New wall of remembrance for CUHK’s “Silent Teachers”
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), with the generous support of the Board of Management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries (BMCPC), set up the first Wall of Remembrance for “Silent Teachers” body donors at the Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in May 2013. All of the designated space on the Wall of Remembrance has been filled up in recognition of the generosity of its many donors. With further support from BMCPC, a new Wall of Remembrance has now been erected in Section 16 of the cemetery for body donation programmes run by CUHK and other local organisations.
Professor CHAN Sun-On, Associate Director and Professor of School of Biomedical Sciences at CUHK’s Faculty of Medicine said, “On behalf of the Faculty and donors, we are really thankful for BMCPC’s support in building this new wall with beautiful scenery for our Silent Teachers and for all the support the programme has received in the past years. The Faculty will continue to promote the programme with respect, humanity and social responsibility as its core values. We hope the programme will not only help provide moral education to medical students, but will also help the general public understand the meaning of body donation.”
The “Silent Teachers” Body Donation Programme, established in 2011, is focused on encouraging voluntary body donations in Hong Kong. These unconditional donations aid the training of early-career doctors and the development of novel techniques in medical treatments for the community. CUHK teaches medical students to treat donors, families and patients alike with respect. By writing thank-you cards to all the silent teachers, and participating in a moment of silence before the start of each dissection class, medical students are provided with ample opportunities to show their gratitude to their silent teachers.
The “Silent Teachers” Body Donation Programme is extremely grateful for the support from the public. The number of donated bodies has increased significantly from two to three per year to nearly 70 in 2021, while the number of registered donors has increased from a dozen per year to more than 1,000 in 2021 alone. The Faculty would like to convey its gratitude to all donors. The Programme strives to encourage communication in society across generations regarding matters of life and death, and to promote the humanity and duties of social responsibility that the Programme embodies, in the hope of receiving generous support from the public and society.
Further Information about registration and the Programme on www.sbs.cuhk.edu.hk/bd.