailing from different universities and backgrounds, we only needed a short time to make friends with one another
and the team work observed throughout the workshop is nothing like I have ever witnessed before. Spiritually, in the process of getting to know the Silent Mentors and their respective families, I have learnt that life is so unpredictable and that we should
enjoy it to the fullest like most of our ‘teachers’ have. I was brought to tears on the day of the funeral as I listened to their stories one last time. In life, they were all so different and did not know each other, but in death, they came together
for a common cause and these final acts of theirs will make a lasting impact in all of our lives. I cannot and will not be able to ever find adequate words to express my gratitude to my teachers and their families for the great sacrifice that they have made
for us. They will always be fondly remembered.
Nur Shahira Mohd Zaki (Taylor’s University)
Silent Mentors are the people who devote their bodies after death to
allow medical society practice skills and learn about human bodies to ensure the progression and development of the medicine field in Malaysia in a more humanistic manner. At first, when I heard about the program, I was wondered on how could a family or even
the person himself agreed to be the Silent Mentor. The funeral ceremony will be without the body of the deceased, and no cremation will be held, friends and visitors will question where the body be looked upon for the last time before they are departed from
the world they live in. I was curious too on how wiling they were in assigning themselves in the program as they knew that all the medicine students and postgraduate doctors will slice and suture their bodies. I wondered, “If I had my druthers, would
I be in such a program? ”When I assigned to be in the workshops, I learnt that my Silent Mentor, Mr. Foong Ah Kow was a part of the nation policemen in protecting Malaya (now known as Malaysia) from being oppressed and colonised. He was one of the soldiers
that willing to sacrifice for the sake of our freedom and future. He was not just somebody, but he was someone who devoted himself for the country, at least to me. He has a great family and his wife was the proudest person on his participation in the Silent
Mentor Program. According to his wife, he had done a great job in bringing his family to a better state of life. At one part during the interview, his wife, Madam Sue said that he loved to listen to her singing a special mandarin song, showed the intensity
of their loves to each other. I learnt that although my Silent Mentor had left the world almost a year ago, it was hard for the family to talk about my Silent Mentor as the longing was a torture for the family. During the workshop, it was a great opportunity
for me to perform skills that I learned in the medicine school on real human bodies. I was surprised that the participants also helped and aided by doctors and professors in practicing the medical procedures. It was an honoured for me to be helped by Professor
Chin and Dr. Goh during the workshop in the anatomy dissection hall in University of Malaya. It was different from the clinical skill sessions in my university when I performed the procedures back then as I learnt tremendously in the workshops. To another
extent, the lecture note was able to prepare me sitting for my final examination last week. I believed this was a once in a life time opportunity during my medical student years. Lastly, I hope that the Silent Mentor Program will continue embarks its journey
in benefitting other medical societies and human beings in the future. Thank you!
Teoh Zhi Yi 张志扆 (INTI_I11008974)
Ling Lii Chau 林于钊 (INTI_I11008950)
The moment when I know that I am going to participate in the Silent Mentor Workshop was indescribable.
I’ve been always wanted to join this workshop since 2014 but because of my semester, I have to give the chance to my senior first. And yes, now I have the chance to be a part of this program.
Tan Yook Moy,
I still remember the first time I saw you were during my visitation to your house in August 2015. The moment when I stepped into your house, I received the warmest smile and welcome from your
family members. It is not commonly seen in those families after their family member passed away. It seems that you are a great person in the family that they cannot bear to lose you. Your selfless love to the family and those around you impacted me in many
ways. I can feel that your family’s loves for you are far beyond my imagination.
During the workshop, most of my friends cried during the Initiation Ceremony but somehow I can’t cry because somehow I feel
relieved, relief that you leave this world peacefully and granted us your body for nurturing the future doctor. I shall thank you for willingly donate your body for medical use. It is not commonly accepted by people when they know their body is going to be
dissected from inside out when they die but your spirit and your determination proved that you did a right deed.
Despite my course mates and I cannot fully utilized your body due to other doctors needed to use some
of your organs, we are still glad that we did learned something from it. I never regret to join this workshop and your selfless love will always be in my heart. May you rest in peace.
Chia Woon Ling 谢芠瓴
Lai Mei Wei 黎美薇 (INTI_I11008948)
这次参与无语良师计划在知识上得到不错的收获，也让我在人生的意义上有了重新的看法。它让我明白怎样看待生命。在疾病面前我们是渺小的存在，常保持同理心，去关爱病人，并且设身处地的为病人服务，是非常重要的。 谢谢， 感恩。
Tan Yii Huey 陳顗惠 (INTI_I10006864)
Janice Chong Lee Ching 张莉菁 (INTI_I11008963)
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to join Silent Mentor Program. Throughout this session, I learned selflessness through the way the Silent Mentors contributed their bodies for medical studies. I learned respect from
family members of the Silent Mentors as they agreed to the last wishes of their loved ones. I also learned sharing from the Western Medicine students, as they taught us and shared their learning on surgical procedures with us, the Chinese Medicine students.
After attending this workshop, I had a better understanding on the anatomical structure of human body and learned how to respect the human body as the human body is the temple of the soul. We can use our bodies to benefit the human society and pass on our
loving thoughts to them. Thanks to Silent Mentors, Mr. Sia and Prof Chin and all the volunteers as well as the students.
Elsie Teo Sin May 张絲媚 (INTI_I11008953)
I felt very grateful and honoured for being given a chance to participate in the 13th Silent Mentor Worksop. I still remember my feeling on the first day when I first met my Silent Mentor, Mr. Foong Ah Kow. Honesty, when I first met him
in SMC, where we were supposed to defrost him that day, I felt some eerie sensation running through my adrenaline because that was the first time I stand so close to a “corpse” as in my lifetime, I had never been to any funeral before. Despite
eerie, I had the urge to move forward to see my Silent Mentor for the very first time. At that moment, it's like the time had been paused. I can see clearly his face and his body. He seemed to be so peaceful. Every morning we were assigned to bathe him. At
first I was reluctant to touch him but later on I begun to get used to it. This was the greatest achievement that I had done throughout this whole week, and I'm proud of it as I had overcome my fear towards death body. On the first day of workshop on 9/9/15
before the workshop begun, Mr. Foong’s wife, Madam Sue and her family arrived at the scene. It was a very heart-breaking moment when I saw Madam Sue cried so hard that she can hardly breath, yet kept advising her husband to move on to the other world.
I felt so touch and I'm almost crying. I will not forget that moment forever in my lifetime. Throughout this workshop, I have learnt how to appreciate “Life”. “Life” is too short to live in miserable, so we must live our life to the
fullest and we should be grateful for what we have. We may not know when do we die, but we all know that death is certain, we will eventually leave the world one day. Once we appreciate and grateful towards our life, then we will leave with no regret. And
most importantly, I have learnt that bonding between family members is a special force that will tie and unite a family together. No matter how, the bonding between family members will not be broken apart as there is a faith in us. Although our Silent Mentors
had already left this world, but their existence in this world will always remained in our heart and will not be forget till the end of the world. This is the bonding that we, as the student will keep in mind throughout our journey of life.
Teh Sui Woan 郑绥琬 (INTI_I11008946)
Adelyn Ng Yih Jia黄亦佳 (INTI_I11008945)
在Silent Mentor 活动中，我曾恐惧我将遗忘我曾经历过“心的温度”。但是，我知道那将是不可能的事。因为大体老师离世的那一天是我的生日。每年的那一天将是生命的响铃，提醒着我大体老师的生命旅程和原则。遇见他是我生命的转折点，让我重新思考生命的意义及价值。
大体老师的坚持；Prof Chin的坚持；Mr. Sia 的坚持；大体老师工作坊背后默默付出的人的坚持。感谢你们的坚持。
Connie Wong Hsuah Nee 黄雪妮 (INTI_I10006778)
我不是一个太感性的人，也不是一个觉得所有的感动都应该哭哭啼啼去表达跟解决的。但是我还是留下了感激的眼泪，我感激的是大体老师家人的包容与成全。一个没有往生者的葬礼对于家人来说是多么的难受，要经历两次的伤痛，对家人来说是有何等的不舍。这次的无语良师计划让我感受到了多方面的付出与努力。老师的坚持，家人的成全，及各位义工朋友们的努力不懈，不管是paksa rela, 还是sukarela, 你们的付出完成了这个足以给我全新气息的生命环节。
Ting Fei Jian 董慧娟 (INTI_I10006530)
充實的一個星期終於結束了。 在這之前，每天都是那麼忙碌，渾渾噩噩，忙盲茫。 除了上課見習之外都在忙著做FYP (final
year project) 天天幫病人扎針早已麻木，通過這次的工作坊，才發現自己失去激情已久。在裡面，重新找到激情，重拾自己當初進來的熱情。
Chin & Mr. Sia，還有志工團隊，辛苦了！感恩你們的努力與付出！願不久的將來，我有機會參與你們的團隊一起為這麼有意義的項目努力！千言萬語，都無法盡述我們的感激之情！
Chang Shu Jiun 曾淑郡 (INTI_I11009001)
最后，感恩Prof Chin、Mr. Sia、Jia Bao以及志工们的付出及贡献。感恩！
Tan Ying Xze 陈莹慈 (INTI_I10006563)
Lim Yang Yie 林扬议 (INTI_I10005311)
Goh Pau Kim吴保靖(INTI_I10005848)
Wong Chan Yew 黄振耀 (INTI_I11007508)
Wong Jia Hui Amy (UTAR_10UMB04269)
It is an honor to be able to participate in the Silent Mentor Program. From home visit to the actual workshop to sending off
ceremony, I learned tremendously. During home visit to Madam Tan Yook May’s home, we chit chatted with the family members to know more about our Silent Mentor. Their journey in life was inspiring. They shared how our Silent Mentor coped with diseases,
the emotional depression during their struggles with their illness, how they finally let go their suffering and decided to donate their body as a Silent Mentor to the medical field. I personally feel how great my Silent Mentor made an impact in her family
and the legacy that she passed down.
Their selfless sacrifices go a long way. Their final decision to donate their body had benefited many medical personnel. This further helped the future patients whose lives are dependent
on the medical personnel. Our Silent Mentors silently provide their body to us to teach and guide us. Step by step, they guided us to improve and refine our clinical skills. I appreciate their sacrifices. She taught me skills and I will use that skills to
help others who are in need. I will continue to fulfill their wish towards us, which is to benefit patients in the future.
Besides medical learning, I learned the humanistic value too, the empathy that should be present
in every doctor. This workshop allowed me to witness the family’s feeling and emotion towards the loss of their loved ones. My Silent Mentor teaches me to:
my life every day
- Be contented in everything
- Appreciate the first breath
that I take every morning when I wake up
- Be happy in life
- Appreciate my
“Words cant’ express my gratitude towards the four Silent Mentors of 13th Silent Mentor Workshop. You had bravely chosen to live your life meaningfully, even up to
the final journey in life. Thank you Teacher!“
Cheah Yu Wei 谢耀渭 (UTAR_10UMB04237)
医学生可在工作坊中学习基本的外科技能如：伤口缝合(Suturing technique)、插入胸腔导管(Chest-drainage insertion)、插入氧管插管(Endotracheal tube intubation)、插入中心静脉导管(Central Venous Line Insertion)、气管切割法(Tracheostomy)以及观察其他外科、骨科手术的进行方法和解剖学。医学技能，是一门必须一代一代传承下去的知识和手艺，在此感谢陈庆华教授和吴隽彦医生的悉心教导，让我们有机会温故知新，加强各自的技能。
Yap Jen Fai (UTAR_
Prof Chin and colleagues initiatives of setting up Silent Mentor Program is a reflection of their vision in helping the medical field to improve and to teach us humanity, to
be humble and respectful to others. It is because of such effort, I was bestowed upon an opportunity to participate in this program. For this, I am forever grateful.
Through this program, I have equipped myself not only
just with medical knowledge and skills but also the importance of teamwork, ethics, humanity and respect.
Many thanks to the Silent Mentors for their selflessness and may their souls rest in Nirvana and their family be blessed
with peace and health.
Abby Chan Kai Ern (UTAR_10UMB04361)
I am very honored and grateful to be given this opportunity to be part of the 13th Silent
I would like to convey my utmost gratitude towards all the Silent Mentors - Mr. Foong Ah Kow, Madam Khong Soy, Madam Chan Oai Chun, Madam Tan Yook Moy and their family members; not to forget the organizing
Without their support, this whole program would not be possible.
This program not only teaches medical skills and technique but transcends conventional medical education by instilling
humanity, love, gratitude and appreciation towards life.
I vow to continue to propagate the principles of lifelong learning and appreciation towards life.
Jacqueline Lee Wei
First I would like to thank Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for organizing Silent Mentor Program. When I first joined this program, I was slightly
apprehensive towards it. I did not know much regarding this program except that there will be mentors - patients whom selflessly donate their body after passing away in order for medical students to improve their basic surgical skills and also anatomy. Being
a medical student from a private institution, we did not have the privilege or opportunity to learn human anatomy or clinical skills on cadavers but only on mannequin and simulation model. Hence I took this opportunity in hope of improving my clinical skills.
However, during these few months in the Silent Mentor Program, no doubt I did learned a lot and improved on my basic surgical skills such as suturing, chest tube etc, I also learned about compassion, empathy after the home visit
and the daily cleansing ritual for our mentors. I also truly respect the selflessness our Silent Mentors and the families had in sacrificing for the greater good.
Being a doctor is not just a job. We may have the best skills,
but without compassion and empathy, we're nothing more but a robot.
"Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves." - Mason Cooley.
Dear Mdm. Chan Oai Chun,
thank you for your selfless sacrifice. I will keep reminding myself to this compassion and empathy throughout my career.
Marianne Lee (UTAR_10UMB06274)
It has been an amazing journey
throughout the Silent Mentor Program. When I first came across the program a couple of years ago, I thought it was merely a platform to acquire some basic surgical skills. Well, it proved me wrong. Never did I expect it would bring such a wonderful experience
that is indescribable, that one has to experience it first-handed. I am really blessed to be part of this program and I am immensely grateful to all the Silent Mentors who have taught us sacrificially, and not to forget Prof Chin and team who have put in great
deal of effort into this program. Thank you once again.
Yeap Hsiao Hui (UTAR_10UMB04051)
From the short one-week workshop, our Silent Mentor had taught us a lifetime worth of lessons.
He taught us not only on clinical skills, but most importantly, how to become a compassionate doctor. He taught us about living life to its fullest, having a love that is deeper than the ocean and inspired us with his selfless acts of giving. He taught us
about the dealings of death and showed us that, as morbid as the thought of death could be, it is possible to have a beautiful death. He made me understand the importance of palliative care and how just simple act of listening to the patient can help. Because
sometimes, what the patient needs may not necessarily be what he wants.
He taught us that, there is no meaning in life if we keep comparing our life with others. That is because; we are all unique in our way. We are the
one and only one in this world. And thus, doing this will only make us forget about things and most importantly, people who are dear to us.
Thank you to all of our Silent Mentors. Thank you Mr. Foong Ah Kow. Thank you for
all the valuable lessons that you have imparted to us. 感恩
Chong Jian Yoong (UTAR_10UMB03957)
I am gladly given a chance to participate in Silent Mentor Program given
an outstanding opportunity to practice some basic medical procedures. I have little knowledge about my Silent Mentor until I have paid a home visit to his house and chit-chat with his wife and daughter. I felt that it was an enjoyable moment that family members
of Mr. Foong were able to make it positive event to invite us into his house. Despite the grievance that the family suffering from.
On the day of Brief Introduction of Silent Mentors Session, I felt that Madam Sue,
wife of Mr. Foong attended the short briefing session and later had some fruits for dinner. We had a conversation even though it was not as anticipated that it would be but I thought that she and her family members felt enjoyable. Rather peaceful evening
that day reminded me whether I would enrol this program in the future.
On the second day, there was Initiation Ceremony before the workshop began. We washed our Silent Mentor and performed ritual chanting. As a good
and respectable husband loveable by Madam Sue, tears out-broken when she had to have a final look on the smiling face of Mr. Foong. Later, our workshop guided by experienced teachers and teamwork of fellow UTAR colleagues made our day fruitful and enjoyable.
It was an experience different from back then of reading medical book and chance to practice basic procedures for better preparation of working days as a houseman.
Overall, I would deeply appreciate the contribution
of Mr. Foong Ah Kow. It is an honour to learn from my mentor and also appreciate the soft side of embrace grief and felt sympathy for those who have lost their family members. I would always remember message sent by my Silent Mentor, Mr. Foong Ah Kow.
12th Silent Mentor Workshop 21-26/04/2015
Charlotte Teong Chuin Yi (MEM110203)
It has been a wonderful journey being with Silent Mentor Program for the past few months. Words can never express the amount of gratitude I owe my Silent Mentor,
but if I had the chance I would like to say this to my Silent Mentor:
Dear Madam Wong Soo Come,
I remember the first time I met you was in June 2014. That was when Silent Mentor Centre just received you. Back then,
you were accompanied by your family members; they were extremely tearful and filled with sadness.
Five months later, in January 2015, I visited your house and felt that your family seemed familiar. Little did I know that
you were my Silent Mentor. Not to worry, your family members were no longer in grief, but rather they have reached a level of acceptance. They were immensely proud of you, spoke of you fondly, and missed you dearly.
2015, during the initiation ceremony of our Silent Mentor workshop, it was the last time they could possibly see you again. They did shed a few tears however remained strong. They left you with a Soka Gakkai sutra and prayed wholeheartedly for you. The thing
that transcended everyone’s heart was that they offered their prayers for our fellow Silent Mentors as well.
You have a beautiful and kind family. I hope that you will be in peace knowing that your family members are
in peace. I am thankful to be a part of the 12th Silent Mentor Workshop and I would strongly advocate this program to my fellow colleagues.
Marina Bt Norman (MEM110079)
Silent Mentor Program taught me the true meaning of giving with a sincere heart. At first, I joined the program because I wanted to learn about basic skills, however, ever since the home visit, I realized that this program is not just to train our
physical skills, but also to train our emotional, to make sure that we understand our patients' and their family's feelings. I really enjoyed every second spent with my Silent Mentor, Madam Wong Soo Come. Even though she did not know me, I felt like she was
someone close to my heart. I thank Prof Chin, Mr. Sia and all the Silent Mentor volunteers for this great opportunity. But, my greatest gratitude would be for my Silent Mentor. Thank you Madam Wong Soo Come.
Farah Melydia (MEM110040)
I am truly fortunate to be part of the Silent Mentor Program. Prior to joining the program, I had very little knowledge to what it is truly about except that it was an opportunity for me to practice certain medical and surgical
skills. However at the first meeting with the mentor's family, I learnt that this program is much more than a simple scientific endeavor; it was experiencing and learning how to deal with grief and letting go. I had the privilege to speak to the family members
and learn about Madam Wong from the very first meeting. I learnt she was truly loved by all those around her. What really touched my heart was the sight of her parents. They were at a loss for words and deeply saddened at the mention of their deceased daughter
even though it had been a few months since her passing. From that, I understand that grief is a process that takes time and patience. Now that the Silent Mentor Program is over and all the mentors have been cremated, I take home with me a simple lesson, that
while science on its own is a wonder, science with passion and reason goes beyond what the mind can see.
Amirah bt Mohamad Sabri (MEM110007)
First of all, I would like to express my
greatest gratitude to Madam Wong and other Silent Mentors for sacrificing their body for us to learn many things, especially basic surgical procedures. This is our first time doing intubation, chest tube, central venous line and suturing on real body. It can
boost our confidence in handling the patients and be a safer doctor. Besides, this program is an eye opener for us that a good doctor must not only know treating the disease but also have sense of humanity, empathy, responsibility and treating the patient
as a whole. We have gained new experiences and lessons that will be very useful for our future career. Last but not least, I would like to thank Silent Mentor Centre for giving us the great opportunity to join this program.
Chong Kim Yeong 莊錦榮 (MEM110024)
(medical procedure)。除此，我们也在他的身上學習了人生的道理。他的一生讓我們明白親情的可貴，也讓我們知道人的一生不在於長短，而在於生命的意義。老師無私的教導深深烙印在我的心中，老師對生命的尊重也讓我們明白行醫的使命。 Hipprocates 曾经说：To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.這話讓我明白尽管醫学不断地进步，不断地研发新药物疫苗，但医生不能时时治愈每一位病人。医生毕竟不是神，不能控制人的生與死，而医生往往只能舒緩病人的痛楚，慰問他們的狀況，和陪伴他們度過生命中最後的一段路。老師不單單是豐富了我們的醫術，更教會了我们何为醫德這麼宝贵的一堂課。感恩，惜福。謝謝您，我們的無語英雄。
Pow Zheng Yuan (MEM110146)
Ong Suet Yan (MEM110142)
I have to thank the organizer, Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for initiating this Silent Mentor Program. This program not only allows medical students to attempt various hands-on procedures in surgical field but also gave a very important
morale session for all of us. Silent Mentors taught us to be empathy toward our mentors and also to the family members. During the initiation ceremony, I saw how much love the mother has toward his son, my Silent Mentor. From then, I knew I must make sure
my Silent Mentor is clean thoroughly throughout the whole program. We bathed our Silent Mentor every morning until the day they were put inside the coffin. The other important lesson is responsibility. From the first day of the workshop, Prof Chin told us
it is our responsibility that our Silent Mentors are bathed before and after every workshop. That is why it does not matter whether we have class or not, we wake up at 5.30 am every morning to bath our Silent Mentor. Until the last day of the workshop which
is the closing and sending off ceremony, we realized throughout the few days that we spent with our Silent Mentor, we had built a relationship that no one will understand. The amount of respect and gratitude that I have towards, you, my teacher, Mr. Tay Kian
Siang can never be enough.
