Lim Yi Wen (UM_MEM150050)
最近发生的种种 在脑海里过了一遍 感慨颇多
对我而言 越是强烈的情感 越是难以描述
第26届无语良师计划 不是结束 是一种继承 延续
您的精神 您的付出 将永记于我心
感恩您 无语良师 愿您安息
Ting Sing Qin (UM_MEM150110)
Before I participated in the Silent Mentor Program, I thought that the program would help me
improve my anatomy knowledge as well as clinical or surgical skills, on top of some humanitarian values. As I never managed to get myself become a volunteer in the program although being a UM student, unlike most of my course mates, I never really knew how
the program was conducted and delivered.
After participating in the Silent Mentor Program, there are quite a several things that changed my view and impacted me a lot.
I understood that the program encompasses the emphasis of the value of empathy, selflessness, gratitude, etc. while allowing students to improve their bedside skills. In this program, values were more important to be taught than the skills - and this is what
made it so stand up comparing to the other cadaveric learning sessions we had in our Stage 1 or 2.
Secondly, although the schedule was really packed, when we needed to wake up early in the dawn to cleanse our mentors,
we were reminded that our sacrifices were so little if compared to their contributions to the medical fraternity. Not to mention the family members who would need to suffer a prolonged grief after their family member’s passing. At times throughout the
week, I just asked myself, ‘How great a human heart can be, to withstand such a grief, that goes so long and far stretched, yet be strong?’
The Silent Mentor Program was a very well-organised event, perhaps
the previous 25 similar experiences had perfect-ised it a lot. And, most importantly, perhaps or at least to me, I learnt a lot more than what I expected, in believing love, once again.
Sabrina Teh Wei Ern (UM_MEM150089)
每早为老师们清理身体时 都特难过，一个不会说话的躯体 身上伤痕累累的，我知道，你们辛苦了，毫无怨言地为我们牺牲。这份无私的付出 默默地在散播大爱，而我们拿什么报答您们呢？
死亡就在生后的那一刹那，但死亡后让人记得，却是一辈子。我会永远记得您们，虽然您我未曾交流过，但这份感谢 是永无止境的， 是无所不在的。书本上再多的知识，课堂上讲师再多的谆谆教诲，都不如您这 好比阳光给予的强大力量。
express my feelings, nor my thanks for all your help. Saying thank you is not sufficient to express my gratitude, but I promised, I will always remember the purpose of me standing here, to give out all my cares and love, as what you did.
Nursyasya Izzati Bt Shamsudin (UM_MEM150079)
I have had the honor during this year to participate in the Silent Mentor Program. Through this program, we had the rare opportunity to have
a glimpse of the remarkable lives of these generous people.
But their story has not stopped. Their story endures. They tell us about their lives through the frame of our observations. With each finding, they
force us to tackle our vulnerabilities and imperfections in both our knowledge of human anatomy and in our own humanity. A willing leader and a paramount model of the sacrifices we must learn if we wish to effect real differences in the lives of our future
patients. They inspire us to better. Their willingness to share themselves for pedagogy is the noblest act. They share with us the beauty and the mystery of the human body. They have forever changed our lives.
Hamzah Bin Noor Din (UM_MEM150056)
After going through this program for almost one week and after the home visit that I had, I'm very blessed to be given this opportunity not just that I learned so much, meeting
new friends from other universities, and I think all of us are blessed and grateful to witness how selfless our Silent Mentors are by donating their bodies for medical research and training.
Our Silent Mentors have
given us so much and this has taught us the art of giving. Giving means helping in a way, which ultimately makes us recall the simplest meaning of humanity, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entirely".
can surely say that this is one of our highlights in our medical school life. I hope we can bring all these core values not just to be a good and safe doctor but ultimately in becoming a better person in the future.
Lam Kean (IMU_ME0813033974)
Silent Mentor Program. I am very grateful that I am able to be part of this program. This program really impacted me in many ways. The selfless act of donating their bodies to total
strangers for their learning experiences were very touching. They showed me the true meaning of great love which is unconditional. There was one message from this program that strikes me the most.
thousands stitches on my body. Don't feel sad for me. It’s okay to do mistake on me. I forgive you, but promise me that you don't do the same mistake on a live patient."
I will not forget what I have learnt from
them. The only way that I can repay them for their sacrifices is to become a compassionate and safe doctor. Learn from them the spirit of selflessness and spread the great love. Thank you Silent Mentors.
