The second paid job of my life

THE SECOND paid job of my life will be at the Department of Medicine of the Philippine General Hospital. By God's all-sufficient grace, I made it through two weeks of competitive (yet surprisingly enjoyable) pre-residency, then a month or so of patient waiting and praying for the Chief Resident's call that should come on the third or fourth week of October, if I qualified for the top 21 slots.



Photo: Dr. Ralph Villalobos

Dr. Alric Mondragon himself phoned me this afternoon to break the news that will keep my heart tachycardic for the next week or so. I was watching the Spielberg-produced HBO mini-series The Pacific on my laptop when I was interrupted, gladly, by Sir Alric's announcement: that I made it. I couldn't believe my ears. I'm going to be specializing in Internal Medicine.

All glory belongs to the Lord Almighty. Thank you, dear friends, for your support and prayer. This is a new chapter of my life--and my blog, as my smart classmate Laureen Lukban reminded me.

Of course I can't end this post without thanking my Service Three seniors--Doctors Eliza Dejoras, Anne Quero, Abby Ceralde, and Pam Lagumbay--for their patience and kindess. Special thanks goes to the interns and clerks I worked with, all of them competent, brave, and responsible.


Service Three at Ward One, Philippine General Hospital

Many thanks, too, to Carlos, Mati, and Aeron for being such wonderful team players during pre-residency. Of course I won't ever forget the entire Batch One, comprised of easy-going, gracious, and helpful would-be internists who made my two-week stint so much easier. It was a pleasure working and eating and laughing and drinking coffee with you.


Carlos, Mati, myself, and Aeron, during the Oathtaking at the PICC

7 thoughts on “The second paid job of my life”

  1. This made me smile "Drinking Coffee with you" :p ... wow!!!! Congratulations Doc Lance, and the odds was ever in your favor, you've survived hunger games!!!Si Alric pa tumawag sayo (batch mate ko sya sa psych, small world talaga)... Now welcome to the REAL WORLD...welcome to the REAL WORK... (Palibre ng kape sa unang sweldo!!!) Soli DEO Gloria! :) I did not doubt the LORD's goodness to you, galing talaga Nya! :)

  2. I'm a changed man, Frances. Sabi ko na mapaproud ka sa pagkape-kape ko, eh. Thanks so much for your prayer, support, and encouragement. Will catch up with you in church, when I get back.

  3. It was around this time two years ago when I first came across your blog. Was preparing for my NMAT then; you were a student training to be a physician. And look at you now. :)

    Hope it won't creep you out but I kinda checked out your name from the list the moment I heard that the licensure exam result is out. I may not know you personally but reading your stories of faith, family, and friendship has earned me the right to be proud of you. Congratulations, Doc! Way to go. :)

    Keep writing, please.
    God bless.

  4. Time flies really fast, Kristina; for all you know, med school will be over, and it will be your name we will look for in the PRC list. Anyway, thanks for reading and sticking it out with me, after all these years, and hopefully more.

  5. I almost cried after reading this. Parang gusto ko rin kasi iyong IM (though hindi pa naman ako nag-aaral. Naghihintay pa lang ako ng NMAT result). God be glorified in your endeavor. Just a question: will your years in residency be counted as part of your return service? Thanks! :D

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