Students Comment 學生心得

25th Silent Mentor Workshop 15-20/01/2019

Chong Song Ying (UM_MEM150018) 

When we ask, what is love? Some say love is a deep affection towards someone.
Some would say love is a show of caring to others more than yourself.
However, there’s one eternal love which is unconditional, selfless.
The love that we call it dedication, sacrifice. 

Joining this program firstly as a volunteer to now becoming a participant, my feeling of respect and gratitude has turned stronger than ever. 

Dear Madam Tan, Mr. Lee Meng, Mr. James, Ms. How,

Thank you so much for showing us what is the real meaning of love, the meaning of dedication and the meaning of sacrifice. Every cut, every stitch that you allowed us to make showed nothing more but your sacred love and undying spirit. 

Hope that all of you are living well at the other side of world. We will always remember you as a teacher of no speech, our beloved Silent Mentor. 

何謂大愛?愛可謂對一人之仰慕,也可謂重他輕己。
但大愛,永恆、無條件。這種愛,我們稱之為犧牲奉獻。

有些老師,生平裡竭盡所能,誨人不倦,戰戰兢兢,最終桃李芬芳。
無語良師,選擇在生後捐軀徇義。雖已無聲無息,卻可無時無刻傳授知識,啟蒙教育醫者。 

從第一次以志願者的身分參加無語良師至如今成為參加者,我對老師們的尊敬與感恩之心也一點一滴地烙印在我心裡。 

感恩陈素珍老师、李明老师、吳炳余老师和刘彩英老师,教導了我們,何謂是愛,何謂奉獻。工作坊的每一刀,每一線,都顯現出你們的偉大和精神。 

一日為師,終身為父。感恩你们对我们醫學生的启蒙和無語的教導。但願你們在天國過得安樂。 

感恩,無語良師們。

 

Lee Chen Hoi (UM_MEM150038)

This was my first time joining Silent Mentor Program and it’s definitely a great opportunity for me to brush up my surgical skills and anatomy. Words cannot express my feelings, nor my thanks for my Silent Mentor’s (Madam Tan) sacrifice and you have no idea how much this has helped and inspired me. I will make sure that I will strive for the best throughout my medical school so that your sacrifice will not be in vain. For all you do, for who you are, I will be forever grateful and you will always be remembered. May your soul rest in peace. 

Thank you, Madam Tan.

 

Lim Qiao Mei (UM_MEM150047)

老師,是人類靈魂工程師。

他們用畢生所學的智慧教書育人。

人的一生,終會遇到許許多多的老師,

而最特別的老師,是無語良師。

您,

用冰冷的身軀教導我們書本上的知識,

用偉大的生命教導我們醫者仁心,

用無私的大愛教導我們無忘初衷。

雖然我們素未蒙面,

但您無私的奉獻,

烙印在我們的心裡,

銘記於心,揮之不去。

感恩您,無語良師們。

 

Nur Munirah Binti Hasanuddin (UM_MEM150076)

From the moment this program started, I knew that it was not going to be a simple journey. The journey from getting to know her until the day we sent her away was an amazing and unforgettable journey. Although I never had the chance to meet her, I was very grateful for her selfless contribution. She’s not just a Silent Mentor that teaches me in term of my medical education but she also teaches me about life. One of her saying that she wrote in her diary that touch me; ‘True faith is there when finally you can accept that everything that happens is ultimately for your own evolution’. I feel glad to get the opportunity of knowing her. Thank you so much Madam Tan. Thank you also to all Silent Mentor organizer for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful journey.

 

Sharvinee Ragunatha Rao (UM_MEM150093)

Silent Mentor Program gave me an opportunity to see beyond the obvious. I learned humanity. I learned the meaning of detachment. 

Of course I had the opportunity to cut and suture a human body, something that most of my other friends did not get the chance to do as we no longer have to dissect bodies as a part of our anatomy lessons in medical school but that's not the big thing too. 

Our mentors showered their blessings on us and they were our gurus. What more blessings does a person ever need? Their sacrifice for us will never go futile. 

I pray that their souls will be blessed.

 

Leeynesh Sooriyapiragasam 利奈斯 (UPNM_2140035)

"Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam" - a Tamil verse that translates as Mother first, Father next, followed by your Teacher and then your dedication to God. And after joining this eye-opening workshop, the Silent Mentors along the way has become a teacher for myself and other participants. Whatever we have learnt from them, will be implemented in our future practices and their selfless contribution will be forever treasured. We had the opportunity to perform important life-saving clinical skills along with learning some surgical-based techniques which as a medical students, we either mostly observe or rarely assist in this kind of procedures; and as we all know, hands-on approach along with some blended learning is the best way to gain knowledge and skills. 

