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President's Message

Hello Arizona AMT members,

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Dustin and I have been elected to serve as the President of the Arizona State Society of American Medical Technologists. As president, I will ensure that our state society continues to provide a resource for the members of Arizona. With the help of Arizona’s dedicated board members, state editor, and state officers, I am sure we will be successful. I am a native resident and I love our state. I am currently marveling at the amount of snow and rainfall that we have received. I love the contrast, but I am ready for the return to normal weather. Hopefully it dries out before April.

There are many members registered in our state. Our state meetings, however, do not reflect this. I want to take a moment to emphasize the opportunities that you have in the Arizona State Society of American Medical Technologists. One benefit is the ability to interact with peers. Networking with other professionals can assist with employment or lead to new opportunities.  In addition, sharing data between individuals/organizations can assist in problem solving or determining the best way to proceed.

Another benefit is that through the Arizona State Society of American Medical Technologists, you can obtain continuing education units. As you know, continuing education units are a requirement to maintain certification. I understand the difficulty in maintaining family, business, and personal affairs. It can be difficult to find time to incorporate this task and meet the required number of credits. The Arizona State Society of American Medical Technologists has two meetings annually where you can interact with peers, learn material from a wide range of topics, have a great meal, and you receive six continuing education units for attending.

The annual National American Medical Technologists meeting is another way to obtain continuing education units. You receive a lot of valuable information and it is a great way to network with professionals in a national setting. There are terrific speakers and the event takes place in alternating cities throughout the United States. The national meeting is a week-long event so it can be difficult to coordinate with work schedules and other personal commitments. However, if you can attend, it is quite an experience and one you will not soon forget. After completing your courses, there are planned social events and you can take advantage of the chance to visit touristic sites.

This year, the national meeting will take place July 1-5 in Chicago at the Chicago Hilton Hotel. Check the AMT website for a breakdown of the provided courses. Chicago touristic sites include the beginning of Route 66, Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigley Field, and the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). If you would like to attend as a delegate, please contact me. Keep in mind that in order to qualify as a delegate, you must have attended the last two state meetings.

I expect a big turn out at our spring meeting. The meeting will be April 17, 2019 in Prescott Valley at the Yavapai College. The address is 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, AZ 86301. You may reference the newsletter for a list of speakers and topics. There will be much to learn; feel free to attend the business meeting afterward if you desire. If you have the time afterward, stay a while and see what this city has to offer.  The Fitzmaurice Indian Ruins and the Castle are popular attractions. The Prescott National Forest is also a beautiful destination.

If there are Arizona members with questions that need to be answered or if clarification is sought, contact me and I will help you.  Sometimes we have ideas to improve things, but they never leave our soap box. If you have a suggestion, please contact me. Communication is the key. I want to thank the Arizona State Society of American Medical Technologists for electing me to this position. I will do my best to continue the adopted standard of excellence that Arizona has been accustomed to.

Dustin Martinez MT (AMT)

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