Top 5 in Medtech board exam juggled reviewing and taking care of sick father

MANILA, Philippines – Jezriel James Jacob clinched the no. 5 spot in the March 2023 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination (MTLE), as announced by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) on March 14.

Top 5 in Medtech board exam juggled reviewing and taking care of sick father
Jezriel Jacob juggled taking care of his father while reviewing for the board exam | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Jacel Jacob

Jezriel earned a rating of 91.50 percent among the 4,714 passers out of 6,165 takers of the MTLE.

The 23-year-old topnotcher from Camarines Sur came from a family of teachers. His father used to be a school head, while his mother, older sister, and brother are teachers.

Jezriel chose a different path and aspires to be a doctor. As a result, he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science at Adventist University of the Philippines, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2022.

Jezriel and his family faced a major challenge during his fourth year of college when his father was diagnosed with a cerebrovascular disease. Because of this, the family came together to assist him with his everyday tasks.

At that time, Jezriel had to face the struggle of taking care of his father and reviewing since he was left alone during daytime.

He said, "Medyo hindi ko po na-feel yung hirap na pagsabayin ang online class at ang pag-aalaga kay Papa. Pero iba pala kapag board exam na ang paghahandaan.”

He admitted feeling pressured and exhausted of the tasks and his responsibilities. “During daytime po kasi, ako ang nag-aalaga kay Papa, nagpapakain, nagbubuhat, at nagpapaligo dahil ako lang ang naiiwan sa bahay," he added.

Ultimately, all of his efforts paid off when he not only passed the board exam but also became a topnotcher. He said that the sacrifices made by his parents, particularly his father, inspired him to work hard.

“Kay Papa po, hindi man madali ang pag-aalaga, pero kakayanin ko dahil kung paano niya kami inalagaan nung bata pa kami, ganun din namin siya aalagaan at mamahalin," he added.

According to Jezriel, he wants to continue on to medical school but may have to work first due to financial restrictions.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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