I would like to thank the Silent Mentors and the family members for their willingness to contribute to the medical fraternity and medical advancement. In fact, saying thank you is an understatement to them. Coming from a society which even organ donation is sometimes considered as a taboo, the Silent Mentors contribution are in fact indescribable and priceless. May God bless all the Silent Mentors and hopefully they will be placed among the noble ones. 

Thank you to every single one behind the Silent Mentor Program, the volunteers, Tzu Chi University and Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya for this wonderful experiences. 

Thank you. 感恩你们。

 

Ng Xuan Ye (Monash_28020065)

What is the common denominator amongst businessmen, chefs and of course, doctors? They all began as students; students who learned from their teachers. I was also taught by a teacher this past week, a one-of-a-kind teacher who unconditionally imparted knowledge to me, but will never walk beside me down school corridors, nor utter a single word. Such was my Silent Mentor – our Silent Mentors. 

Amidst the wonders of medical knowledge, I soon realized how easy it was to forget the humanity in our Silent Mentors, to regard them as merely cadavers for academic purposes. However, the design of the Silent Mentor Program is such that these moments were transient. Everything from home visits and brief introductory sessions, to the honorable title of “Silent Mentor” and minutes of silence…all served to offer the utmost respect to these body donors, to remind us that despite the lack of vital signs, they were still a person. 

Words cannot fully describe the intellectual, emotional and spiritual essence of this program. Similarly, words cannot fully describe the selflessness of the Silent Mentors, as well as the strength of their family members in enduring prolonged grief. A simple “Thank you” is insufficient to express my gratitude, as this experience will forever be etched in my memory and on my heart.

 

Lynell Roderica Tong Yiu Shyern (Perdana_13922689)

After graduating, the Silent Mentor Program highlighted just how inexperienced I am and how much knowledge I still lacked even after 5 whole years of studying and going to the hospitals. It taught me humility, and that medicine is a field where we never stop learning, never stop growing. It taught me that there still exists people in this world that are completely selfless and have only the heart to serve; and it taught me to try and have the same heart. This program further taught me respect and gratitude, whereby after every act that we do in the workshops, at the end of the day, we have to remember who our Silent Mentors are and what they have sacrificed for us in order for us to have this precious gift of learning. 

It’s so strange how fast human beings form connections to another, to have completely no knowledge of someone and yet after only a mere week of learning about them, I was grieving along with the family members as we sent our beloved mentors on their journey. It made me all the more grateful for their sacrifice, all the more amazed at the family members’ willingness to respect our mentor’s last wishes, even while knowing what would happen to them. 

Empathy is a word we doctors tend to throw around every other day. This program taught me what true empathy was. I started thinking of how it would feel if I was going to die, and would I consider donating my body, to be completely exposed and vulnerable, for other complete strangers’ learning experiences. I started thinking if it was my loved ones too that decided to donate their body, and whether would I actually respect their decisions, or would I, in my selfish love, deny them their last wish? 

These experiences cannot be found anywhere else, and I have learned and grown so much this past week. I am all the more grateful as I am not from University Malaya, but have been given the privilege of being one of you, to be learning under my amazing and inspiring Silent Mentor. Thank you Silent Mentor Program. Thank you Madam Tan.

 

Koh May Yi 辜美仪 (UM_MEM150035) 

Thank you. The simplicity of these two words is not enough to demonstrate the immensity of my gratitude for your selfless ways. And, nothing can come close to the inspirational and thoughtful sacrifices that you have made for the betterment of medical professionals and students alike. Every stitch and every procedure performed reminds us of your noble gesture and our promise to provide the best care to future patients. You, our beloved Silent Mentor have a very important role in shaping us, medical students to be a selfless doctor in the future and empathy as our nature. Thank you for showing us that there are people like you in the world- kind and magnanimous able of giving as an act of selfless devotion. 

Finally, thank you to the organizing committee for giving us this opportunity to join the Silent Mentor workshop. We are glad to be among the privilege few to understand in-depth the value and significance in experiencing this program. 

 

Chong Hui Yuan 庄慧愿 (Monash_28619501) 

I am truly grateful and honoured to be part of the 25th Silent Mentor Workshop. Besides gaining hands-on experience in performing procedures such as suturing, chest tube insertion, central venous line insertion and endotracheal intubation, more importantly I learnt about the importance of humanity, empathy, compassion, care and kindness. These are important values that should be instilled in us as medical professionals before attending to patients. From our home visit, to cleaning up our Silent Mentor’s body every day, until the last day of closing ceremony, I felt as if I have known my Silent Mentor in person and had the privilege to spend time with him in his last moments. 

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward. 

