IWD 2019: “Always keep balance between peace and principle throughout our life”

As part of a week-long series of blogs celebrating International Women's Day 2019, Professor Aye Aye Chit reminisces about her former teacher and medical inspiration, Professor Myint Myint Aye.  

The teacher who is still in my mind is Professor Myint Myint Aye, eminence teacher from Department of Medicine, University of Medicine Mandalay.

I have known her since my medical school days, where she was working as a lecturer of Department of Medicine. Her teaching skill was superb, which I have always remembered. Initially we all were very anxious and excited during her teaching session, and I noticed that she was very enthusiastic and devoted in teaching medicine and patient caring. I got a clear understanding in basic principles and practice of medicine during those lessons.

I still remember the words she told us: “Always keep balance between peace and principle throughout our life”

Professor Aye Aye Chit, federation lead examiner of the MRCP PACES exam center, Mandalay

Later, I got an opportunity to work as an internship house officer and junior doctor under her guidance. I was really impressed the way she treat the patients with kind attention and much concern every aspect of the patients. I really enjoyed doing the ward round teaching, clinical meeting, journal reading, and patient chart review sessions with our senior colleges, led by Professor Myint Myint Aye. She taught us how to be confident, competent and companionate doctors.

Sometime she was treated like our teacher and sometime like our mother. She took care junior doctors’ social and family affairs. We all love her and call her 'Mummy Lay'. I still remember the words she told us: “Always keep balance between peace and principle throughout our life”. Throughout my life I have taken my motivation from these words and because of her, I am here today caring for patients as a physician, teaching medical students as an academician, and leading the university as an academic pro-rector.

I remember she talk about her birthplace, Mawlamyine Mon State, Myanmar, which is located at the mouth of Thanlwin River. She graduated from University of Medicine, Yangon and worked at Department of Medicine, University of Medicine Mandalay until her retirement. My inspiration is one of the most important gifts from the teacher I admire most, Mummy Lay.

She is now 86, and stays with her relatives in US following the passing of her husband. We invited her to join our teacher homage ceremony, and she looked so happy to meet with her former students and lovely colleagues of the Medical University. She will last in my memory forever as all-time favorite inspirational teacher as well as the most admire lady.

Professor Aye Aye Chit is the federation lead examiner of the MRCP PACES exam center in Mandalay. 

This blog is part of a week-long series celebrating women in medicine and their inspirations, as part of International Women's Day.