I'm very grateful to have been selected as a participant in the 35th Silent Mentor Workshop, which took place from September 19th to 24th, 2023. Over the course of this one-week workshop, my learning extended far beyond the realms of medical knowledge, encompassing the invaluable lessons of what it truly means to be a good doctor – lessons that no textbook or lecture could ever impart.The Silent Mentors themselves embody the epitome of selflessness and nobility, serving as an inspiration to us all. I extend my deepest gratitude to the families of these Silent Mentors for their unwavering support.
I am also immensely thankful to the dedicated lecturers who devoted their time and expertise, even after long hours at the hospital, to guide us throughout the workshop. Their commitment to our growth and learning is truly commendable.This week has been a profoundly memorable experience as I prepare to enter my fifth year of medical school. I am now more determined than ever to strive towards becoming a doctor who not only possesses medical knowledge but also upholds the highest moral and ethical standards, and who carries the weight of responsibility with grace and compassion.
Hong Wei Ren (UM_MIA190524)
I recently had the privilege of participating in a Silent Mentor workshop, which is a cadaver workshop for medical students. This program provided me with the opportunity to learn new procedures and anatomy, while also teaching me the importance of empathy and compassion.
As a medical student, it is essential that I learn how to perform various procedures, such as chest tube insertion, central venous line insertion, suturing, and intubation. The Silent Mentor Program gave me the opportunity to practice these procedures in a safe and controlled environment. I was able to learn from experienced lecturer and get hands-on experience with our Silent Mentors.
In addition to learning new procedures, the Silent Mentor Program also taught me about the importance of empathy and compassion. The body that we used in the workshop were donated by people who wanted to make a difference in the education of future doctors. I was humbled by their generosity and felt a deep sense of responsibility to learn everything I could from them.
During the program, we also had the opportunity to meet with the families of Silent Mentors. This was a very moving experience, and it helped me to understand the human side of medicine. I learned that patients are not just diseases or conditions; they are people with families and loved ones. This experience has made me even more committed to providing my patients with compassionate and empathetic care.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the Silent Mentor Program. It was a valuable learning experience that has helped me to become a better medical student. I am confident that the skills and knowledge I gained from this program will help me to provide my patients with the best possible care.
Jeremy Yeak Wei Jei (UM_MIA190509)
Through the gifts of these mentors, I gain invaluable hands-on experience, deepening their understanding of human anatomy and the intricacies of disease. Beyond the classroom, the program fosters a profound sense of reverence for life and an unwavering commitment to patient-centered care.
The Silent Mentor Program exemplifies the enduring impact of altruism, demonstrating how the legacy of one's body can transform the practice of medicine, ultimately benefiting countless patients. It reminds me that in the quiet embrace of selflessness, lives continue to be saved and enriched.
Joshua Jeyaraj Jeremiah (UM_MIA190515)
I have just entered my 5th year in UM Medicine. I recently had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Silent Mentor Workshop, which has profoundly impacted my journey as a medical student. This experience was nothing short of transformative, offering invaluable insights and skills that I believe will shape my career in medicine.
Engaging in the program allowed me to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Many workshops have been prepared for us participants, namely: chest tube insertion, suturing, intubation and much more. Through those workshops, I was able to study human anatomy in an unparalleled depth, gaining a three-dimensional understanding of the human body that no textbook or lecture could provide. It was astonishing to witness the intricate complexities and variations of the human anatomy firsthand.
Moreover, this program has fostered a deep sense of respect and humility within me. Working with cadavers who are known as the ‘Silent Mentors’, I was reminded of the incredible gift of life and the profound responsibility we have as future healthcare providers. It instilled in me a sense of reverence for those who have donated their bodies for the advancement of medical education, and I am committed to honouring their legacy through compassionate patient care. I have noticed that not only have we, UM Medical Students benefitted, but also many batches of Master’s students and also students from Monash University.
In conclusion, my participation in the Silent Mentor Program has been a pivotal moment in my medical education. It has deepened my anatomical knowledge, nurtured a sense of respect for the human body and the donors who enable our learning. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to applying the lessons and insights gained from this experience throughout my medical career.
Kavita A/P Thamil Chelevan (UM_MIA190135)
I distinctly remember that the reason I put Universiti Malaya as my first choice while applying for universities was for the Silent Mentor Program offered. Four years later, I found myself volunteering for the event and watched as my seniors learned from their mentors. I instantly knew that I was interested in joining as a participant myself. The experience was far greater than I expected. It taught me things I'd otherwise take years to learn and allowed me to gain the experience I wanted in a safe space. The program helped me explore my interests and hone my skills. It taught me to be disciplined, compassionate, and respectful. In every diagnosis and every care I provide in the future, my mentor's memory will live on in my heart. It is an experience I encourage everyone to participate in, and I wish the next batch to come all the best!
