THE Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA continues to prove its excellence in producing topnotchers and passers despite the great challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic as the educational institution honored the sixth placer and 49 passers during the January 2021 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination.
Salvador Sampayan Jr. from Samar, the sixth placer in the nationwide exams, came from SWU PHINMA.
The university was also hailed as among the top three performing schools in medical technology in the country with an 89 percent overall passing rate and 94 percent passing rate for first takers during the Medical Technologist Licensure Exam.
During a virtual recognition ceremony, SWU PHINMA president Dr. Chito Salazar said the journey of the university was challenging.
“Through it all, we continue to be inspired by our students and our faculty who developed our students despite all these challenges. They managed to survive and succeed. Especially now in the times of pandemic, despite the stress, the tension and the difficulty in preparing for the board exams, we’re very happy that two of our colleges have done very well,” he said.
President and chief executive officer of Phinma Corp. Ramon Del Rosario Jr., emphasized the vital roles of the new medical technologists in the world wracked by the effects of the pandemic.
“This is why your chosen field is crucial for a safer and more sustainable future. The 49 newly licensed medical technologists joining us today are proof that passion and dedication can overcome the boundaries of even the most difficult of times,” he said in his speech.
Sampayan, who ranked sixth among 2,835 examinees, also received a cash incentive and a certificate of scholarship as a recipient of the Chairman Scholarship for the School of Medicine of SWU PHINMA.
“When you are told to do your best, always do better than your best. This has always been my everyday mantra ever since I was a kid. This was instilled in me. I believe that we as humans, are not stagnant,” he said.
Nicknamed “Buddy,” Sampayan, who was raised by a single mother, plans to continue his pursuit in the medical field by being a doctor.
“Buddy dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. He believed that he was gifted with a healing hand. People around him would always say that his dream is invalid, impossible and very high to reach, especially that their family is facing financial instability,” he narrated.
“Buddy is just an ordinary boy coming from a family just enough to say that they are above poverty line and he was raised by a solo parent, a single supermom who’s earning just enough for daily consumption,” he added.
Sampayan persevered, with the guidance of his family, friends and the SWU PHINMA faculty, and studied hard, making him rank sixth in the exams. He said he is grateful for the untiring support coming from his alma mater and vowed to give back to the community soon. SPONSORED CONTENT