Chiew Re On (MEM110021)
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me so much more than I can ask for. First heard in my second year, I had no clue what it was.
Third year came and I registered upon knowing that it is a workshop designed to give medical students an opportunity to learn procedures like suturing, inserting a chest tube, inserting a central line and intubation. The program began with home visit in my
fourth year. Little did I know I would learn so much more than the said procedures. I learnt that my Silent Mentor was not just someone, he was someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s husband, and someone’s father. The workshop
began. My Silent Mentor laid motionless on the operating table and we were free to do all the procedures. I realized that I had to take each session of workshop seriously and learn as much as I can. Each morning session of cleaning our Silent Mentors was the
least I could do to show my respect for him. My Silent Mentor has redefined the word ‘sacrifice’ to me. Mr. Tay Kian Siang will forever be remembered as the teacher I respect and for that I could not thank him more.
Ching Hui Chi (MEM110022)
Tan Khai Shin (MEM110170)
In the process of learning: To cure sometimes, to comfort always. Throughout this Silent Mentor Workshop, we woke up early in the morning to pray and clean our
mentors, walked back in darkness night. It is tiring but worthwhile. They not only taught us the skills but also the care for the patients and their family members. They live in another form of life by spreading the seeds and we shall grow it to become the
forest. May all the kind souls rested in peace.
Farhana Izzaty Binti Muhamad Fisal (MEM110041)
I joined Silent Mentor Program as I was curious about what was the program all about. I
did some research and was amazed by Silent Mentor Program in Taiwan. It is different from the other clinical skill workshop as we learn from teacher and practice on mannequin. However, through this program, we had our Silent Mentor as our teacher whom also
donated their body to be used by us, the medical students. It was amazing to see that there are amazing people out there like our Silent Mentors who were willing to sacrifice for us. I sincerely think that they had made a big contribution to the medical society
by giving us the chance to learn directly from their body. Lastly, there is no word that can describe how grateful I was to be a part of this program. I hope that this program will be continuing in the future.
Abdul Rahman (MEM110089)
Silent Mentor Program has given me opportunity as a young future doctor not just to practice surgical skills, but also taught me to instill emotion in the treatment of patients. Being a
part of our Silent Mentor family has taught me to learn about our Silent Mentor life history and how the disease has affected him and family. As much as disease changes the family way of living, as a doctor, I have learnt that it is important to take family
matter into treatment consideration. Furthermore, our teacher has wholeheartedly donated their body for the sake of improving medical research. This has inspired me to become a good person to contribute the world for better future. Thus, SilentMentor is a
truly good program to join and learn.
Teo Yong Teck张咏得 (MEM110181)
Wong Pei Ru (MEM110192)
参加无语良师工作坊是我两年前的心愿, 当年是在一次偶然的机会下参与大体老师的告别仪式。这次全程亲自上阵, 感触更多。暂且不管大体老师们生前有多少丰功伟业, 在生命结束后他们无私的选择是世人有目共睹的, 也让他们走的更有意义。我钦佩他们能够允许近百个医生及学生们在他们身上划下一刀又一刀, 刺下一针又一针。他们是如此舍得,
Cheah Ai Xin (MEM110017)
This program is very meaningful. I joined it initially for the wrong purpose. However, in the process, I learned a lot.
It is not only techniques and skills like suturing, central venous line insertion that I learned, it is the insight that I gained after joining this program. I learnt to look at things from different aspects and I reflected on myself a lot. I am glad and grateful
that I am given this chance to join this program and I definitely appreciate it a lot. This program makes me a better person.
Ng Shireen (MEM110106)
I am very grateful for having the
opportunity to participate in this Silent Mentor Program. This program taught me the value of love and sacrifice. Silent mentor's selfless sacrifice for the medical field is really a noble act that touches all of us. I gained a lot from this program as I was
able to learn and perform clinical skills on real body instead of mannequin. Apart from learning skills, we were connected to our Silent Mentor through the home visit. We met the family members of our Silent Mentor to understand the life story of our Silent
Mentor and the sequence of events that prompted her to make such a noble decision to become a Silent Mentor. Throughout the program, there were tire, sorrow and joy and I am glad that I participated in it. It was a wonderful experience for all of us and we
will reminisce it. Once again, my deepest gratitude to my Silent Mentor, Madam Lee Yin.
Fatin Akilah Bt Roslan (Taylor’s_300554)
I knew about this
program a few years back before I joined medical school. My reaction at that time was like those people who joined were very lucky to experience it since it was very unique and different. Now, I realized that I am very thankful and grateful to become one of
the participants and I would say it was one of memorable moments in my life since it worth! What is the most important part is that I learnt how to be human. By putting empathy, I know that I make the best of it.
Nazrin Bin Mohd
For me, it was a great experience involving in this program. A lot of things I have learnt from this program. A visit to our Silent Mentor’s family was a good way to create a
bond with our Silent Mentor’s family members and know our Silent Mentor’s life much more. We had a chance to express our condolences to the family members of our Silent Mentor. Even though the conversation was in Mandarin, I am able to understand
how their feelings when they lost their loved ones. I am able to understand the value of love and the strength of parents’ love towards their children. Losing someone you love was a disaster, but their memory with you will makes you value life more.
During the cleaning process, I learnt the value of respect even to the deceased. Before we start, we had a moment of silence as a sign of respect to our Silent Mentor. Then, Taylor’s and UM students together cleaning their Silent Mentors. It was a great
way to learn the value of teamwork. During the final viewing session for the family members of the Silent Mentors, it was my first time attending funeral for Buddhist. It was a great experience. Again, I was able to witness the great value of love. All the
family members went into tears when they see their loved ones cold and immobile. I was able to see a mother’s love towards her son, a husband’s love towards his wife and children’s love towards their mother. It was a touching moment and I
learnt to value life more. During the workshop, thanks to our Silent Mentor that we able to train our skills in real human bodies. I learnt a lot from this workshop and improving my procedure skills. By attending this workshop, it is like ‘killing two
birds with one stone’. I was able to enhance my medical knowledge as well as I am able to learn the value of life. And by attending this workshop also, I was able to taste vegetarian food for the first time and trust me, it was delicious. This will be
an unforgettable memory for me and I will remember it till I become a doctor. Thanks to the Silent Mentors who donated their bodies for the purpose of medical learning.
Nur Aisyah Bt Mohd Nasir (Taylor’s_300626)
After joining the Silent Mentor Program, I realized that the program was quite beneficial and I would glad to give positive opinions to those who are interested to join this workshop in the future. I had learnt few procedures
from this workshop and I could say that this workshop had made me confident to perform those procedures on real patient under guidance. However, I would like to stress on that, all the students still need to practice doing those procedures to be able to perform
it perfectly, like the well-known proverb, practice makes perfect. Besides, after knowing about the life story of our Silent Mentors and their family, I learnt that sometimes what appears to be the end is really a new beginning. It refers to all people. For
the Silent Mentors, this worldly life was the end for them while the afterlife is really a new beginning for them. On the other hand, the Silent Mentor's family may have their end of time with our Silent Mentors, it also can be a really new beginning for their
family to start a new beginning and plan their new life without our Silent Mentor for example, my Silent Mentor had left his wife and 2 year old son had to move on their life without the leader of their family, a loving husband and father. I believe that they
will turn out to be a strong person. In addition, this workshop had made more to learn more about my beloved religion, Islam and also about Buddha culture. Sometimes, we were in our own comfort zone for quiet a long period until we lose interest to learn more
and when we were going through new experiences then we realized that there were a lot more that we did not know about for example in this case about my religion when it collides with Buddha culture. I appreciate more that, when varieties of culture and religion
lives together, they need to accept the differences and choose to live peacefully. Do not criticize something that contradicts with us although we did not follow them. Try to understand them and make them clear about what we actually believe. After all, spread
peace, say peace and live peacefully ever after.
Nurfathin Atikah Bt Ahmad Termizi (Taylor’s_300621)
When I first attended the home visit, I was touched by the
closeness and warm welcome from my Silent Mentor’s family. I really respect them for involving in this workshop as 4 family members in her family signed up as future Silent Mentors. It is a really great experience to know them and get to know about my
Silent Mentor. During the workshop, I felt really lucky to have this chance to participate in this amazing and benefiting workshop. It is really nice to learn new culture, get to know new friends and lecturers and not to forget, Mr. Sia. Thank you, Silent
Mentor Centre for all these great experiences and knowledge. Thank you, Mdm. Wong Soo Come, you will always be in my heart. Lot of thank to Mdm. Wong Soo Come’s family.
Desiree Evelyn Sta Maria (Taylor’s_1101GH11967)
I would like to send my utmost gratitude to Madam Lee Yin and her family, Prof Chin, Mr Sia, University Malaya and Taylor’s University for giving us this great opportunity to be part of the 12th Silent Mentor Workshop.
I am truly honored to be part of this program as I learned not just on medical knowledge, but on empathy, compassion and selflessness which we, medical students need to instill in us to help our future patients. The sacrifice that Madam Lee Yin and her
family made will never be forgotten and the knowledge gained will not just stop here but will continue to help others in the future. I appreciate every moment in this program from the home visits, getting to know Madam Lee Yin and her family more, the
practices, learning sign language for our performance, getting to know the other Silent Mentors through other group’s presentations, making new friends, the workshop itself and finally to take care of Madam Lee Yin till we send her off for the last time.
I thank you Madam Lee Yin.
Siti Hauna Bt Ahmad Farid (Taylor’s_300602)
First of all I would like to thank my honored Silent Mentor, Mr. Tay Kian Siang and his beloved family for
their endless sacrifice for the medical field generally and to myself personally. Then I would like to thank the organizer team for providing me the opportunity to participate in this program. Last but not least, I would like to thank my colleagues who sincerely
helped me throughout the event started from the beginning till the end. Even though we are from the different universities, races and backgrounds but we managed to overcome all of the barriers without any discrimination. Honestly I am glad to be a part of
them. This program helps me gaining my confidence to perform some clinical procedures before jump into the real profession as a practicing doctor in near future. It is not only about learning the medical aspect, but also the values of life that I think the
most valuable lesson I learned from this program. Humanity, responsibility and respect are the values that are important for the health practitioners to help the general population in improving their health conditions holistically.
A/L Kannan (Taylor’s_304202)
First of all, I would like to express my utmost gratitude for giving us the opportunity to be a part in the 12th Silent Mentor Workshop. When I initially thought this is just a
workshop to improve my clinical skills and knowledge, I was proven to be wrong. Besides that, this program also emphasized a lot on the value of humanity, love, empathy and care. At the end of this program, I am very thankful to my Silent Mentor, Mr.
Tay Kian Siang for his willingness to sacrifice his body for the purpose of medical education. In a nutshell, this is a valuable program for medical students as it not only enhances our clinical skills and knowledge, but it also nurtures the value of love
and empathy in our heart. Thanks you Silent Mentor Centre for this wonderful opportunity. If I was given an opportunity to participate in this program, I will surely join again.
Denise Zhang Shu-Eu (Taylor’s_0901A69709)
The whole journey throughout this program, despite surgical knowledge that was instill, it may have instill a little more sense of humane in me. Learning from our Silent Mentors is indeed different from learning from a cadaver
in school. We have got to know what sort of person our mentors were like when they were still alive. There was a sense of familiarity as if we have known them in person when we finally have met our Silent Mentors for the very first time. More than words can
describe how moved I was. It is that warmth and muzzy feeling I felt knowing that all our mentors are very much loved by at least someone out there. I am very thankful and grateful to all four mentors of ours for their undying love and courage to give us their
bodies for our learning without knowing us. I am also very grateful to Silent Mentor Centre for giving us this opportunity. I would trade anything the world to have this experience I had here from the program again.
Tan Binti Naim Tan (Taylor’s_304968)
I first applied for the Silent Mentor Program without much knowledge on it aside from the basics. At that time, I did not imagine that I will be signing up for an unforgettable
experience. This Silent Mentor Program has introduced me to a side of medicine that cannot be taught, but is learnt.The workshop was very beneficial to us students to learn and practice procedures that we normally are not allowed to perform on our patients.
We are able to learn a lot from the professionals and the hands-on experience enabled me to reinforce the knowledge gained. The workshop really helped me to better myself as a medical student. The whole experience, from home visits, washing and cleaning the
Silent Mentors, coffining and to the very last day on the funeral service, has been a humbling journey. I learnt of bonds, of sympathy and empathy, of being respectful and many more. What strike me most was that I am reminded that one day, I will pass on as
well. And to leave something good in this world, in whatever form, is a victory on its own. Although I have never met my Silent Mentor, but their contribution has allowed me to learn more than what I initially bargained for. This program has taught me that
medicine goes so much deeper than treatment and cure. For that I thank the Silent Mentor Program and most importantly I thank my Silent Mentor. To have learnt from you is priceless.
Mohd Hazim Bin Mohd Marzuki (Taylor’s_300556)
Silent Mentor Workshop is one of the best programs that I had attended. It incorporated clinical skills workshop with personal growth in empathy and interpersonal skills. The idea of knowing your Silent Mentor and their family
prior to the skills workshop makes me value the selfless sacrifice of the Silent Mentor. It makes me appreciate a simple yet beautiful relationship between teacher (Silent Mentor) and students (us). At the end of this program, I manage to hone my skills on
clinical procedures and also have my own development of emotions and empathy. I realised that the strongest unbreakable knot ever existed is none other than the bond of family.
Nurul Syahirah Shafee (Taylor’s_300599)
There is no word I can use to describe how great our Silent Mentors are, sacrificing their bodies for us to become a good doctor in the future. I did not only learn medical skills, but I also learn empathy, respect and love.
The love and endless support from Silent Mentor’s family members taught me love has no boundaries of blood, race or religion. Regardless of race or religion, we are our Silent Mentor’s students as one. Together as one we clean our Silent Mentor’s
body, together we practice on him, together we pray for him, and together we prepare and send him off to his final journey. As this workshop finished my determination to become an excellent doctor is now becoming stronger. This program gives me a lot of once
in a lifetime experiences, which will always remain in my memories. Thank you.
Nurul Afifah Mohd Yusoff (Taylor’s_300528)
A body worth hundreds of skill. A dead saves a thousand
lives. A deceased contributes to new findings in research. A frozen breaks the tears. Thanks to all the Silent Mentors who had donated their bodies in order to benefit the people who still sound and healthy. I was very grateful to have this opportunity involving
in Silent Mentor Workshop. It was not only new skills that I have developed, but I learned about teamwork, determination, family relationship and others that I did not expect initially. Silently, they had taught me many things.
Nurul Atira Nik Zuraidi (Taylor’s_300532)
In this program, I am not learning only about skills but I also learn about respect and the meaning of life. I cannot imagine how people can donate their bodies without
getting any benefit and I cannot imagine how the family can cope with this situation. I was so grateful to get this opportunity to be one of the medical students involved in this program. I will not forget this experience because there is so much memory in
it. Thank you my Silent Mentor, you will always be in our heart.
Ong Hwee Chin 王煜芊 (Taylor’s_1001A76229)
无私的奉献, 无限的感动. 在无语良师身上的千针万缝就犹如教师千言万语地灌输知识; 知识的传播就犹如散播着爱的种子,受益的不仅仅是我们这莘莘学子,
Emelda Rose Sebastin (Taylor’s_304036)
Silent Mentor Workshop will definitely be one of the best programs I attended to this year.
This program has not only taught me in medical context but most importantly about empathy. The home visit was very fruitful in which it makes us to develop our communication skills and understanding about our Silent Mentors. The workshop was really meaningful
as all of us could work together so well and help each other to learn and most importantly with the limited surgical equipment, we could still share with other groups and think about others. The medical professionals who helped to teach us every step
of each procedure really moved me especially when those doctors who were not even involved in the workshop dropped by to teach us. They are all super nice and professional doctors.
I would like to say a few words about Professor
Chin. He is one general surgeon who is very down to earth and not only I learned about medical but also about respect, humbleness and compassion from him. Professor Chin will always be someone that I will look up to. Personally, coming to the most important
part I loved my Silent Mentor family. They are so strong in facing life challenges and they are so positive and still can put a smile on their face despite everything they have been through. They will definitely have my utmost respect and love forever including
my own Silent Mentor who will be always cherished and she will remain in my heart forever.
Tan Bee Kuan 陈美君 (Taylor’s_305318)
11th Silent Mentor Workshop 11-16/11/2014
张芯洁(Crystal Teoh) - USM
刚开始时还以为自己听错了，这遗体捐献在本国也有推行吗？这不是在先进的国家诸如香港、台湾才会有吗？后来在朋友再三解释下方才知马大医院微创腹腔镜内镜手术训练中心 (MILES)是在 2012 年从台湾引进了此计划，当时才办了三届，再过两个星期就要举办第四届了。
在好奇心的驱使下，我到 MILES 的办公处询问可否参加此活动。后来，谢先生答应了我并带我到无语良师的家进行访问。通过无语良师的妻子与朋友，我才知道他们把身体捐献给医学院，一来是希望我们能多练习基本的手术技巧，以便能更熟练
tube insertion、intubation、central line insertion 等等。无语良师让我从原本的一窍不通到后来的熟能生巧，这段学习过程，实属毕生难忘。
搁笔之前，我要代表理大医学院感谢我们敬爱的陈教授、马大医院的医生、谢先生、赖小姐、佳宝 以及MILES 的工作人员让我们参加此次的工作坊。感恩我们这次的机缘，促成了马大－理大历史性的一刻。感激陈教授、马大医院的医生们对我们的教导，我们将永存在心！对我们的大体老师， 我们想说 ：
笔于 2014年 11月 21日
Tium Wei Nie - USM
Yeap Biou Seng- USM
I am so lucky to join the 11th Silent Mentor Workshop at University Malaya from 11 - 16 November 2014. From the Brief Introduction
of Silent Mentors, I was able to know all Silent Mentors background. During the Initiation Ceremony, I observed the family members viewed their loved ones for the final time. This really touched me and they really gave big sacrifice for this program. Then,
a few doctors from UM and USM gave lecture and each of them had a half an hour demonstration with us on the Silent Mentor. The most memorable moment was when I first made a cut on real people and performed suturing, intubation, chest tube insertion and central
venous pressure line insertion which I was not able to perform such procedures during my medical studies. I appreciated that when I made incision on them, I must suture it assuming they were our real patients. At night, I have performance practice with UM
students and I was able to make new friends with them.
On the remaining few days, I joined chest trauma surgery workshop and orthopedic surgical exposure workshop and I finally appreciated the anatomy of real
people. This was my first time performing cardiac massage on the real people. On the last day which was the gratitude ceremony, we could see the Silent Mentor left behind their expectation on medical students especially one of the Silent Mentor said “just
cut on my body, I will not feel pain, I hope you all can be a better doctor”. It really touches me. I really appreciate the Silent Mentors made a huge sacrifice on donating their body for us to practice so that we will be able to become a better doctor
and treat more people. I will not disappoint them. At last, I will like to say thank you all UM and USM doctors who taught us during Silent Mentor program and gave me a chance to join such a meaningful program.
Chung Yung - USM
I am very honored that I was given a chance to participate in this program in which the input was endless. Through this program, it was an eye opener that such courage
still exists in this world in donating their bodies despite of the normal norms. Besides, through the mentors, I learnt lots about life thus being great teachers to me. Yhank you mentors…
Moinuddin - USM
The Silent Mentor program is a great learning opportunity not only for the medical students but also for the medical officers as well. We were able to perform many basic
surgical procedures which will be required to become a good doctor. The Silent Mentors were also able to be a great life lesson which was always give and be humble in life as they are very great and respected human beings for still giving to the community
after death. A big thank you to the M.I.L.E.S community for giving us this amazing chance.
Chow Kok Cheow - USM
MOHD AKMAL ADIB BIN
A BAKAR - USM
Being a doctor is not just to treat the collections of symptoms that the patients have but it comes with a great responsibility to comfort the patients always in all aspects
of mankind life. A good doctor must have a determination and target to improve their knowledge, clinical skills and yet the attitude will be the most important aspects in the field of medicine since it brings about the internal driving towards the passion
in treating the patients as a whole.
Congratulation to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya upon its initiative to introduce a program called “Silent Mentor” that brings an essence of medicine
as well as medical ethics. This program has successfully played its crucial roles in helping medical students as well as doctors in training their surgical skills that is to be performed in the future patients. With the presence of skillful, enthusiastic and
excellent lecturers, it brings about the enjoyment and curiosity among the students to ask any questions as well as to perform the basic surgical skills with determination. A great appreciation for all the lecturers for their willingness to teach.
