Honouring the person behind the cadaver

Medical students from three institutions pay tribute to their first patients and probably their best teachers at the launch of the Academy of Silent Mentor, Cheras
Students from Taylor’s University School of Medicine, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and INTI International University and top representatives from the three institutions were present at the launch of the Academy for Silent Mentor (AFSM) – a training centre for the advancement in medical education, research and training in Cheras, recently. Its appreciation and initiation ceremony was led by the Founder of Silent Mentor Programme in Malaysia, Professor Dr. Chin Kin Fah.
The first in the world, ASFM, a non-profit and independent learning institute was launched to provide a holistic educational experience for medical students to become proficient and compassionate healthcare professionals. The launch was graced by Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, Chancellor, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Dharma Master Cheng Yen of Tzu-Chi University of Taiwan and Dato’ Loy Teik Ngan, Group Chief Executive Officer, Taylor’s Education Group.
“This is a unique programme with a holistic aspect in education – especially for medical students on their way to be competent and compassionate healthcare professionals. I believe this is an ideal platform to bring the connection between education and real life experiences for them,” said Dato’ Loy. 

Dato’ Loy Teik Ngan (third from left) at the launch of the Academy for Silent Mentor (AFSM) with YAB Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik (middle), Professor Dr. Chin Kin Fah (third from right) and other dignitaries
“There is a need to bring empathy when treating patients and as future healthcare professionals, it is integral to experience the profession differently, as opposed to vocational aptitudes with real life people that have donated their body to science,” he continued.
For final year student at Taylor’s University School of Medicine, Charis Koo, “It is encouraging and humbling to see many volunteers whom have pledged themselves for the benefit of science. It helps us garner our skills and build our confidence to handle patients’ needs and develop empathy, which is important for future healthcare professionals.”
The Silent Mentor Programme was launched in 2012, garnering boundless support of body donation and life pledgers, benefitting medical students and surgical trainees in the South East Asia region. The programme will look to extend to medical students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). The facilities will be accessible to medical students and professionals at Xiao En Centre, Cheras. The 8, 000sq ft state-of-the-art facility will be ready in June 2017.
Taylor’s University first participated in Silent Mentor programme in 2013 in collaboration with University Malaya.