Lim Yue (UM_MIA190060)
I'm super grateful for the amazing experience I've had during the 35th Silent Mentor Workshop. Beyond the invaluable medical knowledge and skills I've acquired, this journey has taught me how impactful one's kind decision can be. My mentor's selfless act had allowed countless individuals like me to benefit from this experience, I will make sure that her legacy lives on through me.
Her inspiring story has ignited a deep motivation within me to continually strive for self-improvement and become a better doctor and person. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the organizing committee, lecturers, and volunteers. Without their dedication to medical education and nurturing the future generation of doctors, this workshop wouldn't have been possible. I feel truly blessed to have been a part of this transformative experience. Once again, thank you.
Akmal Mukhlis Bin Abdul Sahak (UM_MIA190009)
Entering the Silent Mentor Program, there was a sudden shift in my perspective towards life. Prior to this, I have never thought of death as a way to give back to the others. I have never had the realization on how much strength one should have when they decide that they would become Silent Mentors or donate their body to the advancement of science. This all changed when I got to be under the tutelage of Madam Chia, my Silent Mentor who was the epitome of selflessness. Even though I knew her in death, she felt like a mother to me. Without a word spoken, she taught me surgical knowledge more than I ever could have learned from textbooks. Before her unfortunate passing, she asked us to pledge and become a doctor of good conscience, high morality, and responsibility in life. I made a promise to myself that I would not dishonor her and vowed to fulfil her hopes and wishes. Throughout the event, it was fascinating to learn regarding other practices and religion. Without caring about race, we see the Malaysian spirit came together. A spirit that was cultivated through good nurture and years of living harmoniously and peacefully with one and other. I truly appreciate this in a sense that, despite all our differences, deep down, we are still human. To end my reflection, I would like to thank Madam Chia again for all that she has done. In my career, I would carry a bit of her in every suture that I tied, in every knot that I shall do, and in every incision I would carve. She would be there, in spirit. Thank you, Madam Chia. May you rest in peace.
Nur Syamina Binti Nor Sazmi (UM_MIA190083)
My week in the Silent Mentor Program was truly enlightening. I gained valuable clinical skills, from mastering various suturing techniques and intubation to confidently inserting a chest tube. Getting the chance to explore the intricacies of abdominal anatomy deepened my understanding of the human body and motivate me to read up more.
Yet, what struck me most was the lesson in empathy. Interacting with family members during these experiences taught me the importance of compassionate communication in healthcare. I’m immensely grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow.
Desmond Lim Kee Juan (UM_MIA190030)
Throughout the event of Silent Mentor Program from the 19th to 24th of September 2023, I am blessed with the opportunity to be a part of these amazing turns of events under team 3 with my teammates. We have learned a lot from our Silent Mentor, Madam Ruth and other opportunities with two other Silent Mentors. I am grateful that I have been able to learn and practise compassionate care for my Silent Mentor as well as medical procedures with serve to improve myself for the near future facing other patients. In a nutshell, this was an amazing journey for the week and I would definitely recommend this event to my friends and colleagues because the experience, purpose and the gains I got was absolutely beneficial and invaluable.
Anis Khairina Binti Zulkifly (UM_MIA190014)
This Silent Mentor Program is truly a valuable experience for me which I will cherish and be forever grateful for. Throughout the whole process, I was able to learn and do all the procedures that I have never done on a real-life patient. It was an opportunity which I will never forget and thanks to our Silent Mentors for giving me that chance. Even after their passing, they are still able to benefit other people for the advancement of medicine. To our Silent Mentors, thank you for guiding us, inspiring us and helping us to be better doctors.
Tiew Win Hong (UM_MIA190516)
The UM Silent Mentor Program had been a beneficial experience for me and so much more than what I had expected. Not only did I learn valuable knowledge from my Silent Mentors and trainers, I also learned to care for and respect my Silent Mentors through the simple ritual of cleansing them every morning and evening.
They had so selflessly submitted their flesh and bone to our cuts and stitches so that we may gain knowledge for our future practice as a medical doctor. For this alone, I am forever grateful. I am also grateful to the family members who had fulfilled our mentors' wish and allowed us to learn from them. What I have taken away from this program is that there is so much more to medicine than just knowledge. There is also a human aspect to medicine, a kind of empathy, mutual respect and selflessness that my Silent Mentors have taught me and that I will strive to show my future patients too.