Koh Khai Ling (IMU_ME0813033451)
It was definitely an unforgettable experience with the Silent Mentor Program. Indeed, it was the volunteering part of the program that was mind-changing for me personally. I was lucky enough to first become a full time volunteer
for this program before becoming a student participants. It was because of the volunteering experience, when I became one of the participants, I was conscious that while we students were busy taking care of our respective Silent Mentor, the committee and the
volunteers were taking care of us. While we had to be there early in the morning, they had to be always earlier to make sure things are well-prepared; while we had to stay back late for our class, they always stayed until the latest to make sure things are
well packed up.
Undeniably, our selfless Silent mentors are the only reason this whole program are made for. However, while we are praising the greatness of our most respected Silent Mentors, I would like to express
my deepest admiration to the organising committee and volunteers who made this program a success. I believe that having made this program more known to and appreciable by the public was the most successful part of this program. Therefore, the organising committees
and permanent volunteers behind the scene should definitely take the credits following our Silent Mentors.
Sacrifice, selflessness, empathy/sympathy, love and kindness are the keywords in this program. It was amazing
how these words are able to bring so many people together, and yet, there are no limits to be discovered. Thank you Silent Mentors; thank you Silent Mentor Program. May love spread; may this experience plant the seed of love in us the young doctors’
heart; may kindness and carefulness flow within us when we are treating every single one of our patients.
Tan Po Hong (IMU_ME0813033934)
Since the start of the Silent Mentor Program
(SMP), I have been fully committed to the program and the experience that I obtained is utmost valuable.
Since the first day, I have been with the Silent Mentor and observing procedures done to them and it wasn’t
pretty. There would be cuts on the legs, face, hand, chest and so many other places. I cannot imagine if that would have been done to my body. From this experience, I really get to appreciate the great sacrifice that the Silent Mentors have done.
Besides that, I was really moved when the family members came to see the Silent Mentors for the last time. Even though I was not related to them in any way, my heart is moved seeing the family members showing their grief.
I would really recommend SMP to any medical students that I know. From this program, I really learnt much more than medicine, I learnt compassion, empathy, meaning and effects of death and so much more.
On the surface the first reason I thought of, for wanting to join the program was that it provided me the opportunity to improve my skills in various medical procedures. As saw this
as an important reason, because as good doctors, we need to consistently be bettering our skills in order to ensure that patients receive the best care we can provide. I believe this will probably be a great way to pay it forward for the sacrifice of the Silent
This program has remind me of the debt I owe to everyone who places their body in my hands. The Silent Mentors made the decision to bequeath their body for medical education without knowing great detail about
those of us who will be handling their bodies. There’s a weight to that decision that demands that I, as a doctor practicing in the near future, acknowledge the trust that has been placed in me by every patient. It also serves as a reminder to treat
every patient with utmost compassion and dignity, no matter how overworked I may feel, as patients I constantly placing a copious amount of their trust in me.
I’m also honoured to participate in a program that
treats the Silent Mentors with such great respect and dignity. This ensures that the students will never, even for a second, treat the bodies of the Silent Mentors as just cadavers for medical education, but as human beings who lived a full life and have family
members that love them and miss them greatly. By carrying out home visits, I believe was an opportunity to better understand who these Silent Mentors were and also their family members who have honoured their final wish. Perhaps it will help me better understand
how someone even while dying can be so selfless. Above everything, I see the Silent Mentor Program as an act of shared humanity and viewing it as anything else would be a disservice to the Silent Mentors.
Toh Jia Yong (UM_MEM150111)
I am always wondering how generous a person has to be, in order to be able to sacrifice themselves, even during their afterlife. I have heard so much of advices, to be selfless, to give and hope not to receive, but never understand
the true meaning behind these acts. I thanked Silent Mentor Program, which has given me an opportunity to understand the meaning of selflessness in deep. I believed the value of generosity and selflessness have been implanted deep in our Silent Mentor’s
heart as their core value in life, which I have so much to learn from them, and apply it on my daily basis.
During the workshop, I have improved a lot in my surgical skills and anatomy knowledge, from the body of our
beloved Silent Mentors. Other than that, the thing that touches me the most was their silent selfless act. Their contributions made me understand that to give without any return does not go in vain. In fact, it has always reminded me to do my best in every
single thing, to live my life to the fullest.
Since my Silent Mentor, Mr Khoo passed on, until the end of Silent Mentor Program, I would not say how much I have changed in this short period of time. Rather I would
say, how much I have learnt and improved myself throughout. Silent Mentors were the most special teachers that I ever have in my life, who taught me life lessons in the most unique way. They led us by examples, but not words. Although I have not met our Silent
Mentors in person, but I felt a strong connection with them, and of course, their great love.
I promise to practice what Silent Mentors have taught me in my journey to become a successful doctor, as well as in life.
