MORE THAN 300 Thomasians passed the October-November 2021 physician licensure examinations (PLE), where UST was named the fourth top-performing school.

UST, which fielded 320 examinees, produced 302 new licensed physicians, or a 94.38-percent passing rate.

Seven Thomasians ranked in the top 10 of the examinations.

Alyssa May Madriaga led the new batch of Thomasian physicians with an 87.33-percent score, placing third nationwide. Madriaga previously topped the 2015 nursing licensure examinations.

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Thomasian Emmanuel Luis Mangahas scored 86.92 percent to rank sixth in the nation. He shared the sixth spot with Michael Brian Alvarez and Marie Bernadine Caballes of the University of the Philippines-Manila (UPM).

UST alumni Ivan Gabriel Simpauco and Miguel Luis Arkoncel placed seventh (86.83 percent) and eighth (86.75 percent), respectively.

Thomasians Aldric Mikhail Aw, Johnvert Batara and Lawrence Raymond Mariano tied for the 10th spot with 86.50-percent scores. They shared the rank with Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health’s James Michael Suarez.

Former Varsitarian science and technology editor Hedrix Caballe and witness editor Marie Danielle Macalino passed the examinations.

UPM’s Ian Gabriel Juyad topped this year’s batch of PLE takers with a score of 87.50 percent.

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was named the top-performing school, with a 98.06-percent passing rate, or 101 out of 103 examinees making the cut.

UST produced the most number of newly licensed physicians and placed fourth among top-performing schools.

The national passing rate in the October-November 2021 exams slightly increased to 72.85 percent, or 1,677 out of 2,302 examinees, from 70.12 percent in September, or 1,084 of 1,546 takers.

The examinations were held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at testing centers in Metro Manila and Tuguegarao, Cagayan.


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