Moreover, the most interesting part of this program is that, it helps the medical students to develop humanistic values in life. The program had successfully exposed the students on how to build a good relationship between patients
and the family members before the body is being used for training. We were cried with them together after the first prayer ceremony. How sad it was but how lucky I was to be with the generous Silent Mentor as well as their respective family members for their
willingness and kindness to give a special opportunity to use the body for learning purposes. A sense of respect whole-heartedly to them is of paramount importance and their willingness to donate the body is of the noble things in life that must be appreciated
I wondered how our Silent Mentors, whom we never met, were willing to contribute their body to us. We will never forget them and we will try to be better doctors with what we have learnt
from them. May God grant them special places. My last words will be: I hope all the Silent Mentors will be resting in full peace and all their souls shall be blessed with the knowledge we practice from their bodies. Thank you.
Lo Jia Hui - USM
的 Prof Chin, Mr. Sia 及志工们的付出。希望以后理大的医学系学弟学妹们也有机会到马大参与这个有意义的活动。万分感谢！
Cha Mei Yee - USM
The Silent Mentors have taught me about
sacrifice and letting go. How many people would want to let go of their body? They did not fear of being cut many times and kept away the taboo worries. They hope for the best of the future generation and medical field and they have bestowed their hope on
us, the doctors and students. Therefore, most importantly, what we have learnt from this program should be applied later on, and also teach our colleagues.
Thank you to the Silent Mentors, Prof Chin, Mr. Sia,
Silent Mentors’ family members and the people who have kept this good program running.
Daniel Phang Sen Kai - USM
I am glad
to be able to participate in this program. At first, I feel that this program is just another workshop for medical student to brush up their knowledge and skills. I was wrong indeed. Throughout this program, I am deeply touched because I cannot imagine someone
willing to sacrifice their body for the purpose of medical education. The support that was given by family members of Silent Mentors also inspired me to be a better human. I am glad to my Silent Mentor who taught me to be generous, kind and humble in treating
patients in the future. Thank you MILES for giving me this once in a lifetime experience. I am deeply grateful to my Silent Mentor and promise to be a more competent doctor in the future.
Hor Jie Ning
First of all I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the organizer: Mr. Sia, Prof Chin, Tzu Chi, Xiao-En and UM medical students for giving us this golden opportunity to be a part in
the Silent Mentor Program. This program is an eye opener to us as we will never have the opportunity to do certain procedures in medical student life and even in working life. It can indeed boost our confidence in handling patients and be competence when we
work later. It is a good step to produce safer doctors.
Besides that I would like to thank a million to our Silent Mentors and their family members. They are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of
medical profession and for the well-being of the public. This would be hardly accepted by most of the people. However, the family members being understanding and respect for the mentors’ decision, I think we should learn this from them.
Last but not least, I hope that this program will be carried on and more and more in medical profession can grab this chance and benefit from it. And I hope this will create awareness among the public so that we will have more
volunteers to ensure the continuity of this program. Thank you.
Woo Xiang Ling – USM
than a dead body
Everyone has to die one day. When that day comes, most are buried very soon. The burial is symbolic; we say our last goodbyes and send off the deceased, accepting that
he/she will no longer be with us. And then, we move on.
“Funerals are not for the dead. They’re for the living.”
The Silent Mentors are different.
Each mentor waited months for their burial. The mentors consent their bodies for use by medical students to learn. Students cut and open up their mentor’s body, each cut guiding the student closer to becoming a doctor.
The learning workshops are organized only a few times a year. Hence, there is a need to freeze the mentor’s bodies until use. This can take up to half a year. Only then can the burial proceed.
are you keeping your father in a fridge? You’re leaving his body to be cut up by strangers? What kind of son are you? Don’t you want to bring his body home?”
were against it. But I told them I respected my father’s wish to be a silent mentor. I didn’t say any more. The more I said, the more arguments I got.”
“Students, you don’t
have to worry when you cut me open. I’m already dead, I won’t feel any pain. Use my body properly to learn. Save as many as you can. And I will be happy.”
“I donate my
body because I want to help those with cancer. The doctors told me they haven’t discovered a cure for the type of cancer I have now. Through studying my body, I hope a cure will be discovered one day. I hope less people die because of cancer.”
This is the great sacrifice of the mentors and their families. They want to contribute, even after they die. This great act is why students name them “Our
Silent Mentors”. It is a title of honor and respect.
“We, the students, will always remember our mentors.”
You don’t forget your first time. Before the workshop, the only exposure we had about procedures was through books. This is our first time performing a suture, chest tube, intubation and central venous line
on a real body. Students do not dare perform them on live patients for fear of doing wrong. Our mentors serve as a platform of great practice, enabling us the confidence we need to perform them on real patients one day.
The second last day of the workshop was a busy one. We rehearsed for the closing ceremony from 3 to 5pm. We then proceeded to coffin our mentors from 5 to 9pm. It was a straight 6 hours without any breaks in between. We did not stop for
dinner. I remember being tired from standing so long. My legs and the bottom of my feet hurt. I was cold, so hungry and grumpy.
“Why are we doing so much to send off our mentors? It’s
been 6 hours. I’m tired and hungry. It’s not like doing so much will bring the dead back. So why bother?”
The answer is responsibility.
If you cut, you are responsible to stitch the wound back. If you use a body to learn, you are responsible to take care of it from start until the end. The burial is the end. We are responsible to see through everything until after the
“Life is better if it revolved less about ourselves and more about what we can do for others instead.”
One of the mentors left us
students a last message. It was specific instructions on what students are to learn from his body:
“Treat your patients like human beings. Not just as a disease.”
Medical staffs frequently have such little time! Patients are being left in a high state of anxiety because doctors do not talk to them enough. The lack of time and attention paid to patients means that serious mistakes are being
made. Medication errors can result and sometimes very ill patients or their families are not being asked if the person wishes to be resuscitated, meaning that the terminally ill can end up receiving futile treatment.
We students have seen and heard the saying many, many times. It forms the basis of our practice in medicine. But how many of us adhere to it? We can be pretty busy people.
What kind of doctor
will you become one day?
What kind of person do you want to be?
We would like to express our gratitude to all those involved in the
making of this program. A special thanks to Prof. Chin, Mr. Sia and Jia Bao for working so hard, being the main driving force of this program. To our Silent Mentors and their family for their selflessness and courage. To the UM students, for their kind hospitality
and showing us the best eating places around. And finally, to my USM mates, for your company and all that we have been through together.
It’s important we do our part in sustaining a program as meaningful
as this one. Being a student who has learned so much from them, we are the best people to tell others about our Silent Mentors. And so, I write this.
Foo Shi Ping - USM
I decided to join the ‘Silent Mentor Program’ is because I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain some valuable experience from the practical workshop, which were shown on the promotional video
circulated on Facebook. My first impression was this could be the most interesting workshop I have ever come across. Imagine the chance to see, touch, cleanse and do procedures on a real human body, I was sure it was an opportunity not to be missed.
Upon arrival at PPUM, we were blessed with great accommodation, a comfy, cozy double bed room equipped with air conditioned and hot shower. As a student, this was something we would have dreamt of. We were brought
to the MILES Centre, although the welcoming party was not great, we still feel the sense of belonging to this program. We met several UM medical students, Tzu Chi personnel and doctors on our 1st day, we did not talk much, but rest assured that
we will be working together closely for the next few days.
Throughout the whole workshop, we learned a lot. We were able to see the true love between the family members and the deceased, tears of sadness, and
sense of losing someone they loved and dearly missed. The emotions were strong. I always kept in mind that the human body in front of me was a person, not a vessel for me to cut, puncture or do anything I want. It was good that we had plenty of time to practice
on suturing, chest tube insertion, intubation and many more. Definitely more than enough for us, hence we were very grateful for that. We received guidance from Professor Chin, Dr Zaidi etc and they gave us the confidence to perform each procedure until we
were able to do it on our own. I was glad that the doctors were so patient in teaching us the correct technique, even though we might be too clumsy at times.
I believe that to make this Silent Mentor program
a success, it required efforts from all the parties involved. I can clearly see great cohesion and teamwork between MILES, medical students, Tzu Chi and others that had involved in this program. To wrap things up, here are some of my recommendations for the
future Silent Mentor program: (1) Encourage more non-Chinese students to participate in this event (2) Provide drinking water or light refreshment during the workshop.
Ainur Naseeha Bt Roslan - USM
From my experience joining the Silent Mentor Program, I gained not just knowledge and exposure to basic surgical skills, but the bigger part of it, which
is the humanity part. The Silent Mentors taught me the true definition of volunteering. It is not an easy decision to donate your own body in order for some strangers to make incisions, open up our body and a lot more insecurities we usually have. But their
hearts were so pure, generous and willing to sacrifice to the benefit of others. They are the true hero in this medical field I can say. They help most of us to actually experience what is the feeling of holding a real human heart from the inside, do our first
intubation and so much more.
Besides that, I also get some motivation to learn about surgery. Before this I honestly do not really like surgery posting as they were all theory for me. I could not like something
which I could not quite experience and excited about. After joining this workshop, I now feel that surgery was actually interesting if we learn it the right way. Thanks to the organizer, lecturers, UM students who help to guide us throughout the program and
my friends from USM as well. I hope I can join this workshop again and I hope more and more medical students would benefit from this program too, to be a better and competent doctor with human values.
Yen Chuan - USM
They left behind a legacy of love and wisdom. They contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge as well as nurturing future doctors with compassion and humanity. The contribution
of Silent Mentors is beyond words can describe. Their influences gave significant impact towards our future career and well-beings.
Umi Nadhirah Aisyah Bt Mohd Rokhibi - USM
Silent Mentor Program should be extended to other public universities as students especially undergraduate could have at least some real life experience of handling such invasive procedures before performing on patients. These
mentors gave such reminder for us not to become an arrogant, selfish of honing our own skills only but we shall treat everyone as a whole, a human with flesh, bones and feelings. They will always be remembered, in our memories, for us to be the one needed
by the society.
Cheah Xin Ni (MEM110018)
Ng Chong Jing (MEM110103)
Loh Ling Hui (MEM110071)
生命的价值, 不在于长短, 而在于它的意义。大体老师们, 或许没有世绩伟业, 但他们伟大的牺牲, 已经完美的诠释了生命的意义。[生]时, 他们对家人, 工作毫无保留地付出, [死]后, 他们任我们, 这些医学界的莘莘学子们在他们的身上划上千百刀, 只为了让我们上人生中宝贵的一堂课。从一开始的不认识, 到后来的了解, 虽然没有遇见大体老师本人,
和他们说过话, 但是在工作坊里每天接触老师后, 追思会上重新叙述老师的一生时, 我仿佛在说着一个认识了很久的长辈。看着家属们对老师们的思念与不舍, 眼里的泪水也跟着打转, 心里也被他们的精神温暖了。感谢您们大体老师! 也感谢这个工作坊, 让我有一个难忘的经验。
Annabella Diong Xinhui (MEM110010)
Silent Mentor was
once a foreign thing to me when I was in 1st year, whereby I saw the signs and posters everywhere during the event but I didn't have any idea what was it about. Over the years I learnt that it was about learning from a dead body which was willingly donated.
Then, I was excited. To a medical student, it's really exciting to be able to actually be close to a cadaver to practice procedures that you would be doing on real patients. I did not feel the emotional part yet at the point of time. Now, as a participant,
when you get to know roughly how your Silent Mentor was before their passing from their family and friends, it makes you feel closer to your Silent Mentor. Every morning when we wake up early to clean the body, we learn how to care for a dead body, to maintain
it as good as possible. What really touched me was the closing, when two of the Silent Mentors managed to get their last words to be recorded. It never felt so real. For one week, their body was lying in front of us, whereby procedures after procedures were
done. Now we see them literally talking to us, on their expectations. It was a real eye opener. What stuck to me was what the late Mr. Lim Fook Wing said, remember to treat a patient as a whole and not as a disease. Be humble no matter what. I promise you
Mr. Lim that I will always have a reality check and be the best doctor I can.
This whole program really helped me to feel more for the patients, to learn to understand their hardships as well as their families'. Their brave
act will always be remembered. I hope more students will be able to learn from this program as it does not only sharpen your clinical skills but gives you a reality check of why you wanted to be a doctor in the first place.
Fakhriah Hazirah Binti Hidayat (MEM110122)
I am very thankful to be given an opportunity to participate in the Silent Mentor workshop. I have learnt so much throughout the course of the workshop and I personally
think that every medical student should participate in this program! To know more is to get involve and don't hesitate, you won’t regret.
Aaron Tan (MEM110002)
I would like to
send my greatest gratitude to Madam Yong & her family members. Madam Yong has thought us a lot and instilled a sense of responsibility and empathy in all of us medical students. The sacrifice she and her family made was really much appreciated and will
not be forgotten no matter what. That is why I would like to take this opportunity to thank Madam Yong and her family members for everything they had done and may God forever bless them for their kind and unselfish act.
would also like to thank MILES for organizing this programme as we medical students are able to learn from all the silent mentors. We definitely appreciate all the hard work put into making this programme a success.
forgetting my group mates both from UM and USM. All of you are the best and thank you for working with me to achieve a similar goal. Thank you once again.
Ho Xin Lun (MEM110046)
Ng See Man (MEM1100105)
Yvonne Khoo Khaii (MEM 110199)
当初参加无语良师计划，说真的，并没有很明确的概念。可是，随着每一天、每一分、每一秒的参与，让我真正的体会这个计划带给我的意义: 无私、奉献、爱… 每一个人都会有离开这个世界的时候，只是，离开后的我们能留下些什么呢？每一位无语良师留下的，是提醒… 提醒我时时刻刻珍惜所拥有的、提醒我把握当下、提醒我要尽力做好每一件事、提醒我离去不再只是伤痛、提醒我小爱亦可化为大爱，造福社会、造福人群。通过这个工作坊，让我这初出茅庐的医学生能够学习一些基本但分外重要的医学技能。若非有无语良师们的无私奉献，至今我可能还在医学书的字行间摸索。谢谢每位无语良师，感恩有您们。老师，虽然您已离去，但您的叮咛嘱咐却深深的烙印在我的心里。从心里的最深处，真心的向老师们说：“谢谢，感恩您们不计回报的给予，再见了老师！”
Liew Da Wei (MEM110065)
Tay Xin Ying (MEM110179)
Izyan Hanis Binti Ahmad Tarmizi (MEM110050)
I first know about Silent Mentor program when I was in first year, where I watch a TV program named Majalah-3. They made a documentary about the
Silent Mentor program in Tzu-Chi University in Taiwan. From there, I started to develop interest in joining the program. And it was a fortunate that MILES organized the same program and I was chosen to join. After all I had been through from the home visit
until the sending off ceremony of my Silent Mentor, I learnt so much about humanity, especially sacrifice. Those Silent Mentors were a great inspiration for us, the medical students to become a good and skillful doctor. The endless support from our Silent
Mentor and the family members are invaluable and I will never forget this experience. Thank you so much dear Silent Mentors.
Wan Muhammad Faizuddin Bin Wan Mohd Fauzi (MEM110188)
man inspires, a great man leads the way. This is Mr. Gan that I knew. His whole life is dedicated to serve humanity. Despite his time on this earth is limited, he felt that he wants to contribute more. What a noble man he is. Despite this contribution will
not reverse the illness he fought, I took this chance and uphold his hope that less people shall suffer from the condition he had by educating the future generation of doctors. I pledge that your sacrifice will never gone waste. This one week workshop teaches
my mind and soul towards illness. I was granted the chance to learn hands-on skill early on which I admit I still need more practice to conduct without making mistakes. You volunteered yourself through my learning process so that I will not experiment myself
upon real patients. Never the less this does not mean that I would belittle and toy with your soul-less body. This program teaches me that the person in front of me is not a mere cadaver but once the shell of a father, a husband and a friend. I had an unforgettable
experience to personally meet and greet the family members of Mr. Gan which makes me feel like I'm a part of the family. I respected Mr. Gan as a person as if I am handling the body of my own father. Mr. Gan, your participation into this program did not promise
you of any worldly luxury in return. It is not because your effort is worthless but in my eyes they are priceless. For giving people more than you had ever received, I hereby convey my deepest gratitude. May you eternally rest in peace, teacher.
Tan Leong Hooi (MEM110171)
binti Mohd Yusof (MEM110110)
Firstly I want to express my deepest gratitude to Silent Mentors because this program really benefit us medical students. We get the opportunities to do procedures like intubation and
sutures on real person before we graduate which we hardly get in the ward. Besides this program allow us to learn on how to have empathy to our patient and their families. This is also my first time involved in coffining the dead body and participated in sending
off ceremony of non-Muslim person. This program should be continued and I would love to join this program again if there is another chance in the future.
Lai Hwa Fan (MEM110058)
Silent Mentor is a unique program. It is different from other medical program. It not only teaches you on medical knowledge, skills and procedures, it teaches you to be compassion, to love what you do, to love and appreciate the people around you
and to cherish moments with your loved ones.
Mohammad I'zzat Bin Oon (MEM130188)
A great program combining surgical skills, empathy, social networking and cultures.
Loo Huiyan 卢慧燕(MEM110072)
Khairunnisa Mohamad Shukori (MEM090063)
Silent Mentor is a great program that not only taught me about medical knowledge and skills but it taught something beyond medical aspect. I learned a lot about humanity, the importance of empathy in order to understand and
help patients and responsibility to treat my patients as a human being. I also learned to appreciate more and cherish every single moment in my life, and all people around me.
Wendy Chew Sue May (MEM110190)
感激大体老师的心, 一言难尽。这份爱, 我会铭记在心, 时时刻刻记得您的劝告, 成为一位好医生。老师们, 谢谢您!
Yeo Kye Sheng (MEM110193)
The Silent Mentor program has revealed an intimate part of humanity and drew me closer to
understanding the foundation of becoming a better healthcare provider. To the Silent Mentors who had contributed or pledged, thank you very much for your effort to teach our minds, touch our hearts and transform our lives.
Binti Rozman (MEM110201)
I have so much admiration and respect towards this program and the people behind it as it touched me in a way I never imagined it could. More than the hands-on clinical experience (which
was amazing), it taught me greater things that I overlooked and did not notice before. The heroic act of selflessness and sacrifice shown by our Silent Mentors as they allowed their bodies to be used as a learning subject, the kindness and love shown by them
as they make their final contribution to society even long after their departure, as well as the bit of humanity portrayed as they show the care they have for the betterment of humankind. Everything I learnt in that two weeks, I will carry with me until I
am old and grey, appreciating the opportunity that I was given to be taught by my Silent Mentors. Biggest thank you to Prof Chin, Mr. Sia and everyone involved.
Chong Poh Yong (MEM110026)
Silent Mentor program is a very meaningful program and I am very grateful to take part in this program. It is a program that brings everyone together. It promotes the relationship within the family. If I know my parents have
signed up to be the Silent Mentors I will have cherished them more. It is a fate that brings us and the Silent Mentors’ family members together, and from this it teaches us that the patients are somebody’s family. Besides, it lets us know more
about our teachers and our course mates. It also lets us meet friends from other universities.
Saw Li Chin (MEM110154)
Thanks to our Silent Mentors. I am touched by
seeing your sacrifices, contribution and lastly your courage. You are great!! You have made the best decision in your life. I would like to express my wonderful thanks to you, thanks for silent contribution, I have learnt much throughout this Silent Mentor!!!
Not just procedures but including some humanity. I am really thankful and touched.
Stacey Lim Chia Ying (MEM110165)
I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Silent
Mentor programme. The Silent Mentors, although I may not know them personally but their selfless sacrifice reflects on their kindness and generosity. This is definitely not an easy decision to make. The Silent Mentors as well as their family members have my
utmost respect. They resemble candles which burn themselves to light up the path of others. Thank you!
Lim Wan Ting (MEM110068)
Silent Mentor, a word to some but a lot to me; I learnt
what I don't learn in classroom.
I felt what I don't feel through lecture notes and books. Dear Miss Chua,
You taught me how to respect, you taught me what is selflessness.
For your love and kindness to mankind,
I thank you.
Chor Yee Yang (MEM110027)
I am honoured to be given this opportunity to participate in this Silent Mentor program. Not only that I could hands-on certain procedures, I also
learnt that the real teachers to all doctors are the patients. We never stop learning from them and so shall we treat them with respect and politeness. Thank you Silent Mentors!
Nurrashidah Abdurahman (MEM110131)
Thanks to all our Silent Mentors for giving me this opportunity to join this programme. I have learnt a lot through this programme, not only I can perform important medical procedures, but I also learnt how to work as a team and
be responsible. Thanks once again. I will use this useful knowledge in my future medical life.
Darishah Binti Hamzah (MEM110031)
When I first signed up
for this program, I was scared actually. This program seems like a Chinese program to me, more about religious. But then, when I joined it, I realized that it's not about religious or race. It's about the patient itself. They taught us how to have empathy
and how to become a good doctor. A doctor who cares enough for the patient. Doctor who knows about sacrifice. Because after all, when we work out there, we are going to meet all kind of people even Chinese, Malay or Indian. I am so grateful that I was able
to join this Silent Mentor program.
