Two Cebu grads top MedTech board exam

TWO graduates from medical schools in Cebu topped the March 2022 Medical Technologist (MedTech) Licensure Examinations.Dianne Rose Autentico Avenido of Southwestern University landed in second place with a rating of 88.60 percent; while Romeo Mike Kipte Dalimocon of Velez College ranked fourth with 87.7 percent.In an interview with Dalimocon, he said his motto in life has always been “Nothing is impossible if you are focused on your goal.”But his success did not come easy, he said, as he had to face several struggles before the licensure exam.In an interview with Sunstar Cebu on Thursday, March 24, 2022, Dalimocon shared that he had been through a lot of obstacles.Dalimocon, 23, a native of Masbate City is the third of four siblings. He is the son of an auditor and a sales manager.He said his first obstacle was when he needed to go to Cebu to study for college and needed to live on his own.In the middle of his review for the licensure exam last December 2021 came Typhoon Odette (Rai) which made studying even harder.Dalimocon’s review was conducted online and there was no electricity.“I tried looking for coworking spaces available, but all were fully booked during that time. So, I just tried to review on my own with all the available resources I have,” said Dalimocon in Cebuano.Just when he thought all his struggles were over, he was diagnosed with kidney stones while busy reviewing for the test.“It was really hard studying while enduring all the pain. There were times that I thought I would never take the test because I feared it would worsen. Luckily, I was cured through medicine,” said Dalimocon.His “biggest secrets” in passing the licensure exam with flying colors were focusing on his goal and balancing time between his studies and taking a rest.He said his classmates were his main motivation to pass the test.“My main goal was just to pass the test and being a topnotcher is just a plus. When I saw the first batch of my classmates pass, that motivated me that I could be like them,” he said.Asked what his future plans are, Dalimocon said he is still on cloud nine.He said he plans to take a rest for a while and enjoy his time.He urged the youth of today to focus on their goals but not sacrifice their health. (HIC)