Medical Technology in the Philippines

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Medical Technology education in the Philippines began in 1960. Since then, the country has been molding medical technologists for the world health industry who are scientifically and technologically competent to deliver the full spectrum of Medical Technology services required in modern health care. Medical technology education in the Philippines trains students in the performance of laboratory test procedures and analyses used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of disease, with the use of modern equipment and scientific techniques. Course specialties include clinical biochemistry, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, immune-hematology, histopathology, cytopathology, genetics, cytogenetics, and IVF labs. The first three years deals with the broad knowledge of basic and health sciences. To create the best environment for students to master the principles and theories of medicine, medical schools link health-service needs, top health-professionals, advance training facilities including programs, and new advances of the ever-changing care environment. At the end of the four-year course, students are competent in scientific research, methods, and processes having acquired skills in instrumentation, laboratory diagnosis, methodology, and life-saving procedures. In addition, students show qualities, attitudes and values needed to become competitive and effective member of the health care delivery system. As hospitals and labs in the United States find it cheaper to send some of their core and non-core medical processes overseas, the Philippines' medical sector is growing by the day. The 2006 review cited the Philippines advantage as with huge pool of highly skilled medical technology professionals with the ability to work with people of different ethnicities. Medical technologists from the Philippines are in high demand because of the industry's emphasis on diagnosing and treating diseases. In addition, the similarity in health system makes medical technologists trained in the Philippines comfortable in U.S. laboratories. Medical technology professionals may work behind the scenes but they do contribute to saving lives. They may come from the Philippines but they are true to their commitment to quality and to the community they serve.

HISTORY OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Margaret L. Casimiro, RMT
University of the Immaculate Conception
College of Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science
Davao City, Philippines

World war II1944 – US bases were built in Leyte
Health care team were brought to the Philippines
Opening of the 26th medical laboratory of the 6th US army
Located at Quiricada, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Presently known as Public Health Laboratory (Manila Health Department) Training of civilians for lab works began

…history

1945 June – US army left the Philippines
Laboratory was endorsed to the National Department of Health September 1945, Dr. Pio de Roda and Dr. Mariano Icasiano re-organized the lab and named it Manila Public Health Laboratory 1947 – training for interested civilians to become lab workers was offered 1954 – formal training with syllabus began (made by Dr. Prudencia Sta. Cruz)

Formal Medical Technology Education
in the
Philippines

Philippine Union College of Baesa, Caloocan (1954) – offered the first 4-year BS MedTech course Dr. Jesse Umali – fisrt BSMedTech graduate
D. Antonio Gabriel and Dr. Gustavo Reyes (SY 1957-58) offered medtech as an elective course to 4th and 5th year BS Pharmacy students Rev. Fr. Lorenzo Rodriguez decided to offer it as a course
June 1957 – permit for 1st – 3rd year was issued
June 1960 – permit for the internship program was issued
June 14, 1961 – full recognition of the 4-year BS MedTech course CEU’s first batch graduated in 1962
Many schools also offered the same course
UP offers BS Public Health
Postgraduate studies are offered by some schools:
UST
PWU
UP...
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