2015 Volume 64 Issue 5 Pages 622-627
Recently, it has become a concern that the number of young medical technologists who participate in the meetings organized by the Association of Medical Technologists has been decreasing. Therefore, an open discussion forum was established to solve this problem nationwide. As a local trial, the Nagano Association of Medical Technologists organized the “Executive Committee of Young Medical Technologists”, which was subsequently renamed the “Department of Young Medical Technologists”. This organization asked young members’ opinions about what they would like to request to the Association of Medical Technologists. Then, in accordance with their requests, the Department of Young Medical Technologists held some workshops such as “Specialized Workshops for Communication” and “Skills Training Courses” for four years. These trials achieved good results; for example, the number of academic conference presentations that involve collaboration with young members among different institutions has increased, and several independent study meetings that were planned by young members have been held. In addition, more young members participated in the different research teams of the Nagano Association of Medical Technologists. For establishing an association of young medical technologists, we should always make an effort to understand their needs and plan appropriate events. Therefore, the Association of Medical Technologists need to activity promote the position of young members in order to form an organization composed of young members.