To my dear fellow doctors and colleagues,
Congratulations to all of you for passing the August 2011 medical board exam. Thank you for bringing honor to CIM in continuing to propagate the name and living up to the legend of our alma mater. This is indeed one such great achievement - a pride of kith and kin – mom and dad, brothers and sisters, lolo and lola, uncles and aunties, cousins, as well as teachers, classmates, friends and all the significant others.
At this point in time, I’m sure you are at a crossroad, facing the challenges of what lies ahead. Yes, the feeling of having passed the medical board exam is indeed indescribably exciting as it is overwhelmingly exhilarating for you to jump with joy because, at long last, you will now have the license to practice medicine, with an M.D. after your name. I’m sure too that a series of thanksgiving parties will be tendered and congratulatory ads will occupy not a few pages of the newspapers. Indeed, this is one great moment that calls for a celebration like no other.
Like you, 32 years ago, I was also at a crossroad after passing the medical board exam, not knowing what lay ahead. Would I have my residency training in Cebu or Manila or the U.S.? What field of specialization would I go into? So many questions. So many challenges.
After all that has been said and done, be it as it may, at the end of the day, there’s only one thing we all should be or try to become: PHYSICIANS WITH A HEART.
Congratulations once again. I join you in this penultimate joy of passing the medical board exam. To God be the glory and honor. Forevermore.
Very truly yours,
Henry L. Yu, M.D.
Dr. Henry Yu is a writer-contributor for a local newspaper and is a CIM alumnus and faculty member.