As I continue moving forward, I will carry the image of you which has embedded in my heart, and spread your love of all eternity. Last but not least, my utmost gratitude towards our beloved family members of Silent Mentors, doctors, lecturers and professors,
committees and volunteers of Silent Mentor Program whom have been contributing their time and effort for making this Silent Mentor Program a success.
Shafiah Aqilah Bt Mohd Jamal (UM_MEM150091)
I have learned a lot throughout this program not just in knowledge but also in spiritual insight. Being empathy and express gratitude towards all human kind is the main thing that I've learn in this Silent Mentor Program. Knowing new friends from
other universities and having team spirit is also the best part.
Ari Aran A/L Gopalan (UM_MEM150008)
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity provided to me to join this beautiful program.
I learnt lots of lessons and met some great souls in this program.
I would like to thank from bottom of my heart to the Silent Mentor Mr Khoo and his loving family. I hope to make Mr Khoo proud. He will always remain
in our memories and we shall always remember him during our difficult times. Life is like a brief candle, I hope to cherish all the beautiful moments and want to end my testimony a promise to inspire other people around me like what Mr Khoo did.
Nicholas Ang Ken Jin (UM_MEM150067)
Unsung Hero. A term that has always glide through my mind, knowing the definition but never know the real meaning to it, until I join the Silent Mentor Program. We
always thought that heroes are there to save the world by what special abilities they have, but real heroes are those who give all they have although they don’t have much. That’s what Silent Mentors are to me, they are our unsung heroes. Their
bravery in contributing their bodies for the sake of humanity shall forever be an example to be followed. The love and kindness that they have shown to humanity have once again proved that we can do so much more for this world.
Through the Silent Mentors, we are not only take a step forward in medicine, but we have taken a step more into being doctors who treat each patient with empathy and compassion. The ceremony was sorrowful, but I held back my tears. I felt that I
must be strong, because I am going through the last few moments of my Silent Mentors final wishes, in turning his families lost into a gift. That’s how all of us doctors should be, to be the pillar that will always be there for our patients. I would
like to take this opportunity to thank all Silent Mentors, for the unspoken lessons, for the precious life values and for the love. Thank you!
Toh Ee Syuen (IMU_17445)
The Silent Mentor
Program is different from all other workshops I have ever attended. The one thing that stands out, is the over-abundance of selflessness. Selflessness resonates everywhere I looked; in the committee members, in the volunteers, in the Silent Mentors, in the
family members of the Silent Mentors, even in the participants. Everyone took time off their schedule, put in so much effort into making this workshop a successful one. Students paid no fee, and therefore there is no feeling of “worth it”, instead
it is a feeling of being blessed and loved. And this is a massive turning point in shaping compassionate human beings, who then become compassionate doctors. I can say for myself and my fellow friends, that we are very grateful to have received such a gift
from the organizing team.
I would definitely recommend medical students to join this program, but it has to be on their own accord. I also wish to contribute to the program in the future should time and logistical
factors permit, for this has reminded me that I can give back so much to the people, it just needs a little effort and a little love.
Chester See Jun Yong (IMU_ME0813033958)
Mentor Program became the definitive reminder and reflection of why I embarked into the journey of medicine in the first place. This was not only an interesting experience with a fresh perspective, but also a harrowing one. This was one of the few times where
I step right into the family's standpoint. I walked through the pathway of loss with them, coming to terms with life and death, and how life moved on regardless. For me, this program provoked a sense of how fragile, yet infinitely precious life is, be it to
that individual or the people around who loved him/her. Sometimes, doctors are the only thing standing between the patient's life and their demise. That is truly horrifying to even think about, however it is something that I have to come to terms with, sooner
Far too often, I was buried behind textbooks and logbooks when I was in medical school, taking patients as words and specimens to study. I never truly stood in their shoes, and much less that of their loved
ones, but not here. This Silent Mentor Program had placed me right beside the family members as they were on a journey of recovery from a loss. This truly helped to motivate me to be the best that I could be because that was what my patients needed from me;
they and their loved ones. Furthermore, this program helped me prepare to face dire situations to come and realise the very purpose of which I try every single day; to try and get the patient home and meet their loved ones again. Yet, sometimes it really would
be the time for them to go and I would have to accept that, as long as I did everything I could. My reflection might seem very abstract but this was what I brought home from this program: a truly different kind of learning... the kind that no textbook could
ever teach. It is the learning of appreciating life and my role as a doctor when dealing with that.
The greatest lessons in life often come at the greatest costs. This priceless lesson, however, was taught to me for
free by my selfless Silent Mentor, Mr Khoo. His altruism will not be wasted in knowing that I'll carry this lesson on closely as I stride forward to the future. That is my lesson. That is my reflection. That is my promise.
