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1 Medical Physics Education programs: US and Latin America Doracy P. Fontenla, Ph.D., FACMP, FAAPM Program Director for Medical Physics Education Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Associate Attending Physicist, Dept Medical Physics 1CAB,IB_Oct,2012

2 Will attempt: Address MP education in the US and Latin America Overview of the current medical physics research/training in Latin America. PURPOSE : information might be useful for evaluate whether IB would progress as one of the reference training/research center for Latin America. 2CAB,IB_Oct,2012

3 Medical Physics Education: The US Model First decision: Only research Research and clinical Only clinical If any clinical activity is aimed at, the program must be defined, implemented and monitored by four organizations: AAPM, CAMPEP, ABR, SDAMP 3CAB,IB_Oct,2012

4 Relative roles of SDAMP, AAPM, CAMPEP, and ABR for the Education of Medical Physicists in the US: What is a Medical Physicist How best educate Physicist Certified to Practice Program accredit to educate 4CAB,IB_Oct,2012

5 Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) “ CAMPEP Mission: to promote consistent quality education of medical physicists by evaluating and accrediting Graduate, Residency and Continuing Education programs that meet high standards established by CAMPEP in collaboration with its sponsoring organizations.” 5CAB,IB_Oct,2012

6 Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) Sponsored by the following five organizations: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) American College of Radiology (ACR) Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). 6CAB,IB_Oct,2012

7 CAMPEP Scope: Establishment of criteria and guidelines for accreditation of graduate and residency educational programs in medical physics. Review and approval of applications for accreditation of educational programs in medical physics to insure that these programs are meeting accepted standards for the training of medical physicists. 7CAB,IB_Oct,2012

8 CAMPEP Scope: Monitoring of accredited educational programs to ensure ongoing compliance with criteria and guidelines for program accreditation. Consideration in accreditation criteria and guidelines of desirable attributes of medical physicists, including research experience, educational skills, clinical expertise, and professional and leadership behavior. 8CAB,IB_Oct,2012

9 Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of peer review. Objective: to ensure a program or institution has met a defined standard. Thus accreditation serves as public recognition that a program provides a quality service or education. CAMPEP offers specialized accreditation of medical physics educational programs such as degree-granting programs, clinical residencies, continuing education and short courses. 9CAB,IB_Oct,2012

10 Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) Sponsored by the following five organizations: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) American College of Radiology (ACR) Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). 10CAB,IB_Oct,2012

11 Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) “ CAMPEP Mission: to promote consistent quality education of medical physicists by evaluating and accrediting Graduate, Residency and Continuing Education programs that meet high standards established by CAMPEP in collaboration with its sponsoring organizations.” 11CAB,IB_Oct,2012

12 CAMPEP Accredited Programs in Medical Physics 1. Accredited Graduate Programs in Medical Physics 2. Accredited Degree Programs (MS, Ph.D) 3. Accredited Certificate Programs in Medical Physics 4. Accredited Residency Programs in Medical Physics 12CAB,IB_Oct,2012

13 CAMPEP Accredited Graduate Programs in Medical Physics 3. Accredited Residency Programs in Medical Physics: accreditation of clinical residency programs in radiation oncology physics or medical imaging physics. The goal is to ensure that a residency program provides rigorous and thorough clinical training in a similar fashion to that provided by medical residency training programs. Therapy: 59US(52) Exterior (7) Imaging: 6 US (5) Exterior (1) 13CAB,IB_Oct,2012

14 CAMPEP Accredited Programs in Medical Physic S: 1. Accredited Degree Programs (MS, Ph.D.): 38 Universities: USA (31), Exterior (7) 14CAB,IB_Oct,2012

15 CAMPEP Accredited Graduate Programs in Medical Physics 2. Accredited Certificate Programs in Medical Physics : US (5) Exterior (1) A program of didactic coursework, identified in AAPM Report 197 S (and adopted by CAMPEP), offered by a CAMPEP-accredited graduate or residency program, intended to enable individuals with a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in physics or a related discipline to meet the didactic requirements needed to enter a CAMPEP- accredited residency program. 15CAB,IB_Oct,2012

