Dalawapu’t isang doktor mula sa Palawan ang kabilang sa 3,538 na nakapasa sa inilabas na Physician Licensure Examination ngayong Nobyembre 2020. Mula ito sa 4,704 na kumuha ng pagsusulit.
Ang mga ito ay sina: Dr. Angel Nicola Andoque, Dr. Ricabeah Baguyo, Dr. Nikki Lyra Borja, Dr. Ezekiel Cuadra, Dr. Marylen Cueto, Dr. Nathalea Ventura De Leon, Dr. Joanna Gulane Deypalubos, Dr. Ralph Marco Flores, Dr. Karl Bren Joseph Magay Gaurana, Dr. Inigo Jesus A. Jardin, Dr. Joseph Jimenez, Dr. Alberto Liao, Dr. Krizia Chloe Linsangan, Dr. Louie Angelo Lopez, Dr. Tameera Angelette McQueen, Dr. Novy Lee Oblan, Dr. Pamela Joy Quilinguen, Dr. Jomar Nicko Rodriguez, Dr. Rachel Veronique Sabando, Dr. Laurence Anne Nalica Sabellina, Dr. Pal Dominie Sitcharon, at Dr. Arnel Villanueva III.
Ibinahagi naman ng ilan sa mga ito ang kanilang naging inspirasyon at payo para sa mga nais ring tahakin ang industriya ng medisina.
“Noong nasa med school [ako], may shinare iyong isa naming prof na parang guiding principle sa amin. Sabi niya, ‘You will never lose your way if you never lose your why.’ Sa mga future doctors natin especially Palaweño doctors, lagi sana nilang tandaan [kung] para kanino ba iyong ginagawa nila at bakit nila iyon gusto gawin, because the road to MD is never easy and it will get harder and harder as you climb up the ladder, kaya you always have to go back to your “why”. Lagi’t lagi.”
—Dr. De Leon, mula sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, nakapagtapos sa University of the Philippines College of Medicine.
“Pro Deo Et Patria. It isn’t easy being a doctor in the Philippines. You have to study for at least 10 years to get that elusive title. You get sleepless nights, overindulgence of coffee, missing out on important events. And they would always ask, ‘Eh bat ka pa nag doctor?’. I didn’t know until the first day I handled a patient during my ER duty. It was a toxic duty. Around past midnight, the number of patients in the ER started to dwindle, and a patient approached me and gave a Jollibee Yumburger and said, ‘Doc, thank you kain po muna kayo’. I forgot that my last meal was breakfast. It was that simple thank you from a patient that drove to what I am today. Medicine isn’t easy and is not for everyone but it is all worth it when you get a simple gratitude from the people you helped. Para sa Bayan, Padayon!”
—Dr. Joseph Jimenez, mula sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, nakapagtapos sa University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
“My guiding principle not only when I was studying Medicine but in everything I do in life is just to do your best. It may sound cliche but it still holds true until this day. Just do your best, no matter how simple you may think a task is, do it with all you have. Do not settle for mediocrity, always aim for gold. Because at the end of the day, intelligence, talent, and skills can only get you so far. But grit will give you endless possibilities. The ability to continue moving forward despite the overwhelming odds, break your own limitations, and not setting a limit on what you can do is what separates those who do good, from those who do magnificently.”
—Dr Louie angelo Lopez, mula sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, nakapagtapos sa Mathias H. Aznar Memorial Cebu
“The cliche quote that kept me going was: Rest if you must but do not quit. For all the aspiring physicians: First, you gotta commit to the dream, then you gotta put in the work all the time, and let Him do the rest. The #RoadToMD is not a race, so my advice would be, go at your OWN pace and always strive for YOUR best. Also, be ready for a long and tiring, yet the most rewarding life ahead.
My personal experience with Physician Licensure Exam: Who would have thought our batch would be tackling the licensure exam in the middle of a pandemic, with multiple supertyphoons and other national/global crises. Saying it was tough is an understatement, but I’m just glad it all paid off. I wouldn’t have gotten through it without a solid support system who kept sane, and grounded all throughout my journey.”
—Rachel Veronique Sabando, mula sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, nakapagtapos sa University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Ang nasabing bilang ng mga nakapasang taga-Palawan ay base lamang sa aming nakalap na impormasyon sa social media. Maaari pa itong madagdagan.
With reports from Dietroi Rubio Dimanalata