Body Donation for Medical Education, Research & Training
Following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Universiti Malaya & Tzu-Chi University of Taiwan, a new unit was set up in Faculty of Medicine on 23rd, March 2012 to organize the training of the medical students, doctors, and surgeons through a unique body donation program. The body donors will be addressed as the silent mentors, will be treated with dignity and respect as if they are living patients.
Over the last few years, we have started to conduct research projects with our mentors to better understand the nature and management of various diseases. In 2019, The Faculty of Medicine dedicated the corridor connecting the faculty and our teaching hospital (University Malaya Medical Centre) as the Silent Mentor Corridor. We listed the names of the first one hundred Silent Mentors on one of the walls.
The Silent Mentor Program provided a channel for the public to contribute towards a holistic approach to medical education. All the doctors and students who participated in the program will need to know the life history of their mentors who have donated their bodies for medical research and training without expecting anything in return. We hope that by weaving professional training with humanistic values into medical education and training, we will be able to produce caring and compassionate doctors in addition to providing them knowledge and improving their surgical skills.
Last Update: 15/09/2022