Lastly, a huge thanks to all our trainers and coordinators for sacrificing their nights for us, coming from as far as Taiping to teach us, while at the same time also juggling their own clinical work. I hope that I have honoured their time and effort by absorbing what they have taught me and utilising it in the future.
Chandrakumar A/L Baskaran (UM_MIA190021)
The Silent Mentor Program has been an experience that I am grateful for to have been able to partake in. Thank you to the professors and doctors who took time from their busy schedules to teach us the procedures that we will encounter in the future. Besides, being able to learn anatomy and visualise the anatomy in real time, an opportunity normally missed in the busy operating theatres.
Thank you to the Silent Mentors as well. Overall, the program has been carried out with utmost professionalism and respect to the Silent Mentors and even the medical students.
The program is definitely worth it, a highlight of the weeks leading up to the beginning of my final year as a medical student.
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me so much over the span of 1 week. I can safely say that I have grown not only in terms of my medical knowledge but also my emotions and character. This program has taught me that one can still benefit others even when they have passed and all it takes is a good heart and a noble sacrifice. As much as it was to donate their body for the benefit of us students, I understand that it must not have been easy for our Silent Mentor’s family and we are truly grateful for their willingness to participate in our program.
Apart from that, not forgetting the great amount of medical knowledge that I have gained from this workshop. The fact that I had the opportunity to get a hands-on experience is truly invaluable. This training is something that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.
Reshgi Vaishali A/P Lactmanan @ Rajan (UM_MIA180105)
To be part of the 35th Silent Mentor Workshop was truly an honour and unforgettable experience for me. It’s so impactful how just a few days can change your life, confidence and experience as a medical student and a future medical practitioner. I am so grateful to have been able to learn so much about the mentors and their families. It is definitely not easy for family members to process their grief, but the respect and comfort given through the program is something I will always cherish. I am exceptionally thankful to the mentors who have taken this noble vow for medical education. I truly made sure to learn as much as I could from the sessions and am forever grateful of their sacrifices.
From the start of the program where we learned about the life journey of our Silent Mentor Mdm Ong from her beloved family members, to attending workshops and learning from our Silent Mentor, and finally to the gratitude ceremony, the entire experience has been extremely rewarding and memorable. Words can never express enough how grateful I am for the selfless contribution and dedication of our Silent Mentor as well as her beloved family members.
Madam Ong Lay Lay’s choice to dedicate her body for the benefit of medical training was a noble decision. I hope she could see from up there how impactful her contribution is, not just in training us to be better doctors but also shaping us to be doctors with compassion and empathy. Being almost my mother’s age, she reminded me that every patient is a daughter, a mother or even a sister and to always offer them with the same level of care I would do for my own mother. I am also deeply grateful to know that there are people like her who support me in this journey by dedicating their bodies for my learning and I owe it to Madam Ong Lay Lay to do my best and be a good doctor one day.
Ahmad Afif Bin Badrol Hisham (UM_MIA190006)
Participating in the Silent Mentor Program, where Madam Ong Lay Lay generously donated her body for medical education and research, was an incredibly humbling experience. Witnessing the selflessness of Madam Ong and her family in contributing to medical learning left a profound impact on me. It emphasized the invaluable role of donors and their families in advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care. Through this program, I gained a deeper understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and the intricacies of medical procedures. It allowed me to appreciate the immense responsibility and respect that came with working in the medical field. I am immensely grateful to Madam Ong and her family for this opportunity, which has further fueled my determination to pursue a career in medicine with a profound sense of empathy, reverence, and dedication to the well-being of others.
The Silent Mentor Program has taught me to be grateful, not just to the donors, but also to the doctors who taught us, and the volunteers who sacrificed their time to ensure that the program ran smoothly. The importance of each role in this program gave me an insight to my future as a doctor, where teamwork, communication and understanding one another is required. Besides, I have learned to be more empathetic. Madam Ong Lay Lay's life story touched me deeply, as to how she would always find ways to help those around her, even in her passing. The reminders from Madam Ong Lay Lay's friends and family will surely stay with me always. "Be a good doctor in the future".
