Jomel Garcia Lapides ranks as the #1 in the November 2020 Physician Licensure Exam, but did you know that he was also the #1 in the 2011 Nursing Licensure Exam?
This impressive new doctor wowed netizens with his impressive feat, especially because both licensure exams are considered to be among the most difficult to pass.
Back in 2011, Lapides garnered a rating of 88.4 percent which put him on the top #1 spot.
Photo credit: Jomel Garcia Lapides / Facebook
“Dati nanghihiram pa ako ng funds. Tapos nag-try ako mag-apply sa ibang work para habang naghihintay ng nursing board, nag-work ako as a tutor, kahit papano kumita na,” he recalled.
Working on his dream of becoming a doctor, Lapides enrolled in UP College of Medicine. After completing med school, Lapides wowed everyone anew as he once again emerged as the topnotcher among all the examinees after obtaining a rating of 88.67 percent.
“Congratulations, Jomel Garcia Lapides, RN, MD! You have made it again to the #1 spot! From NLE TO PLE! 🎉 No pandemic can stop you from pushing yourself to become a doctor the country needs! You are an inspiration that we will always look up to! 🤗” Jhazz Presores praised.
“JOMEL GARCIA LAPIDES has this habit of TOPPING THE BOARDS. 2011 NLE TOP 1. Now, 2020 PLE TOP 1!!! What’s next???” wrote Vernal Batocael Orcullo.
For Lapides, perseverance is the key to his success in both exams. But he also acknowledges God’s hand in everything he was able to achieve.
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“Si Lord lang po talaga ang naging sandalan. Tapos po, thankful kasi po may mga people na tumulong… So I think blessed lang po ako sa mga people na niniwala sa’yo. Talagang persevere talaga eh, kasi kung hindi talaga materially, financially-blessed, kailangan mo talaga ng tiyaga,” he explained.
Now that he’s a doctor, he plans to continue with his studies to specialize in opthalmology.
Congratulations, Dr. Jomel Garcia Lapides!