MANILA, Philippines – A topnotcher in the October Physician Licensure Exam (PLE) gets a pleasant reward from his alma mater: a brand new car!
|A brand-new car awaits Mark Johnuel Duavis after the ranked no. 10 in the October 2022 Physician Licensure Exam | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Mark Duavis, University of Cebu School of Medicine|
Mark Johnuel M. Duavis of the University of Cebu School of Medicine finished in the top ten of the recent PLE with a rating of 87.08%. And as part of his incentive from his school, he got a brand-new Toyota Wigo. The car is worth more than half a million pesos, or P573,000.
According to the University of Cebu School of Medicine, the reward has been a longstanding tradition to honor their topnotchers. They posted on Facebook last Friday, October 11, “The tradition continues. This Toyota Wigo Car, a gift from our Chairman, Atty. Augusto Go is waiting for our OCTOBER Physician Licensure Examination board placer Dr. Mark Johnuel Duavis.”
The tradition continues. This Toyota Wigo Car, a gift from our Chairman, Atty. Augusto Go is waiting for our OCTOBER Physician Licensure Examination board placer Dr. Mark Johnuel Duavis. Congratulations.
Posted by University of Cebu School of Medicine on Thursday, November 10, 2022
Mark Johnuel was born in Bohol, where his mother was a public school nurse and his father was a teacher. He graduated from college in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In 2017, he took his chance at becoming a doctor and applied for 2 scholarships.
He got accepted into both scholarships, but he chose the University of Cebu College of Medicine Foundation Inc., Mandaue.
In a Facebook post, he said he didn’t want to “live with a ghost”—the ghost of what might have been. So he took a shot at medical school, which he described as the “hastiest decision” of his entire life.
He wrote, “4 years ago, I made one of the hastiest decisions of my entire life. Hasty, in the sense that, after I got a scholarship offer, I decided to quit my six-year job, I officially got myself enrolled in medical school, and I basically dropped everything that I have been doing, all in an extremely short span of 6 days. While many people labeled it as too brash and overly imprudent, I called it a dream come true. Even as a young kid, I have always felt that I would want to become a physician.”
According to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), a total of 3,826 examinees out of 5,958 (64.22%) passed the October PLE.
— Sally, The Summit Express