Coffining of Silent Mentor - 13.04.2019
Gladys Low Qiao Jyn (UM_MIA160025) - 16/08/2020
Siti Aishah Binti Hanif (UM_MIA160097) - 16/08/2020
The Silent Mentor Program is something I could never have foreseen myself to be a part of it. During the 30th Silent Mentor Workshop, I was given the golden
opportunity to be a participant of the workshop among many of my other colleagues, despite the limited opportunities and slots. Like many others, I joined this workshop in hopes of sharpening my clinical skills and obtain the experience of performing
procedures on human beings, too.
Little did I know, there was so much more to learn and reflect on from our Silent Mentors than what
meets the eye, which was unique to the Silent Mentor Program and could not have been learnt elsewhere. With this program, we got to backtrack and learn about the mentors' lives through stories and pictures from their family members. We were able to build a
deeper connection with our mentors despite them having left us for the next phase of their lives.
We cleansed and prepared our mentors
daily, which reminded me of when I had to care for my own bedridden grandparents and that only instilled a deep longing in me to be gentler and kinder to my mentor. Seeing our mentors being used and watching their bodies break down slowly each day broke
my heart and drove me to appreciate their sacrifice for us as students further and reminded me not to forsake this golden opportunity.
am grateful to have been gifted the opportunity to be a part of this workshop, and the lessons I have learnt throughout this one week are lessons that I will carry in me for a lifetime.
Huang See Yong (UM_MIA160029) - 16/08/2020
Ashvini A/P Sanjeevi (UM_MIA160009) -
Since my second year as a medical student in University of Malaya, I have been volunteering in the Silent Mentor Program. I always thought I already knew and had an idea
of how touching the program was. I also thought that through the program, a few of my colleagues and I would have a Silent Mentor who we would take care throughout the one week of the Silent Mentor workshop and we would also be given the chance to do medical
procedures on our Silent Mentor and learn from them.
However, after becoming a participant in the 30th Silent Mentor Workshop, I realized how wrong I was to think so simply about
it. When I compare my experience as a volunteer and as a participant, there are not enough words to describe how much of a touching experience it was. From the moment we had our family visit, I realized that my Silent Mentor was more than just someone who
passed away and donated her body for the program, she was someone who had lived a long life and had left an impact on many people. The words that she left for us medical students were incredibly touching and made me remember again why I chose to pursue this
Throughout this one week workshop, I was given the chance to learn many medical procedures and have a hands on experience which is something that I could not have
had if my Silent Mentor, Madam Tan Lan Chern had not been so kind and selfless even after her death. Even more than that, I also learnt to be more caring when taking care of patients in the future as I took care of my Silent Mentor together with my colleagues.
Cleaning her every morning and every night made me respect her decision even more. I am also incredibly grateful towards her family members who supported her decision as it most definitely was not an easy decision to make.
On the last day of the workshop, during the sending off ceremony, there were so many times when I teared up and came close to crying as I watched all the touching tributes of every team towards their respective Silent
Mentors. I will always be thankful that I was given the chance to join this workshop as it was an experience that I will never forget and Madam Tan Lan Chern’s kindness will always be engraved in my heart. I also admire and am grateful to all the volunteers
who made this workshop happen and run smoothly.