August 30, 2016
A summary of the findings and recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)/Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Joint Task Force report on the state of nuclear medicine physics training was published in the July issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Currently, there is a limited number of certified nuclear medicine physicists, and many of these may retire in the next 5-10 years. Nuclear medicine physicists seeking American Board of Radiology certification must complete an accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). There is a critical need for CAMPEP-approved programs offering training in nuclear medicine. To encourage programs to expand into nuclear medicine physics, two AAPM/SNMMI Nuclear Medicine Residency Training Grants were awarded for 2016-2017.
The joint task force set forth the following recommendations:
These recommendations were based on a combination of several factors:
“Well-trained medical physicists are essential to the future on nuclear medicine,” stated Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, a member of the task force representing SNMMI. “Their contributions help advance the field and ensure the highest quality patient care.”
Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics article: AAPM/SNMMI Joint Task Force: report on the current state of nuclear medicine physics training
HARKNESS, Beth A. et al. AAPM/SNMMI Joint Task Force: report on the current state of nuclear medicine physics training. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 5, sep. 2015. ISSN 15269914.