Improving Health Through Medical Physics


John E. Damilakis, PhD | Crete, Greece

AAPM Newsletter — Volume 43 No.1 — January | February 2018

The whole world learned something about Medical Physics

IOMP (International Organization of Medical Physics) celebrated the 5th International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) by organizing three international events in Jaipur, Kuala Lumpur and Vienna in cooperation with the Asia-Oceania Congress of Medical Physics, the University of Malaya, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the University of Malaya. All three events were broadcasted live. In Jaipur, the inauguration program started with the "lighting of IDMP lamp" procedure and the release of IDMP poster. IDMP program included a rally and sessions on "Medical Physics Education", "Female Medical Physicist: Global and Regional Perspective" and "Radiation Protection of Women Patients". A special "IOMP-IDMP program" session was streamed live on the IDMP webpage. More inforrmation about these IDMP activities can be found here.

A global webcast on "Marie Curie's Life and Achievements" organized by the University of Malaya in cooperation with IOMP and the WHO was successfully organized in Kuala Lumpur. The webcast was streamed live on YouTube. Program included 3 presentations on "IDMP: What, Why, How, Wxpectations and Outreach Achieved", "Building on Marie Curie's legacy for strengthening radiation safety culture in healthcare" and "Madam Marie Curie - A great scientist's contribution to human kind". The webcast can be accessed here.

The IAEA in cooperation with the IOMP hosted a panel discussion at its headquarters in Vienna entitled "Medical Physics in Cancer Treatment: Supporting Women's Health". During this event, experts from different countries and from different disciplines highlighted the contributions of medical physics to support women's health. The slides and the programme of this panel discussion are available for download.

The momentum of IDMP continues to increase. IDMP 2017 was celebrated in many countries all over the world: Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Moldavia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain etc. I would like to heartedly thank colleagues who have sent material from the IDMP events they have organized. You can find more information about IDMP activities here.

Picture of IOMP IDMP Jaipur IDMP celebration in Jaipur: Introductory speech by Dr. Arun Chougule

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