The result of the Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program scholarship recipients 2015

Today (30th November 2015) at 13:30 hrs. Clin. Prof. Supat Vanichakarn, Secretary General of Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage; Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Prof Vicharn Panich, Chairman of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Steering Committee; Assoc. Prof. Apichat Asavamongkolkul, Chairman of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Working Committee; and Prof. Somphop  Limpongsanurak, Chairman of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Selection Committee, together issue a press release on the names of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program scholarship recipients for 2015 at the Hall in front of Prince Mahidol Aduldej Room, 4th floor of Siriraj Medical Library, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.


The names of five scholarship recipients of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program are as follows:

  1. Miss Praelada  Wongsirimeteekul      Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University
  2. Mr. Poompong Sripa                         Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
  3. Mr. Phuwanat Sakornsakolpat           Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  4. Mr. Seelwan Sathitratanacheewin      Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
  5. Mr. Soravis Osataphan                     Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University


Fifteen applicants from 8 institutes were nominated for Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program in 2015. Only 5 successful applicants meet the criteria of Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program. The Selection Committee selected the scholarship recipients and presented to the Board of Trustee which HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is a President. The final decision had been made on 30th October 2015.

Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program has been established on 20th November 2007 according to the 2nd/2007 consensus of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation Committee. The program aims to inspire and facilitate Thai youths studied in the health fields to pursue their dedicated life for the benefit of mankind following the footsteps of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla.

The steering committee, the working committee, and the selection committee are responsible to select the applicants who meet the criteria of the program, and present their names to the Board of Trustee which HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is a President, for a final decision.

The successful applicants will obtain a scholarship for research study, professional training or community development abroad or in the country with full support for 12-month overseas placement. The period of overseas placement of the scholarship recipients will be considered as a part of their three-year working period for the government of Thailand.


Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Scholar 2015


Miss Praelada Wongsirimeteekul

Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University


Miss Praelada Wongsirimeteekul is a sixth year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University.  She is interested in the field of medical education particularly in the Simulated Patient Training Program in order to improving clinical competence among Thai medical students. As is today’s norm, learning with real patients has its challenges and limitations. One such challenging mission facing tertiary care medical centers as medical schools is to adequately and appropriately train medical students in clinical skills competence.  This challenge results from a current trend of reduction in number of patients and that those patients are presenting with more complicated illnesses which are not appropriate for educational purposes. In addition, patient and medical staff safety issues have been an importantly global concern. Both patient and medical student’s risk would be decreased by well-practice before exposing real patients. Indeed, simulated patients (SPs) are required for a solution of these problems. Nowadays, SPs have been used in several medical schools in Thailand. Therefore, she has an intention to develop Thai Simulated patients Training Program or Thai-SPTP to international standard which is cost-effective and positively applicable to high quality medical education program for medical students in 21st century. This results in providing well-trained professional physicians serving our community and being leaders in the further advance of Thai and international health care system.

Miss Praelada Wongsirimeteekul has received many honors and awards as followings:

2015 – Honor award for Outstanding Youth of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2014 – Oral Presentation: “Student’s View: Exploring the medical student secret”, AMEE 2014 at Milan, Italy.

– Poster Presentation: “Student’s view: The advantage of contribution of different medical student tracts recruitment into Medical School”, Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2014.

– Outstanding Academic Achievement Award of fifth-year class.

– Vice President of 13th national medical ethics camp (The medical council of Thailand), Chiang Mai University (host).

– President of medical ethical affairs, Chiang Mai Medical Student Council.

– President of ‘Gown’ ceremony and academic guidance for fourth-year medical students.

– Representative CMU athlete, 42th National University Athletic Competition, Kasetsart University.

2013 – 1st runner up oral presentation: “student’s view: Problem-Based Learning (PBL), CPIRD conference 2013.

– Honor award for outstanding person making fame for Chiang Mai University.

– Volunteer worker in social health service, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital Charity.

– Lecturer for village health volunteers in topics: “Common microorganisms causing disease and their prevention”

2012 – President of fund and donation and representative to donate for charities, Mahidol Project.

  – President of welcoming second-year medical students into faculty and delivered CMU’s belt-buckle ceremony

– President of Pre-clinical ethical affairs, Chiang Mai Medical Student Council: President of welcoming first-year medical student into faculty ceremony and producer of short movie promoting medical ethics.

– Gold medal prize of basketball competition and highest score athlete, 26th Syringe Game, Narasuen University.

2011 – Committee of 2nd med-Sci competition rewarded trophy from His Excellency Mr.Kasem Watanachai, Mahidol Project and CMU representative welcoming staffs and students from Nippon Medical School and Nara University.

