In 2011, Jerald Lalaguna Pelayo topped the licensure exams for nurses but he’d repeat the feat in 2018, this time topping the board exams for doctors! Isn’t that amazing?
But Pelayo had not always wanted to be a nurse or a doctor. In fact, because he’s a Seventh-Day Adventist, he wanted to become a missionary when he was still a kid.
Still, he did not push through that dream, choosing instead to become a nurse and later a doctor – both professions are still about helping other people in need, something that Pelayo wants to do.
“Siguro po yung inspiration ko talaga is yung service to the people and especially yung hindi nari-reach ng ating government,” the new doctor shared.
(Probably my inspiration is giving service to people, and especially those who are not reached by the government.)
Pelayo said he took up nursing in preparation for medicine; it was something that did help a lot in his journey to become a doctor. His inspiration is American neurosurgeon Ben Carson but he plans to specialize in internal medicine, reports CNN Philippines.
While he wants to serve the poor, Pelayo also wishes to receive more training in the US so he can do it better. The young doctor is currently taking exams to fulfill his dreams; though we’re quite sure he’d ace those exams easily.
Pelayo hails from Masbate but completed his nursing education at Mountain View College, an Adventist school in Bukidnon. After topping the board exams for nurses, he went to University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center to study medicine.
“God was very faithful and he allowed me to top the exam. For that I am so thankful, sobra,” he humbly said after topping the 2018 physician licensure exam.