Nur Diana Binti Suhairi (UM_MIA190081)
This program is a valuable experience for me as a medical student and I will remember the knowledge and values gained throughout this experience. I have great admiration for Madam Ong Lay Lay, our Silent Mentor for her selfless act. She is truly our noble teacher. I have learned a lot through this program in which I would not be able to if not for Madam Ong Lay Lay’s generosity. I realize how important it is to be a good and safe doctor, as many patients are depending on us for the goodness of their health. I was touched when Madam Ong’s friend was inspired by her selfless act and wanted to follow in her footsteps by joining this program as well. I realize how Madam Ong has been the biggest inspiration to many of us even after her passing. If I was in her shoes, I am not sure if I can do the same thing. Thank you to Madam Ong Lay Lay and her family for granting us this opportunity to learn.
Priyanka A/P Sekaran (UM_MIA190094)
Prior to the workshop, I had an immense fear of the emotional impact this Silent Mentor will have on me in regard to working with a cadaver. However, I am glad that I was proven wrong. Madam Ong Lay Lay alongside the other 2 mentors actually provided me with comfort throughout the entire process. I was once again reminded that the hands, attitude and demeanor of a doctor is one of the most powerful things in the life of a sick patient. Even without words, a living heartbeat, or the ability to breathe, these mentors have been one of the greatest teachers I have ever encountered. This cadaveric workshop is an intense, emotional, and intellectually enriching experience like no other. It instills a deep respect for donors, offers invaluable educational opportunities, and shapes participants in profound ways. It's an experience that can stay with you throughout your professional journey, serving as a reminder of the human side of medicine and healthcare. I would like to once again thank all the Silent Mentors and their families for providing me with such an invaluable experience.
I am beyond grateful for the chance and opportunity given for me to participate in this silent mentor program. It was once in a lifetime experience for me. Even though it has been a very busy week, i learnt a lot during the workshop.I was able to practice my suturing skills and also building up my confidence in doing all these invasive procedures. From beginning to the end of this program I felt very emotional and was overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift our mentors gave in order to help us learn. I think it is very noble of those mentors who contribute to the society even after the end of their life. I am forever thankful for them and i hope to become a caring loving yet a safe doctor in the future.
Rabiatul Adawiyah Binti Rashdi (UM_MIA180102)
Words are never enough to express how grateful, and how thankful I am to be given the opportunity to participate in the 34th Silent Mentor. It was such a humbling yet an amazing experience for me, seeing how selfless the silent mentors are, whom still contributes even after the end of their life.
I also wanted to highlight that this program is nothing like I have ever experienced- learning from medical textbooks and lectures, practicing on mannequins are really nothing compared to the feeling and the experience gained while performing skills or learning from the silent mentors.
This program helped to boost my self-esteem and confidence in performing medical/surgical skills and it made me feels prepared and adequate as a final year medical student going into housemanship soon.
To the Silent Mentors, thank you for willing to dedicating your body for the betterment of medicine, and for helping me to grow to become an aspiring doctor.
Elisya Munirah Binti Eme Arizal (UM_MIA180028)
My experience taking part in Silent Mentor programme was a valuable one and I will be forever grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of it. My time in Silent Mentor has been a valuable and humbling experience. Each day starts and ends with us caring for our mentor, ensuring that the faith entrusted by the mentors and their families to us are met with the utmost respect and care. And in between that, we had the opportunity to practise and learn skills that we otherwise would not have been able to do. Our mentors graciously allowed us to learn from them, giving us the opportunity to correct our errors and train to become skilled future doctors. I hope to one day become a competent doctor and indirectly return the favour that our mentors gave by providing the best possible care to all patients. Medical school taught me the science and skills to save a life, but as a doctor, such knowledge is just one part of the puzzle. In treating a patient, we must approach them with empathy, respect, and compassion. This silent mentor programme has helped me learn how to bridge the gap between the science of treating a disease and the skills of treating a soul. Therefore, we are forever grateful for the sacrifices of our silent mentors.
This Silent Mentor programme has truly been a once in a lifetime event for me. When I first got accepted into the program, I was delighted as there were limited spots available. I had great expectations on how this program would enlighten me on the basic clinical skills and procedures. However, it has blown away my expectations out of the park. It was a completely unique and holistic approach from start to finish involving the lives of Silent Mentors, taking good care of them each morning, having close relationships with family members, a gratitude ceremony and the final farewell ceremony. It was all fantastically structured in a way that we students truly understand and appreciate the Silent Mentors and their noble contributions to the medical field. This program has not only allowed me to be more comfortable in doing procedures but has also allowed me to become a better caring, and compassionate doctor by treating the patients as human beings rather than the disease alone. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and will never forget the noble sacrifices made by our mentors in this 34th edition of Silent Mentor programme.
