The North American medical physics community validates the education received by medical physicists and the clinical qualifications for medical physicists through accreditation of educational programs and certification of medical physicists. Medical physics educational programs (graduate education and residency education) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), whereas medical physicists are certified by several organizations, the most familiar of which is the American Board of Radiology (ABR). In order for an educational program to become accredited or a medical physicist to become certified, the applicant must meet certain specified standards set by the appropriate organization.
In this Symposium, representatives from both CAMPEP and the ABR will describe the process by which standards are established as well as the process by which qualifications of candidates for accreditation or certification are shown to be compliant with these standards.
The Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion.
- 1.Recognize the difference between accreditation of an educational program and certification of an individual
- 2.Identify the two organizations primarily responsible for these tasks
- 3.Describe the development of educational standards
- 4.Describe the process by which examination questions are developed
GS is Executive Secretary of CAMPEP.