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West Visayas State U grad Clinton Rabadon tops physician’s board exam

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ILOILO CITY — A graduate of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) – La Paz Campus, in this city’s La Paz district, secured the top spot in the March 2019 Physician Licensure Exam.

Clinton Rosita Rabadon, with a rating of 89.83 percent, shared the top spot with Jan Bendric Co Borbe of the University of Sto. Tomas.

The two led the 1,209 board passers out of the 1,759 board examinees, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Another WVSU graduate Temie Paul Baguio Villarino, with a rating of 87.42 percent, secured the ninth place, sharing it with Karl Josef Niño Jimenez Separa of University of the Philippines-Manila.

Aside from the inclusion of two of its examinees in the Top 10, WVSU also took pride in securing a 100 percent passing rate.

Luis Sorolla Jr., WVSU President, said that all of its 18 examinees passed, a repeat of their performance in the past years. “There were several years that we secured a 100 percent passing rate but last year, we had one examinee who failed,” he said in a phone interview on Saturday, adding that its graduate clinching the top spot is a first for WVSU.

He said the stringent selection and admission of students, efficient instruction and teaching techniques of the faculty, and the presence of the West Visayas State University Medical Center are some of the top factors that contribute to the success of WVSU.

He noted that students “have to undergo a very rigid training process — many have applied but only few were taken.”

Once admitted, Sorolla said students are provided with “good instruction” which is made possible through updating the teaching strategies of the faculty.

“We employ the latest trends and techniques of teaching them. WVSU has been always advocating for educational quality and excellence. So far, there were efforts to equip and upgrade the competencies of our faculty members,” he said.

The availability of the West Visayas State University Medical Center also contributed to the success of the examinees as students “feel the connection of theory and practice because they have a very good access to hospital,” he added.

Considered as the “home for topnotchers,” Sorolla said WVSU is being true to its slogan or branding that says, “Where excellence is our tradition.”

Topnotchers do not only come from the College of Medicine but also from the colleges of nursing, education, agriculture, and forestry, he added.

He extended his congratulations to the topnotchers and all the board passers. (PNA)