Vra Sashti Tharanni Ravindran (UM_MIA180128)
Silent mentor programme to me is a life changing experience that I'll forever cherish. I learnt not only medical knowledge but also learnt the importance of caring for our mentor and thanking them for their noble sacrifices. Being a part of the gratitude ceremony and the cremation ceremony felt like a proper farewell bid to our mentors. I am also very grateful for the doctors who were very patient and kind in teaching us the procedures although some had to be repeated many times for us to finally correctly perform the procedures. I cannot thank our silent mentors, their families and the doctors enough for allowing us to be a part of this heart touching, humbling experience. I hope that I can pay them back by becoming a great doctor and fulfilling their final wishes which I promise to do so. Thank you once again. Words cannot thank you all enough.
Ahmad Ikhwan Mohd Azali (UM_MIA180003)
This programme was the most valuable experience I have experienced so far throughout my medical school. Definitely an eye-opening and life-changing experience. It changes my perception towards death. This one-week programme really emphasise that we need to see and perceive a patient as one whole human being, with their own personal stories, baggages, personalities and family members. My gratefulness towards late Madam Tan Bee Eng and her family members is beyond description. I can only imagine the emotional roller coaster that the family need to go through from the beginning until the end of this programme. I would also like to thank everyone that has made this programme a successful and a well-structured one.
I sincerely appreciated for having the opportunity to participate in the 34th silent mentor workshop. The experience was deeply reflective and left a profound impact on me. Silent mentorship is a unique program in which the body of a deceased person who donated their body to science is used for medical education and training. The program is an important way to honor the donors’ lives and their contribution to medical education.
Initially, I was nervous about the experience. I had never been in close proximity to a human cadaver before, let alone one that had been donated for medical education. However, the workshop facilitators provided a safe and respectful environment that allowed us to approach the experience with reverence and dignity.
As the participants of the workshop, we involved ourselves throughout the program by first visiting the silent mentor’s family members to know more about them. We learned about their lives and their reasons for donating their bodies to science. It was a humbling experience to realize that we were about to embark on a journey of learning from individuals who had given their bodies to us in the hope that we could use their gift to improve patient care.
The hands-on experience of working with the silent mentors was both challenging and rewarding. We were guided through a series of exercises that allowed us to observe and learn from the silent mentors in front of us. We were encouraged to explore, touch, and feel the structures of the human body, and to appreciate the intricacies of the human anatomy. We could have the opportunity to perform some procedures on the patient such as ETT intubation which was very fruitful to me.
As I reflect on this experience, I am struck by the importance of empathy in medicine. It is easy to become lost in the technical aspects of medical care and to forget the human beings behind the diagnoses and procedures. As my silent mentor left a video for us, mentioning the sickening attitude of the medical professionals towards the patients was really hurting and disappointing and he hoped that we would be a caring doctor rather than a smart doctor. Working with the silent mentors reminded me that each person we encounter as healthcare providers has a unique story and a rich history that shapes their health outcomes. It is our responsibility to honour and respect these stories and to use our skills and knowledge to improve patient care.
In conclusion, the silent mentor workshop was a profound and humbling experience. It provided me with a unique opportunity to learn from individuals who had given their bodies to science and to reflect on my own values as a future healthcare provider. I am grateful for this experience and I will carry the lessons I learned forward into my medical practice.
Ngio Hua Yi (UM_MIA180073)
Cleansing of the Silent Mentors was one of the tasks we did almost every morning during the Silent Mentor Programme, biologically it was no easy task to disrupt my circadian cycle waking up when the sun is yet to be in the sky and follow through with other responsibilities throughout the day until midnight. Thus, this felt as a responsibility to be completed rather than a spiritually fulfilling mission, scrubbing in with gloves and scrubs, carefully cleansing our mentor, and preventing disease transmission. The cadaver felt like a specimen to me. It was only till the initiation where the missing piece was found, the stimulus through my eyes and ears created a domino of biochemical reactions in my brain and everything started to make sense. As we revealed the silent mentor’s face (mentor was well-groomed by us mentees) to the mentor’s family members, instinctively the family members burst into tears, rushed to the mentor and caressed the mentor without gloves, PPE or whatever protective measures we students use to protect our own safety. That’s the moment of enlightenment where our cadaver comes to life in my mind’s eye. Our mentor too is someone’s husband who shares a bed every night and brings bread to someone’s table. He too was someone’s father who taught offsprings the way to negotiate through the twists and turns of life. He too might be the only one in the family who knows how to fuel a car at the petrol station. It is the people around us who gave us meaning in life during this ephemeral lifetime, and we can only continue to live on within them as our genes continue to be passed down and mutated one generation at a time. Though I signed up to be scientifically enlightened (which of course I did with the help of passionate mentors and trainers whom I deeply appreciate), I was enlightened more on the value of life and how time is the only currency that really matters.
