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The Beginning of SSPO

According to the rapid growth of Thailand’s population, the way of people’s life has changed a lot and it does increase the chance of happening to impaired physical mobility. The causes of impaired physical mobility majorly from an accident from living or from work, and others such as heredity, gene or chromosome abnormalities, surround environment, chemicals, pharmacy, disease, malnutrition, abortion, and more possibilities. Therefore, rehabilitation to support persons with disability for helping themselves and being able to work becomes the need for those persons with disability, their families, society, and the nation.

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, sees the importance of the prosthetist and orthotist profession, therefore, established a Bachelor of Science Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics, with a kindness of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn giving a permission to name the school “Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (SSPO)” which has brought the greatest appreciation to the faculty.

From the post, the left picture is an old building that our first batch of students used to study. The right picture is the current building of SSPO which is a fully separate building with 3 floors divided into different zones for teaching, research and patient service area.

At present, SSPO opens 3 levels of study programs including a bachelor program, master program, and Ph.D. program as well as operating a P&O clinic for all patients. Our clinic is also known as the largest P&O clinic in the country.

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