Cebu medical graduate tops physician licensure exam-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- A lot was expected of Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) cum laude graduates Blake Warren Ang and Alvin Christian Borbon when they took the Physician Licensure Exam last August. They were the top two students in their class, after all.
On Tuesday, they were ecstatic to learn that they lived up to those expectations.
Ang ranked first in the medical board exam with a rating of 89.42 percent, while Borbon landed in seventh place with 88.17 percent.
A total of 1,834 out of the 2,211 examinees passed the Physician Licensure Exam.
Both Ang and Borbon, who graduated first and second in their class last year, respectively, said it was enough for them that all 79 graduates from their class passed the exam. Landing in the top 10 was a bonus, the 25-year-old doctors said.
Ang recalled thinking that he lost his chance of landing in the top 10 when he got some of the answers in the test in Pathology wrong.
“Being the number one in our class, there was some kind of pressure on me to perform well in the board exam. So before the exam, I was rooting for a place in the top 10, bisag 10th place okay na, basta masud lang gyud sa top 10. Karon nalipay kaayo ko kay top 1 gyud (I would have been happy with 10th place, as long as I landed in the top 10. I am ecstatic that I landed in first place),” said Ang.
Listen to Ang's statement:
The news made his mother cry when he informed her through a phone call last night. He was in the supermarket with his father when he received a text message informing him of his ranking, “but I thought it was a hoax so I checked the Internet. I just had to see it for myself.”
For Ang, the board exam is a measure of how much one studied during his five years in medical school, and not how much one studied during the review.
In preparing for the exam, he said he relied on the knowledge he gained in medical school and the training during his post-graduate internship at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. He studied at his own pace and got a lot of sleep and rest whenever he needed it, he said.
He hopes to be a good doctor to his patients, but he believes that being a topnotcher alone would not guarantee this.
“Being top one is an additional credit but if you want to be a good doctor, (but) what is important is you have a good personality and professional relationship with your patients. Your patients won’t ask you about your ranking. What matters is your dedication, that your heart is in your profession,” Ang said.
“Being the topnotcher will not mean anything if you don’t have the heart to serve and help,” he continued.
Ang plans to specialize in surgery and wants to be a pediatric surgeon.
He recalled that he first wanted to take up accountancy and enrolling in nursing in college was a last-minute decision. He thought of shifting to another course several times but when he started doing actual patient care, that’s when he realized that he wanted to be a doctor.
“I found it rewarding, especially when the patients come back to thank me for what I did for them. I realized that if I pursue medicine, I can do more for the patients,” he added.
For Borbon, being a CIM graduate comes with certain expectations, especially with the school’s track record of having a 100 percent passing rate every year. It is one of the four top performing schools of medicine in the country, based on results of the recent board exam.
“I come from a school where the training is rigid, so people will really expect a lot from you. It helped that we had resident doctors who guided me and taught me so much during my internship… During the review, I just studied every day,” he said, when asked how he prepared for the exams.
Borbon, the second doctor in the family, plans to specialize in internal medicine.
Other examinees who landed in the top 10 are graduates of the University of the Philippines-Manila, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Tomas, De La Salle University and University of the East. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Here is the list of the top 10 successful examinees.