Soo Jia Wen (MEM110164)
I already knew the sacrifice that the Silent Mentors would need to make before I signed up for this workshop. However what
overwhelmed me was the sacrifices of the family members. I was really heart broken when they came to see the Silent Mentors' faces for the last time. Even though it is difficult for them, they still respect the decision of the deceased. I thank the Silent
Mentors and also not forgetting the family members who supported this workshop for the sake of the doctors and also us medical students. I will remember how much it cost and how precious this memory is. Thank you all.
10th Silent Mentor Workshop 14-18/10/2014
Lee Wei Hong (MEM110063)
When I was signing up for this program, I feel that this is just another program for medical students to sharpen their knowledge and skills. I was wrong. Throughout
the program, I began to understand that this program not only allows us to learn new skills but also to learn about respect and humanity. Knowing about the sacrifice that Madam Lim Lee Yon and Mr. Voon Kam Lin did and their family willingness to support them,
I finally understand that this was not a simple choice to make. I am deeply grateful for their act and promise to be a more competent doctor in the future.
Yoh Yee Yee (MEM110197)
am very grateful to be able to join this program. Throughout, I am deeply touched by our Silent Mentors, who sacrificed themselves to give up their last possession, their bodies. They taught us to be generous, kind and empathy. Not only that, I admire the
spirit and support the family members have given to our Silent Mentors and our program. As all wouldn't be able to be achieved without the understanding of theie loved ones.
Nik Ruzaini Binti Nordin (MEM100112)
It is unimaginable to think how one are willing to sacrifice their bodies without benefiting from it, to see how one families coping with this selfless act. There is no word would describe how grateful I am to my Silent Mentor,
Madam Lim Lee Yon. This program is not only about us learning on medical aspect, it also taught us how to be better human; a better doctor. It is strange how one can shed tears to someone they never know, for they not only taught us about sympathy and empathy,
but also how one sacrifice can make changes to the future. I will never forget this experience, as this is one of the sweetest, yet heartbroken memories ever.
Thank you MILES, for giving me this once in lifetime experience. Thank you my dearest
Silent Mentor, for being the greatest teacher to me. THANK YOU…
Ng Tze Ying (MEM110107)
I'm very grateful to take part in the 10th Silent Mentor Workshop this year. Thanks to
Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for guiding us throughout this workshop. Thank you our Silent Mentors Madam Lim Lee Yon and Mr. Voon Kam Lin for their sacrifices in the hope of improving medical students' skills and knowledge. From this workshop, we learnt to see patient
as a whole. From home visit, we got to know our Silent Mentors more in details. We learnt to be respectful, selfless and lastly love our family and friends while they are still around. Silent Mentors taught us a lot and I promised to be a safe and understanding
doctor in the future.
Wong Jiat Earn (MEM110191)
Lee Jing Kun (MEM110062)
Song Wei Yee (MEM110163)
我真的感到非常地荣幸能够参与无语良师工作坊。我深深地被大体老师林丽云老师和 温金麟老师无私奉献的精神所感动。虽然他们不曾与我们说过任何一句话，但他们的精神教导了我们学会同理的心态以及大爱的精神。非常感恩Prof Chin, Mr. Sia和一班无私奉献的志工们，让这次的工作坊能够成功的进行。再一次的感谢大体老师以及其
Muhammad Ariff Bin Abd Hafidz (MEM110088)
I would like to express my condolence for the passing of late Madam Lim Lee Yon and Mr.
Voon Kam Lin. Silent Mentor programme had taught me about generosity and being a Silent Mentor is a ultimate form of generosity as they donated their body for learning purposes which is truly admirable. This workshop also offered students and doctors the best
platform to acquire surgical skills which will come in handy during clinical practice. I would like to thank Prof Chin, Mr Sia, doctors and all the staff that aided us throughout the programme. Last but not least, a gratitude to the family members of the Silent
Mentor who treated us well during home visit and supporting this programme. May the kindness of the Silent Mentors be rewarded in the afterlife and may their souls rest in peace.
Chong Jing Yuan (INTI-I10005395)
Low Xin Yi (INTI-I08000831)
Whenever I put myself
into the shoes of our Silent Mentors, I will feel how great and generous for them to sacrifice their body for medical teachings. Not many are willing to do the same. I tried to do my best in stitching their skin as I hope they will know how grateful and respectful
I am to them. I will never forget what I have seen and learnt throughout the workshop for the rest of my life. Thank you MILES and INTI for giving me this precious opportunity.
Dear Madam Lim Lee Yon and Mr. Voon Kam Lin,
may your good deeds lead you to a better next life and may the merits that you have gained continue to bless your beloved family members. Thank you so much dear Silent Mentors. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu.
Gan Siou Wen (INTI-I10005727)
Ong Sze Wei (INTI-I11007740)
Soh Wan Yin (INTI-I10006791)
INTI & MILES 让我有机会参与第十届无语良师工作坊。获益良多。除了在学术上让我更上一层楼，最重要的还是老师无私奉献的精神深深的感动了我。人生看似很長，但生命无常。很多事我们总觉得来日方长，但当无常来到生命突如其来被画下休止符，才惊觉留下的是太多的来不及。来不及孝顺父母，来不及多陪孩子，来不及实现对家人的承诺，来不及完成梦想等等。感恩，此刻的我们还活着，还有实现梦想的能力，我将每一刻当做生命的最后一刻，将每个机会当做人生最后机会，我会好好珍惜身边的所有人事物，把握生命的每个当下。林丽云老师及温金麟老师，感恩您们，让我在学习的路上遇见你们，让我学会爱惜生命及尊重生命，您们的大爱我会永远牢记在心，我们会把您们的大爱每一代传播下去。感恩！愿在天堂的您们一切都好！安息吧！
Willie Chiang Vui Yuan (INTI-I11008999)
INTI 和 M.I.L.E.S 提供了这么一个平台让我们学习，感激大体老师和家属无比的大爱，感恩上帝所赐于的这段缘份，这次的经验，我终身受用！！！
Jong Ying Ming (INTI-I11007339)
身为医疗工作者，自然需要面对形形色色的病人。他们，希望可以免去病痛的折磨，甚至只是减轻他们就很感激了。是的，为了尽可能帮助他们，吾当精进磨砺自身修为，提升医术。再次，谨谢诸位大体老师，M.I.L.E,S, UM, INTI 的长辈以及同学们，谢谢。
Yeoh Kee Ying (MEM110194)
Syukri Bin Ahmad Zubaidi (MEM110091)
I decided to join the Silent Mentor Program with the sole intention of learning the procedures that can be done on the Silent Mentor since we did not have the chance to do it
during our 1st years. However, after participating in the program, I realized something even bigger, which is the understanding of the patients and those who contributed their bodies for medical purposes. This sacrifice revolutionized my view on
medical profession as we are deeply in gratitude for those who sacrifices for our progresses.
It is a huge responsibility for us to even become better and aptly in line with the wish of the late Silent Mentors and their
families. All this while I’ve been taking my learning for granted but not anymore. This is our responsibility to even become a better doctor filled with compassion and empathy.
Life is too short to meddle myself with
things which is wasteful to the continuous lack in understanding of other races. I saw how other religion and cultures addresses the deceased and again it’s beautiful from my point of view. This is a very rare chance for me to attend the ‘burial’
ceremony and it might even be last time. I’m glad to have the opportunity to see one.
Plus, interacting with the whole Silent Mentor staff had opened my hindsight on treating the Silent Mentors. The care and empathy
showed has touched me deepest in my heart. At first even I was feeling uncomfortable but it was an easy task to be overcome as this is an act of caring and being responsible. Aside from that, there were so much things and values that I have learned aside from
A big, big gratitude to Prof Chin, Mr Sia and all the staffs for making things happen for Silent Mentors. I have certainly learned a lot from their wisdom and guidance and I would certainly recommend my
friends to join this program.
Chan Ying Chieh (MEM110016)
Nur Syahirah Binti Haron (MEM110128)
I would like to thank MILES, Prof Chin, Mr Sia and others that involved in this programme for letting me joining the 10th Silent Mentor Workshop. I would
like to give lot of love and thanks to my beloved Silent Mentor, the late Mr Voon Kam Lin for willingness to become my teacher. I am really appreciate your kindness. You are such a good teacher. Silent Mentor not only taught me how to be a good and safe doctor,
he also taught me about humanity. There is no such like different skin colour, different religion, different race in humanity. Thank you very much for being a member of 10th Silent Mentor Workshop. Knowledge and experience that never be forgotten especially
my Silent Mentor.
Nur Faseeha Binti Mohamed Idrus (MEM110126)
First of all, I would like to thank M.I.L.E.S. Training Centre for giving me the opportunity to join this Silent Mentor
Programme. It was such a great experience whereby medical students can learn their hands-on basic clinical procedures that is carefully supervised and supported by experienced academic staff. It taught me to appreciate the value of knowledge, communication
skills, teamwork, empathy and humanity. Lastly, a million thanks to my Silent Mentor from the bottom of my heart. Your thought of being selfless and willing to sacrifice for the benefit of others really touches my heart. I will try my best to be a better doctor
in the future to save countless lives tomorrow.
NG JIA HUI (MEM110104)
Mohammad Shahril Kamarudin (MEM110081)
Silent Mentor is a good program
that exposed medical students to perform their first invasive procedures on voluntary donated body.
Oh Ai Wen (MEM110140)
Erin Lim Lih Zhe (INTI-I08002589)
从一开始的忐忑，到后来的感动，到最后的感恩。。。感恩老师的奉献，从你们身上学到的不只是医学知识，也学到了你们对待人生、社会、家人的精神。温金麟老师，很遗憾，我没能送您一程，希望您已得到安息。感谢MILES，无语良师工作坊Prof. Chin, Mr. Sia还有志工们的奉献，为马来西亚医学生提供了一个机会与平台。谢谢你们，谢谢无语良师。
Annie Lim Jian Thing (INTI-I09004807)
I always in believe that God will arrange everything for me in my life. Thanks God for allowing me to join the Silent Mentor Program. Initially, I used to afraid of death. I was hardly to accept that if one day my family members
especially my parents will leave me and back to the heaven. This condition had getting worsen since my mom got to know that she got the Multiple Myeloma which is currently in Stage 2 in mid last year. I was very scared yet I had to pretend to be strong so
that I could support my family members to get strong and faced the obstacles together with mom, since I am the only one who is taking medicine course in the family. God never stopped to teach me on the death lesson through the real live situations. Now, I
can accept the truth of which all the living things have to leave the earth one day especially after I had joined the Silent Mentor Program. Besides that, I dared not to touch and handle the dead body of animals. I was scared because the dead body will turn
rigid and hard immediately once they died. Even though my two beloved dogs were died yet I dared not to touch either one of them. Through this program, I got the braveness on touching the death living things, not only on human but also on animal. Not only
that, Silent Mentor Program had have enlighten me of the great lesson – selfless dedication. Silent Mentors dedicated their bodies at their last stage of life, they laid down on the cold dissecting table, and stayed
in the cold storage room for so long after they had passed away, just because they dedicated themselves for all the professional medicine members/students to gain more experiences on treating sick people confidently and also to discover more advanced treatment
methods to treat on sick people in the future. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine student, I promise I will keep enhance my TCM diagnose and treatment skills, in order to treat all my patients well. Once again, I would like to thank the Silent Mentors’
family members, Prof Chin, Mr. Sia, Ms. Ooi, all the volunteers and my team mates for blessing me with this learning opportunity.
And lastly, may the God bless both of you, the late Mr. Voon Kam Lin and Madam Lim Lee Yon
whom will live in the eternal life, and also bless on your family members with bundles of joy.
Fazlie Bin Mohd Sani Lim (INTI-I11008949)
“Life is short, and it is up to you to
make it sweet.” - Sarah Louise Delany.
Upon joining this Silent Mentor Program, the biggest lesson that I’ve learned is not merely in terms of expanding my medical knowledge, but also learning how to be empathized
with others, and also to be compassionate, which I believe are vital skills for me to aim to be a better physician.
I believe medication alone is insufficient to treat certain illnesses, as emotions also play an important
part in developing a disease, hence in order to treat a patient, one must not only focus on the disease itself, but also be attentive to the patient as an individual whole, treating them both physically and emotionally.
witnessing the grief of the family members of our Silent Mentors, it made me realize that life is indeed short, yet it depends entirely on ourselves to live it to its fullest. Our Silent Mentors had shown me the ultimate form of generosity– in which
after the event of their death, they willingly donated their body for the sake of medical research. Such is an act of kindness in its purest form. As such, we as medical students who benefited from such unselfish act, without any second thoughts, learned how
to respect our Silent Mentors fully and handled them with utmost care.
Thank you, my dear Silent Mentors, Mr. Voon Kam Lin and Madam Lim Lee Yon, you have taught me not only the knowledge of medicine, but also the betterment
of my inner self.
You will always be remembered.
Roland Siaw Yong Wung (INTI-I11008971)
Throughout the whole Silent Mentor Program, I learned
more humanity values than just clinical skill and experiences. What my beloved Silent Mentors taught me is an invaluable gift and honour, and I was grateful and appreciated them a lots. Besides, I wanted to thank M.I.L.E.S, Prof Chin, Mr. Sia, Ms. Ooi
and whoever involved in the Silent Mentor Program for their sharing and helping during the program. Whatever I learned during the program will be in my heart and benefit me forever. Thank you my beloved Silent Mentors, Mr. Voon Kam Lin and Madam Lim Lee Yon.
May both of you enjoy the peace and joy in the kingdom of God.
Quek Khai Sheng (INTI-I10006320)
Throughout this Silent Mentor program, I realized that life is un-predictable, cherish
every moment you spent with your family, friends, relatives and others. I'm truly touched with the selfless dedication by our Silent Mentors. Apart of learning the human anatomy, I have learnt something which is more valuable - the Humanity. I promised that
I will be an ethical medical practitioner and be a Silent Mentor too in future if I have got the chance. Millions of thanks to our Silent Mentor once again, and you will always be in my heart.
Yong Yii Pin (INTI-I09004784)
首先是感恩黄主任让我们参加这次的无语良师工作坊，还有感恩Prof Chin。这工作坊让我们学习的不只是人体解剖，更重要是对人生的领悟。印象最深刻的是老师坚持不懈的态度，即使答应了当无语良师也不放弃治疗，还有老师无私的精神，就是为了想帮助更多的人，老师让我们在他身上学习，希望我们医学生可以更了解人体，在医学上增加知识和技术。 还有一个让我深深体会到的，就是人生无常，很多东西在我们不经意的时候离开或消失，当我们来不及珍惜时，它已经不在我们身旁了。所以活在当下，要珍惜眼前事物。这都是我感触最深的领悟。谢谢你们，我们的无语良师。
Lee Ho Shin (INTI-I10006874)
This is my first time attended the Silent Mentor workshop. Obviously, I was a bit anxious and worried to face the Silent Mentor.
When the flow of the program begins by introducing the Silent Mentor, home visit to Silent Mentor house, religious ceremony and family meet up Silent Mentor, it educated me to pay the humanistic respect to the Silent Mentor.
I am here to show my gratitude to all Silent Mentors for their selflessness. You have rendered me so much, not simply providing us knowledge, merely taught us the value of altruism and commitment. Taught us to value the moments we have with one another, to
accept and remember what we have lost, but also to look forward with hope to what I promise in the future. I sound it again, thank you all Silent Mentors for your dedication and grace.
9th Silent Mentor Workshop 04-09/08/2014
Jenny Lam Sook Wah (MEM100046)
I have initially joined the Silent Mentor Program with the main aim of having more hands-on practice at some of the skills required of us as future doctors. However,
this short period of time during which we spent from the preparations up to the actual workshop has made me realised that there is so much more to medicine than just treating diseases, something in which most of us tend to forget at some point or another in
our long journey along this path of career. The experience gained during this program where we got to know our Silent Mentors better through their family members is truly valuable as we were given a glimpse into the lives of the Silent Mentors and come to
a better understanding of their decisions in joining this meaningful program. The first-hand experience we were given in the handling of the bodies of our Silent Mentors was also truly a defining and humbling one as we were among those who accompanied them
through this last journey of their lives, reminding us all that medicine is about treating a person as a whole, a view in which we often lose sight of. Despite the amount of preparations we had to go through as well as the tiring week-long workshop sessions,
I am immensely grateful for the knowledge, skills and even life values which I have been able to pick up through the selfless act of our Silent Mentor in donating his body for the betterment of the healthcare services.
would like to extend my thanks to MILES, especially to Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for their immense support and guidance as well as for giving us this precious opportunity to this meaningful experience, allowing us to learn not just on clinical skills but also
the important values in life. My sincerest gratitude to the family members and close friends of our Silent Mentor as well, for the help and cooperation throughout this program and I hope that they will be able to find closure following the passing of their
Most importantly, to my dear Silent Mentor who had always lived his life in moderation but who had a heart of gold as he dedicated his body even upon his passing so that we may benefit from it, my deepest
gratitude from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, Mr. Teoh Joo Lim for you have taught me so much in this short period of time. You will always be remembered. Thank you.
Taufiq B Zulkarnain (MEM100101)
Silent Mentors are persons with good heart. They are willing to help us to improve our skills. We are lucky to know them better from their family. They taught us about life. My heart
was touch when we do our last respects and during the coffining process. Silent Mentors are great teachers.
Jaya Sri A/P Sundaram (MEM100045)
Silent Mentor Workshop not only taught me the skills a medical student should learn but the value of life, the care, the respect that we should give to all our patients. Someone must have a big heart in order to donate their body for the use of medical
field learning purposes. I gained so much from this program. Hope this program will continue to benefit students like us. Thanks to all Silent Mentors.
Noor Shahirah Abu
I am really grateful to MILES and all Silent Mentors to have this kind of opportunity to learn so many things directly from their bodies and souls. It is a very beneficial program, not only for
advanced medical field but also to educate our society with selfless attitude to have big hearts to give and share with others. Hopefully more extensive efforts can be done to promote this program as well as increase awareness about the benefits to all Malaysians
including Muslims. Thanks a lot everyone for all the efforts put into this program.
Denise Chong Li Xin (MEM100028)
Mentor Program had given me a great and valuable opportunity to learn from our Silent Mentors who were willing to sacrifice their bodies in order for us medical students to learn and gain wonderful experiences throughout the program. I would like to thank
MILES for giving me a chance to participate in this meaningful program and the last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to my Silent Mentor, Mr. Teoh Joo Lim and his family members.
Nursyafiqah binti Ahmad Rosfian (MEM100144)
This program had made me to think again about how I have been treating my patients and also about how they feel. Especially on
how they, their family and their close friends have been through all these while, only to accept their illness, conditions and even death. This has taught me to see and treat my patients and also their close ones with empathy. Thank you MILES. Thank you Prof
Chin. Thank you Mr. Sia. Thank you all the volunteers. And my biggest appreciation to Mr. Teoh Joo Lim, my Silent Mentor, my teacher.
Aimee Teong Chuin Ai (MEM110202)
I am truly motivated to be a doctor with compassion and empathy in the future. Past lectures have taught us about these values but it had never impacted me as much as when going through this program. I felt a sense of responsibility to my Silent
Mentor and our team whole heartedly took care and sent her off. It is a bittersweet feeling to see her off, but I am sure this learning process will never end. I vow to make life worth its value and more meaningful. We can make the world a better place by
being better doctors.
Ee Soon Sean (MEM110036)
I am grateful for the chance to be in this program, because I had learnt much about life. By knowing the attitude our Silent Mentor Miss
Lim Yean Ching shown in going through the last moment of life did inspired me to be more confident in overcoming the challenges in life. And this had increased my commitment to my medical studies and the dedication that we should give to the care of our patients.
I would like to thank the organizers and all the volunteer of MILES in providing us with this opportunity to learn.
Aishah Azwa Bt Mohd Khairuddin (MEM100004)
My initial intention of
joining Silent Mentor Program was simply out of curiosity, on how to handle a volunteered body donated for medical studies. Little that I know this has leaded me to the discovery of different aspects of medicine. The noble acts of our mentor made me realized
to seek knowledge and seize every opportunity to learn. In that way, we will be well-equipped for our future endeavours and able to contribute back to the society. This program has taught me to reach down to the gentle and tender sides of me during handling
our mentor. The volunteers of this program amazed me with their commitment and dedication to help around and guide us along the workshop. Most importantly, this program would not be possible without the help of Miss Lim Yean Ching being our mentor. I will
be forever grateful to her selfless and noble acts. Thank you to Prof Chin, Mr. Sia, my dear group members and all volunteers of MILES Centre for blessing me with this learning opportunity. May God bless us all.
Ling Chin Jun (MEM110069)
Through this volunteering program, we are exposed to an experience of developing empathy and understanding in a way that we can never achieve from reading the textbooks. Thanks and gratitude to my Silent Mentor Lim Yean Ching
for her dedication and for everyone who contributed much in this program.
Nadhirah M Nasir (MEM090115)
My participation in this program was an eye opener for myself in medical field
and better understanding of my career in the future. Although I have not contributed much in this program but I am really appreciated the hard work of my team. Million thanks to my team members, lecturers and my Silent Mentor. It was a great experience for
Nur Amirah Amran (MEM100124)
I feel very thankful to all the Silent Mentors and appreciated for their contribution. I did learn a lot from the program, not only the clinical skills,
but also empathy to the mentors and their family.
