Pagbilao-born med grad tops March 2021 physician licensure exams

CALAMBA CITY, Mar. 22 (PIA) - Jeremiah Dimapeles Lim of Pagbilao, Quezon is the recent topnotcher of the 2021 licensure exam for physicians. 

A graduate of the Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Lim topped the licensure exams with a score of 89.67 percent, making the institution this year’s performing school with a passing rate of 91.76 percent. 

“Hindi ko ineexpect talaga na magagawa ko ito. Sa pamilya ko po, walang doktor. Hindi rin po kasi nakapagtapos ang mga magulang ko,” the now-Doctor Lim said in an interview with PTV. 

Lim’s success in the licensure exam was a product of hard work. After graduating as a Cum Laude at the Far Eastern University - Manila where he finished his pre-medicine degree in  Medical Technology, he applied in some of the most prestigious schools of medicine in the country, such as Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

He eventually entered at the FEU - Nicanor Reyes University Medical Foundation as a scholar, and later on finished as a Cum Laude. 

Aware of his family’s financial status, Lim worked hard to become a scholar, and eventually graduating with honors. 

Aside from the financial constraints of studying in one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, Lim also had to manage the expectations of his peers after previously graduating with honors. 

Lim also had to rely on his friends as emotional support while preparing for the board exams.

“Kasama ko lang yung mga kaibigan ko na lagi kong kakwentuhan. Kitang kita nila ‘pag sinasabi ko na umay na ako dahil pagkagising ko, mag-aaral, bago ako matulog kasama ko [sila] pag-aaral. ” Lim said of his peers who witnessed his struggles during review period. 

As a practicing physician, Lim wishes to work at the Philippine General Hospital, where he also received his training in Internal Medicine and witnessed the condition of the healthcare system in the country. It was also in the very same facility where he realized his motivation to become a doctor. 

“Dito ko nakita na kulang na kulang ang mga doktor. Nakakalungkot na hindi nila afford ang healthcare sa Pilipinas.”

Upon receiving his license, Lim said he hopes to do his residency at the PGH, or in any government-owned hospital, in order to serve more of the underprivileged. (PB)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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