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‘Miracles happen every day’ Former accountant passes medical coding exam


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Filipino Institute student Marie Joy Walker has recently passed the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam and garnered 81 percent score. 

Walker, an overseas Filipino worker based in the UAE, took the medical coding exam yesterday, August 28. She was scheduled to take the exam last April but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was moved to another date. 

It was 2019 when he stumbled upon the medical coding course at the Filipino Institute and graduated with flying colors. 

Early days

Walker has arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and worked in a building construction company. Despite being a licensed nurse in the Philippines and in the US, she was not able to work as a nurse in the UAE mainly because she didn’t have work experience from her home country. 

Prior to nursing, she graduated Bachelor of Science in Accounting and worked as an accountant for four years. However, with the lowball job offer as an accountant in the host country, she opted to work as a sales coordinator for a few years. 

“I had to quit my job because of pregnancy complications. Ultimately, I chose to be a stay-at-home parent which is a worthwhile experience for me and my kids as well as my husband,” she said. 

Walker added that life is not that predictable as she experienced a major life-changing event from 2018 until 2019. 

“During those times, it was difficult to think about anything other than what’s going on. “This will pass”, is my mantra in life. No event in our life lasts forever. But most of the time, I became so consumed in my own misery that It overshadowed any glimmer of hope,” she further added. 

Comparing CPC with the Philippine’s nursing board examination and California’s board of registered nursing, admittedly, she was not that confident to take the certification for medical coding after graduation. 

“I was still in an emotional turmoil and could hardly focus,” Walker said. 

She also thanked the founder and president of the Filipino Institute, Mr. Gabriel John Rimando, for giving hopes to all the Filipino dreamers. 

“Re-entering the workforce after the long break may be hard but I will never give up faith and will never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day. No matter how dire the situation is, if you have faith in yourself and in God, nothing will be impossible,” she further added. 

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