Mint Hui (Melaka Manipal MC_131303013)
Before I joined Silent Mentor Program, I wrote an application letter on “why should I join this program”. My intention of joining wasn’t merely
just for learning, but also to rejuvenate my passion and empathy towards medicine and lives. I came from a university from India, where cadaveric materials for learning is so sufficient that they are not being appreciated. This program taught me respect and
gratitude, whereby every act we did in the workshops, make us remember who our Silent Mentors are and the sacrifices they made in order for us to success.
I formed not only simple connections, but a heartfelt relationship
with the Silent Mentor and his family members. It’s so surreal to have completely no knowledge of someone and yet after a week of learning about them, I was grieving along with the family members as we sent our beloved mentor in their journey. I am truly
amazed by the willingness of the family members to fulfil the last wishes of the Silent Mentors even knowing what will happen to them.
After the sending off ceremony, I went home with a heavy heart, thinking what would I feel if my family
members or myself were to die and to donate our body for a selfless act. I found out that my mother has already signed up for this program and it was the hardest decision to make, would I respect her choice or deny her last wish?
I believe I will need to spend a longer time to ponder about life and death, but for now, when I’m about to start my medical career, through these experiences for the past weeks, I’m reminded again how much I love this field; the love
for medicine and humanity. Thank you Silent Mentor Program, thank you Mr Khoo.
Narmatha Darshini Nanthini A/P Subramaniam (PURCSI_13922734)
As the Silent Mentor Program
has come to an end, I’ve given myself some time to reflect as I spread the word about this beautiful journey I’ve traversed.
This journey was nothing less but enthralling for me. Many times during our teaching
sessions, I truly forgot that my mentor had passed on, because it felt like he really was right there, only sedated. I’m unable to find the right words to express the immense feeling of gratitude I feel right now, as I feel like I’ve learnt so
much from my mentor.
This experience couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as I’ll be starting my journey as a young doctor next week. Learning from my mentor was truly a wake up call for me, on how
much more I have to study and train myself to be a better doctor like how he wished for.
The week long journey felt very peaceful and beautiful at its own accord, that I actually found myself enjoying the experience
so much. To me, it somehow felt like I always had more time with my mentor. I didn’t truly realize our journey with our mentors was coming to an end until we did the confining ceremony. All of a sudden, I was hit with a gash of reality that my
mentor had served his purpose and it’s finally time for him to rest in peace.
It was a surreal moment; feeling of happiness that my mentor can rest for good, a bit of shock that it has ended so quickly and some
amount of sadness that we now part ways.
My heartfelt gratitude goes to Mr Khoo’s family as well. Their patience and understanding to fulfil their father’s final wishes, is beyond selfless in its own. My
humble prayer to God is that Mr Khoo alongside with the other mentors rest in peace; and for their families to be blessed abundantly for giving us this priceless gift.
Lee Jiun Hang 李俊翰 (UM_MEM150040)
Nurul Fariza Asyura Bt Mazlan (UM_MEM150132)
During the home visit, Mr Nga’s daughter showed us a video
of Mr Nga playing with his grandchildren and embracing them. That video keeps playing inside my head during the course of the workshop, the cleaning process, the initiation ceremony, the learning session, the coffining and the final send-off. I thought to
myself, ‘wow, this man is loved by so many’ and he translated that love to us by donating his body to the Silent Mentor Program. This past week has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only I learn so many valuable surgical skills, I also
learn about love, humanity, and respects.
It was a privilege to know his story, his family and to be able to carry out his last wish. Thank you Mr Nga, for allowing us to learn and practice our surgical and humanity
skills through your body.
Tan Yi Ru (UM_MEM150106)
After joining the Silent Mentor workshop, from the first day of receiving the body of our Silent Mentor
to the last day of the Gratitude Ceremony, I cherished each and every moment throughout. I was very grateful to be able to experience one of the most invaluable experiences in my life. This workshop made me reflect on how selfless a person can be and how I
can emulate the core values that our Silent Mentors have taught us in our everyday life. Not only that, the connection between us with our Silent Mentor’s family were so warm and close, from strangers we became like a family. There were so many values
and lessons that I have learnt through our Silent Mentors’ life stories. They were resilient, yet remained humble and selfless till the end of their journey. Their love between family and friends, their courage when faced with multiple challenges and
hurdles, their resilience in life and their sacrifice for a betterment in medical field were the most valuable core values that I will cherish and hold on to in the future. They taught us that being a good doctor is much more than merely good skills, but the
soft skills and empathy is the goal and key. Our Silent Mentor’s advices and hope on us before they passed on will forever be etched in my mind. I hope that I can make them proud one day and can spread their love and kindness in my practice as a doctor
in the future. Last but not least, through this workshop, I truly appreciate the teamwork and cooperation between all the participants, volunteers and organizers which made this workshop a memorable and successful one.
