New Doctor: “I Hope 5-Year-Old Me is Proud”

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A new doctor recently went viral after sharing a throwback photo of his 5-year-old self, with a simple but meaningful caption, “I hope five-year-old me is proud 🥺.

Lester Mico Danganan, 27, graduated from the med school of University of Santo Tomas (UST) where he also completed his BS Medical Technology pre-med degree. The new doctor admits that though he had always wished to become a doctor even as a kid, he did not expect that the day would truly come.

Hindi ko po akalain na darating po yung araw na matatawag ko na pong ganap na doctor ang sarili ko. Sa dami po ng hirap na naranasan, napakasarap po pala sa pakiramdam na natupad mo yung pinapangarap mo noong bata ka pa,” he said.

Photo credit: Lester Mico Danganan / Twitter

Danganan’s elder sister is a nurse. Though he can already find a job as medical technologist, he did not forget his dream of becoming a doctor; thus, he enrolled in med school.

Funny enough, as I further my education I found myself asking what do I really want and do I really want to be a doctor especially when the going gets tough,” he admitted.

Yet during those days when he was facing a lot of challenges, he would think about his 5-year-old self’s dream of becoming a doctor. Somehow, this gave him strength and inspiration to keep going.

I remind myself of something that I read that the only person worth impressing is your 5 and 85-year-old self…. I hope 5-year-old me is proud,” he added.

Indeed, his 5-year-old self would be proud, particularly because this new doctor hopes to work in a public hospital so he can help many people who are poor and unable to get proper medical care due to lack of money.

Photo credit: Lester Mico Danganan / Twitter

Kung ako po ang masusunod, balak ko na po sanang mag-residency na sa pampublikong ospital. Pero, dahil po sa pandemic, iilan ospital lang po ang nagbukas ng application para sa ibang residency programs. Sa ngayon po, naghahanap po ako ng bukas pang program na maaari kong subukan para makatulong na din po at ma-practice ang pagiging doctor,” he explained.

Napakahalaga po ng mga doktor at health care workers sa panahon ngayon. Halos iaalay po ang sarili para sa ikabubuti ng nakakarami. Isang karangalan at sakripisyo po ang pagsisilbi ngayon.

Congratulations, Dr. Lester Mico Danganan!

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