THE UNIVERSITY recorded a perfect passing rate in the September 2021 physician licensure examinations (PLE), with one Thomasian landing a spot in the top five.

Nine Thomasians took the exam.

Carl Jay Jainar led the new batch of Thomasian doctors after placing fifth nationwide with a score of 87 percent.

Maria Inez Benedicto of West Visayas State University and Jude Philip Cebrecus of the Cebu Institute of Medicine led the fresh batch of physicians in the country, both scoring 87.83 percent.

The Cebu Institute of Medicine was named the top-performing school, with a passing rate of 98.68 percent or 75 out of 76 examinees.

To earn the top-performing school label, a school must send 50 or more examinees and record at least an 80-percent passing rate.

The national passing rate in the September 2021 examinations rose to 70.12 percent (1,084 of 1,546 examinees) from 64.04 percent (1,234 of 1,927 examinees) in March 2021.

The physician boards exams were held on Sept. 11 to 12 and 18 to 19 at testing centers in Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, and Zamboanga.

UST’s PLE takers have been decreasing significantly since November 2020. The University sent out 433 examinees in November 2020 and 60 examinees in March 2021.

The number further dwindled in the most recent PLE as two days before the first day of examinations, the Professional Regulation Commission canceled the examinations in Metro Manila due to the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine in the capital region.


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