2010 – Outstanding Academic Achievement Award of first-year class



Mr. Poompong Sripa

Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University




Mr. Poompong Sripa, a sixth year medical student from Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University. He is interested in a patient-centred care in order to improve Thai health care services. Currently, the patient-centred approach is not widely known and applied to Thai patients since our health care system and our medical practices are still based on a traditionally disease-focused approach without other factors such as patients’ preferences, feelings, psychosocial factors and illnesses. As a consequence, patients not only have an ineffective or inadequate treatment for their illness, but also lack of appropriate health promotion and prevention. Nowadays, Thailand is facing a lot of health problems and the two highlighted problems are about chronic non-communicable diseases and aging society. Recently, Thailand has rapid rise in numbers of older people. Moreover, a prevalence of patients with chronic non-communicable disease also sharply rises. Finally, Thai government will have to spend a huge budget on those problems. For these reasons, a patient-centred care study will become a good strategy to improve a holistic care and the Thai health system in the future.

Mr. Poompong Sripa has received many honors and awards as followings:

2015 – Participant in 2nd PAN-ASIAN Conference on Haemoglobinopathies 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam.

– Exchange student Chang Gung University, Taiwan (R.O.C.).2014:   

– Committee of International affair unit, Medical student union of Khon Kaen University (KKU).

– Coordinator of 1st Let’s go elective conference, Faculty of Medicine, KKU.

– Clinical clerkships in department of family medicine and internal medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mie University, Japan.

2013 – The First-runner up in the 1st Emergency medicine tournament, Faculty of Medicine, KKU.

2012 – Committee of Chronic non-communicable disease screening project at community medicine field study at  Mahasarakham province

– Staff of maintenance and household department of honoured cremation of cadavers with royal fire bestowed by the king, KKU.

– Exchange student at University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan.

2011 – Committee of Environmental Conservation Camps at Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima.

– Flood rescue volunteer in Khon Kaen.

– Staff of 13th “I dream of becoming a doctor” camp, Faculty of Medicine, KKU.

2010 – English tutor of One Doctor One District study camp by Faculty of Medicine, KKU.

– Volleyball player in 24th Syringe game and KKU Freshman sport games.

2008 – Committee of 5th Book donation project at Baan Pha Viang school, Nongbualamphu province.


Mr. Phuwanat Sakornsakolpat

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

Mr. Phuwanat Sakornsakolpat is a sixth year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.  He is interested in the field of Systems Biology to study chronic diseases by using chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a prototype. Chronic diseases are still the world’s leading causes of death. While the effective specific treatment of some chronic diseases such as COPD has not been available yet, most of current treatments can only relieve the symptoms but not to slow the progression of diseases. Major challenge in developing a specific therapy is its complexity. Therefore, a distinct approach to deal with such problems is required. Systems Biology is a new approach for studying the disease in a whole by integrating genomic, molecular and clinical data together to generate a model that can sense and predict the consequences of complex interactions. Combining quantitative molecular techniques and computational science on systems basis can help the development of better understanding of the disease, new drug targets and several disease predictors that will lead to the discovery of new therapeutic options and more precise treatment for each patient or Precision Medicine in the future.

Mr. Phuwanat Sakornsakolpat has received many honors and awards as follows:

2014   – President, Siriraj Medical Student Union

– Committee, Mahidol University Student Council

– Committee, the Society of Medical Students of Thailand

2013   – Co-president, Siriraj International Medical Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology Competition 2014

– Division of Creative Public Relations, Siriraj Medical Student Union

– Co-founder, Siriraj Student Opinions (SISO Magazine)

– Main Developer, Electronic Management Information System for Siriraj Medical Student Union

2012 – Assistant to Vice President for Administration, Siriraj Medical Student Union

2011 – Head of Senior Farewell project

2010 – Class Representative, MD Class of 2016

2007   – Granted Project in National Software Contest held by National Electronics and Computer Technology Center  2nd Prize in The Twelfth Young Scientist Competition

2007-2008 – 1st Prize of Linux Desktop and 3rd Prize of Linux Server in National Linux Competition

2005-2009 – Division of Information and Technology, Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) 2 School and Triamudomsuks School


Mr. Seelwan Sathitratanacheewin

Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University


Mr. Seelwan Sathitratanacheewin is a sixth year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. His goal is to improve quality of living at the end-of-life in patients with non-malignant chronic disease by developing nonverbal symptom assessment tool and integrating advance care plan into chronic care model. In past decades, the landscape in health has shifted dramatically with emerging of chronic non-communicable diseases as leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the population. According to this paradigm, the concept of care which is primarily focused on the quality of life is strongly gaining popularity and presently one of the essential public health issues around the world. Improving the quality of life in health, symptoms management is the critical part of all. To potently relieve symptoms, the first is to assess it as many subjective measures of symptom have been developed for years. Routine subjective measures are of practical significance with patients who are verbal while there is increasing substantial number of patients who have compromised in verbally communication. So, an accurate self-report of the presence or intensity of symptom may not possible consequencing in inability to deliver highly effective symptomatic treatment in this population. Thus, nonverbal symptom assessment tool based on objective parameters is needed to develop to be used in such nonverbal patients.

