Dentist completes 9-year college journey despite grades setback, ranks Top 6 in board exam

Many or repeated failures in our lives is not the basis to define our success in the future.

That's what dentist Maria Cristina J. Dimas from Meycauayan, Bulacan, went through, who ranked in the top 6 in the May 2023 Licensure Examination for Dentists with 82.30 rating.

Dentist completes 9-year college journey despite grades setback
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Tina Dimas

She graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from National University-Manila on November 16, 2022.

In the interview with PEP, she said that she had dreamed of becoming a dentist since she was young because they always used to visit the dentist when she was little. According to her parents, they neglected their own teeth, so they didn't want to subject their children to the same experience.

She wanted to pursue medicine like one of her siblings, but she thought it would take too long, so she opted for dentistry. When she was in her 4th year of college, they experienced financial problems, so she had to stop studying. Because dentistry is a six-year course, she worked for a year and saved up to continue her studies.

After being out of school for a long time, when she returned to continue her studies, she struggled greatly. She had to adjust to a new environment because her former classmates had already graduated. She failed many subjects. During their practical sessions for tooth extraction, she said her patient left her, and she had many rejected cases. This was where Tina lost hope if she should continue pursuing her dream of becoming a dentist.

Upon graduating, Tina said she hesitated whether to take the board exam immediately or not. However, she found herself already filed for the board exam. There was no turning back. Tina pushed herself to review intensively until the last week of April, every day, from 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 in the evening.

Tina said she didn't aspire to be on the topnotcher list. She just wanted to pass. She also admitted that the five-day board exam was physically and mentally draining. Along with that, the emotional toll was significant because it was truly nerve-wracking. Tina couldn't believe it when the results came out.

On May 16, 2023, her Facebook post could be seen containing her message of gratitude to God and her family, especially her mother.

“SALAMAT, PANGINOON KO. Sa mga oras na nawawalan ako ng pag-asa, at sa mga oras na ginabayan mo ako,” she said.

“Salamat Mama ko Emma Jose Dimas. Mama worth it lahat ng paghihirap ko, dahil ang paghihirap ko ay paghihirap mo rin, at dahil dyan. PARA SAYO ITO MAMA. I LOVE YOU. SALAMAT SA PAG SUPORTA MO SAKIN SA LAHAT MAMA!!! 😭🤍 MAY DENTISTA KA NA!!”

“Salamat sa lahat ng nagtiwala sakin. Sa mga kaibigan, professors ko sa NU, kay Doc Mics at Doc Sumang. Kung hindi dahil sa inyo, hindi ko maachieve to, salamat po sa mga gabay at suggestions nyo,” she added.

Based on her Facebook profile, she is a Dentist/Practice Owner at Smileodontics by Dr. Dimas Dental Clinic.

Congrats, Doc Tina! You are truly an inspiration!

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express

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