Logaraj A/L S. Muthu Kumar (UM_MIA180050)
The silent mentor program was a life changing experience for me as it helps me develop the humane aspect of me as a medical student, which no book can ever teach. This experience was larger than life because it showed that even after your last breath, you’re still providing service by donating your body for the purpose of learning for us in the field of medicine. This noble act is the reason why many of us were able to harness our skills and have early exposure on skills which are necessary for us as future doctors. These mentors were once people who lived lives like ours, and now they’re no more, yet, they’ve turned into our silent mentors, providing us with the greatest knowledge and experience no book can ever give. Hence, this wholesome experience had taught me that the human body is only temporary yet, their emotions and services will last a lifetime to those involved. With that, I’m very much thankful to everyone involved in the silent mentor program, especially the mentors for making this experience a life changing one for all of us so that we’ll be more compassionate and loving doctors in the future.
Dhivyah Ilengoven (UM_MIA180024)
Taking part in silent mentor program was without a doubt a life changing experience. It taught so much. Medically I was exposed to hands on teaching like never before, being able to appreciate real anatomy and being able to do procedures has made me more confident in my medical knowledge. However, my biggest lesson was beyond just medical knowledge. Knowing my mentor, and his family, and his timeless selflessness has changed my view of life. I wish to be as selfless as him. I will be forever grateful to all the mentors and their families. This was a very well-organized program, thank you to Mr Sia and the silent mentor team as well. I hope to be able to contribute to the program in the future.
Ammar Hariz Bin Ahmad Razmy (UM_MIA180007)
The Silent Mentor Programme was a short but impactful workshop which has opened my eyes to the humbleness and willingness of our mentors to donate their bodies in the name of science. I am utmost grateful to my mentor, Mr Chan, for allowing me to take care of him for a period of time, and being the last few people to be with him before his body physically leaves this world. I will cherish this experience to the highest and will apply all knowledge obtained for my career in the future. I am grateful to Mr Chan's family members, my group mates, coordinators, and each personnel involved in making this workshop a success.
Nazlin Adlina binti Mohd Mahyudin (UM_MIA180071)
The silent mentor programme was an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. No amount of money could replace what was learned. It was humbling and enriching. While it was exciting to sharpen new surgical skills and reinforce old ones, I was more grateful to be able to learn what it is like to be a compassionate and benevolent doctor; something that you cannot get out of reading medical textbooks.
When I heard about this program 5 years ago when I was a First Year, I was so intrigued by it. It sounded like and looked like a really nice program for us medical student to have the opportunity to learn hands on about all the procedures to be performed by doctors later when we become one. After going through medical school, I always heard about junior doctors being incompetent on doing some of the procedures, not because they are not smart, but they did not have the opportunity to learn the procedures beforehand. So, by having the silent mentor program, I was able to learn the procedures first hand and be a more competent Doctor in the future.
But that is not all that I have learnt during this program. I learn the humanity side of life, of what it actually means to be a doctor and a human being. I learn the true meaning of being selfless, where all my mentors have taken the ultimate sacrifice so that us medical student a.k.a future doctors can learn better hence be able to treat our future patients better. Why is this such true selflessness? Because the silent mentors made the sacrifice to teach us not for us to be able to treat them better but be able to treat everyone else who they don’t even know better. Lastly, from all the stories I’ve learned from the mentors, I have learned to be a compassionate Doctor, and be mindful of everyone’s feelings as we, the Doctors play a big role, not just treating patients by giving medicines but also by providing comfort to the patients and their family members.
Megat Hilman B Megat Osman (UM_MIA180054)
The program allowed me to connect to our mentor in ways closer than I have ever had with the patients I’ve met. Throughout the program, I felt more and more connected to Madam Wong, and I am utterly grateful for her contribution. This experience cannot be obtained elsewhere, and we have her to thank in helping us become more capable doctors for our country.