Er Jia Le 余家乐 (Newcastle_130641560)
Ooi Sze Hwei (Newcastle_130642110)
Vinayagi A/P Selvam (UKM_A140586)
Thank you for the great opportunity. This was definitely a life changing experience for me. I don’t know if this short paragraph can
fully express my gratitude towards the Silent Mentors, lecturers, committee members, volunteers and friends who were along in this journey for about one week. The only question I had was ‘how can someone be so selfless, what made them to donate their
body to someone they don’t know at all just to learn?
I learnt that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving. Though, I am at the receiving end right now. Hopefully, in future I will be on the other
end and contribute more to the society regardless of race, religion, likes and dislikes. As what my Silent Mentor, Mr. Nga Kok Eng wished, hope that I will save more patients in the future. Whenever, I’m tired with my journey in medical field, I will
definitely remember all our Silent Mentor’s sacrifices to regain motivation to continue. I feel blessed and gifted to join this program.
For our Silent Mentors, wishing you a beautiful afterlife according to
their respective religious beliefs. Thank you, Mr. Nga Kok Eng, Mr. Lam Khuan Kit, Mr. Khoo Kung Leong, Mr. Hew Mew Lin and Mr. Soak Chin. Thank you for helping me to regain hope in humanity. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Thank you.
Yip Kar Mun 叶嘉雯 (UM_MEM150118)
夫子之教，我永远铭; 君之为人，我永远是; 君之生迹，乃吾人者。 感恩您对我们医学生的教导。
Jia Jun 陈家俊 (UM_MEM150104)
经过一个星期的解剖课程 不停地缝合 不停地解剖
最终 大体仍然腐坏 火化 离开人间
我相信我们每一个人都没把解剖身躯当做学习的“道具“而已，而是一個“人“, 跟你我一样, 是个有喜怒哀乐,、有故事的人。
感谢您 我们的无语良师 提醒我们勿忘初衷！
Nik Yunessa Bt Yuganu (UM_MEM150068)
was initially get to know Silent Mentor Program way before I joined medical school and always eager to join it. The waiting was worth as it turned out to be the most highlighted event so far in medical school and reach beyond my expectations.
We are the first hand that took care of our Silent Mentors starting from cleaning, home visit, thawing, coffining and the cremation process. We slowly built a strong connection with our mentors and deepest love for their selfless
giving for medical educational purpose.
I humbly get the golden opportunities to learn and improvise my anatomy and surgical skills. The most important thing is, Silent Mentor gave me different learning experiences
from others as it teaches me as future young doctors to have great respect, gratitude and compassion towards my patient. Every time I met patient, Silent Mentors will always reminded me to treat the patient as a whole, not just the disease. No words can describe
how we appreciate your beautiful deeds, and of course to value humanity.
Thank you Silent Mentors.
Indra Gayatri Valliyappan (UM_MEM150126)
as how I’ve mentioned in my speech on my thoughts of this program, THE most important value I’ve learned from this program would be “selflessness”. To me, selflessness is someone who always puts others first before putting themself
be it in any situation and that is the exact line that was told to us by my mentor Mr. Hew’s son as he portrayed that character at all times. He was selfless not just to his family members but also to the community as well as to us the medical professionals
by pledging for this program. Selflessness isn’t something we are born with, it’s something we acquire along the way. Thus I feel, this has given us the base to stack up our sense of selflessness in the things we do. Thank you Silent Mentors, you
all will play a very significant role in our path of being a medical personnel.
In addition to this, I would love to quote our very own professor, or more like a mother to us in this program whom would be Associate
Prof Si Lay Khaing who taught us on her “SLK rule“ in which S - stands for safety (where we as doctors are to trained to be safe at all time in delivering care to our patients); L - stands for love (we should love our patients, family, friends
and love everything we do from our hearts and that would never stop us for having the energy we need to run every single day); Last is K - which stands for kindness. There is two parts to this, the first one is the touch of kindness and the second part is
being kind in and out to our patients, people around us, as well as to our friends and family in which half of the healing process comes from just being kind to one. This one rule is my biggest take home message and I really hope it’ll be your one too
from today. Thank you so much Prof for passing this to us!
Besides the above two point I’ve mentioned in my speech, the other points I would like to reflect on this program would be sense of respect and courtesy.
I’ve learn that we not only “give respect and take respect” to people who are in front of us as we are worried of being judgmental but it’s a sense of integrity where we are to respect people even if they are not watching over us or
with us . In this program we’ve always respected our mentors at all times, be it having prayers / moments of silence every time before we start the session up to exposing only the area we are learning and being kind to our mentors just like our real
patient. I really admire that as this program has instilled this sense into me.
