Two graduates of the Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ICLS) ranked first and second during the August 2016 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination.
Roselle Louise Publico and Clarisse Cadano, who graduated from Silliman University (SU) last March 2016, placed first and second, respectively.
Publico, who graduated magna cum laude, is the second ICLS alumna to top the board exams. She followed 21 years after Lydia Labor Dayang also topped the exams in 1995.
According to Publico, before taking the exam, she felt afraid that she would not be able to meet people’s expectations of being one of the topnotchers.
“I never had strong confidence in my abilities…I know that I am not the smartest…not the most dedicated [among all board takers]. But God has shown me favor for He has blessed me,” Publico said.
On the other hand, Cadano, a dean’s lister in her college years, said that “the path to being a registered medical technologist has never been easy.”
“But [SU] has backed me up with sufficient knowledge and training since [my] first year in college…the ICLS faculty and staff always try to give the best, nothing less,” Cadano said.
Both Publico and Cadano have plans to pursue medicine.
ICLS Director Jusie Bernal said that their college has prepared the topnotchers and passers with holistic education at SU through developing their attitudes, knowledge, and faith.
“We provide them with the knowledge and skills. Starting from their freshmen year, we already gear them towards the board exams,” Bernal said.
Bernal added that Publico and Cadano are “deserving of their awards.”
“Words cannot contain how [they] have given honor to Silliman and ICLS…To all who passed, job well done and to God be the glory,” Bernal said.
According to Bernal, the current batch of ICLS students feel “pressured” to top the board exams also.
“We encourage them to excel…[but] we tell them ‘not to worry, just do your best. You will always make us proud’…all we want for them is to pass; topping [the board] is just an additional,” Bernal said.
ICLS produced 150 passers in this year’s board exams. It attained a passing average of 96.15% and ranked ninth among the country’s top performing schools.