Improving Health Through Medical Physics


Daniel C. Pavord, MS | Pittsburgh, PA

AAPM Newsletter — Volume 43 No. 4 — July | August 2018

Professional Council has established several goals for 2018. Two of these involve the completion of updates to important AAPM documents. The AAPM Professional Policy 17, Scope of Practice of Clinical Medical Physics, has undergone a major rewrite. Under the leadership of Jessica Clements the writing group looked at other scope of practice documents, researched what a scope of practice should cover, and requested a legal review in addition to the many hours of actual writing. The document is expected to be approved by the board at the Annual Meeting in Nashville. Another major revision has been made to the Code of Ethics. TG-109 led by Christina Skourou has completed the document after reviews by councils, EXCOM, and legal. We also expect this to be approved at the Annual Meeting. I want to thank both groups for their efforts and contributions to our profession.

The Medical Physics Practice Guideline process continues to mature. There are currently 9 published MPPG's with two more that will be published by the end of the year. Since our first MPPG was published in 2013 we are now entering the time period where we will need to begin to review the documents for updates. Per Halvorsen performed a review of the historical MPPG process and made some recommendations for improvements. These were discussed by PC and then given to the subcommittee on practice guidelines led by Brent Parker. SPG considered the recommendations and other possibilities. As a result a formal AAPM policy will be created on the MPPG process.

Another of our goals is to develop and implement a formal mentoring program within AAPM. The Professional Mentorship Working Group is currently working on a proposal that we hope will be complete by the end of the year. Look for details to follow in upcoming newsletters. As part of this effort we are planning to have a New Attendee Orientation at the Annual Meeting. This will be an opportunity for people who are new to the meeting to meet with people who have many years of experience at the meeting and to get some insight on how to get the most value out of the week. There will be a session at 7:30 am on Sunday and another at 9:30 am on Monday. Look for advertisements via Twitter and other social media.

In closing, I hope that you all have a great summer and safe travels in all of your upcoming plans.

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