            Mr. Seelwan Sathitratanacheewin has received many honors and awards as follows:

2014 – Poster Presentation: “Assessment of Large HIV-Prevention Program Impact on Publication and Social Media: A Case of Avahan” at PRESDA Foundation: Asia Healthcare Without Border, Hiroshima , Japan

2013 – Co-investigator of “Assessment of Large HIV-Prevention Program Impact on Publication and Social Media: A Case of Avahan” with funding from The Bill and Melinda GATE foundation

2012 – Oral Presentation at WHO – South East Asia Regional Office meetings on “The role of medical
          education to address current health challenges” , Bangkok, Thailand

2011 – Principal Investigator of the study on “Association between attitude toward self-care and 10-year cardiovascular risk: a cross-sectional study”

2010 – 1st Rank of the course, TIPITAKA and daily of life, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2009 – Captain of Team Thailand for International Young Physicist Tournament–The Physics World cup 2009 , Tianjin,China

            – 1st Ranking (absolute winner) with Gold medal of the National Economic Competition hosted by Stock Exchange of Thailand 1st Ranking of the National financial and economic competition hosted by Bank of Thailand

            – Research scholar of Young scientist competition 2009: Investigation on Critical Surface Tension of Hydrophobic Materials”



Mr. Soravis Osataphan

Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University


Mr. Soravis Osataphan is a sixth year medical student at Srinakharinwirot University. His proposed research title is “Modulating hyperglycemic memory using epigenetic: Future Direction of Diabetic Vasculopathy Research”. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic deliberating disease that has no known cure. It has been estimated that there are 340 million people suffering from T2DM worldwide and up to 9.6% of Thais suffering from this disease. The Ministry of Public Health has declared T2DM as one of the five most important non-communicable diseases in Thailand. Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus will lead to microvascular complications such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy and diabetic neuropathy. These complications can cause blindness, end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis and diabetic foot. Metabolic memory is a new concept in the pathogenesis of diabetic vasculopathy. It was proposed that a period of high blood glucose would cause epigenetic changes in blood vessel and permanently trigger a constant production of oxidative stress and free radicals. This will lead to progressive inflammation of the blood vessel causing progression of microvascular complication even when the blood glucose has normalised. Mr. Osataphan is interested in exploring the epigenetic aspect of metabolic memory in order to elucidate new treatments for diabetic microvascular complications which could potentially improve the care of diabetes patients in Thailand in the future.

Mr. Soravis Osataphan has received many honors and awards as follows:

2014 Conducted a retrospective cohort research on “Clinical inertia in the management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” with   Lecturer Kanchana Ngaosuwan MD., Awarded silver medal in the International Medical Challenge 2014 at Chiang Mai  University (CMU-IMC 2014) title “Pathophysiology and Pharmacology”, Vice President of the Academic Committee,  Srinakharinwirot Medical Student Union, Organised the Thai National Medical License Examination Step 2 tuition  sessions, acted as Secretary, treasurer and MC in the annual “Five Medical Science Students Union” sports day, acted as Host and moderator of “Medical ethic” activity during SUFUN camp at Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University

2013 – Organising committee for the Annual MEDSWU Theatrical Play “MarnKwan The Musical”, Representative of SWU- NU medical student to introduce the Joint Medical Programme Srinakharinwirot University and University of  Nottingham to the 2014 applicants, Organised a health promoting event about the 5 upcoming non -communicable  diseases at Ban Khok Nonsi, Lam Phaya Klan, Muak Lek, Saraburi, Editor and contributing author to the pocket book  for clinical science by medical student Srinakharinwirot University

2012  – Completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (First-Class Honours) from the School of Medicine and Health Science,  University of Nottingham, Student researcher at Centre of Biomedical Science title “The role of phosphoglycerate kinase and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase in meningococcal pathogenesis” (Project assessment: First- Class Honours), Student representative to sit on the University of Nottingham Medical School Academic Committee, Participated in the Student Internship Program 58 (SIP) at Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

2011  – Attained the highest total score (1st rank) during the second year medical programme at University of Nottingham

– Attained the highest score in Clinical laboratory science II module (A12 CLS) Medical microbiology module (A13 MMB) and at Faculty of Medicine, University of Nottingham

2010  – Achieved an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, Thailand for gaining the highest mark in Cambridge A-Level Examinations for Physics

2009– Granted Headmaster’s Scholarship in Academic Excellence from Harrow International School Bangkok and
graduated with GPA 4.00 and acted as a Chairperson in the human rights committee at Model United Nations at Shrewberry International School