16 Medical Physics Programs in Latin America 16CAB,IB_Oct,2012

17 17 Medical Physicists in LA per Country CAB,IB_Oct,2012

18 18 Source: PAHO, UN, UNSCEAR 2010GDP: Gross Domestic Product CAB,IB_Oct,2012

19 Education available: Graduation 19 CountryUniversity Period (years) ARGENTINAUniversidad de Buenos Aires5 BRASIL Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro4 Universidade de São Paulo – São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Campinas 5 Centro de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia da PUC-São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul 4 Instituto de Biociências de Botucatu – UNESP (Botucatu/SP) 4 Fundação Souza Marques (Rio de Janeiro/RJ) 5 Universidade Federal de Sergipe (Aracaju/SE) 4 Centro Universitário Franciscano UNIFRA (Santa Maria/RS) 5 CHILE Universidad La Frontera (Temuco)5 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile5 COLOMBIAUniversidad Nacional de Colombia5 COSTA RICAUniversidad Nacional de Costa Rica5 CAB,IB_Oct,2012

20 20 CountryUniversityPeriod (years) CUBAInstituto de Ciencias e Tecnología Nuclear4 MÉXICO Universidad Nacional de México5 Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Toluca) 5 PERÚUniversidad Nacional de Ingeniería5 Other Countries: no data CAB,IB_Oct,2012

21 21 CountryUniversityCourse ARGENTINA Instituto de Tecnología Nuclear DAN BENINSONPhysics in Radiotherapy Instituto Balsanero y Fundación Escuela de Medicina Nuclear M.Sc. Medical Physics BRAZIL Instituto de Radioproteção e Dosimetria – CNEN, Rio de Janeiro M.Sc., PhD in Radiation Protection and Dosimetry Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - CNEN, São Paulo/SP M.Sc., PhD in Nuclear Technology Applications Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroMSc., PhD in Physics Universidade de São Paulo – São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Campinas MSc., PhD in Medical Physics and Biology Centro de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia da PUC Rio Grande do Sul M.Sc., PhD Nuclear Biosciences Biociências Nucleares /UERJ - Rio de Janeiro/RJM.Sc., PhD Nuclear Biosciences Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Aracaju/SE M.Sc., PhD Nuclear Biosciences Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear – CNEN, Belo Horizonte M.Sc., PhD Nuclear Sciences Education available: Post Graduation CAB,IB_Oct,2012

22 22 CountryUniversityCourse CHILE Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile M.Sc. in Medical Physics Universidad de Tarapacá (Arica) M.Sc. in Radiological Science M.Sc. In Radiological Protection and Security COLOMB IA Universidad de Colombia M.Sc.,PhD in Medical Physics COSTA RICA Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica M.Sc. in Medical Physics CUBA INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE CIENCIAS MÉDICAS Graduated in Physics of Radiotherapy - Specialist Graduated in Physics of Nuclear Medicine - Specialist PERIOD: 9 months - 2 years for MSc Degree 4 years for PhD Degree CAB,IB_Oct,2012

23 23 Certification  A Certified Medical Physicist must be evaluated by a national or an international professional certification body.  However, most of LA countries didn’t establish a certification process yet.  Where there is a certification process, different requirements are established to certify or license MP.  Brazil already has certification process but still need to update and improve it to achieve international recommendations.  The practical training is a concern because there are not enough accredited hospitals to do residency. CAB,IB_Oct,2012

24 24 Practice Residency in Brazil INSTITUTION PERIOD (hours) Annual Ingress Instituto Nacional do Cancer INCa UNICAMP Hospital de Clínicas USP Hospital de Clínicas Hospital Sírio Libanês UNIFESP Escola Paulista de Medicina Centro de MN do Hospital das Clínicas Hospital do Câncer Barretos Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto Liga Paranaense de Tumores Hospital Erasto Gaertner TOTAL of vacancies avaialable : 22 per year CAB,IB_Oct,2012

25 25 Partners IAEA: Standard Syllabus and Regional Projects PAHO: Strategic Plan OBJECTIVE 13: Ensure the existence of health personnel available, competent, productive and responsive to the needs, in order to improve health outcomes….. IOMP : Standards and Certification Process CAB,IB_Oct,2012


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