MOJ Header

Current Issue - July 2018, Volume 12, Issue No. 2

Official Journal of Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and ASEAN Orthopaedic Association

A New Approach to Body Donation for Medical Education: The Silent Mentor Programme


  1. Reverón RR. Herophilus and Erasistratus, pioneers of human anatomical dissection. Vesalius. 2014 Summer; 20(1): 55-8.
  2. Killgrove K. How Grave Robbers And Medical Students Helped Dehumanize 19th Century Blacks And The Poor. 19th-century-blacks-and-poor/#59579a026d12. Accessed 3rd June 2018
  3. Williams AD, Greenwald EE, Soricelli RL, DePace DM. Medical students’ reactions to anatomic dissection and the phenomenon of cadaver naming. Anat Sci Educ. 2014;7(3): 169-80.
  4. Bati AH, Ozer MA, Govsa F, Pinar Y. Anxiety of first cadaver demonstration in medical, dentistry and pharmacy faculty students. Surg Radiol Anat. 2013; 35(5): 419-26. doi: 10.1007/s00276-013-1075-7
  5. Arráez-Aybar LA, Castaño-Collado G, Casado-Morales MI. Dissection as a modulator of emotional attitudes and reactions of future health professionals. Med Educ. 2008; 42(6): 563-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1365 2923.2008.03079.x. Epub 2008 Apr 29.
  6. Lella JW, Pawluch D. Medical students and the cadaver in social and cultural context. In: Lock M, Gordon D (Editors). Biomedicine Examined. 1st Ed. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1988;125-54.
  7. Fleischmann KR. Cadaver use and coping mechanisms in a biomechanics laboratory. Omega J Death Dying. 2002; 46(2): 117-35.
  8. Kotze SH, Mole CG. Talking about death: implementing peer discussion as a coping mechanism to overcome fears about dissection, death, and dying. Anat Sci Educ. 2013; 6(3): 191-8.
  9. Crow SM, O’donoghue D, Vannatta JB, Thompson BM. Meeting the family: promoting humanism in gross anatomy. Teach Learn Med. 2012; 24(1): 49-54. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2012.641487
  10. Penney JC. Reactions of medical students to dissection. J Med Educ. 1985; 60(1): 58-60.
  11. Estai M, Bunt S. Best teaching practices in anatomy education: A critical review. Ann Anat. 2016; 208: 151-7. doi: 10.1016/j.aanat.2016.02.010. Epub 2016 Mar 17.
  12. Ghosh SK. Cadaveric dissection as an educational tool for anatomical sciences in the 21st century. Anat Sci Educ. 2017;10(3):286-99. doi: 10.1002/ase.1649. Epub 2016 Aug 30.
  13. Flack NAMS, Nicholson HD. What do medical students learn from dissection? Anat Sci Educ. 2017:4. doi: 10.1002/ase.1758. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Ofri D. The darkest year of medical school. 06/medical_school_dark_side_the_third_year_makes_students_less_empathetic.html. Accessed 3rd June 2018
  15. Quintero GA, Vergel J, Arredondo M, Ariza MC, Gómez P, Pinzon-Barrios AM. Integrated Medical curriculum: advantages and disadvantages. J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2016;3. JMECD.S18920. doi: 10.4137/JMECD.S18920
  16. Winkelmann A, Güldner FH. Cadavers as teachers: the dissecting room experience in Thailand. BMJ. 2004; 329(7480): 1455-7.
  17. Santibanez S, Boudreaux D, Tseng GF, Konkel K. The Tzu Chi Silent Mentor Program: Application of Buddhist Ethics to Teach Student Physicians Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Sacrifice. J Relig Health. 2016; 55(5): 1483-94. doi:10.1007/s10943-015-0110-x
  18. Williams AD, Greenwald EE, Soricelli RL, DePace DM. Medical students’ reactions to anatomic dissection and the phenomenon of cadaver naming. Anat Sci Educ. 2014; 7(3): 169-80.
  19. Chiou RJ, Tsai PF, Han DY. Effects of a “silent mentor” initiation ceremony and dissection on medical students’ humanity and learning. BMC Res Notes. 2017:10(1):483. doi:10.1186/s13104-017-2809-0
  20. Yang C. Tha Straits Times. 6th Nov 2017. Accessed 3rd June 2018

Abstract   |   Reference

MOJ footer

About Us

The Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times a year in both print and electronic online version. The purpose of this journal is to publish original research studies, evaluation of current practices and case reports in various subspecialties of orthopaedics and traumatology, as well as associated fields like basic science, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation medicine and nursing.

Keep in Touch

creative-commons License