Nurul Huda Bt Mohd Nor (MEM100150)
It is a new world and experience for me. New learning experiences not only learning on medical knowledge,
but also learning on humanity, respect and gratitude.
Muhammad Hanif B Ahmad Nizar (MEM100094)
What can you learn from a mentor who did not speak to you?
Apparently it was a lot. Miss Chan Swan Kin was my Silent Mentor and she had taught me more than just medicine itself. Above all, she taught me that it is important to always care for your patients, no matter who that person is. She has become my inspiration
to be a better doctor. The Silent Mentor was a great program and I am grateful to be able to participate in it.
Noor Amalina Rosli (MEM100113)
Through Silent Mentor Program, I have been
thinking a lot. I try to imagine the Silent Mentors’ feeling when they participated in this program. I was really inspired by them. I hope we will also get the opportunity to follow their footsteps in the future.
Bt Wan Jaffar (MEM100190)
Silent Mentor is a meaningful program where medical students can have their hands on doing basic procedures before we attempt them on our own patients in the future. Throughout this program,
I have learnt not only clinical skills. I got to know love, care and meaning of life from the family members of my Silent Mentor. They were indeed a reflection of God's bless and I appreciated them so much.
Kew Yue Ting (MEM110054)
第九届无语良师工作坊不只让我们对无语良师计划有着更深一层地了解，也让我们认识了曾钻金老师 – 一位平凡却也处处散发出不平凡的爱的老师。
Chin, Mr. Sia 和一班无私奉献的志工们。总的来说，整个工作坊让我看见了一班人，怀着最真诚的心，结集在一起，将这有意义的计划，一一用心认真地完成了每一个细节，不辜负无语良师们无私的付出。感恩您，无语良师。
Chong Kwok Chin (MEM110025)
It is strange that you can shed your tears
for someone you have never met before. Sometimes it makes you wonder how some people can be so selfless, not only that they taught us when they live, they continue to teach us after they were gone. I promise my Silent Mentor that I will become a good and caring
doctor in the future, and may our Silent Mentor rest in peace in heaven and continue to watch over us as we strive to become better doctors!
Nurul Zufika Sidek (MEM090148)
Silent Mentor Program, I got the wonderful opportunity to learn about clinical skills that I think all medical students should know and master it. Thank you so much to my honor and amazing Silent Mentor, Ms Chan Swan Kin for your kindness and greatest contribution
to this program. Lastly, well done to MILES and all volunteers for conducting this program and allow it to happen in great success.
Eileen Low Xu Qin (MEM100029)
I would like to thank
our Silent Mentors, especially Ms. Chan Swan Kin for their selfless sacrifices. This program was not what I expected it to be initially. I have learnt beneficial/important skills through this program not forgetting humanity. And I am very happy to be able
to be part of it. I had an enjoyable time throughout the week. Thank you Ms. Chan and may you rest in peace.
Nor Izaty Mohd Padzil (MEM100117)
Through this Silent Mentor
Program, I was able to learn more than just medicine. It taught me on how to treat your patients with empathy. We, as future healthcare provider must treat our patients like our family.
Idayu Bt Mohammad Zakaria (MEM100152)
It was such a great experience to be able to participate in the Silent Mentor Program. Despite learning about the clinical skills, I also learned about how ones’ sacrifices
can make changes in other's life. THANK YOU so much to my dearest Silent Mentor, Miss Chan Swan Kin. You will always be my inspiration.
Radziah Abdul Ghani (MEM090153)
There is no word exist to express how grateful and thankful I am to my dearest Silent Mentor, Mr. Choo Wee Kit or known as Derrick. Even though I did not meet him during his life, story about him from his friends and family was more than enough to
show that he was really a great person. I really learnt a lot from this program. I would also give my gratitude to everyone that responsible to make this program successful especially Prof. Chin, Mr. Sia and other volunteers with big heart to willingly sacrifices
their time and effort. May this program will continue in the future successfully.
Nik Ahmad Hatim B Nik Mohammad Dziauddin (MEM090123)
Allahummaghfirlahu warhamhu, which means, “Oh
Allah, please forgive and bless my Teacher. Oh Allah, please forgive and bless my Silent Mentor”.
How often in life, we found people who can afford the time waiting for their burial in order to provide benefits to
others. These were the noble people who have made selfless dedication not only for medical field but also benefits the medical students. We have been taught about medical knowledge and at the same time valuing life and love. Silent Mentor - valuing death in
a different perspective.
Tan Yin Zhien (MEM110177)
Silent Mentor is the best example of how a person's death can be valued greatly and with great respect. They had really used
their lives to teach us lessons which are not able to be obtained from textbooks. A really valuable experience that I will cherish for my entire life. Thank you Silent Mentors and the staffs at M.I.L.E.S for making this happen!
Aishah Bt Wan Azman (MEM110186)
The Silent Mentor has taught me a lot, not only exposed me on basic surgical skills, but also the true meaning of empathy as well. I am truly affected by his quote `when you hit a
problem, if you don’t overcome it, then you are the problems’. My Silent Mentor teaches me that you have to embrace your problem and find a solution to it, and foremost not giving up. Thank you Silent Mentor, Mr. Derrick.
Adila Syazwan Bt Ridzuan (MEM130197)
I really appreciate and respect our Silent Mentor. I am sure they are all kind people and love to serve others, even when they are gone. They did a good deed by donating their
bodies to medical students and staffs for benefit of study. Thanks a lot to our Silent Mentors and thank you MILES for giving us a great opportunity to learn from Silent Mentor Program.
Por Siew Li (MEM110145)
Fatasha Zura Bt Mohd Faisal (MEM100034)
I am so grateful because I have got this golden opportunity to attend Silent Mentor Program. This program taught me a lot about humanity, patience, love, respect and appreciation. If and only if I get the chance again, I will
attend this program again and do the very best that I can give. Thanks to my dear late Silent Mentor, Mr. Choo Wee Kit. Without you, I will not get this opportunity and without you, I will not become the person I am now. Thanks to Mr. Sia and Prof Chin
who were willing to add extra group for us who were late in joining this program. Hope this program will continue successfully and get more supports from others.
Ahmad Syukran B Ghazali (MEM110005)
From Silent Mentor, I learnt a lot about how to do a procedure. This program really helps me in my study and improve my skills to be a better doctor in the future. A thousand thanks to the contributor, our hero and for those who makes this event
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Cheah Pei Fen (MEM100017)
Firstly, I would like to thank my dearest Silent Mentor, Madam Ly Lan Phuong for her selfless contribution. I definitely learnt a lot from
her. By knowing her from her children, she was such a great woman that can be a role model to everyone. The only regret that I have right now is only get to know her after she passed away. Thanks to Mai, Nguyen and Thao as well for supporting their mum’s
decision and make this program a success. Lastly, thanks to M.I.L.E.S. for organizing such a meaningful program that benefits us (surgeons/master students/medical students). This program not only taught me about medical knowledge or skills, but also taught
about humanity and empathy. I am very proud that I am part of this fantastic program.
Lim Zi Xiong (MEM100073)
It is my first
exposure to Silent Mentor Program. Madam Ly was a woman of great wonder. And so does her family. From the home visit, we have the rough and raw idea of Silent Mentor life time. Her selfless act of contributing body to society for medical and research purpose
is an unprecedented in our Silent Mentor Program. Throughout the workshop, we are taught of ways to handle procedures during life threatening situation. I learned a lot from our beloved Silent Mentor. I will always remember her message to us. Lend your hand
to those who need your help, whether they are poor or they are rich. Do take care of your health while attending to those who need your help. A capacious gratitude shall be extended to Madam Ly and her family. Meanwhile, thanks so much for M.I.L.E.S.
Ong Jes Mon (MEM100155)
Indeed I had learnt a lot from our Silent Mentors, a lot more than what I expected at the first place. As a
medical student, I truly salute their courage and spirit for their sacrifices. They will always be my inspiration in my future career.
Farhana Nabila Bt Sulaiman (MEM100033)
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me to care for my patients more and to be more empathic when treating them. When they asked me on the questionnaire: "Do you feel your life to be meaningful?" It really made me ponder what
a "meaningful life" really means to me. We were all mere human, whose time on earth is limited and an insignificant speck of entity existing in the universe. After the program, I feel that I should contribute more to humankind, by starting with random acts
of kindness every day, so that I could leave an impact to someone else's life just like what my Silent Mentor did. She was a truly amazing person.
Nurul Nabila Bt Megat
Mohamed Azmi (MEM100151)
It was such a great experience to be able to participate in the Silent Mentor Program. Despite learning about the clinical skills, I also learned about how ones’ sacrifices can make
changes in other's life. Thank you so much to my dearest Silent Mentor, Madam Ly Lan Phuong. You will always be my inspiration.
Kiahs Safiana Bt Shaik Muhamed Raja (MEM100050)
From this Silent Mentor Workshop, I have gained more than just skills. I have learnt the meaning of empathy. My Silent Mentor Madam Ly is truly a selfless person as she continues to teach even after her passing. Thank you so
much, MILES and most importantly Madam Ly's family members for allowing this to happen. This was a very enriching and humbling experience for me.
Ng Haw Shyan (MEM100107)
Thank you MILES for giving us medical students such a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow from this Silent Mentor Program. The program certainly had achieved its objectives and more, to nurture and to plant a deep seed that
will go a long way in creating a new generation of holistic medical professionals. Lastly, a job well done to MILES as the program was conducted in an orderly manner by volunteers with utmost respect given to each Silent Mentor throughout the program.
Loo Chun Ee (MEM100077)
Thanks to the Silent Mentor Program, for giving me an opportunity to further improve the medical knowledge
especially in practical aspects, and also understanding of human feelings that we cannot learn from the books.
Farah Aqmhal bt Ahmad Sabri (MEM100032)
I am truly grateful to be involved in this Silent Mentor Program for giving me such a great opportunity to be part of this great workshop. I have gained not only medical knowledge but as on empathy. Thank you so much to the Silent Mentors and their
family members for their contribution.
Chew Bee Kun (MEM100020)
The selfless contributions of Silent Mentors allow us young
and inexperienced medical students to practice on real tissues and organs. Through this workshop, I got an opportunity to pick up few surgical skills which I will and have to perform it confidently on live patients in the future. This whole program also taught
me the importance of empathy and compassion when dealing with patients. Thanks for the great and unique teaching experience!
Lee Qiao Yun (MEM100059)
Life is unpredictable but beautiful. This is what I have learnt from my Silent Mentor – Madam Ng Poh Imm. She was a great person with a kind soul. I really appreciate everything about the Silent Mentor Program. Thanks!
Ng Huey Ting (MEM100108)
This program definitely benefits health care professionals and I do hope that we will continue to
treat our Silent Mentor as a person and to sincerely appreciate their kind soul.
Tan Zhun Foo (MEM100188)
Program is awesome and I definitely learn a lot from here. I really appreciate my Silent Mentor. It only takes a moment to say thank you but your thoughtfulness will be remembered a long time. Thank you, my Silent Mentor – Madam Ng Poh Imm.
Leong Jie Xiang (MEM100062)
It really takes a lot of courage for one to donate their dead body for teaching purpose. Thanks to these Silent Mentors,
we have benefited a lot and vow to become a better doctor in the future.
Intan Safinaz Merican Bt Aljunid Merican (MEM100041)
in my heart, especially as a Muslim member, I highly appreciate my Silent Mentor for her kindness and selfless to contribute her last chance to me/us, so that we could serve the best to others in the medical field. I really learned a lot from this program,
especially on how to appreciate a person even after her/his death. Thank you, I will always remember you, my lovely Silent Mentor! The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
Nur Syafiqah Bt Zainal Arif (MEM100139)
This program really benefits me in a way that it gives me more confident to do procedures on real patient. Thanks my Silent Mentor for sacrificing your
body for our learning.
Nur Hakimah Bt Razali (MEM100128)
I have learned so many things from this program. I am glad that
I am able to learn some procedures on real patient. Besides, I also learned so many important values in life and learned something about other religions.
Teh Hui Yin (MEM100189)
The Silent Mentor Program was definitely a once in a lifetime experience for me in which I was allowed to be acquainted with 4 noble and selfless teachers. One of which whom I hold to dearly has taught me the true value of sacrifice
and reminded me of the value every doctor should have; EMPATHY.
Soh Chin Ben (MEM100178)
Silent Mentor Program had taught me
a lot of things that were hardly learnt from life. It was true that Silent Mentor Program gave me the opportunity to learn about some of the medical practical experiences as well as medical knowledge, but the most important thing was that the feeling. The
feeling of cleaning the Silent Mentor every morning was different. Looking at the numbers of scar which increased day by day had really made me feel extremely sad. It had made me to realize how great and brave she was. Besides that, her insist to become Silent
Mentor for medical purposes had engraved deeply in my heart. She endured the pain until she saw the card which officially announced that she had successfully registered as Silent Mentor. After receiving the card in the morning, she left with smile in
the afternoon on the same day. I did not know how much pain she had endured at that time but her dedication and determination made me feel touching and inspiring. The only thing that I regretted was that I never had the chance to talk with her before she passed
away. If giving that chance, I believed, it would be a different experience.
Khang Hock Siang (MEM100048)
Being a part
of the Silent Mentor Program was a life-changing experience. It was a very humbling experience seeing how strong and brave people can be when they hold on to what they believe in. Though I never knew Ms. Tan, my Silent Mentor, in life, knowing what she did
during the very last moments of her life, which was pledging her body for science and the betterment of mankind, made me deeply respectful to her. Thanks to her courage and belief, I got to learn so much and I am deeply grateful. The feeling is actually beyond
anything words can describe. All I hope is that during the program, I had done enough to show my respect to my Silent Mentor when her body was in my care. I also hope that the program will keep expanding as this is a great platform for us all to learn not
only skills but also empathy towards our patients.
Nur’ Anna Annesa Bt Abdul Halim (MEM100140)
would like to express my gratitude to my Silent Mentor, Ms Tan See See for her selfless contribution. Throughout this 8th Silent Mentor Workshop, I have learnt a lot, not just medically but also other form of humanity, which is empathy. In this program, I
got to know her in person from the family members during home visit. This has made me to be so attached to her and respect her and the family even more. I have never thought that I will cry at funeral, but I did, during her sending-off ceremony. You deserve
a special place in our heart and you will always be remembered, Ms Tan. I would also like to thanks Prof Chin, Mr. Sia and his team for giving me opportunity to join this program. Last but not least to all my teammates, thank you guys for your cooperation
throughout this workshop.
Aimi Izzah Bt Ibrahim (MEM100003)
I feel that joining this program was a good decision indeed
because it taught me so many things in contribution for me to become a better doctor, a better caregiver and a better human being as a whole in the future and for my lifetime.
It was totally a good experience. First and foremost, I really feel the meaning of empathy. It was not just know the meaning, but it is even more than that. Even not knowing her, our mentor
personally, but still listening from what her family members told us, I felt like I knew her before. Taking care of her body throughout the workshop, I feel some kind of attachment there. Seeing her family member sending her off on the last day really touched
me. It taught us to be tougher facing this situation. It happens to everyone. In term of medical point of view, this workshop allow us, medical student to practice basic skills that usually quite difficult to be done in hospital settings and it is very different
to practice on mannequin. Secondly, thanks to my team members/ colleagues that always support, helping me, gives an idea, etc throughout the preparation during this 8th Silent Mentor Workshop. Team work and member’s contribution does play a big role
during this program. Thanks a lot. Thirdly, I am excited, or in Malay, I am "teruja" to learn and attend about other culture, how they handling the body before the cremation. We learn what their belief and practice. This makes me to understand and respect
each other. I am sort of satisfied attending this workshop. Last but not least, we need to respect each other even they are already dead. Some people said, respect need to be gain but it is not wrong if we give some respect to everybody around us. Thanks to
MILES, Prof Chin Kin Fah, Mr. Sia and their team for giving me and friends this opportunity to join this program.
Nusyaibah Bt Zulkifli (MEM100154)
This Silent Mentor Program has taught me a lot of things not just skills in doing the procedures but also values learnt from our Silent Mentor. The home visit also helps me to get to know our Silent Mentor better. I get to learn things such as selflessness,
kindness, compassion, teamwork as well as the meaning of empathy.
Ooi Ying Guat (MEM100157)
I had learned a lot from our Silent
Mentor, not only the clinical skills, but a better understanding of "death" and "life", how someone's death affects the people around them. As what Prof Chin had told us, "You must learn what death means, then only you know why we must save a life."
Alvina Ng Sock Hoon (MEM100111)
I am truly grateful and honoured to be part of this Silent Mentor Workshop. Besides gaining medical
knowledge and hands-on experience in performing basic surgical procedures, more importantly I learnt about the importance of humanity, empathy, affection and responsibility not only towards our patients but also to everyone. All these values should be instilled
in us as medical professionals before attending to patients. Last but not least, I would like to express my greatest gratitude and thank my beloved Silent Mentor, Madam Lee Siew Lan for her selfless contribution and her family members. I give you my word that
I will be a competent and better doctor in the future.
Lim Chee Luan (MEM100069)
It is really my greatest honour and privilege
to be part of the Silent Mentor Workshop. Our Silent Mentors do not even know who we are and where we are from and yet they allow us to perform all sorts of procedures on them and all the experience and skills we gained will definitely bring lots of benefits
back to the society. Apart from that, the empathy as part of the humanity which was lost in most of the doctors nowadays has again been summoned back to every one of us, allowing us to understand the patients as a whole but not just the diagnosis or disease
per se. Thanks to the Silent Mentor Program, thanks to all our beloved Silent Mentors especially the dearest Madam Lee Siew Lan.
Rathakrishnan A/L Venkatasamy (MEM100162)
Giving something is kindness, giving everything is greatness. The great act of donating the only thing that belongs to a man after death-dead body makes us feel so small. Thank is so small compared to Madam Lee's contribution.
I am truly aware that providing better health care to my future patients is the best appreciation I can show. May God shower Madam Lee's family with his blessings.
I would like to thank the Silent Mentor for showing me the meaning of sacrifice. This project proves some gifts of life go beyond death.
Tan Chee Khing (MEM100183)
I would like to express my gratitude to my Silent Mentor Madam Lee Siew Lan for the sacrifices and million thanks to her family. This Silent Mentor Program had changed
my perception toward death. It makes me realize that death is no longer an endpoint for life. Apart from that, I had learned that to be a great doctor, try to treat the patient as a whole, not a disease. Be empathy toward every patient is far more important
than just prescribing medications for them.
Wang Jin Jian (MEM100191)
Teamwork is utmost important in joining this program
and to make this program a meaningful one, we learn and appreciate the contribution of our Silent Mentor. Every team members play an important role.
Ken Lee Kang Yuan (MEM090073)
无语良师计划却是一项非常有意义的计划。撇开那些技术上或是比较学术上的知识，我更想分享的是，我学习到 - 珍惜。
Liew Pui Mun (MEM100065)
One scary thing about human being is – we tend to neglect, even the simplest but important thing
in our lives when routine seeps in. Naturally, the world of medical cannot escape from this very phenomenon like any other field. Death is not an uncommon thing that any health care providers out there encounter. Yes and sadly, a lot among us would look at
patients as just any other cases we see in our daily routines. It is a shameful claim to make but this really happens, as most of the time, patients are not known by their identities, they are known as the multiple sclerosis girl, the aunty in bed 33 or the
kid on hip spica, etc. To me, this program had indeed brought me closer to mankind than any other anatomy classes I had in my med-school years. I still remember vividly how my heart cringed on the first glimpse of my mentor, when she was being taken out from
the fridge, after 9 months of freezing; how the sensation was like when I first touched her icy cold skin; how the emotion gushed into me when I first shampooed her hair; how tears welled up my eyes when I bowed my last respect to her at the crematory. Experience
like this is truly invaluable to a medical student like me as it brings me back to the realisation of basic principles of humanity. I was given the chance to witness grief and to feel it. The insight I gained from these few days of workshop would definitely
be etched as a motto on how to understand patients in my future years of service. Would I join this program again should I be given the second chance to join? My answer would be an indisputable yes.
Nasyitah Rusli (MEM100106)
This Silent Mentor Program had taught me a lot, not only about basic procedures in surgery but also about life, endless love and respect. It was new experience for me.
To my Silent Mentor, Madam Lee Siew Lan, thank you so much for giving me a chance to learn something from you. I will for sure remember you as the best teacher in my life. You had such a great heart. I am so grateful enjoying this program. Thank you too to
Prof Chin, Mr. Sia and all contributors in this program.
Lee Jia Yin (Taylors_305349)
We are part of a great and honourable
program and we had gain full from it. We learnt to be compassionate, selfless and empathises other people. These are very important qualities that everyone should have.
Chiew Ker Minh (Taylors_301552)
This Silent Mentor Workshop has given me a golden opportunity as a medical student. Aside from making new friends and exposure to new environment, I am able to sharpen
my skills and learn new things. I am very thankful to the Silent Mentors and their family. I truly value the time I spend during this workshop.
Chua Sze Hang (Taylors_1001M69516)
Words could not express my gratitude for the Silent Mentors. This workshop has taught me a great deal of life lessons. The most important lesson of all is to treat others the way you want to be treated and finally to cherish
each day like there's no tomorrow. Thank You Silent Mentors.