All the silent mentors’ selfless act has given us the opportunity to learn more than we ever could from a textbook. They have inspired me to become a competent, compassionate and ethical doctor in the future. I hope that in my life I can one day inspire others in the same way that they have inspired me. 

I would like to express my greatest gratitude and thank my beloved Silent Mentor, Mr Lee Meng for his selfless contribution and his family members for trusting us in managing their loved one. Last but not least, I would also like to thank the organising teams, the volunteering teams as well as all the trainers and participants for making this meaningful program a success. 

 

Mohamad Nabil bin Mohd Noor (UM_MEM150128) 

The first time I came about Silent Mentor Program I was very intrigued with the concept donating one’s body for medical education. Once I got to participate in the workshop, I did learn a lot of valuable surgical skills, no doubt they will be helpful for my career. However, personally I believe the most precious lesson I learned from this workshop is the humility and humanity part of our profession. In this workshop, we met with the family members and got to know them and the Silent Mentor. This opened up my eyes on the different backgrounds of our patients and how important it is to treat them with a humane touch and consider them as a whole. I hope that I will bring forward this lesson not only for my career, but for my own life to become a better person. Thank you, Silent Mentors. 

 

Nur Azmina Amiruddin (UM_MEM150073) 

Since the first year in UM, I have been fascinated by this Silent Mentor Program, mainly because I was told that I get to practice procedures useful for work later on. But only now that I participated in it that I understood the wholesome experience with the Silent Mentor - from receiving their body first hand in wee hours of morning, to visiting their loved ones to know more about their life, and throughout the workshop, we are to care for their precious bodies like our own family's and finally benefited from their selfless sacrifice. Now after this week experience, I am able to be more mindful and appreciate the amount of respect and empathy that I owe to every patient that I saw and going to see later because every one of them are indeed giving us a hand to be successful in this journey of becoming a good doctor. Thank you very much for the Silent Mentors, their family members and organizer for a good program like this. 

 

Tan Yi Wen 陈宜汶 (UM_MEM150107) 

您 是最特别的老师 

无需言语地传授着这生命的奥秘 

您 庄严的献上您那一生相随的大体 

让我们这群 非亲非故的 学生 

在您的身上划上一刀又一刀 缝上一针又一针 

其实 我想问问您,您疼吗 ?

因为我疼,想必您一定更疼

但您提醒了我 如果我这一刀划错在病人的身上 他们会有多疼 ?

谢谢您 用那大慈大悲的精神来付出 

我会带着您的忠告 以让我在这学医行医的道路上 可以不断的鞭策自己

感谢您 用自我的生命之光 照亮了我们人生的旅途 

向您致敬 敬爱的无语良师 。 

 

Vinoshini Devi Kailaivasan (IMU_ME0813033462) 

This Silent Mentor Program respectfully bestows the title “mentors” to our teachers who selflessly impart knowledge even after death. This whole program is such that we learn about the person and his/ her life prior to any anatomy lab dissection sessions in hopes to mould us into empathetic doctors. After all, these mentors did not owe it to us to donate their bodies, but they selflessly did anyway. 

Throughout my one-week experience in the anatomy lab, all our mentors had a lot to say. Being a fresh medical graduate, our mentors were definitely not my usual patient encounters I have had, but rather they were my first and definitely the best; one of kind teachers I will ever be blessed to have. They were silently, selflessly, compassionately and tirelessly imparting knowledge- akin to a teacher rushing to complete a syllabus in preparation for the students’ exams. 

A month ago, none of us knew who these mentors were; but I can assure you that there wasn’t an anhydrous lacrimal gland amongst us during the memorial service for our mentors. These mentors took it upon themselves and not forgetting their families’ sacrifices just to make us better doctors were indeed overwhelming. 

To our mentors’ families who have endured months of unimaginable grief, you can least be assured that your sacrifices have not gone in vain. In fact, I entered this program as a fledgling graduate and so did other medical students but being equipped with this profound experience, we shall pursue the field of medicine with a heightened sense of duty and gratitude. Thank you for turning your loss into an invaluable gift to us. We are truly indebted to you.

On the whole our mentors had transformed my 5 years of medical education into a real-life hands-on experience for us to learn, understand, explore and most importantly turn the wrongs into rights. It was indeed a great privilege to be under their tutelage. 

This Silent Mentor experience has left me with a deep invaluable lesson. 
I can merely hope that someday I will be able to give as how our mentors have given themselves to us in the medical profession i.e. “To pay it forward” ”- the phrase that was first coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight, "You don't (or seldom) pay love back; you pay it forward." 

Thank you, dear mentors. 

