A SUMMA cum laude graduate of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery topped the August 2014 licensure exams for physicians, a feat last achieved by a Thomasian four years ago.

Eric Royd Talavera, who graduated from UST in 2013, tied with Cebu Institute of Medicine's Raymond Martin Li for first place. Both scored 89.59 percent.

UST alumni Jessica Mae Sanchez and Lean Angelo Silverio, also summa cum laude graduates, shared the fourth spot with Mairre James Gaddi of the University of the Philippines-Manila, all of them scoring 89.25 percent.

Other Thomasians who made it to the top 10 list of passers were Kevin Bryan Lo (88.75 percent) and Lorayne Ann Chua (88.33 percent) at seventh and ninth places, respectively, and Ryan Anthony Agas (88.25 percent) at 10th place.

Fomer Varsitarian Science and Technology editor Francis James Gatdula was among those who passed the exam.

UST posted a slightly lower passing rate of 98.92 percent this year, with 460 successful examinees out of 465, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. Last year’s passing rate was 99.53 percent, equivalent to 427 out of 429 examinees.

The University was again declared the second top-performing school, behind Cebu Institute of Medicine, whose 103 examinees all passed. PRC requires at least an 80-percent passing rate and a minimum of 50 examinees to be declared a top-performing school.

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, in which a Thomasian also became the topnotcher.

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The national passing rate went down to 81.25 percent, equivalent to 2,218 passers out of 2,730, from last year's 82.95 percent, when 1,834 out of 2,211 passed. Bianca Kristin A. Taray


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