Medical board exam topnotcher to get into teaching first

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) — The graduate of University of the Philippines Manila who topped the October 2021 Physician Licensure Examinations (PLE) wants to get into teaching before serving on the front lines with his fellow doctors.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' The Source on Friday, Ian Gabriel Juyad shared his next plans after ranking first in the medical board exam taken by 2,302 aspiring doctors last month.

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"For this coming year, I plan to teach po muna (first). I really love to teach and I hope I get the opportunity to teach in some way because that's also how I reviewed. I was imagining I was teaching someone," Juyad shared.

"After that, I plan to take internal medicine," he added. "I have interest in pulmonology and cardiology."

Juyad recounted how he learned about the examination results that were released on Thursday.

"I really just wanted to pass. Being a topnotcher is too much," he said. "When I found out the results, we were actually (praying) the rosary. And then towards the end of the rosary, my girlfriend Rochelle called and told me I was Top 1. I couldn’t believe it.”

"I had to see it for myself and when I saw it, I wailed and I was so happy. But to be honest, I really did not expect it po. It's still a shock to me," he added.

Juyad said that he had to discipline himself to stick to a routine, which involved waking up at 7 a.m., studying for the whole day, and only taking short breaks for meals.

He also shared a message to his fellow board exam passers about the importance of serving in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We really have a big responsibility as healthcare workers, especially now. This is beyond ourselves only, we have to look out for each other," he said.

"I look forward to practicing and hopefully, all of us who graduated and passed PLE, to contribute in the current situation of the country to the best that we can," he added.