Ho Meng Jun (Taylors_301294)
The Silent Mentor is one of the most
educational yet fun programs that I have ever joined. I have learnt so much educationally and non-educationally while having a great time. It is a great honour to be able to join "Silent Mentor Program" and I hope everyone did enjoy and benefited from this
program as much as I did. Hope to join again. May all the Silent Mentors rest in peace and their generations be blessed for their good deeds.
7th Silent Mentor Workshop 21-26/04/2014
Lai Wern Sheng (MEM100055)
Silent Mentor Program, a truly beneficial workshop whereby practical usage of science and art of medicine are being portrayed. It also enlightened us about the recognition
of the essential non-existence of self along with practice of selflessness to attain liberation and freedom towards happiness. It makes me wonder at times, what is the meaning of life? The answer lies within your dedication and contribution, Mr. Tay.
Lim Yen Yin (MEM100072)
Wong Feng Nian (MEM100193)
This was the most busy week I ever had during my medical school. Between, this was also the most
meaningful and fruitful week to me. I had learnt a lot this week not only from the workshop but also from Mr. Tay Eng Wah, my Silent Mentor, his families and MILES. I will never forget everything that I experienced and learnt during the program and put it
into practice in my future work and daily life. Thanks a lot to MILES for giving me an opportunity to take part in such a meaningful program.
Low Jia Sheng (MEM100078)
I think this is a very nice
program where we can improve ourselves both in medical and non- medical aspects of medical education. Although really tired throughout the whole week, we were so passionate to participate in each session of the workshop. We learnt a lot and treated our Silent
Mentor, Mr. Tay Eng Wah with our very best effort. Finally, I wanted to say thanks to MILES for this awesome program. Hope to join once again in the future.
Koong Lin Ru (MEM 100051)
am truly blessed to be part of the 7th Silent Mentor Workshop. Words cannot describe how grateful am I to be part of the team. A truly fruitful week, not just in terms of medical knowledge but more importantly, learning about empathy and changing my perspective
towards patient care. I hereby would like to express my greatest gratitude and utmost respect to both Silent Mentors as well as Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for this wonderful experience and opportunity. Thanks!
Chan Huai Xing (MEM100015)
I am glad to join this program which has made me understand more about Silent Mentor. Our Silent Mentor's spirit has greatly inspired me to be more helpful and show more care towards patients. Thanks to Mr. Sia and his team
in organizing this event. I am greatly appreciated Prof Chin and all the doctors' teachings as well. Thank you everyone.
Raymond Tan (MEM090155)
From the initial stage of anticipating a purely
practical skills workshop to a realization of humanity in treating patient as a human being but not a disease. This is the most beneficial part of learning I gain from this workshop. I realized there are still kind and sacrificing people who would donate their
bodies to medical science to carry out all sorts of procedures which will eventually causing multiple wounds on their bodies. This might be a mission impossible to most mankind nowadays, with the excuse of religious beliefs. Besides, this workshop further
exposes the existence of selfishness among medical students whereby the main goal is to gain as much opportunity as possible in learning practical skills but not the ultimate objectives of this program: humanity. Disappointment is what I can say. Nevertheless,
Mr. Tay Eng Wah will be the forever teacher in my heart. Tears and words would not be sufficient to express my gratitude to his sacrifice. What I can do in return is to be a holistic doctor in treating patients. May God bless you eternally, together with the
blessings on your family. Thank you Mr. Tay.
Goh Jia Yi (MEM100037)
The Silent Mentor Program is a depiction of medicine being a balance between both science and art. In the academic aspect,
the program gave me the opportunity to learn procedures not taught in our syllabus. The contribution of all Silent Mentors to the medical field is immense and greatly appreciated, especially Mr. Tay Eng Wah, our Silent Mentor for this session. Credits
should be given to MILES Centre for organizing such a meaningful program.
Cheong Saou Yinn (MEM100019)
No words could ever describe my immense feeling towards Mr. Tay, my Silent Mentor, my teacher.
He is a teacher that had taught me a lot, not only on basic surgical skills but about love. The love that he has showered on us is so great. Mr. Tay is the only teacher that I could not express my utmost gratitude to him. Thank you, teacher.
Jia How (MEM100016)
Afif W. Mohd (Taylors_1101N12091)
I am truly grateful to be involved in this Silent Mentor Program. It was such a wonderful and beneficial program that nurtures not just your medical skills but also your emotional
aspect as a human being. I want to give an utmost respect and special thanks to all the Silent Mentors and their families for the sacrifice that they have done. I would also like to thank all the organizers of this program especially Mr. Sia who did so much
works so that this event can be as successful as it was. Thank you again for making the program so meaningful for us.
Chitra A/P Thyagarajan Ravi (Taylors_1001G74808)
I would like to thank
MILES Centre, Tzu Chi Foundation and Taylor's University for giving us a great opportunity to be part of this extraordinary workshop. Life is so fragile. The way I view things in life has definitely changed. Through the Silent Mentor Workshop, I have
gained not only medical knowledge, but also on empathy, responsibility, courage and respect towards patients. Thank you so much to the Silent Mentors and their family members for their contribution.
Ekmanee Lee Ser Yin (Taylors_1001M69696)
The knowledge that I obtained from this 7th Silent Mentor Workshop is beyond the scope of medicine. I was never able to see beyond the patient, I never knew that our Silent Mentors had lived, had loved, had created so many memories
and impacted so many lives; that when they returned to God’s hands, they caused so much grief and bereavement to those who knew and loved them. This workshop has taught me compassion, something that cannot be taught in medicine as much as the doctors
who teach us try. Compassion is present deep down in each and every one of us, all that was needed was just the right experience to bring it all out.
Ngooi Ming Soen (Taylors_1101N76013)
I would like to thank University of Malaya for giving me the opportunity to experience MILES program. Throughout the week, I have experienced a lot. Somehow it taught me about the importance of empathy, the importance of family love and the benefits of having
hands on experience doing different procedures. Both respective Silent Mentor families and friends showed respect and love and subconsciously it served as a reminder to us that we should appreciate our loved ones and live life to the fullest, as if every day
were to be our last. Once again, thank you for having the Taylor's medical students to be part of this program.
Rebecca Choy Xin Yi (Taylors_0301931)
It has been a tiring week but it was nonetheless
a very memorable week for me as many things were learnt and experienced and feelings were discovered. A big kudos to Prof Chin and Mr. Sia for being the main engine behind such a meaningful program that will continue to change lives of mentors, their families
and the medical professionals involved in it. I wish I could have learnt more procedures during this short time but I foresee that this program will take a leap into greatness.
Chai Jia Yee (Inti_I10006772)
Joselyne Tan Yee Wen (Inti_I10006794)
At the beginning, I hesitate to participate in this Silent Mentor Program because I am afraid to witness the pool of blood right in front of my eyes. However, one
of my lecturers persuaded me to join as this is a great opportunity to me and my career. Throughout the program, I have gained much technical skills together with psychological skills as well. The most memorable and touching moment is when I watched a video
of one of the past mentors – Madam Debbie who gave her last words on her contribution in order to hope for better future doctors with empathy and able to stand in their patients’ shoes and understand the pain they are going through.
Not to forget, I am indeed grateful to my Silent Mentor, Madam Liow. I appreciate and managed to take this chance to learn as much as I could with regard to the depth and risk of acupuncture. Reading human anatomy through books are often vague, puncturing
needles into human structure can be dangerous somehow. After the workshop, my confidence grew and I want to give the best to my patients and assure them of their safety. I believe both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine is route to the same path. Venturing
in medical industry, it is always important to know what is the best for the patients. With that, even though I am a student of Chinese Medicine, I hope to understand more or less on the Western Medicine in order to be in pace with the society expectations.
This would definitely help to gain my patients’ confidence as this is would be a near guarantee ticket to provide them the best medical treatment in the future.
To the family and relatives of the Silent Mentors, I
am very thankful for generosity and the trust you had in us. The moments of tears just remind me of my family, and I am very sure that life is of a brief candle; appreciate life and the people around you to the fullest. Last but not least, greatest gratitude
to my faculty in INTI for the arrangements of the program, to MILES and Professor Chin for their willingness and generosity for giving me such an opportunity. The experience and knowledge I have grabbed are more than I could describe in words. I will always
continue learning from various perspectives to serve the society with my very best.
Lai Phooi Yan (Inti_I10006792)
Hoo Bao Ling (Inti_I10006797)
Sim Kuan Khian (Inti_I10006779)
I have always believed in angels, someone that appears out of a miracle to help me overcome challenges, to help me learn the deeper meanings of life. The term angel may paint a picture
of a perfect heavenly being with profound magical powers, but in fact angels DO live amongst us. Just like our Silent Mentors. It takes a great amount of courage; selflessness and compassion to be able to donate your body away even after death. The experience
as one from the first batch of Chinese Medicine students performing on a real lifeless body was overwhelming. There were so many emotions coursing through my veins, ranging from excitement to fear. I remembered taking all the precautions and care I could muster,
in order to be able to leave the bodies at its best state for a proper cremation ceremony.
To the Silent Mentors, I give you the highest salute, for your ultimate courage and sacrifice that hath, both taught me academically
and spiritually. Your bravery has thus sparked my very own sense of impermanence and selflessness. No amount of thank you(s) could express the amount of gratitude I have for both of you. Our hearts and prayers will always be with you.
Ng Jiun Hoong (MEM100109)
The Silent Mentor Program has interesting framework in educating students not just on surgical skills and technique but the human side of medicine, the art of medicine - to comprehend
the story behind a patient's life. It was able to involve students from various universities and that gave another opportunity for students to mingle and build a solid social network which will be necessary in their future careers. Most importantly, it helped
train students to be involved in the program, to participate so to speak in all the activities which are eye openers one after another.
Ameera Farisha Mohamad Ghazali (MEM100006)
The Silent Mentor Program is a special and unique way of teaching medical students. We are able to understand and learn clinical skills in a better way. It also teaches me the true meaning of empathy, care, love and respect to others. Thank you MILES
for giving this rare oppurtunity.
Loh Tian Fu (MEM100075)
This Silent Mentor Workshop has been a fruitful and meaningful experience for me. Besides enhancing my medical knowledge and clinical
skills, I also learnt about the importance of being a doctor with a sense of empathy towards the patients. Also, this workshop has changed my perception towards life. Mankind has always been competitive, we think too much for our unforeseen future, but we
never had a good thought about the meaning of life. Besides that, I learnt that it is not easy to deal and face with death. It requires much wisdom and courage and yet it can be dealt in a meaningful way. Our Silent Mentors chose to pass on their spirit of
love and dedication to us, medical students, and hence we shall hold on to these spirits for the rest of our career life.
Lee Sin Yen (MEM100060)
It is my honour to have the opportunity to participate
in such a meaningful program, Silent Mentor. To me, this program is more than merely the learning of clinical skills, what is more is that it had taught me the importance of empathy towards patient as a health care provider. I felt very sad and disappointed
when the husband of my Silent Mentor, Mr. Goh actually told us how the doctor treated them impatiently when they were consulting the doctors from different hospitals. I am truly grateful to my Silent Mentor, Madam Liow Siew Yean as I realised that not everyone
has the courage to donate their body after death for medical education purpose. You are so selfless and through you I have learnt the meaning of life and love. Thus, I promise you that I will be a passionate doctor with empathy in future and will not disappoint
Kuganathan V. Ramasamy (MEM100053)
Silent Mentor Program, a truly beautiful and meaningful event indeed. It is not a mere body donation workshop, but above all, teaches us the essence of
selfless contribution in life. Our Silent Mentors have mustered the courage and determination to be part of this program just for the benefit of people unknown to them, be it the medical professionals learning on them as well as the future patients bound to
be under their care. I believe that I have further strengthened the virtue of love and care towards human beings which form the bedrock of medical profession. Last but not least, thank you Silent Mentors. You will be deeply and forever cherished for your contribution
Liew Wei Chee (MEM100068)
This program reminded me deeply that every patient is somebody’s somebody. Putting ourselves in their shoes is easier said than done. But knowing that empathy
cures patient’s and patient’s family’s heart even before starting any treatment, we must all strive to be an empathetic doctor.
Ridhayah Aziha Rosli (MEM100164)
Thank you to everyone who involved in the 7th Silent Mentor Workshop especially our Silent Mentors, family members, lecturers and fellow friends. It is a new brand experience for me. I learnt from various expects. May our Silent
Mentors rest in peace and may we continue to work hard to become great health-care providers. Thank you.
Sim Mong Harn (MEM100173)
Dear Silent Mentor, thanks for allowing me to make every single cut
and suture on your body. I will remember all deeply in my heart. I promise that I will become a competent and safe doctor in future and do no harm to patient. I also learnt the spirit of scarifies for human mankind. May you rested in peace.
Ong Mei Chien (MEM100172)
This Silent Mentor Program has given me a memorable experience not only through medical and clinical skills but also by knowing our dearest Silent Mentor, Madam Liow Siew Yean. Through
her, I have learnt many things that I would not have come across if I had not met her. I learnt to cherish my loved ones. I gave my mum a call right after the program just to let her know that 'I love her'. This was how much I gained from Madam Liow that no
money can buy. Also, the main objective of this program is to expose medical students to trivial procedures which will not only help us greatly in our career but also in the hope that we will in turn help the society by providing our best care. I am therefore
very thankful to our Silent Mentor for giving us this golden opportunity to learn by sacrificing her body which was very well taken care of throughout the program.
Goh Seng Tat (MEM100038)
6th Silent Mentor Workshop 11-16/03/2014
Shamim Afiqah Zulkifli (MEM100167)
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me not only clinical skills, but also
the act of respect, care, empathize and mostly, selflessness. To contribute to the society without thinking of one own self is what the Silent Mentors have shown, and I have the most utmost respect for them. I would like to take this opportunity to thank MILES
Centre for giving me this precious opportunity to learn, in hope of becoming a better doctor in the future.
Moh Jun Yuan (MEM100080)
First at all, I would like to thank MILES
for providing such a precious opportunity for me to participate in Silent Mentor Program. Through this program, I learnt not only the medical knowledge and skills, but also value of responsibility and empathy towards the patients. To my Silent Mentor, Mr.
Tan Han Cheng, I really appreciate your selfless contribution, and I promise that I will become a competent doctor in the future. Thank you.
Adrian Lai Yit Nian (MEM100056)
cannot deny that my nose did not cringe at first whiff of the stale air; or that the hesitance to touch the cold was not there. However, this certain person’s selflessness paved way to; fortify my confidence for I can be brave to make mistakes to learn
perfection, reignite my joy of learning for I can be curious to question the unknown and enlighten me that – if I can treat the deceased with honour and care, shall I be able to treat my patients with respect and love. Thank you, my dear Silent Mentor,
for your selfless service, and for guiding me on learning what is to be human.
Kentson Lee Jing Xin (MEM100047)
Before joining the Silent Mentor Program, I was unaware of the
amount of non-clinical lessons I could obtain from this program. I joined this program hoping that I was able to learnt the necessary clinical skills that was required of me before stepping into the healthcare profession. Little that I know, even in the preparation
for this workshop especially during the home visit, I learnt that Silent Mentor is not a name given to the volunteers for no reason. My mentor, Mr Tan Han Cheng's courage and selflessness in donating his body after death for the benefits of the medical profession
are both inspiring and heart-warming. Not many could do so much for complete strangers and yet Mr Tan was one of them. In the visit, I had also learnt that even we do not know the Silent Mentor when he was alive, the memories of him still lives and so it is
important to have respect towards his body in whatever procedures that were to be done. This program also allowed me to have a direct interaction with the family members. I have learnt that they have high expectations of us as healthcare providers and they
hope their dear departed one could benefit us in all ways possible medically. The workshop itself has benefitted me clinically with the procedures learnt. The professors and doctors that taught us were very passionate and patient with us. These procedures
were hard to perform on a day to day basis as medical students. This program has allowed us to experience these procedures first hand and I am very grateful for that. In a nutshell, this program is an indeed wonderful program and should be implemented nationwide
in all the available tertiary medical centres.
Lee Wey Ting (MEM 100061)
Silent Mentor Program is a very meaningful program. It has changed my perception towards
life. Life is short and unpredictable. We should appreciate what we have now. I would like to thank my Silent Mentor, Mr. Tan Han Cheng for donating his body for the benefits of medical education. What we have learnt from him is not only the medical knowledge,
but also courage, selfless and nobleness. Thanks to MILES as well for giving this opportunity to learn and improve myself. Once again, thank you so much to Mr. Tan and his family. May our Silent Mentor rest in peace.
Munchar Elias (MEM100044)
In my opinion, Silent Mentor Program has opened my eyes to a different aspect of health care that would definitely build a more empathic generation of health care providers.
This is the only program in which students can learn important moral values no other university subject can teach. Thank you MILES for giving us this opportunity.
Yee Lai Mei (MEM100198)
Firstly, I would like to express my immense gratitude to the Silent Mentors, especially our great teacher, Mr. Tan Han Cheng. Every scar on you contributes to a better achievement in the future medical field. Silent Mentor Program
has improved both of my clinical and soft skills. Treat the patients as a whole, build a good rapport with the patients’ family and must never forget about their psychological aspects. I will always support this Silent Mentor Program and hopefully this
program can be further promoted so that more people can benefit from it, thus create a healthier and wonderful world. Now I am ready to dedicate my whole life to my patients just like what our Silent Mentors do for us. 感恩您們。
Jien Yinn (MEM100012)
Firstly, I would like to thank MILES and Tzu Chi for giving me an opportunity to join the Silent Mentor Program. My Silent Mentor was Mr. Tan Han Cheng. When I
first volunteered for this program, I was only aware about the workshops. I did not know much about the flow or content of the program or what we were expected to do. When the program started, we were told that we were required to report as early as 6 am to
clean and bathe our mentor daily. Initially, I thought that it was time consuming and tedious. However, with time, things got easier and more enjoyable. It may sound weird, cause who would like to clean a dead body. But to me, I found it my responsibility
to ensure that my mentor is clean and presentable to everybody every day. It’s like how we ourselves would like to be clean and fresh to start off the day. As Mr. Tan is currently unable to do so, it is our responsibility to do so for him. This is the
least that we could do to repay his selfless contribution. And as we cleaned him for one last time before placing him in his coffin, I realized that I will miss him. Even though we have never met or talked to each other before his passing, but through all
these daily cleansing routine, a silent interaction and connection was made between us and our mentors. And I felt sad because I know that we will never be able to see his face anymore after that session. Talking about selfless contribution, I believe that
I have finally understood what it meant. Whenever someone is in trouble, we would often try our best to help, by contributing something. Most of us will contribute money, old clothes, food or our energy to help others. But how many of us will actually donate
a part of our body to help someone in need? For example, blood donation. Currently in Malaysia, we are still running low of blood in the blood banks. Blood is already one of the simplest and easiest component of the body to donate, yet we are still seeing
people reluctant or scared to do so. Moving on one step higher, we would be talking about organ donation. How many of us have pledged to be organ donors? To donate may be a cornea, a kidney, a heart or a lung to someone who needs it more after we pass away.
The answer is not many. Even in this aspect, we are still finding difficulties recruiting organ donors because people are still not willing to give up anything that involves their body. BUT, among our Silent Mentors, they have donated their ENTIRE body. From
head to toe, inside out, front to back, and they did it without any hesitation. I, myself, am embarrassed to say that even I do not have the courage to do so. May be not just yet. These Silent Mentors did not care on what will be done to their body, just as
long as someone could benefit from it. They placed the education of the medical personnel and also the lives that could benefit from the gained knowledge before themselves. THIS is what selflessness is all about. To put someone’s need before oneself.
Through my Silent Mentor, was how I learnt about selflessness. Therefore, I would like to thank MILES and Tzu Chi again for the unforgettable experience. I have not only gained more on my practical skills, but I have also gained more on my spirituality. This
is definitely an experience like no other.
(p/s: To Mr. Tan Han Cheng, thank you for your selfless contribution. Thank you for being my mentor, my teacher and my silent friend. It was a privilege to be your student.
You will forever be remembered. May you rest in peace.)
Chen Xiu Fen (MEM100018)
Penny Lee Qinyi (MEM100158)
Dear Silent Mentor, though we had not met in life, yet in death, you have taught me one of the most important lessons in my life, that, there's a hero in every one of
us. This time, you are that hero. Though you may not see it for yourself, the skills you've allowed us to learn shall be put to good use to save many and more in dire need of help. And, you shall be the one that shines upon them all, giving them comfort, giving
them life. Thank you Mr. Tan Han Cheng.
Daniel Tan (MEM100027)
Silent Mentor Program has opened my eyes in so many ways. It is not only the first time I handled
a dead body who happened to be my greatest teacher, by cleaning his body and washing his hair every day, but also taught me everything about selflessness. Looking at the procedures that the doctors and medical students did on his body somehow made me feel
painful for my Silent Mentor, and this is exactly what our patients will feel when we do any procedure on them in the future. And at this point, I realised that I am now able to put myself in my patient's shoes, and know how they feel. Besides that, I am very
thankful to my Silent Mentor because I know that for whatever mistake I make now on his body, I will be able to avoid it on a real patient in the future. Therefore, thank you very much to the organiser of this Silent Mentor Program for coming up with this
workshop and also to the family of my Silent Mentor for their relentless support.
