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Caeteris paribus : In search of the “Silent Professional Identity” of Filipino radiologic technologists during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • de Guzman, Allan B.1, 2
  • Angcahan, Darwin Z.1, 3
  • 1 The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
  • 2 Research Center for Social Sciences and Education, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
  • 3 Department of Radiology, Rizal Medical Center, Pasig City, Philippines
Published Article
Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.
Publication Date
Aug 23, 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmir.2020.08.006
PMID: 32847721
PMCID: PMC7443208
PubMed Central


The value of professional identity is an interesting territory to explore, relative to working in interprofessional teams and collaborative communities The collaborative opportunities provided to health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic is a rare opportunity to underscore the silent yet significant identity of radiologic technologists as professionals. Historically and prior to the pandemic, the role of radiologic technologists remains unfamiliar, if not unrecognized in the Philippine healthcare industry. The ‘alliedness’ of this health care professional group is an evolving entity that can no longer be overlooked. The central and indispensable role played by radiologic technologists (RTs) invites meaningful discussion and debate among peers and researchers, to better describe the professional identity and role of the RT as an indispensable member of the interprofessional team. Specific recommendations are offered to improve recognition of RTs and their professional identity within the healthcare system.

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