Graduates of Visayan schools have topped the Physician Licensure Examination (Complete and Finals with Prelims) given this month, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Friday.
Maria Inez Sellado Benedicto of West Visayas State University-La Paz and Jude Philip Pozon Cebrecus of Cebu Institute of Medicine tied on top of the exams with a rating of 87.83 percent.
Dickson Araza Laude of Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation came in second with 87.67 percent, followed by Niño Pimentel Emocling of Saint Louis University with 87.58 percent (see table for top 10).
The PRC said 1,084 out of 1,546 examinees passed the doctors' license exams, while results of six examinees were withheld, the PRC said.
The Cebu Institute of Medicine is the top performing school with a passing rate of 98.68 percent, as only one examinee from the school's 76 takers flunked the test.
In second was Xavier University with a 91.55 percent passing rate (65 of 71), followed by Saint Louis University (106 of 111, 90.6%), West Visayas State University-La Paz (72 of 80, 90%), Davao Medical School Foundation (126 of 141, 89.36%) and Cebu Doctors University (63 of 71, 88.73%).
The physician board exam was conducted by the Board of Medicine in Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban and Zamboanga.