KOTA SAMARAHAN:   Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Academy For Silent Mentor (AFSM) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA)   to set up a silent mentor centre at the UNIMAS campus yesterday. 

The centre will be located next to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences which will serve as a complementary training centre for medical and nursing courses.  

UNIMAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and AFSM Chairman and Founding Director, Professor, Dr Chin Kin Fah represented their respective institutions during the signing of the MoA.

 In a press statement, Kadim said he believed that the centre would nurture good humanistic values and empathy among  the medical students in UNIMAS which was inspired by selfless acts of the donors.

 “It will serve as a resource centre for their anatomy and basic surgical skills as well as soft skills module as the students will be volunteering at the centre.

 “AFSM will help our students to become better doctors and nurses and they will be able to teach students to be respectful to their future patients, just like how students interact with their silent mentors with utmost respect,” said Kadim. 

Apart from that, he added that the centre would provide an avenue for postgraduate surgical skills training and advanced clinical development, particularly for medical and health practitioners such as training centre for live cadaveric workshop for surgical residents and trainees. 

“This centre holds the potential to be developed as a research centre, creating opportunities for postgraduate training such as Masters in Anatomy, development of tissue bank and collaborations with other medical training centres and industries.

  “I am confident that our strong relationship will be a start of a significant milestone for both UNIMAS and AFSM in our strategies to expand the quality of our teaching, learning and research in Malaysia.

 “It is also hoped that through this collaboration, a unique relationship will develop, complementing the strengths and experiences of both parties and allowing opportunities for skill enhancements to other allied health professionals in physiotherapy and the field of complementary medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine,” said Kadim.