 

Chong Kwong Xian 张广贤 (UM_MEM150017) 

The Silent Mentor Program indeed is a life time experience for us medical students. I have been volunteering in this program since 2nd year and this time it is a privilege for me to be a part of it which I truly appreciate it. As someone on the pathway of being a medical profession, death is not something unfamiliar for us. Our dear Silent Mentor turn this loss into a gift which not only benefits us medical student but also future patient which require our care. They do not only let us learn about all the medical and surgical skills which help us improve but also, they teach us about humanity and sacrifice. 

From this program I learn a lot, not only in term of knowledge but also, I starting to appreciate the meaning of life and sacrifice. No amount of words is enough to show my gratitude towards all the Silent Mentors and their families. Their selflessness and willingness to let us practice our skills are truly a noble act. 

Thank you, dear Silent Mentors, for every stich, for every lesson you taught, and for the spirit of sacrifice that you show. I promise that I will be a more humane doctor for the service of mankind. 

 

Tiffany Lee Rouyen (IMU_ME0813033989) 

One’s life begins with birth and ends with death. But, our Silent Mentors have chosen the unconditional path towards this brilliant life changing program. They have decided to join this selfless path in contributing back to the society especially in the field of medicine and research.

After getting accepted as a participant of the Silent Mentor Program, I have been anxious about this cadaveric encounter which would be a first-hand experience for me. 

Surprisingly, this whole week of the Silent Mentor Program changed my view about life and death. Instead of getting anxious at every encounter, I became more empathetic and compassionate at every touch and every cut I made. 

No words could describe how thankful and grateful I am towards my Silent Mentor, his family, the Silent Mentor Program committee and my group mates. 

Thank you very much Mr Lee. 

 

Raja Muhammad Nur Saifullah (Perdana_13922699) 

It was a great honour to have been accepted as part of the 25th Silent Mentor cohort. The workshop definitely helped me humanise the practice of medicine to a greater level, and for that, I wish to convey my utmost gratitude to our 4 selfless mentors who have taught us in a way no other teacher could.  

The Silent Mentor committee did a wonderful job in making sure the whole workshop was carried out in full respect throughout every opportunity in fulfilling the mentors' wish. Though the duration was short, the impact was beyond any doubt profound enough to shape me into a better human first, then a doctor. Thank you. 

 

Kwan Ting Yoon 关庭勇 (Monash_28290771) 

First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for being able to be part of this meaningful program and thank everyone that has worked hard for this workshop to be a success. The Silent Mentors have undoubtedly played a critical role in making this inspiring event possible. Via this program not only do I have the chance to observe and touch real human organs, but the human elements that the body structures and organ impart really elicit a different feeling that their plastic counterparts at school can never afford. Other than improving my knowledge on human anatomy, all the surgical procedures shown are beyond inspiring. It gives me an idea of what each field of medical specialisation does and help me to decide on the field of specialisation that is more suitable for me. Lastly, after attending the workshop, I start to feel the value of life which I have previously not thought about. The selfless contribution demonstrated by the Silent Mentors have reminded me that I have no excuse not to give back to the society - not even death. The value of life is not decided by the length or how luxurious one is, but how one can help the people around him or her. This sparks me to strive to become a better doctor in the future to help as many people as possible. Overall, this is a program that experience I will treasure for life and the impact it gives me will forever govern my career as medical personnel.

 

Ng Zhong Ming (UM_MEM150064) 

感谢吴老师无私的奉献,在自己逝世后,将大体捐赠给我们这些医学系的子弟们当作学习及研究用途。 

说真的,假如谈到即将面对死亡,我不知可否像吴老师这样坦然地接受。我虽不是贪生怕死之人,但是面对死亡的恐惧与未知,让我不知不觉感叹生命的短暂。 

今日不知明日事,我们永远无法预知灾难的来临,但您教会了需时时刻刻珍惜身边所有的亲人和朋友,活在当下。 

愿我能常像您这样,永远笑着过日子,乐观地面对生活的一切挑战,让这个世界更加美好。 

吴老师,安息吧! 

 

Chee Chung Huey (UM_MEM150014) 

至無語良師

謝謝您願意捨身奉獻 注射一股清流於這醫療界

謝謝您願意相信我們 包容我們在您身上劃過的每一刀

您讓我知道什麼是無私的愛 無條件的愛

您的精神永久地銘刻在我的心中

您是我在醫學生涯最尊貴 最難忘的老師

感恩您 

 

Mary Chan Mei Yen (UM_MEM150053) 

When I first heard about this program after enrolling into medicine field in UM, I was surprised and impressed about the idea of Silent Mentor Program. And the chances I await for finally given by the organizer, which I was called up for the cleaning of Silent Mentor the night before my exam. Throughout this program, I was deeply salute and respect the decision of our Silent Mentor of donating their dead body to us for medical research and education. Every single of them possess a selfless soul for allowing the medical students, whom we never come across each other, to use their body wisely for medical purposes. You stimulate my desire to learn more about you. Every cut and stitch brought a significant meaning to the exposure and learning process. Dear Silent Mentors, you are the great teachers who taught me silently and instilled empathy, humanity, caring and love in myself so that I could treat my patients as my family. Even though you were lying there without uttering a single word, yet your spirit had inspired me to work harder and push myself beyond my limit in term of learning. Your eternal love, selfless contribution and silent role model would definitely assist to embark in my medical career. Thank you noble Silent Mentors, you will always be remembered! 

