Nursing graduate tops board exams twice

Photo courtesy of Jerald Pelayo

via By CNN Philippines – He topped board exams not once, but twice.

This is the story of Jerald Pelayo who landed at the top of the list of this year’s Physician Licensure Exam.

Speaking to CNN Philippines Thursday, Pelayo said he was “amazed” to make it to number one because the exams were extremely difficult. He credited God with his success.

“God was very faithful and he allowed me to top the exam. For that I am so thankful, sobra,” he said.

This was the second time Pelayo, who hails from Masbate, aced board exams – the first time was in 2011, for the nursing boards.

He said he took nursing in preparation for medicine, and while he may have topped the medical board exams, he still has his nursing license and could practice any time he wanted.

Pelayo’s first dream was not to be a doctor. He said he initially wanted to be a missionary, recalling that he was drawn to serve those who lived on the fringes.

“Siguro po yung inspiration ko talaga is yung service to the people and especially yung hindi nari-reach ng ating government,” he said,

[Translation: Probably my inspiration is giving service to people, and especially those who are not reached by the government.]

He said he was also inspired by American neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Pelayo said he is planning to specialize in internal medicine, and is taking a series of exams to hopefully get more training in the United States.

Around 66 percent or 1,067 out of 1,601 takers passed the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission reported on Thursday.

The Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF) was named the top performing school with an 89.29 percent passing percentage.

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