By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
A graduate from West Visayas State University-La Paz Campus clinched the top spot in the Physician Licensure Exam administered in March 2019.
Clinton Rosita Rabadon of WVSU-La Paz shared the top spot with Jan Bendric Co Borbe of the University of Santo Tomas with an identical rating of 89.83 percent.
Rabadon and Borbe bested 1,209 passers of the board exam.
Meanwhile, Kevindaeile Simbulan Torralba of Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela ranked second with 88.92 percent and Daniel Cajayon Panaglima of Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, Inc. ranked third with 88.75 percent.
According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), 1,579 examinees took this year’s first Physician Licensure Exam but only 1,209 passed.
PRC administered the first Physician board exam on March 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Zamboanga.
Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation was the top performing school in the board exam with a 97.96 percent passing rate.
All 18 students from WVSU-La Paz who took the board exam passed, securing a 100 percent passing rate for the school.
In an interview, WVSU President Luis Sorolla Jr. shared the school has repeatedly secured a 100 percent passing rate but this was the first time that they were able to clinch the top spot in the board exam.
“There were several years na nag 100 percent kami and last year one ang failure but I think daw subong pa lang naka-produce kita sang nag Top 1 sa Physicians Licensure Exam,” Sorolla told The Daily Guardian.
Sorolla attributed the huge success of the school to several factors, one of which is the stringent selection and admission of students.
“We exercise a very stringent selection and admission procedure so ang estudyante pili gid na sila. They have to undergo a very rigid training process so damo nag-apply and na-qualify but only few are taken,” he said.
Sorolla also said that they have been providing the students with efficient instruction and teaching techniques by employing the latest strategies.
“We provide them with good instruction. There is a constant training and updating of our faculty sa College of Medicine. Ang mga teaching strategies are also updated. We employ the latest trends and techniques of teaching them. WVSU has always advocated for educational quality and excellence,” he added.
Sorolla particularly cited the presence of West Visayas State University Medical Center as a factor in the good performance of their medical students.
“Third is presence of our hospital and our medical center. It’s easier for the students to apply sang ila nabal-an immediately and feel the connection of theory and practice because they have a very good access to hospital. We enable them to learn better than just discussions sa classroom,” he explained.
He took pride the fervent principle of their school towards assuring educational quality and excellence.
“WVSU had been continuous in our fervent journey towards educational quality and excellence to create an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning,” he said.
According to Sorolla, they have been maintaining their brand as a “home for topnotchers”.
“That’s why our tagline sa WVSMU is ‘where excellence is our tradition’ and this has been our image that WVMU is the home of topnotchers. It is considered as home for topnotchers for having topnotchers indi lang sa College of Medicine but also College of Nursing, College of Education, College of Agriculture, and College of Forestry and also our program in Biology,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sorolla hopes that the passers would inspire students not only in WVSU but other schools as well to aspire and excel in their fields.
“We congratulate our passers sa sini nga examination and I wish them good luck as they go out into the field para nga mapractice nila ila profession. Kabay pa they will serve as an inspiration sa iban naton nga estudyante sa iban nga mga programa nga sila man magtinguha nga mag-excel sa ila profession kag mangin topnotcher man,” he said.
Sorolla also hopes that the newest passers would practice their profession in the country since they are required to serve in the country for three years.
“Ang gina-require naton they should serve in the Philippines for at least three years so indi sila anay kagwa. I hope they will practice their profession in the country especially ang ila tuition fee libre subsidized by the government so they should feel obliged to serve this country first before finding greener pastures,” he noted.