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THE UNIVERSITY produced a total of 384 new physicians in the October 2023 medical licensure examinations, including four topnotchers. 

UST produced the second highest number of new doctors in the exams, after Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (388 out of 530 examinees). 

It became the No. 6 top-performing school in the latest exam cycle, logging a 91.43-percent passing rate (384 of 420), up from the 83.61-percent passing rate (51 of 61) it recorded in March. 

Joed Mata led the batch of new Thomasian doctors, placing sixth with a score of 88.08 percent. 

Mata, who also took his pre-medicine degree at the University, placed eighth in the August 2017 licensure exams for medical technologists. 

UST alumni Jessica Garcia and Noe Tarrosa tied for No. 8 after scoring 87.92 percent, while Josiah Domingo ranked 10th with an 87.42-percent score. 

Justin Lam of Cebu Institute of Medicine topped the October 2023 physician board exams with a score of 89 percent. 

The University of the Philippines-Manila was named the top-performing school in the cycle, with a 97.62-percent passing rate (164 of 168).

The national passing rate rose to 63.24 percent (4,083 of 6,456) from 54.99 percent (1,573 of 2,887) in March 2023.

The October 2023 licensure exams for physicians were held on Oct. 20, 21, 27, and 28. 


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