As the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected and killed thousands since the lockdown began in March, it is heartening to note that more than 3,500 new doctors, who will soon be licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission, will join others in the frontline battle against this deadly disease.
We hold the flashlight of a pipe dream that most of these young and idealistic additions to the medical profession will find it in their hearts to rise to the challenge of the times and join their elders in the field in fighting this notoriously undesirable and despicable health concern.
These young medical professionals—3,538 starry-eyed and idealized summation to the calling—re certain to give the needed muscle to the continuing battle against this overwhelming health emergency which has affected various sectors of Philippine society.
We take particular note of this year’s board topnotchers, properly a mirror of inspiration for their peers and those in the younger years, like the board topnotcher Jomel Lapides, his family’s breadwinner who had to work night shifts as a nurse during the first three years of his medicine proper at the state-run Philippine General Hospital.
His story is a roman-fleuve, a legend as it were, which should be looked up to by others who are determined to succeed academically and eventually make good in the world post graduation.
He has notched a double honor, having copped first place nine years earlier in the nursing board, making his record in the medical board, with an 88.67 percent average as against his 88.40 percent average in the nursing board exams, a lionized and fairy-tale feat.
Another in the top five who should inspire younger medical aspirants is the record registered by Tiffany Uy, with an average of 88.08 percent, who broke the record of the highest grade point average at the University of the Philippines in 2015, and placed fifth in this year’s board exam.
Of course, the other topnotchers and the thousands of board passers carry the thoughts and spur lamp for those still in the academic corridors—with a sparkling lesson that the grit to succeed for one’s self, for one’s family, for one’s profession, and for one’s country cannot be denied to those who are unflinching and strong-minded, whatever head start notwithstanding.