Chin Kok Ping (MEM100022)
Through Mr. Yong Lai Chow selfless contribution of his
body to Silent Mentor Program, I have a chance to witness with my own the process of how a patient and his family has went through the course of disease. This program also enlightened me that by donating body in hopes of helping more people after Mr. Yong’s
life can actually bring inner peace to him and make him less suffers towards the end of his life is an interesting and unexpected therapeutic effect of this program which can be applied to other patients to lessen their agony. Thank you Mr. Yong for allowing
me to learn from you the value of empathy in medicine and realized the importance of understanding the patient can be beneficial in treating one's disease.
Amni Fatihah Mohammad Adnan (MEM100009)
have learnt a lot through Silent Mentor Program. Hopefully this program can be carried on for the benefits of the medical professions. Thanks to all our Silent Mentors who had offered me the most meaningful lesson I have ever had in my university life. Every
small incision and suture on them is great knowledge and lesson to me.
Leslie Aaron Majaham Innocent (MEM100064)
I am really grateful to be given the chance to participate in the Silent Mentor Program.
Through this program, I have not only learned more about the clinical aspects of medicine, but it has also taught me to be more empathetic towards patient, to see them more as a fellow human being instead of just another disease to treat. I really hope I have
lived up to my Silent Mentor's expectations when he decided to donate his body to this program. Thank you very much Mr. Yong Lai Chow for being my Silent Mentor. I will always remember you.
Yap Jun Fai (MEM100195)
"Never underestimate the ability to make someone else's life better - even if you never know it." All Silent Mentors truly embraced the noble value within the above-mentioned sentence as they selflessly donated their WHOLE body solely for medical
education and research purposes.
I truly salute them and understand that no one has ever become poor from giving. Indeed, they are truly the person who deserved the utmost respect from all of us. 衷心感谢您们.
Sin Yoong (MEM100024)
Silent Mentor Program had been a wonderful and pleasant experience for me. Before the whole workshop started, my impression or should I say knowledge that I have towards this program is that
it is a good channel for medical students to practice some clinical skills on dead body instead of mannequin. Neither do I know what would be thought and how is this program going to be carried out. Then, came the home visit. Consider ourselves lucky that
our Silent Mentor's house is just nearby UM. I started off thinking, why the hassle to travel and pay them a visit and what are we expected to gain from it? But as we were done with it, I realized this is how we build rapport, with either patients in the future,
as well as their family members. This is how we gain trust and that only then people would open up to us and tell us things that we would not have gotten if we did not have that rapport built starting from the beginning. During the home visit, my brain was
flooded with thoughts as the family members told us more about our Silent Mentor, Mr Yong Lai Chow's life, personality and insight or perspective in life. It reminded me so much of my dad. Probably because the personality described were more or less the same.
It made me tear up. Not forgetting to mention that it triggered me to ponder and think, if I were to be in that situation, would I be able to react that spontaneously to agree to donate my body for the benefit of medical students and healthcare personnel.
Or would I be that supportive as a family member if any of my nuclear family members would like to donate their body for this program, knowing that what would be done on the dead body. I could not come to a decision, and I do not think I am that generous enough
and selfless enough to sacrifice as much as what our Silent Mentor has done. I am greatly grateful and appreciative of his sincerity, kindness and love that he has. What more his courage and that family support there. He has my full respect and appreciation.
Nurain Nadiah Mohamad Nor (MEM100141)
My gratitude towards Silent Mentor is beyond words. Not only it has taught me basic clinical skills but also value of empathy and responsibility. It has been a beneficial
program for me and will always be beneficial for others to join.
Nur Afifah Fauzi (MEM100121)
I joined this program hoping to learn the important clinical skills that we as a medical student would
not have a chance to perform on living patients. For this whole program, I managed to spend time chatting with my Silent Mentor’s family members when we went for Home Visit. During that time, I can see that Mr. Yong Lai Chow has a wonderful family and
that they love him very much. Through that experience, I learned to appreciate more and cherish every single moment in my life, and the people surrounding me. The workshop also has taught me a lot than I could ever get as a medical student. I would like to
express my utmost gratitude to not only my Silent Mentor Mr. Yong, but also the rest of the Silent Mentors who have contributed selflessly to the field of medicine. Through this program, I have learned a lot of invaluable lessons from them. May their kind
souls rested in peace.
Ricky Ng Lim Hong (MEM100110)
To my most respected Silent Mentor, Mr Yong Lai Chow,
Thanks for all the lessons that you taught me silently.
Thanks for allowing me to make every single cut and suture on your body. I will remember all deeply in my heart till the end of my life. I promise that I will try my best to become a competent and safe doctor in future and do not harm to patient. May you rested
Wong Ba Huang (MEM100192)
I am glad to be able to involve in this meaningful yet inspiring program. Silent Mentor not only taught me a lot of knowledge and practical skill in the field of
medicine but also changed my perception of life and medical professional. Mr. Yong Lai Chow who was my Silent Mentor had inspired me a lot that in a real life we need to be honest and competent in order to be successful. Besides, it also reminds me to treat
the patient as a whole and put ourselves in patient’s shoes. Medicine is a field that not only deal with the disease and pain but also deals with the feeling and agony of the patient. No words can be used to describe my appreciation towards our great
Silent Mentor and their family members. This is definitely to be memorable experience and I promise I will become a good and caring doctor in the future.
5th Silent Mentor Workshop 03-08/12/2013
Chow Wen Lee (Taylors’_1001G77835)
It is an honor to be a part of this amazing program where it reignites the passion and instils the sense of empathy and compassion of
us future doctors. No words can express my gratitude to our Silent Mentor Mr. Larry and Madam Debbie, for what they have taught us is something which is not taught in school or textbooks anywhere in the world. The legacy left behind by our silent mentors shall
be continued through our practice as medical students today and as doctors in the future. Through this program, I realized that life is fragile and once lost, we will not have the chance to turn back time and that we should always be thankful and care for
the people around us. If given the opportunity, I would love to volunteer again.
Lee Kar Jun (MEM100058)
After joining my first silent mentor workshop for a research project
as 3rd year student last year, I joined this program hoping honed the important clinical skills that we as a medical student would not have chance to perform on living patients. This time, I get to join the whole program from its beginning till the end instead
of just only the workshop. This year, I missed the home visit as I was still in overseas doing my elective program, but I still managed to spend time chatting with my silent mentor’s family member when we met at Center Point on both opening and closing
ceremony. Even as strangers, we could felt the love and bonding in his family, and I am truly touched by that. Throughout this whole silent mentor program I learned to appreciate more and cherish every single moment in my life, and the people surrounding me.
Seeing the love from both family members of my silent mentors, I can’t help but reflect all situations into my own family member and love ones. And this experience will become a reminder, that will always, always be kept and ingrained into my mind, and
be shared with my love ones and the people around me.
In my opinion, joining the workshop only, is definitely no match to joining the whole 1 week program. When I first join the workshop, which only involved learning clinical
skills, I’ve missed out the most important lesson in the whole program which is humanity. I am glad that I joined the whole program from start to the end. Memories of my silent mentors will be kept in heart, lessons learnt will be shared and applied,
and this program will definitely be promoted to my batch mates and juniors.
Kor Michelle (MEM100052)
This silent mentor program has taught us many aspects of life that we could
never imagined besides helping us to sharpen our skills on certain procedures that we hardly or never have a chance to have a hands-on experience on a real-life patient as a medical student. The home visit designed as part of this program is very beneficial
as we now have a greater insight on what the patient and his family expects from the medical doctors. They share their experiences, good or bad, in a way that is able to make us ponder on what sort of doctor we should be in the future. Compassion, empathy,
effective communication and giving patient hope when chances of them surviving are low are the important key steps to being a good and well-respected doctor. This is the lesson that we have learnt through their shared experiences. How thankful we are to our
silent mentor and his family could not be expressed in words for their sacrifice and contribution to the future doctors, doctors and society is something that is so noble and well-respected. May our silent mentor rest in peace in the hands of God and his family
be blessed with the many good returns ahead.
Yeo Yen Li (Taylors’_1101N12454)
Silent Mentor Program is one of the most meaningful and inspiring program that I have ever
encountered. It has opened my eyes to view life in a different light and through this program I have gained much more than medical knowledge alone. The importance and significance of responsibility, respect, discipline and communication skills were also instilled
in us throughout this program. I greatly appreciate the contribution made by our silent mentors. I truly admire and respect them for their strength and perseverance in fighting their disease. I have no regrets in joining this program and I would like to volunteer
‘Life is short. Time does not stop for us to regret what we have lost and therefore we should appreciate, love and care for the people around us.’
M. Karuppiah (Taylors’_1101N12712)
Firstly, I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Mr. Larry, Madam Debbie and their families. I believe I am a better person today because of the silent mentor workshop,
as I have developed empathy and compassion towards medicine and this, I owe to Mr. Larry, Madam Debbie and their families. Medicine was just mere knowledge and skills to me until during the workshop, I realized that there is more to it; the bereavement the
family goes through, the sufferings of the care takers, what the patient feels about his treatment and so on. I promise that Mr. Larry and Madam Debbie will live through my good and holistic practice of medicine.
Hong Quan (MEM100184)
Ensuing heroes program taught me to treat a patient as a whole person physical, mentally and psychologically. We can’t experience the pain they suffered from terminal illnesses, but we
can at least try to understand their thought. Apart from learning and applying medical knowledge from textbook, we can take care and listen to their concern. Most of them wished to ease and reduce pain for the future patient having the same problem. Their
selfless spirit earned my respect. Thanks for my silent mentor Mr. Kok Tuck Fai for giving me such an golden opportunity to learn from your silence. Greatly appreciated and thanks.
Andy Yap Teck Cheng (MEM100196)
‘千刀万割我也不怕’，‘实验失败了不要紧，一直做，做到成功为止’. Those are the words from one of our silent mentors, Madam Debbie. The experiment is not the experiment we always do in the lab but it is some sort of very invasive procedures.
Sometimes, I wonder, how many people in this world can actually speak those words. In fact, to me, as a medical student, I need to think twice, thrice or even four times but I do not think I can make up my mind to be a silent mentor when I passed away one
day in the coming future. I could not find a word in the dictionary to show my appreciation and gratitude to our silent mentors, thank you? No, definitely more than thousand times of thank you.
Sometimes during the workshop,
I would hesitate for seconds, is it correct for me to give a cut on their bodies? I cut it not because I wanted to save them but it was just training for me this new and inexperienced medical student, for me to learn something I had never ever done before.
I did it at last after all but I can promise what I had acquired during the workshop, I will never ever forget and all the skills I gained will be engraved in my heart and bones, as well as fully practiced those skills in my future career.
There was one thing I never hesitated to do during the whole week of program-waking up early to clean the bodies of silent mentors. I have to admit that I am a very heavy sleeper; I have to hit the snooze button of my alarm for quite some time before
I can wake up even for classes. But during that week, every day my alarm rang, first thing which stroke my mind was the contribution of silent mentor. It had become the motivation for me to wake up early in the morning even I was already sleep-deprived.
I hope this could be one of the counter-contributions I could do, I know it will never be sufficient though.
During the sending-off ceremony, I had a lot of complicated feelings and finally the tears had rolled down the
cheek of mine. The speech of the family members, speech of my colleague, those were so true. It did touch my heart when I heard those speeches. The kids are so young, but they are so proud of what their mom and dad had done, so proud of their contribution
to the society and medical field especially. I asked myself what I had actually done to make this a better world. I felt shamed on myself at the same time, the answer was none. Via this program, what I had gained was not simply just some medical skills, what
I had gained are those which can never be learnt from any textbooks.
In a nutshell, thanks so much to the silent mentors and their families. I know this form of gratitude will never be enough for your contributions. My thinking
was changed a lot after the workshop compared to the beginning and preparation of the workshop. I need to thank Prof Chin and many other staffs for giving me this opportunity to be a part and parcel in this program. This program had made a difference in me
and of course to this world.
Mohamed Iliyas (MEM100083)
Silent mentor program is one of the milestones in my life as it has opened my eyes to various non-clinical aspects that
will make me a complete doctor. For that I'm in debt to my silent mentor and his family, MILES for providing this opportunity.
Leow Chee Yong (MEM100063)
Dear Mr. Kok, thanks
for your contribution. You have given me a different perspective of interpreting death. Your selfless services have helped so many professional future doctors. I’m glad that I have learnt the knowledge that I could never learn in a textbook. Despite
being brief, the learning process wouldn’t be successful without your valuable service. All I can do is to promise that I will be a good doctor in the future, servicing the people and the country. Thank you.
Soon Shan (MEM100074)
I am glad to be given a chance to join this meaningful workshop organized by MILES. I never knew I would benefit this much from the workshop, knowledge to me is just a minor portion of it, the
love behind is the motivation that keeps us moving on in the future. I see life a different way, appreciate what we have and live a meaningful day, treat tomorrow as to dead so that we live today to the fullest.
this program for giving me this opportunity to grow. Thanks to our silent mentor for their sacrifice, and their family members for this great move.
How Shi Jie (MEM100039)
am so grateful being part of this MILES program. It’s my honour to have Mr. Kok and Madam Debbie as my silent mentors. Learning the clinical skills and having the hands-on skills are not the only things I gained from it, but the sense of empathy, compassion
and effective communication skills are the major outcomes of this programme. What we have learnt from this programme was beyond what the ordinary medical textbooks have taught us. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this event, and thanks again to
the silent mentors Mr. Kok and Madam Debbie and their family members.
Khoo Teng Shin (MEM100049)
I was, am and always will be a student of the late Silent Mentors Madam Debbie Lim and Mr Larry Kok.
Though, I never got to meet them both before their passing, but our visit to the family members, for my case Madam Debbie's allowed us to get to know her even after her passing. Throughout this workshop, it felt, for me that I got to know her better day by
day and by the end of the workshop, we have all grown to love and care for Madam Debbie like a dear friend of many years. It is truly a first experience for me to feel this way for someone whom I have never met. It also hit me that Madam Debbie and Mr Larry's
teaching does not end with the workshop but goes such a long way. It is a promise and contract every one of us have signed, not in black and white, but signed with love, trust, gratitude and integrity. It touches me deeply that our silent mentors have such
faith in us medical students, that one day we can truly be great to humanity and we will give our very best not to disappoint. My everlasting gratitude to you and your family. We miss and love you Madam Debbie and Mr Larry. Your Student Always
Khoo Boon Cheong (MEM100001)
The Silent Mentor Program gave me an insight to what a doctor needs to do to care for other. Care comes from knowing the patients' life, their families, their backgrounds and to tend
to their medical needs when they arise, any time of the day. We learn to respect the deceased as a teacher and their families as our friends. If we can take care of the deceased, there is no problem taking care of the living.
"In the beginning, I thought Silent Mentor Program was just a workshop for medical students to learn how to do medical procedures. In addition to that, I didn't really know the background of my silent
mentor as I was unable to join the home visit. As the program progressed, I started to develop some feelings towards my silent mentor and her family. I usually won't allow this to happen as I had the thought of we doctors shouldn't be close to patients and
their family members. However, from this program, I realized that a doctor's concern towards patient and their family could do more than just treating patient's disease. Thank you my silent mentor, Madam Debbie for the one week guidance and thanks to her family
for allowing medical students to learn from her. "
Tan Hui Leng (MEM100185)
I have learnt so much through this Silent Mentor Program. Quoted from John F. Kennedy: ‘As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ I will always remember what my silent mentor had taught me so that I can help more people in the future.
Selesse Soo Siew Shuin
Silent Mentor is a very meaningful program. Initially, I thought the purpose of this program is to enhance our clinical skills and improve our knowledge and technology in the field of medicine. However,
after being into this Silent Mentor Program for more than one month including home visits and workshop, I found out that this program is not all about clinical skills. I have learned more than what I expected. My silent mentor Madam Debbie told us that we
must understand patients' feeling as she had been through a really tough journey during her treatment for cancer. I am glad that we have the chance to meet her family and know about their story. It was indeed a sad yet touching story which reminds us that
we must treasure each and every day, and love our family, friends and the people around us.
Chin Hao Ren (MEM100021)
Lee Kam Wah (MEM100057)
By the end of the 5th Silent Mentor Workshop, I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions. It is hard
to find the right words to describe them aptly, but one thing for sure, my experience while attending this program had made me change the way I look at things anymore.
It is said that patients are medical students’
best teachers. I couldn’t agree more. If those long hours of lectures and tutorials teach us how to be a knowledgeable doctor, then those hours spent interacting with patients and their family members have certainly make us compassionate doctors. Through
this programme, I’ve learned that even those who have passed away can still teach us how to become a better doctor in the future.
The only death in my family that I’ve gone through was when I was at a very young
age. To be honest, I couldn’t recall those moments and thus, never really experienced how it felt to grief for the passing of a loved one. In this Silent Mentor Program, I have the opportunity to witness how different families cope with the loss of their
love ones in different ways. Even though I have no blood ties to them, I can felt their sadness and grief throughout the workshop, especially during the sending-off.
I would like to express my utmost gratitude to not only
my Silent Mentor Madam Debbie Lim Mong Hoay, but also the rest of the Silent Mentors who have contributed selflessly to the field of medicine. Through this program, I’ve learned a lot of invaluable lessons from them. May their kind souls rested in peace.
Ooi Po Lin (MEM100156)
Silent Mentor has totally changed my perception of life and medical field. Never did I know that this would be a place where we learn to be compassionate and empathize patients.
I also truly understand the role of family as a support system, emotionally and physically. One can be a good doctor with knowledge, one can be great doctor if he can put himself in his patients' shoes, thinking from their point of view and realize that what
they think is remedial, sometimes just mean so much to someone else and actually acknowledge the issue. Debbie and Mr Kok will always be my teachers, forever guiding me, even when they have said so little.
Adrian Li-Siang Satish (Taylors’_1101N75404)
When I first got to know what the MILES program was, I was excited because from what I understood was that I would be able to perform procedures that most medical students can only read about and only dream of performing. But
as I participated in this program, it gave me a deeper meaning. It thought me that the human spirit is unpredictable. Just when you thought that a person cannot do more than what they have done, they prove you wrong. This is what my silent mentors have thought
me. There are very few people who are able to do what my silent mentors did and even fewer who would actually do it. Even in their last moments on this earth and even through all the suffering that they have been through, they have thought not of themselves
but of the people around them and how they would be able to help others. They have given up their bodies to medical research so that other people could possibly not have to endure as much as they both did. This is what struck my mind and would forever be imprinted
Ang Ban Hong (MEM100010)
The meaning of true love between husband and wife, the strong will of son and daughter, and the selflessness of an individual towards contributing to the society, all
are craved into our heart. Through Silent Mentor Program, it was an eye-opening journey for me towards discovering the otherwise-ignored significant story outside the consultation room, where patient we see for five to ten minutes can have their own family,
their own life, and their own story. It hits me the most thinking sometimes in this busy daily ward work and study life, we tends to treat cases/diseases, rather than treating patients. Thanks to Silent Mentors and Silent Mentor Program, it serves as a wake-up
call as well as a constant reminder in the future for us medical students to be compassionate, humane, as well as to have empathy. Our Silent Mentors contributions are enormous, their selflessness are beyond imaginations. Sincere gratitude from the bottom
of my heart to Madam Debbie Lim and Mr Larry Kok. Thank you.
Felicia Lee Yiik Bing (Taylors’_1001G75159)
The Silent Mentor Program, a program in which I’ve doubted in participating initially
but have never regretted signing up for it after the end of the program. Excited to learn new clinical procedures but ending up learning so much more from the program, things that can never be found in textbooks or research papers. It really struck me how
important humanity is in the world of which how great the impact would be to show some compassion to patients and also to other healthy human beings. Yes no doubt I’ve acquired new clinical skills but I valued the empathy, humanity and compassion that
I’ve gained throughout this program more as it has become part of my life experiences. Although no words can express how I feel, but I would love to express my gratitude to Madam Debbie and Mr Larry for their great kindness for donating their body for
the medical field. It takes a lot of courage and strength to come to that decision and I am moved to tears. I would also love to thank their family members for giving them constant support and love throughout their course of illness and even after the Silent
Mentor Program. “No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore. I promise that I would keep
Madam Debbie and Mr Larry in my prayers and I will work very hard to become a competent and compassionate doctor. I would also keep their family members in my prayers at all times. Thank you for being such great teachers to us! May you rest in peace Madam
Debbie and Mr Larry.
Denise Leom Yin Xian (Taylors’_1001G76262)
It has been 2 days since the Silent Mentor program ended, and I’ve already notice
the difference in my life. The way I approach the patients in the hospital has changed in a few ways. Instead of rushing towards a diagnosis by ignoring my patient’s worries and feelings like I sometimes did in the past, I find myself being concerned
about their wellbeing as well as their health. Instead of being annoyed at certain long-winded or irritable patients like, admittedly, I did in the past, I find myself trying to empathize with their situations. I hope to carry the lessons I’ve learnt
during this program for the rest of my life.
