Volume 33, Issue 6, June 2006
Index of content:
- Educational Symposium: Room 330 D
Symposium on the Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources for the Future of Medical Physics Education
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Medical physicseducation, especially for radiologists and medical physicists, is faced with several significant challenges because of a variety of conditions including the rapid changes in diagnostic and therapy technology and methods that must be addressed, prevailing attitudes on physics education within the clinical practice, and the need for qualified faculty and educational resources.
Effective and efficient medical physics education for the future will result from a general re‐engineering and adopting revised models of the educational process to clearly define the needs and desired outcomes of educational activities and then develop a variety of methods and resources that will use state‐of‐the‐art technology to enhance the performance of both the learners and learning facilitators/teachers.
This symposium provides a forum for exploring several current activities and initiatives that are significant to the future of medical physicseducation.
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Medical physics education leaves much to be desired. The depth and breadth of education of radiologists in the fundamental physics of their profession is simply inadequate when contrasted with the complexity of imaging technologies and the sophistication of imaging procedures. The use of image guidance and complex treatment delivery systems and algorithms in radiationoncology calls for a substantial increase in the level of understanding of physics and its applications by radiationoncologists. These needs provide excellent opportunities for medical physicists to improve their contributions to the education of their physician colleagues, and through this process improve the care of patients in radiology and radiationoncology. Before these opportunities can be exploited to their fullest, however, the education of medical physicists in the clinical applications of radiology and radiationoncology must be improved. In January, 20–22, 2006 a forum on the physics education of radiologists,radiationoncologists and medical physicists was held in Atlanta. The meeting was hosted by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and representatives of 30 radiology, radiationoncology and medical physics organizations attended the meeting. Participants examined the guidelines for education of specialists in all 3 fields, together with expectations of accrediting agencies (eg CAMPEP and ACGME‐RRC) and certification organizations (ABR, ABMP), and developed a number of consensus recommendations on how the various organizations could communicate and work more closely together to improve the physics education of individuals in all 3 specialties. These recommendations will be presented for discussion in this forum, with the purpose of seeking feedback on the recommendations and encouraging implementation of the recommendations in the participants' institutions.
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The course will present a review of web based educational materials for medical physicists. This material can be divided into a number of broad categories. These include: 1) Materials that are available to the physicist that can be used as part of a program for teaching radiology residents, radiation oncology residents, medical physics students and technologists; 2) Materials that can assist the physicists in self‐directed professional development and maintenance of certification; 3) Materials that are designed for use by students and physicists in developing areas; and 4) Materials that are designed to help physicists locate and use materials in the other categories.
This lecture will review materials in the various categories to assist medical physicists with locating and using appropriate materials.
1. The participant will become aware of educational materials that are available on the web.
2. The participant will be able to locate appropriate materials for web based SDED.
3. The participant will be aware of the many different professional areas in which web based materials exist.