- Roles and Responsibilities, and Education and Training Requirements for Clinically Qualified Medical Physicists (IAEA)
- The present status of Medical Physics Education and Training in Europe. New perspectives and EFOMP recommendations (EFOMP)
- Guidelines for education and training of medical physicists in radiotherapy, recommendations from an ESTRO/EFOMP working group
- The present status of Medical Physics Education and Training in Europe: An EFOMP survey, 2008 (EFOMP)
- Academic Program Recommendations for Graduate Degrees in Medical Physics, 2002 (AAPM)
- Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital-Based Medical Physics Residency Training Programs, 2006 (AAPM)
- El físico médico (IAEA) (Spanish)
- News - Strengthening Medical Physics at the IAEA
An ideal education for a medical physicist consists of (a) appropriate academic qualifications at the postgraduate level, and (b) clinical training and (c) professional accreditation or registration with a competent body.
While different countries have varying structures for the education and certification of medical physicists, the need for quality, structured, educational standards is ubiquitous. The role of clinical medical physicists in supporting quality health care is becoming more recognized, and so is the need for development and refinement of robust educational programmes for the training of competent medical physicists. Both the AAPM and EFOMP have taken proactive roles in assessing medical physics educational system which are in place, and defining what goals should be sought for improving the current system.
The IAEA worked on an inter-regional initiative to strengthen the field of medical physics through addressing a number of issues focusing on achieving recognition. The project was a joint effort, involving input from a cross section of experts and organizations from all regions. A report has been prepared to provide specific guidelines on the role and responsibilities of clinically qualified medical physicists and the basic requirements for their education and clinical training. The IAEA report has been published as “Human Health Series No. 25”. The IAEA publication has been endorsed by the International Organization for Medical Physics and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
The IAEA is preparing a harmonized academic syllabus (postgraduate level) and will support its adaptation to specific national or regional needs. It will be published soon as IAEA Technical Course Series No. 56.
In this context, a regional harmonized medical physics academic syllabus has been developed by experts in the African region and endorsed by FAMPO. Similarly, a regional clinical training programme for radiotherapy medical physicists has also been developed using the IAEA Training Course Series No. 37 as well as a companion logbook to be used by residents and trainers as a portfolio of clinical training. All documents have been endorsed by FAMPO. This endeavour was supported through regional AFRA technical co-operation projects in support of medical physics. In future a regional clinical training programme for imaging medical physics will also be produced.