Last but not the least, I would like to emphasize the discipline and the togetherness we’ve achieved throughout this program. We,
as a group from all different universities stick together at all times from the morning cleaning session which starts at 7 till the evening wrapping up session which is done at 11pm-12am . We’ve been through the whole session together and finally we
felt the togetherness we had as a group and were really happy about meeting each other. This friendship we’ve gained would never been forgotten as a part of our journey as being medical professionals.
from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank every single one who has been involved in this program to instill good values as I’ve mentioned in my reflection just through this program. Thank you very much!
Amy Tang Tin
I seldom joined activities neither organized by university, college or faculty since my first year. I am not that kind of outgoing person and prefer staying my room enjoying my time alone. At
first I really can’t enjoy much of this program as I think it was really troublesome for me, as we have class from early morning 8am until 5pm and sometimes we barely have time for even lunch and have our own revision time. This program require us to
wake up early and to go back late at night, and it was really exhausted for me as at the same time I need to cope with my on-call schedule.
However, from day to day, whenever seeing our Silent Mentor every morning
as we need to clean their body to prepare for following scheduled program, something in my heart started to change. I can’t describe exactly how I felt, but, I no longer felt it was a troublesome task. As I saw the suturing, scars, wounds increased from
day to day, I started to feel guilty about myself and respect my Silent Mentor.
If I had never join this program, I won’t know how it feels when I see lots of sutures, wounds on a same person. If all those suturing
was on my own body, I will definitely be in extremely pain, but Silent Mentors willing to sacrifice themselves and donate their body for medical professions. I didn’t see them as dead body but as a real patient. It reminds me every day on empathy as
well as to be a safe doctor in future.
To be honest, I couldn’t remember all those medical knowledge I have learnt throughout the whole program but the one that will stay eternally in my heart is the life lesson
that our Silent Mentors have taught me throughout the days.
Chee Juan Lee (IMU_ME0813033970)
Despite understood the concept of Silent Mentor Program before being a participant myself,
I did not know what to expect at the beginning. I could still recall that during briefing, we had been reminded countless times to not be taken aback and treat our mentors as normal patients despite them being gone. The daily care for my Silent Mentor showed
me how fragile life was. Every day, I see them being cut and being stitched. It hurts me seeing how much my mentor’s appearance changes from the thawing process until the coffining ceremony due to decaying process and procedures performed. I barely could
recognised him anymore before we sent him off.
This once in a lifetime opportunity helped me identify the reason why am I still in this line despite the future hardships coming through. Life is impermanent, and the
altruistic manner portrayed by all 5 Silent Mentors taught me even in the afterlife, good deeds can still be done. That selfless sacrifice to make us a better doctor will always be a part of my memory from now onwards. The legacy of love left by them had built
a greater empathy and compassion in me.
To Silent Mentors, organizers of Silent Mentor Program, family members, teachers, volunteers and newfound friends, I am very grateful for everything you had done for us in this
Mr Hew, Thank you!!
A life’s lost, A noble sacrifice, Into a gift, For love and humanity.
Kerk Li Xin (AIMST_M15090972)
Throughout this program, I learned basic anatomy, basic surgical skills and most importantly I learned how to be a doctor with humanity, empathy and kindness. Knowledge and surgical skills are not the only thing I gained or received.
At the same time, I was lucky enough to meet a lot of awesome individuals, and have them share their experiences with me and I was truly inspired by each one of them.
One of the most important lessons I learned
from our mentors is live your life to the fullest even after you leave the world. Your noble act, your selflessness and unconditional love that you shown to us are unable to be recreated but it will definitely stay with me for my entire life.
Prof Si Lay said that "You can make wrong cuts or wrong sutures on your mentors, they will not complain, as it is painless to them. However, you should never do any mistake on a real person which may cause them to suffer in pain.
Take this opportunity to learn and remember all the lessons you learn and apply it in your future." The words from Prof Si Lay is a valuable message for me and something to bear in mind always.
Last but not least,
I would like to thank the organizing committee of Silent Mentor Program Unit of University Malaya for giving me this golden opportunity to join the workshop and allowed me to learn a lot. Sincerely, thank you.
Ooi Chen Khai (UCSI_1001539575)
Mixed feelings since day one I came, most probably was because of the THANK YOU from my mouth is far not reachable to the mentor’s unselfish sacrifices. I have been asking myself if I am able to do the same as my mentor.
I cannot guarantee my answer the same as the mentors did.
Why are they so great and selfless? Other than that, it took so much courage to make this decision! I can’t imagine how big and wide their heart is.
