APE

Today I went on my first stint as a licensed MD at a medical clinic in Vito Cruz doing preemployment physical exam for OFWs. It was quite a surprise getting the job since I was only informed yesterday, and even though I had no idea how to go there I just took the chance.

I left home 3 hours in advance to give leeway to traffic and human error and arrived at the clinic around 30 minutes before 9am. There were so many people lining up for physical by the time I arrived and after a quick interview by the HR I started work.

Work! This meant a continuous surge of rapid interview and physical exam of patients, much like in PGH OPD. I had to check most importantly any physical defects that would likely defer their employment abroad (tattoos, hernias, hemorrhoids..) and screen for sexually transmitted diseases. I had a few surprises while checking them up actually. We were done by 5pm, and I was tired! Shifting dullness I guess.

The one thing I had to adjust to the most was calling my colleagues ‘dok’ and being called ‘dok’ myself. It was very different from PGH where everyone from the director to the utility workers called each other ma’am and sir. Haha. I have to get used to that soon.

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Employment selfie! Haha

Aftermath

It was already the fourth day post boards and already every one was feeling anxious. We were all refreshing the PRC website almost hourly waiting for the news. By 5 pm our class was already gathered at the PGH chapel for a supposed thanksgiving mass (for passing the boards) but even after mass there was still no results.

By 7pm, we dropped by a Mu dineout as alumnae sisses and still no results.. Haha!

By 8pm, we met up with our Mu batchmates for the September babies birthday bash at Nihonbashitei. We talked of nothing else but those board exam results. Then after dinner my dad called and said his congratulations for passing. During that time I was still skeptical since the PRC site still yielded nothing. That call left all of us even more anxious and we were seriously considering not showing up at ClubMed, our joint frat-soro Mu Week event. We felt that celebrating was still premature.

We decided to ‘just show up’ and show support to the brods and sisses who made the event possible. They were all happy to see us but I think it was still obvious we had that fearful look in our faces. Barely 15 minutes in and suddenly…

Mac called Marianne. My buddy Marianne couldn’t understand what Mac was saying except ‘omygod omygod omygod’ over and over! We called her again, this time outside the noisy Mint Club, already at the street. May results na!! she said. UP’s passing rate was not a hundred percent but all sisses and brods passed. One of my batchmates even made it to the topnotchers’ list. She read all names through the line and we were all screaming and jumping up and down like crazy idiots. Haha!  We each called our loved ones, updated fb, and partied for real this time. 🙂

The wait was over, and I thank Him most of all for guiding us all the way and giving us strength. On to the future!

Trip to Manaoag

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Manaoag Shrine

Woke up extra early today to go on a roadtrip to the pilgrimage capital in Luzon. 20 days left before the boards begin, and the spiritual blessings shall go a long, long way.

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There were so many people today (because it was a Sunday) – the sick, the elderly,  those who like me have special intentions.. Knowing that we all had that sense of devotion to Mama Mary that day, that moment, gave me some solitude and tranquility for the challenges that will come ahead. 🙂