CEBU CITY, Philippines – The highlight of recent medical leave examinations (EPP) wants to train at a government hospital to help overworked health workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I did my internship in a public hospital and I saw first hand how difficult it is for patients without funding. I want to serve in a public hospital even if it is more tired and demanding because the satisfaction you will get at the end of the day is greater when your patients recover, ”said Maria Inez Sellado Benedicto of West State Visayas State University-La Paz in Iloilo City.
“COVID-19 is even more the reason why we should serve because the workforce is declining. Although I am afraid for my own safety and that of my family, in the end this is the profession I enrolled in, ”he added.
Benedicto tied with Jude Philip Pozon Cebrecus of the Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu City in first place with a rating of 87.83 percent.
Benedicto, 26, a resident of La Carlota City in Negros Occidental, said he had contemplated not taking the exams as he felt overwhelmed by the workload.
He noted that the academic workload itself was already overwhelming, as his batch only received 40 days of exclusive preparation, probably the shortest time given to prepare for a national bachelor’s exam.
The COVID-19 pandemic, he said, also made things difficult for them.
“(We had our share of difficulties) from the processing of our documents, the application to PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) and the trips canceled due to the blockade in different parts of the country. We also had to to pass a compulsory quarantine of 14 days before the examinations of the council ”, said Benedicto.
“I didn’t feel at all prepared to take this exam and I personally didn’t expect to pass the exams,” he added.
Benedicto graduated in valedictorian from Western State Visayas State University College of Medicine in Iloilo and was ranked 7th in the September 2015 medical technology license exam.
He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos in the city of Bacolod in March 2015.
He has a message to other aspiring medical students: “Take this dream and get to work and you will surely achieve your dreams.”
Cebrecus, meanwhile, said sharing the first place with Benedict was a complete surprise, as his intense review period was reduced from the usual two months to a month.
“This month, we had to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty of our exams or not. It got to the point that I resigned myself to taking the exams regardless of the feeling that I wasn’t properly prepared,” he said. to the researcher.
“Even though people thought I would win the leadership, I didn’t feel so confident in myself and I decided I would be satisfied with a passing grade. But I constantly prayed that if the Lord had bigger plans for me, I would face the challenge of making the most of the opportunity he has blessed me with, ”he added.
Asked what his recipes for success are, Cebrecus said there are no guaranteed ingredients “because like respect, success is not given freely, but earned.
“For future PLE users, it is very important that you trust yourself and your abilities. You can never be fully prepared for the license exam, so doing so requires a big leap of faith. You have achieved this through the medical school, which is a great success in itself, so you have to take the time and appreciate how far you have come. “
Dickson Laude said all he wanted was to pass the medical board exams.
But the Trinidad Romualdez Remedios Medical Foundation (RTRMF) graduate based in the city of Tacloban, Leyte was pleasantly surprised to be in No. 2 spot with a rating of 87.67 percent.
“A classmate called me around 6:30 last Friday afternoon to inform me that I landed at number two of our board exams. I was so ecstatic and I praised God, ”he said in a telephone interview.
Laude, a native of the town of Talalora in Samar, is the eldest of three children of Police Chief Executive Sergeant Danny Laude and Marita, who works as a social worker for the Talalora municipal government.
His father couldn’t be more proud of his son who worked two years as a nurse in Saudi Arabia and then joined the Philippine Red Cross in 2015.
“He is a really good son and a religious person. He gave a bible to my wife and me. I even entrusted him with my ATM card so he could buy all his school necessities, ”said the policeman.
Laude, who was among the 35 successfully examined on her school board, planned to take a break before hosting her residency. At least 44 RTRMF graduates took the exams.
According to the PRC, 1,084 of the 1,546 who took the exams passed.
The exams were held in the cities of Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban and Zamboanga.
The date and place of the swearing-in ceremony of the new successful examinees will be announced later, the PRC said./ reports by Carla Gómez, Hazel Villa, Joey Gabieta and Ador Vincent Mayol.
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