Muhamad Mirza Azri B Dzulzalni (UM_MIA180058)
I have had the honour of participating in the Silent Mentor Programme conducted at the University of Malaya. This program is not just a surgical workshop but a workshop that teaches students the meaning of volunteerism. Our teachers have graciously donated their bodies for us to learn from so that we may one day become competent doctors. Throughout this process, I was able to learn about the story of my mentor Madam Wong Yoke Keng who was an inspirational person in life and even in death continues to give back to others. Her time one this Earth may have been short, but she has left her mark in the hearts of all those who have had the pleasure of knowing her. Our patients are not just bed numbers, diagnosis, interesting cases or jobs to Passover, our patients are people with beautiful lives and meaningful stories, and that is the most important lesson I take away from this workshop. Sincerely, thank you Madam Wong.
Am also grateful to my group members who have been so amazing despite us having to wake up early for so many consecutive days on top of having our typical posting schedules. Thank you, friends!
Naarenthiran M Vellupillai (UM_MIA180067)
The silent mentor program is probably one-of-a-kind experience in University of Malaya. Not only it serves as a basic platform to medical students to train surgical procedures, but it also encourages students to be compassionate and treat their patients as fellow human beings.
My mentor in particular was a kind, generous and wise woman. She was both aware about poverty and the climate crisis. She has been a big advocate for the Tzu Chi community and has worked as a finance officer there under the sponsorship bureau. She was an active recycler and cared a lot for the environment too.
Via this program, I learnt that every human being is significant and carries a huge part in the community. We may not be blood related well at least not from the known generations but the impact that we bring about to each other is significant, whether being a sanitary worker or being the prime minister.
The Silent Mentor Program has shaped the way I view life and death.
Death is not to be feared as it is closely intertwined with life. During life, my silent mentor made the bravest decision to pledge her body after death; it taught me that even after death, you can contribute to a greater good and leave an impact on people, even those you've never met.
The gesture touched my heart because their kindness and love were boundless and pure. The entire experience was eye-opening and had reminded me of my passion in medicine to serve, to help, to heal with love, respect and empathy.
Thank you to the silent mentors, their families, volunteers, lecturers, staff and colleagues for this wonderful program; it would not have happened without each and everyone of you.
I am pretty sure that almost all medical students in UM would know about Silent Mentor Program after starting medical school here for some time, but the full experience of participating in this workshop was so much different than what I imagined. Weeks prior to the workshop, we were already divided into our respective groups for the purpose of conducting home visits to the families of our respective mentors. Some of these families had only just recovered from the recent passing of their loved ones but were still happy to give us a warm welcome upon arrival. That friendliness and open attitude throughout the sharing session regarding the mentor’s life story was one of the more humbling moments of this program for me. It gave me a new perspective towards the practice of medicine, reminding me that every patient is part of a bigger social structure and therefore should be treated with care and accountability. I would like to give thanks to the workshop organizers, coordinators, lecturers, volunteers, participants and of course, to our mentors and families for making this program a success and priceless learning experience for us.
Completing the Silent Mentor Program was an incredibly humbling and eye-opening experience for me. I had the opportunity to learn from the selfless gift of individuals who had donated their bodies to medical education and research, and it was a privilege to be a part of this remarkable program.
One of the most important lessons I learned during this program was the importance of compassion and empathy in medicine. It was easy to get caught up in the technical details of anatomy and physiology, but at the core of the Silent Mentor Program was a deep respect and appreciation for the individuals who had donated their bodies to help us learn.
I was struck by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the silent mentors and their families, who had made the difficult decision to donate their remains for the benefit of others. It made me realize the importance of treating each patient with compassion and respect, and to always remember that there is a human being behind every medical case.
Another important lesson I learned was the value of teamwork and collaboration in medicine. Throughout the program, I had the opportunity to work with other medical professionals and students from my batchmates. We shared our knowledge and experiences and worked together to develop a deeper understanding of the human body and its functions. Besides, we also get to learn different medical procedures such as intubation, suturing, chest tube insertion, urinary catheter insertion, administration of drug in chemo port, tibial plating and Pfannenstiel incision.
Finally, completing the Silent Mentor Program reinforced my commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. The program showed me that there is always more to learn, and that even the most experienced medical professionals can benefit from continuing education and training.
In conclusion, completing the Silent Mentor Program was a truly transformative experience for me. It helped me develop a deeper understanding of the human body and its functions, and reinforced the importance of compassion, empathy, teamwork, and lifelong learning in medicine. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from the silent mentors and their families, and I will carry their lessons and legacies with me throughout my career.