Throughout the workshops by the various department from cranio maxillofacial, limb deformity correction, endoscopic functional sinus and orthopedic sports. We, the students, witnessed every new wound appeared on our mentors’
body day by day, department to department. Every new wound on his body was actually to me as well, deeply made inside to the bottom of my heart, daily. Gratefully, we were given the opportunity to suture the wounds after departments have completed their workshops,
I hoped my sutures closed both you and mine.
Later on, we were taught to do the hands-on procedure on our mentors, I felt guilty and bad when I need to cut a niche from Mr. Hew (my mentor) for the sake of my knowledge.
Miraculously, a thought was instilled into my mind from Mr. Hew at that moment, he wanted me to be so focused and learnt the fullest from him. Right now, I wish to tell him, ‘The procedures, cuts, stitches you taught will always be in my heart and can
be performed confidently and safely to the future patients.’
Last but not least, I wish to thanks not only the mentors and all the Silent Mentor Program personnel, but also their family members, for being
courageous enough to be supportive by allowing mentors to get involved into Silent Mentor Program.
Nur Fatin Farzana Bt Azhar (CUCMS_1508-6396)
I am glad to be chosen as one of the participants
in this Silent Mentor Program because it taught me the valuable knowledge that I can’t even get from my clinical posting during my undergraduate studies. This is really great opportunities for us as medical student to get exposed to this type of clinical
teaching. It is not only about the procedure that have been taught during the workshop, it also taught us on how to make a great rapport towards family members as we dealing with their loved ones, so we have to be professional to tackle with the situation.
As for the Silent Mentor itself, we have to really appreciate what he/she had sacrifice to donate his/her body for us to gain knowledge. It is not easy to make a decision for all these. So when we have the one who willing to, we must really appreciate and
must handle the body with care as they are still alive. We have to respect them. I will remember of their kindness and whenever I go in my life, I will remember you as my teacher who genuinely help me to study some clinical procedure from you. Moreover, I
really appreciate the person who are handling this Silent Mentor Program because it is really great workshop I ever join, not only because of the knowledge we get but the person who handling this are really efficient in term of time and very discipline. Thank
you Silent Mentor for giving this opportunities to me.
Wong Hoi Yee (UM_MEM150113)
“Mum, mum, Hoi Yee is here”, said by the family members. I
turned my head and welcome all the family members with a warm smile and subsequently have a chat with them while they are waiting to enter the hall for the initiation ceremony.
After helping in settling down the audience
in the hall, I got a seat for myself and have a sip of water. My eyes were suddenly flooded with tear when I thought of the scene just now. I couldn’t explain why but it had deeply touched my heart when the family members are able to recognize me. To
be more accurate, this is only the second time they are meeting me after the home visit but they are able to call out my name as well as identify me out of so many medical students. And now, I think I know the reason why I was crying because I found it! I
guess it’s called a sense of belonging and I feel belong to the family.
This is not my first experience in joining Silent Mentor as I was the volunteer in one of the previous workshops. Nonetheless, Silent Mentor
had provided me with a whole new life-changing experience which I believe I will remember it for life. I couldn’t repay you anything but I promised to practice with my heart with all the values that you have taught me for the past one week.
Dear Mr Soak Chin @ Che Sook Chu, Mr Lam Khuan Kit, Mr Khoo Kung Leong, Mr Nga Kok Eng and Mr Hew Mew Lin, please once again accept my sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for your selfless contribution. May you Rest In Peace
in another part of the world.
Lok Yunwen (UM_MEM150051)
Sarah Choo Qian Rou 曹芊柔 (UM_MEM150090)
I remember joining
Silent Mentor Program during my first year as a volunteer. At that time, I was fascinated with all the procedures which the seniors did. I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to learn suturing at the time. This was just something new to a first year
medical student who only got to attend lectures during the studies. When I joined the 26th Silent Mentor Workshop as a participant, I was involved in the home visit, cleaning mentor’s body and the workshop. I really got to appreciate about
my mentor in terms of their family and personalities. I am really impressed by the selflessness of the Silent Mentor, willingly to donate their body for medical education. My tears dropped numerous times throughout this workshop and I think that it is the
act of selflessness of the Silent Mentors that deeply touched my heart. Though this was just a one week workshop, I have learnt more than just merely surgical procedure skill, but empathy and selflessness. Thank you Silent Mentors for teaching me to be a good
doctor, believing in me that I will be a good doctor.