 

Nurul Azwa Binti Abu Mansor (UM_MEM150080) 

I have learnt a lot from this program. Surgical skills are undoubtedly important. The procedures demonstrated were meaningful and useful to prepare me for the future. However, the most precious thing is the respect, humbleness and selfless sacrifice that our mentors had shown. 

As a Muslim, we are not allowed to donate a whole body but we can still contributes to the society in a certain way. For examples, the organ donation. Parts of our body can still growing alive in another person as we are already departs from this world and the goodness can be shared among the people who continue to live. So seeing the mentor doing a very noble job makes me open my mind to do more also. I remember that one of Muslim scholar said: “The best man is the man who benefits others” 

 

Shawn Edgar Miranda (Newcastle_160003493) 

My time spent at the 25th Silent Mentor Workshop was a very fruitful experience which I am grateful to have been a part of it. The opportunity of getting to know my mentor and his family brought my learning to a more personal and humanistic level. That knowing the person whom I was practicing procedures and skills added a more holistic experience to the learning environment.

The irony that one month ago I did not know who my mentor was to the last few days of the workshop when I was personally involved in his final preparation prior to his cremation was not lost on me. It was a privilege that I will always treasure. I greatly admired the courage of the family in allowing to perform all the funeral arrangements. Their self-less act has inspired me to be more giving of others in the future. 

The skills and procedures I learnt were of great value as they were not only important procedures that could prove life-saving, but also because the skills that I would soon be expected to learn during my housemanship. What made the sessions more effective was that we were able to practice them on actual human flesh. The intricacies and texture of human flesh is one that cannot be easily replicated by plastic models. The idea of incising through the different layers and actually feeling the organs that I have only seen on textbooks was a very surreal experience that would have greatly enriched my learning had I been through it during my pre-clinical years. 

In summary, participating in the Silent Mentor workshop was a great experience that I was very fortunate to have been a part of. It is my hope that the organizers can push for a wider adoption of this program to different universities so that others can also be a part of this great learning experience. 

 

Khong Junwen (Monash_28253108) 

No words to express my gratitude to my Silent Mentor for his noble sacrifice. From this program, I’ve recognized that death only put an end to ones’ life physically but their values and goodness will always be remembered by their loved ones. This program also gave me an opportunity to become more familiarize with grief and subsequently to deal with it. My mentor, without a word, has taught me to be courageous and brave in life. To Mr. James, every stitch I made on you will remind me of the pain a patient will suffer therefore empathy is the key in practicing medicine. Thank you for the inspiration and I promise to keep my passion in pursuing my medical career. You’ll always be remembered; may you rest in peace. 

 

Vanessa Chua Jeng Jeng (Monash_27371603) 

I have learnt so much throughout this journey, it is a once in a life time experience that will stay with me for a long time. No amount of words will ever be just a representation of my appreciation for you - the Silent Mentors. 

Thank you, for your selfless sacrifice and unconditional love. Your willingness to donate your body and allow the medical students to practice on even though you have never seen us before still impacted me the most. I don’t take this for granted, no words can describe how grateful I am for this opportunity, how honored I am to learn from you. Although you remain silent throughout the whole session, your courage, kindness and generosity speak the loudest. Every cut, every stitch you contributed to the medical education have all my respect, you have left a legacy of love.

“He had live his live to the fullest. Since he had donated his body, learn it to the fullest. The moment you stop learning is when you die” 

Words of encouragement from one of the Silent Mentors’ son that will always be in my heart, I will never forget why I chose this path. 

To everyone I have encountered in this program, I appreciate to work with and learn from every one of you. The teamwork and the eager to learn strongly ignited the passion in me, I’m reminded yet again how much I love this field; the love for medicine and humanity. 

