UST WAS named the second top performing school in the Physician licensure exams after gaining a 94 percent passing rate last January, unchanged from the same period last year.

Thomasian Charlene Khe Haw emerged sixth among a total of 621 successful examinees, posting an 84.71 percent score in the board exams. Thirty-two of the 34 Thomasian examinees passed.

Marie Jo Cabanting of the Far Eastern University – Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation topped this year’s board with a score of 85.42 percent.

UST ranked second to St. Luke’s College of Medicine, Perpetual Help College of Manila, Cebu Doctors University, and Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao, which all tied at first place with 100 percent passing rates each.

Medicine Dean Ma. Graciela Gonzaga noted that the January exam was the “off-season” for Thomasian examinees.

“Mostly, those who took the [January] test were not regular students, some were even repeaters. Some also took it that time for health or family reasons,” Gonzaga said.

The University got a 94-percent passing rate in the February 2008 medicine board exams. Thomasians Kenneth Liu Dy and Clarito Demaala III made it to the top 10, placing third and ninth, respectively. Adrienne Jesse A. Maleficio

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