Working student inspires after becoming a licensed doctor

    MANILA, Philippines – Choosing to look at poverty as a challenge instead of as an obstacle, new doctor Rommel Abellar Amos shares the inspiring story of how he became a licensed physician and registered nurse even if his family is poor.
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    The 37-year-old former working student recently became a doctor after passing the March 2021 Physician Licensure Examination (PLE). As he rejoices in this new milestone in his life, he recalls the times when he worked hard as a working student and did odd jobs to support himself.

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    Back in 2005, he was a working student who worked as a water refiller to send himself to school. The following year, he became a merchandiser in a mall supermarket. Then, he worked as a marketing assistant in 2007.

    In his determination to support his studies, he worked as sales clerk in 2008 then as assistant baker the following year.

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    Through all these, he managed to reach for his dreams and earn a degree. First, he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary. He later completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Jude College Manila.

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    But this inspiring young man continued to work hard to reach for his dreams. He earned his degree as Doctor of Medicine from Cagayan State University - College of Medicine and Surgery. He now works at the Borongan City Health Office in Borongan, Eastern Samar.

    Rommel Abellar Amos inspiring story
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    He is also among the frontliners who risk their lives in this COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Stepping out of the comfortable presence of my family, I will tread and risk the danger of getting the disease just to offer the medical services people need during this pandemic,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

    Recently, he earned his license as doctor after passing the PLE. He happily shared the challenges he faced to inspire others.

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    Photo credit: Rommel Abellar Amos

    “Let us just treat poverty as a challenge, not an obstacle. I think that my humble beginnings were very deliberate, and I'm grateful for them because I'm not sure I would see my achievements the same way if they were handed to me. So I EARNED them,” he wrote.

    Congratulations, Dr. Rommel Abellar Amos!

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express
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