你我素昧平生

却愿意给予信任

把身体捐献出来

让我们学习

殊不知我有多感激 多敬佩

这无私奉献的精神

当我想着应该如何向您致谢

担心自己的心声是否会传到您耳边时

才发现其实您根本不要求任何回报

您无需一言一语,

便让我们深深体会这份跨越时空的大爱

您留下的精神,

将永恒地烙印在我们的心坎里,没齿不忘。

相处虽短,涌泉终生

无语良师们,请接纳我最真诚的谢意

我会铭记,不求当个名医

但一定会尽我所能 当个良医

把这份爱延伸下去 

 

Hanusha Durganaudu (Monash_28300548) 

Words can't describe how immensely grateful I am to be given the opportunity to participate in the 25th Silent Mentor Workshop. As a 3rd year medical student, the experience I gained throughout the week greatly augmented my learning, not only in terms of the medical knowledge and procedures, but also on communication skills (with our Silent Mentor's family) and empathy. It paved a path for a thorough self- reflection on my side, as I realized there's often much more to an individual than what meets the eye, that things may not always be as simple and straightforward as they seem at first glance and that having the right mindset and goals, as abstract as they may sound, really makes a great difference in the course of our life. 

Thank you very much to all our Silent Mentors, for selflessly donating their body for the purpose of medical education and research. Without their sacrifice, I would not have been able to gain as much as I did from this program. It would not have been an easy decision to make, and we would strive to ensure that your sacrifice is not in vain. You will be forever remembered. Thank you. 

 

Chua Sue Ying (Perdana_15290107) 

It was an honor to be selected as the participant representing PURCSI in this Silent Mentor Program. I was given an opportunity to know our Silent Mentor in a personal level when my group pay a home visit to his family members. From this visit, the message to treat all patient living or dead with upmost respect and love was conveyed to me and I am able to understand my mentor from another aspect even when he has left us. With this in mind, I am able to show empathy unconsciously to all our noble mentors throughout the workshop. I will bring this emotion with me to my medical journey and practice them for the benefits of my patients. On the other hand, from my conversation with the family, I am also able to acknowledge their prolonged period of grieve whose member had passed away 4 months ago just to accommodate with our workshop session. It was never a simple task but they endure and managed to get over. Also, I have to be cautious and aware of the question being asked to the family to avoid them from bursting into tears as some questions are sensitive and will bring them to memories where they would be reminded of the past. 

Furthermore, I was touched by their humble selfless contribution to medical education and research by allowing me to learn from them and to prepare them for their final journey even without knowing me. I was shocked to realize that many of the family members of our Silent Mentors have also signed up as a body donor and I hope that our country will take a big leap in this for a better development in medical field. I will never be taught on this from any of our clinical posting nor from a book. I am very glad for this once-a-lifelong opportunity and will definitely remember to treat my patients in a holistic approach but not only symptoms based. 

Other than developing these soft skills, I was able to learn, perform various medical procedure such as chest tube insertion, intubation, suturing, central line insertion, nerve decompression, appendicectomy and various other procedures. This has built up my confident in performing all these procedures in the near future. All that I had learned now, I promised this will benefit all my patients and I will never stop learning.

 

Tan Hua Kheng (UM_MEM150102) 

First of all, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to become a participant of this Silent Mentor Program. I am thankful to our Silent Mentor Miss How Chai Eng for letting us learn from her body. Her selfless contribution inspired me to use the knowledge and experience that I have gained throughout this program to help more people in the future by being a safe and competent doctor. I not only learnt medical procedures but also holistic patient approach by the home visit, cleaning of the Silent Mentor, the religious prayers, coffining and the final send off. Finally, thank you Prof. Saw, the Director of Silent Mentor Program, Mr. Sia, the Manager for coordinating the program, Miss Se Woon, Mr. Mok, the photographer for helping us to capture all the memorable moments and all the other participants and volunteers for making this possible and taking care of our welfare throughout the program. 

 

Lim Sze Zee (UM_MEM150049) 

The 25th Silent Mentor Workshop is indeed a fruitful and memorable one. From going to home visit with a bunch of people who I do not initially know or know well, until the closing ceremony, I had learnt communication skills, leadership, surgical skills, and many more.  

I am very thankful to our Silent Mentor for giving us a chance to practice on her body, turn a loss to a gift could never be better expressed in other way. 

I was a volunteer to this workshop for multiple times, but this time as a participant, I experienced the total different site of the workshop. I am glad that I was given a chance to be a presenter on stage. To be honest, I have never been good at English public speaking. To indirectly force myself to practice and overcome the fear, I gave it a try, it was indeed a great try.  

Going through the workshop, words could not express my gratitude to all the volunteers and coordinators as well. Coming early and going back late just to make this workshop a great and complete one. Procrastination happens everywhere including our group, and I thank all of them as they tolerated it throughout the workshop without harsh words. Also, the impression of “live a life without regrets” becomes stronger and more powerful in my mind now. 

In short, I really enjoyed this workshop and I will continue to join as a volunteer, to keep the spirit and pass on to the next generation.  