Loh Hui Jee 罗慧琪 (UM_MIA170057)
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity given by the Silent Mentor Program. This is truly a unique and valuable initiative that provides medical students the opportunity to learn from the bodies of mentors who have selflessly donated their bodies to medical education. This program has taught and trained us skills that we have learnt theoretically only and would not be able to practice physically during medical school. After the program, I realized there was a vast difference between theoretical imagination and real-life hands-on experience. I had a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology taught in lectures previously and thus improve my diagnostic ability and clinical skills. The lecturers that taught us the anatomy and procedural skills were very knowledgeable, kind and patient and I would like to thank them for willing to volunteer in this program. This program has also made a huge impact and made me reaffirm the importance of treating our silent mentors with dignity and respect, ensuring that they are handled with care and sensitivity. This experience has fostered a greater appreciation of the human body and the importance of treating patients with empathy and respect.
Roovam A/P Balasubramaniam (UM_MIA180107)
I am honored that I was able to participate in the 34th Silent Mentor Program which was an experience of a lifetime to me. This program taught me things my medical textbook did not such as the compassion, kindness, selflessness and sacrifice. All this while, we could only read or watch YouTube videos on how certain procedures are done which is nothing compared to actually performing them. The two main station that caught my attention the most was intubation and chest tube insertion as these procedures are so complex and vital to be done correctly and as quick as possible to save a patient’s life. Without this program and our selfless silent mentors, I would be performing these living saving procedures for the first time on a real patient not knowing if what I am doing is right or wrong. The thought of that is very scary! The doctors that conducted the workshop were very well equipped with the knowledge and was able to guide us step by step. This workshop also motivated me to work on my procedures skills so that I will be a better doctor in the future. Besides that, I really like how every morning we had to clean and prepare our silent mentors. Doing this every day, makes me feel very close to my mentor. Even though I did not know her very well, sending her off on her final journey was very difficult. I am very thankful for this opportunity and very grateful to my silent mentors. I will always remember and carry with me what I’ve learnt from this program both knowledge and spiritually for the rest of my life.
Iman Bamadhaj Binti Omar (UM_MIA180032)
No experience in my (almost) 5 years of degree has ever come close to what I have experienced in the past week. I was given the opportunity to perform procedures first-hand and I know, nothing beats learning than seeing them outside of textbooks and performing them; as experience is something you can’t simply forget. This was my first time ever joining a program like this and it has been a humbling experience to say the least; that one minute of silent prayer that we do every time before we get to cleaning our mentors served as a reminder that our mentors were someone’s mother, someone’s brother, someone’s daughter.
To be able to contribute and entrust their bodies in our care even after their deaths is not something everyone can do. And for that, we express our utmost gratitude to all of our Silent Mentors and their family and friends. Just know that there was so much more that we’ve learned throughout this workshop than just acquiring surgical skills. Through our Silent Mentors, I’ve learned respect, compassion, empathy, and love. Through them, I’ve learned to see patients beyond their diseases, to see them as an individual who has a life outside of the consultation rooms and not just another case from a textbook. They may be silent but their silence spoke the loudest.
I dare to make a promise; to promise that I will try my very best to apply the values that I’ve gained from this experience to become good doctors and I will make my Silent Mentor proud.
Siti Sholihah Binti Azmi (UM_MIA180116)
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to join this Silent Mentor Program. At first, due to the intense competition with others to participate in this program, I decided to leave it to fate whether I get to join this program. At that moment, I did not feel any regret if I were not able to join this program, however, now I feel very lucky and very grateful that I was able to join it in my final year. Silent Mentor really opened my eyes in so many ways that no textbook can ever do. Clinical skills were taught by the doctors do helps me implementing what I learn from my textbook, but important qualities like empathy and passion are priceless lessons gained for my journey as future medical practitioner. Thank you again for introducing me to this program. Last but not least, thank you to our Silent Mentor Madam Chan who sacrificed a lot to teach us medical students even if we never met face to face previously.
Myasara Binti Mohd Riza (UM_MIA180066)
It was definitely an experience I cannot forget. Apart from learning to do procedures on the mentors, I learnt the importance of respect. From handling the mentors as we received them at the Silent Mentor Centre to participating in the confining ceremony, we were taught to handle our mentors with utmost care. These lessons are very valuable as we learned it through experience we gained from this program. Our mentors are no strangers as they have become a part of our lives. Bits and pieces of their lives will forever embed in our memories until the end of time. They have left a massive impact in our lives as well as the medical field. Thank you, mentors!