Description of graduate studies: Medical Technology

Clinical examination is the first area of medicine to reflect advances in science and technology. In the field of medical technology, students gain an even deeper understanding about areas that relate to medical examination. They acquire extensive knowledge and advanced technologies, and cultivate practical skills. The Graduate School of Health Sciences nurtures inquisitiveness and creativity, for students to undertake research and development into new examination methods for diagnosis, seeking to clarify mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of disease, by deepening their knowledge in various fields such as cells, immunity and genes, and familiarizing them with the latest analytical techniques such as in molecular biology. The aim of the Graduate School is to develop researchers and educators with advanced levels of professional skills and expertise, who can contribute to the improvement of health, medicine and welfare. For example, by applying knowledge and skills in medical engineering or informatics to conduct research and development into new techniques in physiological diagnostics, new equipment in welfare engineering, or new systems supporting diagnosis and treatment.

Cytotechnologist Training Program

In recent years, there has been an absolute shortage of pathologists relative to the distinct increase in pathological diagnosis work. Along with the increased diversity and complexity of pathology work, it is becoming a large problem. By training medical technologists and cytotechnologists with advanced knowledge and skills in pathology, the Graduate School hopes to alleviate the burden on pathologists, and provide a secure supply of human resources able to handle pathology work which is becoming increasingly complex. For this reason, the Graduate School of Health Sciences has established a new course as part of its Master’s Course in medical technology. The “Training Program for Medical Technologists and Cytotechnologists with Advanced Knowledge and Skills in Pathology” is being offered in collaboration with the Department of Pathology at Okayama University Hospital, the Department of Pathology at Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as with other hospitals affiliated with Okayama University. The aim of the training program is for students to systematically acquire a high level of practical pathological skills and knowledge. In addition, by conducting a molecular pathological study of cancer, students also foster an ability for performing research.
Eligibility requirements: Medical Technologist (who is, or wishes to become, a qualified cytotechnologist)