无语的良师 无形的信任 无限的鼓励
Syed Mohd Ikhmal B Syed Mohd Zahir (UM_MEM150099)
Starting out this program, my expectations were that to gain
new knowledge and to try to help as much as I can throughout this program. Nevertheless, my expectations were met but was overwhelmed by other things that I gained throughout this hectic week. I’ve gained new friends that I could totally gel with and
I’ve developed a great relationship with my mentor. Starting out, my impression of my mentor was that he was another person that I meet and need to take care of for a week. Day by bay, my feelings of caring for my mentor grew stronger. I’ve developed
a strong relationship with my mentor without even talking to him. Every day I’ll make sure that he was clean. I would check his wounds and stitches if there were cleaned and sutured well. At the end, I would ensure that he was comfortable for every workshop.
I would have never thought of developing a great sense of love and care for a person that I knew briefly. During the sending off ceremony, my heart strings were tugged really hard, especially during the wrap up video. The feeling’s that I’ve felt
was indescribable. From that video, I knew that all my mentor’s wishes had come true and that he would move on to the afterlife happy. He was a source of inspiration for all of us. Be it his selfless nature or his sacrifice to help train medical personnel.
I am truly in debt to my mentor for all the teaching he has given me, and I’ll cherish the moments I had with him for all time. Thank you, Uncle Soak Chin.
Noor Suhailah Bt Mohd Zamari (UM_MEM150069)
I was first introduced to Silent Mentor in my first year. I immediately intrigued to join this program. However with very naive mindset, my only goal back then was to learn my basic surgical skills. I finally have the chance to join this program
in my final year. Little that I know my mindset and perception towards this program changed. This program started with home visit to get to know our Silent Mentor personally. During the visit, I noticed that the family members talked about our Silent Mentor
with joy and pride. Then I realized that our mentor was someone's husband , father and grandfather. He is not merely a body that we practice our procedures on. With this realization, I treat him with full respect throughout the program. This program
really taught me to be a better, kind and empathy doctor in the future. There is no power to express my gratitude to you. Thank you Silent Mentor for your selfless sacrifice.
Sinthu Suresh Naidu (PURCSI_13922732)
The Silent Mentor Ceremony was a very fascinating and moving experience for all of us.
Donating their bodies for our learning is a very selfless and noble thing to do. Because of the Mentor's
kindness and generosity, we have been able to appreciate the Human Anatomy in greater depth. We also look at our roles as doctors with more responsibility and have developed greater respect for our patients. We would sincerely like to offer our gratitude to
our Mentors from the bottom of our hearts, for providing us with this priceless experience.
We will never forget their contribution to our growth and will keep their memory with us for the rest of our lives.
Kwok Pei En (IMU_21907)
In a hectic work oriented medical culture, the essence of care and kindness seems to be lost amidst the insurmountable load of tasks to be done.
During our time in Silent Mentor Program, we were assigned to one mentor - one person to know; one person to care for. Beyond our workshops and medical learning, we had to care for the body of our mentor. One can argue that there seems to be no structured
educational objectives in tasks such as wiping and cleaning a body. But it is through these simple acts, that we are reminded of the respect due to the people we care for, even in death.
Learning in Silent Mentor wasn’t
stemmed simply from ‘aims’ or ‘objectives’. But above all else, it was an experience grounded in respect and the values of caring for another.
Our mentor thought of us even before he met us,
showing a love and sacrifice that went beyond time to embrace us all. If a message was conveyed, it was delivered loud and clear. With heartfelt gratitude and thanks, may it resound through our lifetimes and beyond.
Sing Ann (AIMST_M15091133)
This is my first exposure to Silent Mentor Program. Was it worth travelling 6 hours to get here and another 6 to get back? In anatomy classes, I have always treated specimens as their
respective parts. Muscles, arteries, bones. But this program has opened my eyes, changed my perspective. That these things are not to be taken for granted. We are here today because of the noble sacrifices of our mentors. Not just arteries, muscles or bones.
They are real people like you and I who selflessly gave their body for a greater purpose. A politician, a businessman, or a rubber tapper who went above and beyond to help us get deeper and further. I urge all who had received help from our Silent Mentors
to not waste their good will. To do more than just taking out the appendix. More than just giving antibiotics for that infection. But to be doctors with empathy and compassion. Not only to treat but also to heal. We clean and take care of our mentor every
day. And I watched as he went through the natural process after death, and it made me think about life. Death is the end of all but death doesn't define us. What we do and who we are during life defines us. Our dreams and our thoughts define us. We define
ourselves. The process is more important than the destination. Live life to the fullest. Stop worrying about what could go wrong, start getting excited about what could go right. I hereby represent my team to thank all the Silent Mentors especially Mr Soak
Chin for teaching us more than just medicine. And also their families who endured much grieve and pain to help us in this program. So was it worth it? I'm sure you know my answer. I hope you feel the same too. Thank you.