Lim Min Xian (Taylors’_1101N76889)
This program has truly changed my life in so many ways. It wasn't just a simple workshop where I could learn a
few essential clinical skills, it was a workshop on life. As I see a lot of patients in the hospital every day, I had become desensitized to the pain and suffering the patients and their family members go through. This program reminded me of the reality of
death and loss in the lives of people who are going through it. It taught me that a little empathy and sympathy goes a long way in helping patients and their loved ones. I never really understood and applied the saying "treat the patient, not the disease"
till after this program. I will be eternally grateful to my Silent Mentors and hope to practice these life lessons throughout my career and life, as a tribute to them.
Chin Yong Li (MEM100023)
silent mentor programme has been an eye-opening as well as a very humbling experience. I wouldn’t have expected that in a few short weeks, we students would become so emotionally attached to our silent mentors, whom we had not had the opportunity to
meet in person, as well as relating to their families in their grief. Perceptions of death and the dead changed significantly and we realised that even in death, one can still continue to give and contribute. Hence, from the instance where we initially saw
our mentors, throughout the daily process of cleaning the bodies and up until the final ceremonies, our silent mentors, though deceased, still engages us to give the same sort of respect to them as though they were alive. Our lecturers may continue to remind
us to treat patients as a whole instead of a disease, yet it is through this programme that the full significance of the message could truly be appreciated, understanding that behind every person, living or deceased, is a life story that’s always worth
4th Silent Mentor Workshop 23-28/7/2013
Ang Wei Luong (MEM090016)
This is indeed a wonderful program in which we learn to know each other more and also the life story and family of our beloved Silent Mentor. By having this program, I believe empathy and compassion
can be instilled in us as well as our juniors. Hope that this program will become better and better as time passes by.
Melissa Khor Gaik Leng (MEM 090089)
During some of the more stressful days — crushed by impossible
time constraints, I sometimes lost track of the reason why I chose to pursue my career as a doctor in the first place. Having gone through this program, it reminded me – I wanted to ease suffering, just like in the teachings of the Buddha – the
Four Noble truths. Through the Silent Mentor Program, the medical students are thought about the humane part of being a doctor; treating patients as a whole. With this, I sincerely hope that I will not let my teachers down, especially my Silent Mentor, Miss
Lee Sook Ching.
Tan Ying Sern (MEM090188)
Thank you Miss Lee. I'm grateful that I have chance to join this Silent Mentor Program. I'm so lucky to have you as my Silent Mentor. Knowing you and your family, friends; make
me learn a lot of moral values which is unable to be found in the books. I learn sacrifice, empathy, volunteerism, treat people with true hearts. I promise you that in future I will not forget your message: to be a doctor full with humanity and care.
Crystal Teoh Sing Chiek (Elective Student from USM)
Though I may not know you in person, deep down in my heart, you are a great and wonderful teacher. Your wiilngness to sacrifice will surely be learned by generations to come.
I promise I will be a doctor who knows not only how to treat disease, but more importantly, have a caring and dedicated attitude towards every patient. Rest in peace, Miss Lee.
Jasmine Binti Abd Rashid (MEM090058)
can describe the experience gained from this enlightening program. Not only have I learned basic surgical skills but most importantly the importance of empathy, respect and responsibility we as future doctors ought to have towards patients and their family
members. Our beloved silent mentors have taught us so much merely with any words. This is what makes this program so unique. It brings back the humanity of medicine. To treat patients as a whole and not merely the disease itself. Patients are humans too and
humans have feelings. They are truly our eternal heroes for their selfless act for humanity, for science, for life.
Hafsah Binti Abd Hamid (MEM090049)
Your sacrifices and altruism are inspirational. My gratitude towards
you is beyond words can express. I hope I can be a good doctor as promised to you.
Siti Nashrah Azmi (MEM090169)
Dear Shaun, I didn’t expect to learn this much from you at first. Only on the final day of workshop, I admired
you in many views. It's hard for me to change my thoughts but somehow, you did it. If only I have the chance to meet you even for a second, I sincerely thank you from the deepest of my heart.
Ng Sheang Wen (MEM 090120)
you Shaun. You have been a great mentor and friend! You have taught me so many things, your love for others, your courage & your spirit! I hope I can live up to your expectations in becoming a good person/doctor with strong spirit like you. Have a happy
journey ahead! We miss you.
Ang Sheau Phing (MEM090015)
Lee Si Hou (MEM090076)
感谢曹老师的大无畏精神。不止在医学界作出了贡献, 也为我们这些莘莘学子们上了一堂宝贵的人生课。老师您虽然已离开了我们, 但您所教导的一切将伴随着我们的一生。感恩您曹老师。
Ling Shiau Thin (MEM090083)
3rd Silent Mentor Workshop 28/5-2/6/2013
谢玲清 (MEM090165) 书於2013年6月13日
陈初雨 (MEM090176) 书於2013年6月13日
再过了三个月余，到了这个正式的Silent Mentor Workshop。即使大家远在峇株峇辖，也不辞劳苦一上课完毕就赶回来吉隆坡。奔波固然劳累，但岂能与您的期望相比？
Celine Tan Lay Kah (MEM090179)
To be frank, initially, I had decided to join this program simply just because of curiosity. After started participating
in it, I found that the things I had learnt are way lots more than that. Along the 5 years journey as medical students, sometimes, we tend to forget our initial enthusiasm and empathy towards our patients without our intention. I still remembered the day I
have been called up for cleaning her body. It was the first close contact between me and her. Then, I got the chance to know her more by visiting her family. From them, I know that she was a very strong, independent yet empathic and helpful lady. Her life
story was simple but it inspired me. Then, we got the chance to perform some surgical procedures. While operating on her, there are lots of indescribable feelings just came across me. At that moment, I promised myself to not disappoint her and I hope myself
can do my best for my patients in the future. Thanks Madam Jo for being my teacher and indeed this Silent Mentor event is a very meaningful program that more and more people should be aware of.
Ong Jun Xin (MEM090149)
I am so
glad to be involved in this program. As I learned so much not only from my own mentor but from the other three mentors as well. The most important thing that I learned is the phrase passed to everyone of us by my mentor - "Do your best for the sick". This
indeed a simple phrase but it contains so much of meaning. We always forget the most important value in our practice which is EMPATHY. We tend to treat only the disease but not the patient as a whole. I believe from now on most of us will start to do our best
for our patient not only about their physical illness but the whole person.
Chow Siew Kian (MEM090033)
I believe most of you still puzzled with Silent Mentor Program. I was like you before I took part in this program. However
I have change my mind after involved in this program. Besides learning skills in medical field, I think the most important and valuable thing that you can gain from this program is the grateful attitude. Although the time being spent together between the Silent
Mentors and the students was short, the bond has been build up strongly among them. People cried for their leave, even though they just know each other. This kind of relationship and experiment could not be found on the textbook. The skill we learned from
workshop can be gained from our working field one day, but the intimacy relationship among Silent Mentors and us will be last forever.
Chiew Xin Yee (MEM090029)
This is the first time I had the chance to join Silent Mentor Program.
This program really teaches me a lot of things. It reminds me how important it is to treat the patient as a whole, we must put ourselves in patient shoes and get the message that patients convey to us. Medication does not treat everything but knowing our patient
emotional thinking is important in treating our patient thoroughly. Through our Silent Mentor life story shared by her family member, I learned that Madam Jo was a great wife, great mother and great teacher. She was a kind and great person that willing to
donate her body for medical education so that more people would benefit from this program. I was deeply touched by her selfless spirit. “DO THE BEST FOR THE SICK” is the last message from Madam Jo to us, I promised to keep this message with me
throughout the journey as a medical personnel and provide the best for the patients.
Revati Pandurengan (MEM090157)
This program has been a real eye opener to me. Not just in an academic sense but also an emotional and spiritual
aspect. Apart from acquiring basic medical skills, I've also learnt the true meaning of sacrifice and selflessness through my Silent Mentor. When I first joined this program, all I thought about was gaining medical knowledge. But now, after being a participant
I came to realise that there is more to this than just that. We looked after our mentors throughout this program and we were also an essential part of their last rites. This was a real honour as the mentors have trusted us to look after their bodies and also
to oversee their heavenly passage. Truly, a great program to be a part of and definitely not to be missed.
Ling Hua Chan (MEM090082)
The Silent Mentors had given us an opportunity to do some procedures on their bodies for the
advancement of the medical skills. This program is not only let us practice some medical skills, more importantly it makes me realize the empathy, respect and love towards every patient we encountered. Other than medication and surgery, loving and caring to
the patient is the crucial therapy for them. This program benefits us far beyond what it supposed to be.
Choo Han Jun (MEM090031)
This is an interesting and meaningful workshop. For the first time, we learnt about
patient from a totally different aspect, no longer focus on illness that patient facing, but to be focus on their emotions and thoughts, and to be empathy to them. Through this program, I gained a lot, both for academic and the attitude of being a good doctor
with empathy towards patients. I will never forget this experience and it will always be useful in my medical career later.
Lim Mian Jie (MEM090081)
2nd Silent Mentor Workshop 20-25/11/2012
Lui Su-Ann (MEM 080080)
I was told about Silent Mentor Programme almost a year ago. At that time, I was doubtful about the whole meaning of the Programme hence I did not put in my name as a
participant. Few months later, the first workshop was held and I heard from my fellow colleagues about the actual objectives of the workshop. Soon after, we were given another opportunity to register for the second workshop in November. This time, I decided
to give it a try and decided that I would give my full commitment to the Programme.
I made a point to visit almost all Silent Mentors that were introduced to us while they were still in the ward. I wanted to experience what
it is like, to talk to our Silent Mentors before they leave us. The first mentor that I came across was Madam Yap. She was very breathless due to lung metastasis secondary to breast cancer. She took up all her energy to remind me to use her body to learn as
much as I can, to become a good doctor, so that I can help patients like her in the future. At that moment, her words did not seem to sink in; I was just too busy copying down what she was telling me so I could hand in a report to Mr Sia.
Almost a month later or so, I was called to meet up one of the Silent Mentor in Seremban. Since I was at home that time, again I decided to give it a try. Madam Susan was later transferred to UMMC for further managements. That was when I started
to build rapport with her. I visited her a few times in the ward before her death, and almost everytime I visited her, she told me to help her end her life so that she would be free from her sufferings. I did not know how to respond to her plead in the beginning
but surprisingly during my last visit, she did not ask me to do so. Instead she told me it was almost time for her to go, and she was relieved to leave the world and her body for us to learn as much as we could. The same sentence strucked me for the second
The third mentor whom I met was Madam Choo. She did not speak much during our encounter, but she gave me a letter, which she had written for all the medical students. I read the same letter for more than five times,
trying to understand her feelings while she wrote the letter. That was only when I realized, what was expected out of us.
During the last month, I went for the first home visit of the family members of Madam Choo. We spoke
to her sister and brother in law for almost two hours. After the visit, I found out that the expectation on us from the family members was very high. We were even asked to serve the government service so that we can serve the poor when we graduate as doctors
in a year’s time.
The second home visit to Mr Low’s family was a memorable one. It was my first visit to Raub, Pahang. I could feel Mr Low being missed by his family members throughout the interview session.
We were then served with the local durians and they even welcomed us to stay over if we were to visit Raub again. That was really a heart-warming session despite having to travel hours plus to Pahang.
Besides having to interview
the Silent Mentors and conducting home visits, we have to clean their bodies right after they passed away. We also attended simple praying ceremony before the Silent Mentors were put into the freezer, prepared and presented slideshows of our Silent Mentors
to their family members. All these did not mean much to me until I finally attended the workshop. I was lucky to have the chance to learn from Mr Low, the silent mentor whom was actually assigned to my group. The workshop went on for about 3 hours. I managed
to insert a chest tube, insert a central venous line, did multiple sutures and learnt the method of doing a venous cut-down. It was during the time I observed there was a back flow of blood when I inserted the central venous line; I was strucked with a different
kind of feeling. The words of the Madam Yap, Madam Susan and Madam Choo rang in my ears. I do not know how to describe the feeling, but that was only when I understood the true meaning of their last words to me. Deep down my heart, at the same moment, I vowed
to be a good and compassionate doctor, as what was expected of all our Silent Mentors.
The Silent Mentor programme was really a different experience and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be involved in this programme.
From the beginning till the actual workshop, my thinking was changed, for reasons that I could not explain myself. The whole programme was what made a difference, and not the workshop itself.
What I gained from the whole
programme was way much more than the knowledge and skills that were taught. Thank you again to all our Silent Mentors!
Lim Yi Wen (MEM 080072)
I really learn a lot through this SM programme..not just
to be more skilful but to grow in a more holistic way..I really appreciate all the SM for willing to donate their bodies for this purpose and I hope their sacrifices will be proved worthwhile through our performance.
Gan Wei Chun ( MEM 080035)
I appreciate the willingness and courage to donate a one's body for medical education. It's for the benefit for future patients. It definitely polish my clinical skill and will apply what I learn from silent mentors in future.
Loo Sook Lin (MEM 080078)
No words can be used to describe my appreciation towards our great silent mentor and their family members for willing to let us practice on them. This is definitely to be my
memorable experience and I promise to be a good doctor in the future for the sake of my patients.
Lee Yin Yee (MEM 080061)
Very thankful to our silent mentors and their family members for making this
programme so successful. I learn a lot from the silent mentors and I promise I will be a more responsible doctor and give full commitment to my patients.
Edmund Chan Tick Chia (MEM 080031)
we had experience and learn throughout the program, they will make us a better doctor, all thanks to our Silent mentors.
Mow Wei Chin (MEM 080098)
It is a helpful and inspiring program indeed. The
spirits and willingness shown by silent mentors and their family members are touching. We promise to become a caring doctor. Hope this program will continue to benefit others.
Emily Lam Shu Ping (MEM 080056)
Silent mentor program is not only focus on academic, but it also makes me realize and learnt a lot in term of medical humanity. The great spiritual was taught by our silent mentors. They wish to contribute to the community, cultivate more skilful
medical attendants who will be more confident in handling a patient. Most important word is ‘to be a good doctor’.
I appreciate all the effort that makes this program successful. Teamwork is a crucial component
to lead us in the path of fulfilling our silent mentors’ wishes and so we can achieve the objectives of silent mentor program. I am proud to have the opportunity to join this program. Thanks.
Gan Hui Shuang (MEM 080034)
This silent mentor programme has taught me practically on how to treat patients with care and love. Previously although we were taught to do so but most of the time I was just treating patients for the sake of completing my job,
rarely spent a lot of time to listen to their feelings. But through this programme, I was following up the same patient from the time she was alive to deceased. This has made me feel that I am part of her family although I don’t have any relationship
with her. Besides, because of her noble and selfless attitude, she gave us the chance to learn procedures before we really do it on the real persons. I really appreciate the chance given to us. This can make UM students a better doctor.
Low May Fong (MEM080079)
I have learnt a lot through this silent mentor programme through the process of preparing for it with my fellow batch mates to seeing the whole programme being conducted.
The silent mentors have taught us to see our life through their eyes which is very meaningful. Thank you.
Koh Wei Jun (MEM080051)
This programme has taught me to look at different perspective of life.
To give selflessly and enrich the world for future generations, importance of family and kinship as well as humanity.
Kong Sik Thien (MEM080052)
Silent mentor programme provides a chance for us not
only to learn procedures, but also to learn to cultivate empathy and compassionate among us, the future doctors. The idea of involving students during the home visits is great. I learn to respect patients and also their family more. Hopefully this programme
can be carried on for the benefits of the medical professions.
Yong Jo Yen (MEM080203)
Thanks to all our silent mentors who had offered me the most meaningful lesson I have ever had in my university
life. Every small incision and suture on them were great knowledge and lesson to me. Thank you and may our silent mentors rest in peace.
Tan Sye Nee (MEM080187)
I feel grateful that their family appreciate
us so much, especially they prepare lunch for us during funeral day. I feel glad that we are of some helps to the family. The programme benefits me a lot. I have chance to insert chest tube etc without fear of hurting the patient. I appreciate the silent mentors
and also their family a lot.
Tan Chen Long (MEM080180)
Through the silent mentor programme, I have learned the moral of humanity and humility. Besides, I have gained a lot of medical practical knowledge
which will be of great use for us as a doctor in future.
Loh Hong Yuh (MEM080075)
I am grateful and appreciative of the contributions made by our silent mentors. Hope that this programme will be carried
out in years to come.
Lim Chee Sem (MEM080067)
This silent mentor programme has taught me to be a more caring doctor, not only treating the diseases but also treating the patients. I really appreciate
our silent mentors who are willing to donate their bodies for our practice. This has helped us a lot. I hope that this programme can be held continuously in the future.
Lee Kar Yin
I am honored and
glad that we have been given this opportunity to have hands on experience on some clinical procedures that we don’t get to do as a medical student. This has no doubt improves our understanding and prepare us for the real working life later. Besides the
clinical skills, I have learnt to be more empathy and know the importance of building a good rapport with the patient and their family members as we treat not only the disease but the patient as a whole. We hope that this silent mentor programme can be continued
and I sincerely thank all the silent mentors who are willing to donate their body.
Tan Li Chuang
I'm glad to be part of the programme and learned a lot from our silent mentors. Not only clinical skills
but most important is their bravery in fighting with the illness and also their sacrifice to medical field. This triggered me to become a more caring doctor in the future.
Lim Weai Ling
program made my medical student life more meaningful and learned a lot via the program, especially the great love and sacrifices of our silent mentors.
Kim Lee Hui
“Silent mentor is the teacher
to the doctors." I have learnt a lot from this programme and really appreciate all of the silent mentors and their family contribution.
Niki Ho Wai Wye
I would like to sincerely thank our organisers
for all the hard effort put in, and our deepest gratitude to our silent mentors and their family for donating their bodies and being supportive of our programme. We have learnt a lot clinically and also definitely learnt a lot in other aspects like how to
respect a patient, to view a patient as a whole and always remember him/her as a part of this community. This experience has been a great reward that I could not gain elsewhere.
Cheah Poh Voon
is a very meaningful programme. I have learnt not only the clinical procedures, but also the art of communicating with others (family members of the silent mentors and colleagues). If I were given a chance to join again, I will definitely say yes, I DO.
Tan Onn Kent
I feel grateful to be part of the silent mentor program!! Truly learn a lot from our mentor!! Thank you MILES for organizing this meaningful program! It's indeed an enriching experience for
us, the medical student.
I would like to thank MILES for giving me such a wonderful experience both personally and in developing my medical profession. Such programmes should
be carried more as to benefit more and more medical student like me. Thanks once again.
Muhammad Adam Bin Sidek
The integration of the Silent mentor Program in to
the MBBS program would serve as a medium of teaching medical students the importance of respecting an individual’s autonomy and the value of a human being. At the same time, exposing them to practice clinical skills on an actual person before performing
on actual patients.
The home visit would provide a means for the students to understand the struggles different families from different backgrounds go through with the passing of their loved ones, in hope to instil lessons
of compassion and empathy to the students. One value we are certainly lacking of today is the appreciation we have to our patients and to understand the significance it might bring to say that we, as the medical professionals truly care of the integrity of
our patients as a human being even beyond death.
Normazidah Abdul Wahab
This programme provides me an oppurtunity to have a hands-on on various medical procedures.It also taught me a lot of lessons
beyond the medical aspects.A wonderful learning oppurtunity, rich in personal values and spiritual insight.
Cheong Yee Weai
It taught me not only the science of medicine, but also the art of it.
Silent Mentor program taught me the human side of medicine more than cold, hard clinical skills. It also taught me the human experience of life and death.
This program taught me more than just medical procedures. The Silent Mentors showed me the meaning of courage, goodwill and most of all, selflessness.
Mah Zhou Lhe
program lit up my compassion towards my future patient. It encourages me to work hard in order to help more patients.
This program imparts the lesson of humanity and educates the
future medical practitioners.
Darren Teo Cheng Han
This program reinforces the humanity and art of medicine that touched patients' lives.
The programme has made me see life from a totally different perspective as a future doctor as well as a normal person. A great program with lot of lessons to be learnt.
Silent mentor was a programme that not only gave me a chance on medical procedure experiences. It is beyond that where the mentors are willing to donate themselves for us to learn. I realized that they have high hope and trust on us to be a good
medical personnel with empathy towards people. I pray to god ensuring that I will fulfill their hope and trust till end of my life.
Khor Jie Xun - Vice Preseident, Int'l Medical University Students Society
In my opinion, this is very much a beneficial and valuable programme for the training of undergraduate. It provides great opportunities for us to practice and consolidate our practical skills for our future career. It changes
my view about death and more importantly, I would like to convey my deepest gratitude and respect to the silent mentor as I was absent from the gratitude ceremony due to some personal reasons. It is very impressive to see people donate their body for the use
of science and medical education especially for Chinese who has the old and traditional concept about the management of dead body. According to the belief the body should be preserved well and must not be damaged. Thus, it really touched my heart when I saw
the silent mentors who are willing to “sacrifice’ themselves.
In summary, this is a very valuable programme for medical education as it widens and changes people’s view on ‘death’. I truly
respect the selfless spirit of the silent mentors and the willingness of them to ‘sacrifice’ themselves to make better doctors in the near future.