5 September 2014, 12:53 a.m. THE UNIVERSITY reigned supreme in the August physician licensure examinations, with six Thomasians landing in the top 10, including first place.

UST posted a 98.92-percent passing rate this year, with 460 passers out of 465 examinees, data from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. This was slightly lower than last year’s 99.53 percent, wherein 427 passed out of 429 examinees.

UST ranked as the second top-performing school, after the Cebu Institute of Medicine which registered a 100-percent passing rate.

Leading the new batch of Thomasian physicians is topnotcher Eric Royd Talavera, who was tied with Raymond Martin Li of the Cebu Institute of Medicine at No. 1. Both had a score of 89.58 percent.

Thomasians Jessica Mae Sanchez and Lean Angelo Silverio shared the fourth spot with Mairre James Gaddi of the University of the Philippines-Manila, obtaining identical scores of 89.25 percent.

Other Thomasians who made it in the top 10 list of passers were Kevin Bryan Lo (88.75 percent) at seventh place, Lorayne Ann Chua (88.33 percent) at ninth place, and Ryan Anthony Agas (88.25 percent) at 10th place. Among those who passed was former Sci-Tech editor Francis James Gatdula.

This was the fourth consecutive year that the University placed second in the roster of top-performing schools for the physician board exams. UST last ranked first in 2010 with a 99-percent passing rate.

The national passing rate went down to 81.25 percent or 2,218 passers out of 2,730 examinees. Last year’s passing rate was 82.95 percent or 1,834 passers out of 2,211 who took the exams. Bianca Kristin A. Taray

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