GOOD luck knocked not once but twice for the hard work and perseverance of a Pangasinense who became twice a board topnotcher by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
Chino Paolo Samson, 26, from Barangay Tamaro, Bayambang and an alumnus of the Lyceum-Northwestern University Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation College of Medicine in Dagupan City earned top five ranking in the medical board examination based on the result released by the PRC. He got a rating of 88.08 percent.
Samson earlier placed top nine in the 2014 medical technologist board examination in September 2014 with a rating of 89.2 percent. This inspired him to pursue a medical course.
Fondly called ‘Chipoi’ by family and friends, Samson is among the 3,538 new licensed medical doctors. He graduated cum laude in his Medical course and was an LNU scholar.
A consistent honor student and a proud product of the Pangasinan State University (PSU)-Bayambang campus (laboratory school) in his elementary and secondary schools and earned a degree in Medical Technology at the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA in Dagupan.
Chipoi said hurdling the medical course was a challenge for someone who’s family is not financially well-off. He had to work as part-time professor at UPang-PHINMA when he was in his first to third year in medical school after his classes to earn his allowance.
He said it was tough as a working student but it also helped him refresh his memory about different topics in his medical subjects.
Chipoi is the firstborn of Renato and Gudelia Samson. His father, Renato Samson, works as secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan of Labrador town while his mother, Gudelia Samson, is a professor at PSU-Bayambang. He also has a younger sister, Shekinah Phebe, currently taking up veterinary medicine.
He said he could not believe he placed top five when all he prayed for was to pass it. “It was like… too good to be true,” he said.
He said he hopes his success will prove to others that promdi students need not feel inferior, and simply work hard, study hard. His advice: “First is prayer, trust God always. Don’t be insecure that we are just provinsyanos. We have to trust ourselves that we can do it.”
He said he is offering his success to God, to his parents and to his alma mater for giving him the needed pressure to be a topnotcher because of his med-tech board exam success.
Dr. Ellen Manzano, dean of the College of Medicine in LNU said they are too proud of Samson’s success.
“We were hungry for top 10. Our last one was in 2005 yet and it was top 15. He is our highest in rank among our 10 topnotchers in medicine,“ Manzano said. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV/ Ahikam Pasion)
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