My Journey on Becoming a Licensed Physician

“I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

This is my living verse ever since I took the Medical Technologist Licensure Exam last 2013 and from then on, I keep this in my heart to keep me going whatever I am facing in my life.

Each one has their own unique story to tell but not everyone knew about mine. My National Medical Assessment Test score was 16. I thought that passing a MedTech licensure exam would help me get a higher score in my NMAT but I was wrong. I doubted myself and thinking I would never make it.


It was January when I decided to enrol in a review center for NMAT. I kept it discrete and didn’t let anyone knew about it. Every weekend, I travel from Dumaguete to Cebu just to take classes. There was a time that I hustled through the Cebu traffic because it was Sinulog season. But everything was worth it. On my second take, I got a score of 43 which is enough for the third Medical School that I applied for.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. I am a proud graduate of Matias H. Aznar Memorial – College of Medicine and I am glad that this happened. I gained new friends, met different kind of people from different religions and culture. I became independent and more matured person.


My journey in medical school was a bumpy one. I am not the creme of the crop nor a dean’s lister. I almost flunked my Pharmacology subject but good thing we were given a removal exam. The hardest part was during my junior internship because I don’t get the blueprint of the hospital setting. I know the laboratory since I am a Medical Technologist. The most memorable was when I have to endorse my morbid pediatric patient to our Junior Consultant. She made me feel dumb in front of my residents and co-interns. She even asked me to repeat my history and physical examination report and submit it before noon time. I cried while re-writing my piece and I was on the verge of giving up.

But I did not.

“I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me.” – Phil. 4:13 I keep repeating inside my head. I did not give up because I know I am not alone in this journey. I have my God who is bigger above all things.


Post Graduate Internship came. I applied to a different hospital which was located in my hometown. I thought that PGI-ship would be just a walk in the park. However, working in a different setting was a challenged to me. I only know few people and few doctors. I was lost. There were times that I got scolded because I didn’t meet their standard. I was an alien in that hospital and it gave me a hard time to cope up. But God, placed me in a group with people who are willing to understand and extend a helping hand. As months went by, the people inside the hospital became my family. From the nurses, to the residents, co-PGIs and to the consultants, they became my family. I felt at home.

God never left by my side.


A couple of days from my Post Graduate Internship, I flew to Manila for my Board Exam Review. This is the phase that I would never wanted to repeat in my whole life. It was nerve-wracking and emotionally draining. A lot of the students were having emotional break down. Some of them cannot sleep, some are having auditory hallucinations and some were admitted to the hospital. However, this the phase that I have sought the love of God. Every night I do my devotion and every night God is keeping up my faith and strength high. He reminded me that He is the Mighty God and that I should not be afraid because He will fight the battle with me. I won’t forget what my friend told me that I should be excited for the exam because He will show me how He works for this exam.


Indeed, God is great. I passed the Physician Licensure Exam. This is all about Him. My journey on becoming a Physician is all about Him. I may not be the most religious person in the world but He never failed to amaze me with all His wonders.

Now that I am flipping on the next page of my life, I pray that He may continue to strengthen my heart for the future plans that He has stored for me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents who supported me financially and spiritually.


Always believe in your self. The board exam isn’t just about knowledge but it is a mixture of faith and attitude. Always seek first the kingdom of God and be confident that you can make it. But do not forget to study hard because everything is going to be worth it.

Cheers and God bless to all of you.

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Marica, a 20-something lady who loves to explore new things in the world while juggling her life in the medical field.

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