Thank you! 

 

Nurul Afifah Kamruldzaman (UM_MEM150131) 

I am very grateful to be a part of Silent Mentor Program as it definitely taught me a lot of things especially my knowledge on surgical skills and my soft skills. I was able to appreciate the human anatomy more on a real body compared to just by reading a book or seeing pictures. One of the mentors saying that "the moment you stop learning is the moment you die" inspires me the most as lately I have started to become stressed out with my studies and I felt like I want to give up but hearing all these inspiring words from the mentors made me realized that, they selflessly donated their body for us to learn therefore never let them down. Not to forget, with this workshop, I am able to see new faces and make new friends from other universities which was memorable. Hoping to cross path with them again in the future. Last but not least, special thanks to the team that had made this workshop a success. May you continue the good job! 

 

Izzat Aiman Ali (UM_MEM150027) 

First of all I would like to thank the Silent Mentor organizing committee for choosing me to be part of the 25th Silent Mentor Program as an undergraduate participant. I would also like to thank my Silent Mentor Ms How Chai Eng for giving me this opportunity to practice my surgical and procedural skills. I would also like to thank my Silent Mentor family for their patience throughout the grieving period. To be honest, Silent Mentor Program has had taught me a lot, the values of humility and empathy, values which cannot be taught from the textbooks. I hope this program can be continued for further generations of medical students. I believe from the Silent Mentor Program, more medical graduates with empathy and humility can be produced for the community. 

 

Nurul Shafarina Jaafar (UM_MEM150083) 

When I was first contacted regarding Silent Mentor Program, I was already on my way back to my hometown. As a result, I did not get to ‘meet’ my Silent Mentor when she had just passed on. Months goes by, it’s time to visit my Silent Mentor’s family member in Klang. I was worried at first, on how they will perceive us – medical students who are going to learn from the Silent Mentor. Are they still grieving? Amazingly, our Silent Mentor’s family welcomed us warmly. I can see how their expression lit up whenever they recalled any happy memories regarding our Silent Mentor. 

My official first meeting with my Silent Mentor was during the preparation and thawing process. I remembered being nervous at that time. I was quite worried if I cannot take it very well as I only had limited numbers of contact with a person that had passed away.  However I felt just fine throughout the program because the condition of our Silent Mentor is much alike a living patient, except for the absence of warmth, blood and a heartbeat. During each workshop, I noticed that we were getting to engross with the science part of the teaching, less enforcing on the feeling of empathy towards the Silent Mentor. The brief introduction session of the mentors is a great reminder of how selfless they were. 

Coffining our Silent Mentor was a humbling process. We went from a complete stranger to one of the last person handling our Silent Mentor’s body before sending them off to the next journey. I felt reassured since our Silent Mentor’s last wishes has been fulfilled however now it’s up to us – students to use the knowledge gained during the program to the fullest. Our Silent Mentor’s legacy will continue to live on as we advanced into our medical journey. 

 

Dinithi Sihara Liyanage (Monash_28329309) 

The Silent Mentor Program has been undoubtedly one of the greatest experiences of my life. Not only was it a fulfilling and enriching experience, it was also a very well-organized workshop with so much effort and thought put into it and with profound respect towards our mentors, which I deeply appreciate. 

When I first applied, I was promised a platform to enhance my knowledge. And while hands-on experience was truly the best way to learn, I gained a lot more than just medical knowledge. Things that I would never have achieved by reading a textbook. Being a second-year medical student going into third, who is just getting into clinical exposure, I had a lot of firsts during the workshop; my first suture, first incision and the first time dealing with someone who has passed on, so closely. And with every first I learnt technique and information, but I also learnt things that were impossible to comprehend by words. My Silent Mentor taught me more than any medical procedure; respect, empathy and compassion. Even when she had passed on, one way or the other I was compelled by myself to treat her like someone who was very much alive. For the very brief time of less than two months I’ve known her, things that I learnt about her through her family members always echoed in my ears every time I looked at her at the dissection hall; the adventurous traveler that she was, the food hunter and all the great things I learnt about her comes rushing back now, reminding me that she was a generous and selfless human being in every possible way who lived an enriching life. But it also reminds me how death is inevitable at the end of this life, and it could happen to any one of us, at any minute. Within a short time, I had grown to build an attachment with her although she didn’t know us, I felt deeply touched and emotional, especially during the sending off ceremony, which reminded me of the pain and sorrow of her family members who had known her their entire lives. 

I’m also grateful to all the doctors and surgeons and the Silent Mentor organizers and my group for the great team effort and for the things they taught me from suturing to anything I had trouble understanding. It was great working with them and to have been able to make new friends. 

