Saturday, September 18, 2021

SWU-Phinma welcomes 50 new pharmacists; student ranks 6th in licensure exam

TOP STUDENT. Genevive Boniao ranked sixth out of 1,168 examinees this year after getting a score of 88.70 percent in the April 2021 Pharmacist Licensure Examination. / GENEVIVE BONIAO FB PAGE

CONSISTENTLY topping the national licensure exams in the medical field, Southwestern University (SWU) Phinma again garnered feats in the national April 2021 Pharmacist Licensure Examination.

SWU-Phinma welcomed 50 new pharmacists with one landing on the sixth spot in the April 2021 Pharmacist Licensure Examination.

Genevive Boniao ranked sixth out of 1,168 examinees this year after getting a score of 88.70 percent in the exam.

SWU Phinma was also hailed as among the Top 4 Best Performing Schools with an 89.29 percent overall passing rate and 95 percent passing rate for first takers.

“SWU Phinma has embraced and provided me with an avenue to develop the necessary skills and knowledge that I need to function as an effective and morally upright professional,” Boniao said during the virtual ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.

Boniao said even as she and her fellow newly licensed pharmacists celebrate the end of their academic journey, the pandemic has tinged them with sadness, for some of them may have lost a loved one to Covid-19.

“As new health professionals, we vow to be of help with all our might to keep sickness at bay,” she said.

Boniao also received a certificate of recognition and cash incentive from SWU Phinma.

Extraordinary lengths

SWU Phinma president Chito Salazar said most of the newly licensed pharmacists have gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure they are prepared for the licensure exam.

“We are celebrating newly licensed pharmacists who have proven that passion and dedication can overcome even the most difficult of times. Today, we are humbled to say you didn’t just pass. You brought great honor to your families, community, colleagues and SWU Phinma, now one of the top performing schools in pharmacy in the country,” he said.

Salazar said now, more than any other time in the past few generations, healthcare workers are most needed by the country and by the world.

“As you go out into this world, I hope you will keep in mind the important role that you play in the future of the country. I mean that quite literally as misinformation and fear mongering among medicines and proper healthcare ramp up in our communities, it is your responsibility to contribute to a future where correct medical information is accessible especially to those who need it the most,” he said.

Executive vice president and chief operating officer of SWU Phinma Albert Gamboa said the result of the pharmacy licensure examination came “at a time of hope and happiness.”

“Clearly, this brought a lot of joy to everyone who worked hard in order to make this happen. This achievement is a manifestation of our commitment to transforming our students to become the best version of themselves,” he said. (JOB)


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