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Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay: Igorot is First Filipino SAS Doctor of the Year in UK

Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay, a proud Igorot, has become the first Filipino to be awarded the prestigious SAS Doctor of the Year Award in the UK.

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Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay, an Igorot doctor from Sagada makes history as First Filipino to win prestigious SAS Doctor of the Year Award in the United Kingdom.

In the realm of healthcare, recognition is a testament to dedication and expertise. Meet Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay, a remarkable member of the Igorot community hailing from Sagada, Mountain Province. His journey is one of resilience and unwavering determination, culminating in a prestigious honor.

Dr. Balansay was recently crowned SAS Doctor of the Year, an accolade that shines a spotlight on his extraordinary contributions to the field. This achievement marks him as the first Filipino in the history of the United Kingdom to receive such a nationally acclaimed award.

But before we delve into this well-deserved recognition, let's explore the remarkable path that led Dr. Balansay to this pinnacle of success.

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A Humble Beginning

Dr. Balansay embarked on his educational journey in the United Kingdom, graduating from St. Mary's University with first-degree honors in BS Biochemistry. His dream of pursuing medical studies in the UK faced some significant challenges, leading to a pivotal decision in his life.

A Mother's Unwavering Support

In the face of adversity, Dr. Balansay's unwavering support system, his mother Mary Solang, stepped in without hesitation. She made the decision to take him back to Saint Louis University in the Philippines, where he would embark on a new chapter in his journey to become a doctor.

Triumph in the Philippines

Dr. Balansay's time in the Philippines was marked by dedication and hard work. He successfully completed his medical education and passed the board exams, a testament to his unwavering commitment to his dream of becoming a doctor.

A Return to the UK

With his medical qualifications in hand, Dr. Balansay made his way back to the United Kingdom. He embarked on the challenging path of taking Plab 1 and 2 to qualify as a medical practitioner, displaying unyielding determination.

Plab 1 and 2 are essential examinations that international medical graduates, like Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay, must pass to qualify as medical practitioners in the United Kingdom. Plab stands for 'Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board,' and these exams assess the medical knowledge, skills, and English language proficiency required for safe and effective practice in the UK's healthcare system. Passing Plab 1 and 2 is a significant milestone in the journey of international medical professionals aiming to work in the UK.

Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay (far left) from Kewstoke wins SAS Doctor of the Year Award Photo: Cygnet Health

The Award-Winning Moment

Within just over a year of his return to the UK, Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay achieved something truly remarkable. He was awarded the National SAS Doctor of the Year, a prestigious honor that recognizes excellence and dedication in the medical field. This achievement makes him the first Filipino in the history of the United Kingdom to receive such a nationally acclaimed award.

Honoring a Doctor of Excellence

In Kewstoke, Endland, Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay receives the prestigious SAS Doctor of the Year Award for his exceptional medical dedication. The Cygnet Annual Psychiatrists Conference and National Awards honor specialists with outstanding clinical skills, service development, teaching, research, and leadership in the SAS Doctor of the Year category.

Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay, a dedicated professional at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke, provides impactful mental health treatment to both men and women. Presented by Dame Clare Gerada, the Medical Director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, the award acknowledges Dr. Karl's expertise in empowering nursing staff with essential patient care skills. His unwavering commitment to patient care sets him apart, advocating for mental health on par with physical health and treating everyone with respect, dignity, and trust.

Dr. Karl's dedication extends to teaching and mentoring medical students, known for his innovative teaching methods and unwavering commitment to the medical field. He consistently goes above and beyond to enhance the quality of care, serving as a steadfast source of support for his peers. Upon receiving the award, Dr. Karl expresses deep gratitude to Cygnet and colleagues, a testament to his unwavering commitment and dedication.

The most rewarding aspect of his job for Dr. Karl is witnessing the transformation of those he supports, filling him with pride as he sees his patients building a successful future in their community.

Recognizing Exceptional Dedication

Dr. Tony Romero, the CEO of Cygnet Health Care, concluded the celebration by acknowledging the profound impact of dedicated healthcare professionals. These awards pay tribute to motivated, compassionate, and value-driven doctors and their teams, who make a lasting difference in the lives of service users and residents.

Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay's journey and recognition are a testament to the transformative power of dedication and compassion in the field of healthcare. His story is an inspiration to all aspiring medical professionals.

A Remarkable Journey Continues

Dr. Balansay's journey is not just about personal achievement; it's a testament to the power of resilience, unwavering determination, and the unwavering support of family. His recognition as SAS Doctor of the Year is not just an accolade; it's a celebration of his journey and an inspiration for aspiring medical professionals everywhere.

This remarkable journey serves as a reminder that with the right support and an unwavering spirit, one can overcome challenges and make a significant impact in the field of healthcare. Dr. Karl Jose Solang Balansay's story is a testament to the strength of human determination, and it continues to inspire others to follow their dreams.

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