Patcharin Jongjai 2019/08/17 , ( 409 views)
On 17 August 2019, the College of Medicine and Public Health organized a merit-making ceremony for cadaver donors (Ajarn Yai) 2019. Further donations were also accepted at the event. However, the main aims of the event were to show gratitude and give respect to the honorable people or Ajarn yai who donated their bodies to be used for medical purposes. The ceremony was presided by Assistant Professor Dr. Chutinun Prasitpuriprecha, President, and was held at the College of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Nirun Phitakwatchara, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health, led the college’s staff members and students to welcome the president while Mr. Marut Tangketmookda, 3rd year Medical student, gave a report of the ceremony. The activities on this day consisted of offering food and alms to monks, listening to sermons,a ceremony asking for forgiveness from ajarn yai, and the organization of a soup kitchen.
Dr. Nirun Phitakwatchara reported that the College of Medicine and Public Health organizes this ceremony every year as a tradition. The ceremony allows teachers, students, and any interested people to apologize, pay respect to, and thank the bodies for being used for medical purposes. The ceremony serves as a reminder to students to appreciate the grand contributions of Ajarn yai. In being grateful for Ajarn yai, students will geared toward success in their studies and careers in the future. Moreover, all participants offered prayers during the ceremony for Ajarn yai to have peaceful afterlives.
Mr. Marut Tangketmookda revealed that presently there is a total of 29 bodies (22 wet specimens and 7 skeletons) that are being studied by Medical students.Furthermore, 19 of the Ajarn yai’s families participated in the ceremony this year. They came from various provinces all throughout the northeast of Thailand. Additionally, there were more than 100contributors involved in the organization of the soup kitchen which offered food for free to the general public. Overall, there were more than 500 people who attended the event.
UBU always appreciates the inestimable contributions of Ajarn yai for providing UBU medical students opportunities to develop their medical skills.
Written by: Jarinda Boonjan
Original (Thai) version by: Plern Wichaiwong
English revised by: Thaviny Shaipitisiri
Photos by: Plern Wichaiwong