Cebuana nurse in top 10 follows parents’ footsteps

Posted on February 27, 2011

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by Jhunnex Napallacan 
Correspondent 
 
 
A Cebuana from a family of doctors made it to the top 10 of the recent medical board examinations. 

Donna Lea Sullano Pepito, 26, of Lawaan 3, Talisay City, Cebu, placed number 10 in the exams with a rating of 84.42 percent. 

She finished her medical course at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. 

The 8th placer Cristine Aurestila Descallar, who graduated at the Cebu Doctors’ University-College of Medicine with 84.58 percent,  hails from Bohol province. Their family lives in Talibon but her father hails from Maribojoc town in Bohol. 

Donna Lea is the second of three siblings. 

Her father, Dr. Leopoldo Pepito, is the head of the Department of Pediatrics in Miller Hospital and South General Hospital while her mother, Dr. Evelyn Sullano-Pepito heads the Obstetrics-Gynecology   Department of South General Hospital and is vice president for medical affairs of Miller Hospital. 

Donna Lea’s elder brother, Dr. Don Leo Pepito, was also a topnotcher who placed 5th in the medical board examinations two years ago. Don Leo is an internal medicine resident at the University Medical Center Las Vegas. 

Her younger sister, Donna Mae, is a second year medical student at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, where Donna Lea and Don Leo finished their medical studies. Donna Lea graduated class valedictorian and cum laude in her medicine course at UE.  

She also finished summa cum laude in college at the Adventist University of the Philippines in Silang, Cavite, and finished salutatorian in her high school at the East Visayan Academy in Bulacao and was valedictorian in her elementary at the Cebu City Seventh-Day Adventist school. 

“It was totally unexpected. I even cried during the last day of the exam on Feb. 21 because I only counted 40 correct answers out of 100 questions. So I just left everything to God,” Donna Lea said. 

Donna Lea said aside from God, the support of her family was one of the big factors on why she made it to the top 10. Like her brother, she reviewed for the board exams on her own and did not enroll in review classes.  

The proud mother, Dr. Evelyn, 55, said the success of her daughter is one of the graces given by God. 

“We are very happy. God is so good all the time,” Dr. Evelyn said.
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