My mentor taught me that life is uncertain, and bad things could happen to the best of us; encouraging me to treat people I meet in the future kindly and more compassionately and to always be understanding towards their situations. To work harder and learn better, so that I can help more great people like her. And ensure her noble and selfless sacrifice would not go unnoticed, for every patient get to help in the future I will always remember her. 

My Silent Mentor, thank you for everything, and may you Rest in Peace. 

 

Tan Hao Xuan (Monash_28098846) 

Throughout the whole program, I witnessed the courage and determination of Silent Mentors 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 am impressed that there are still dedicated 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. However, with unconditional love from the mentors and the support from their families, they are willing to break through the social norms and religions to pass down this great love to the future patients and medical students. Lastly, I wish all the Silent Mentors rest in peace. 

 

Quah Kai Yuan (Monash_27456269) 

As a medical student, I am humbled to be part of the Silent Mentor Program. Truly, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has shaped me — cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. My highest gratitude goes to our noble Silent Mentors who have selflessly donated their bodies for medical education and research. They have certainly touched the lives of medical students and doctors alike, to always remember the virtues of a good doctor. We should strive to deliver the best possible care for our patients, in the honor of our Silent Mentors. I would also like to thank the organizers, doctors, and volunteers who have contributed directly or indirectly in creating such a meaningful and holistic program. 

 

Ang Chun Yiing 洪峻穎 (IMU_ME0213032980) 

敬愛的無語良師,能和您相遇是一種特別的緣分。謝謝您在我們素未相識的情況下,完全地信任我們,把自己交給我們。您用無言的身教讓我對生命有了啓發,深刻地體會到生命的價值和可貴。您那回饋社會的心和無私奉獻的精神讓我無比動容,也讓我獲益匪淺。我從您身上學到的不僅是醫學知識,還有醫者仁心。

感恩盡在不言中,這會是我生命中最難忘的一堂課。我會永遠記得您的恩惠,把您的大愛精神傳承下去,懷著感恩的心更加努力,成爲一個德術兼修的好醫生。 

無語良師的家人們,感謝你們的體諒和耐心來完整我們的課程,讓我們擁有非常珍貴的學習經驗。 

無語良師工作坊的負責人和志工們,感謝你們爲一批批醫學學子不辭勞苦的用心付出,一步步地引導我們學習課程的綱要,爲的就是讓我們能更容易理解與領悟無語良師計劃所要傳遞的宗旨和意義。 

無語良師工作坊的同學們,感謝彼此互相合作與學習,讓我深入體會到可貴的團隊精神,也讓我們更順利地完成這意義非凡的課程。 

感恩! 

 

Wan Nur Ira Izyan Binti Wan Izani (USIM_1142025) 

It has been a few days after the workshop ended.  I learnt a lot throughout the week. It was such a hectic week, in which I had to go back and forth from Temerloh to KL just to attend the workshops in the evening. It was really tiring but it was definitely worth it. It was such a memorable experience; I got so many new friends and I got to learn a lot of new things. Of course, I was able to get a hands-on experience in performing basic surgical skills such as chest tube insertion where usually I could just observe or assist during my attachment in hospital. Most importantly, I think I have become a new person now. This workshop truly changes my perspectives towards patients, the living or dead. I have learnt a whole new sense of respect It has changed me tremendously. I got to admit that I got so emotional during the gratitude ceremony. I wasn’t able to attend the initiation ceremony due to other commitment in Temerloh. However, the gratitude ceremony really touched me, I really didn’t know why. The final words were really meaningful. Life is so mysterious. I didn’t even know my mentor before; I’ve never met her personally, never heard of her. How come a person can feel so much love from someone that she or he has never met before? Just from the way the family described her, I can really feel her love, kindness, generosity and sincerity. I feel really touched and inspired by her selfless contribution. She didn’t know any of us yet she donated her body for me to learn.  During the gratitude ceremony, I kept being reminded of her face, of the times when I cut her, washed and cleaned her before her coffining. I feel like I wasn’t being gentle enough to her. I feel empathy, I guess. I feel like I haven’t treated her good enough, I feel like I should have done more and treat her like my own family members. But, it’s okay now, the most valuable thing that I learnt from my mentor and the other 3 mentors is that, we have to always try to contribute something in our life, no matter how small or big the contribution is.  Like in this case, the mentors had never known us personally before but they donated their bodies for the doctors to learn from them. They didn’t know me before but I feel like they love me so much and they want me to become the best version of myself. I know now that I should give back to the society by volunteering and etc. I should also study and work harder in order to repay the contributions that these mentors had given to me and become the best doctor like they had wished. I should also improve myself to become a more passionate and loving person, like my mentors are. Thank you very much, my beloved mentors.