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Medical Physics Ethics in Action


R Fahrig

G Frey

P Halvorsen

W Hendee

N Ozturk

G Starkschall


R Fahrig1*, G Frey2*, P Halvorsen3*, W Hendee4*, N Ozturk5*, J Prisciandaro6, C Serago7, G Starkschall8*, (1) Stanford University, Stanford, CA, (2) Medical Univ of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, (3) Alliance Imaging/Alliance Oncology, Newton, MA, (4) ,Rochester, MN, (5) The University of Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, (6) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, (7) Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, (8) UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, HOUSTON, TX

WE-A-217BCD-1 Wednesday 8:00:00 AM - 9:55:00 AM Room: 217BCD

In 2009, the AAPM formally adapted a Code of Ethics for its’ members based on the recommendations of Task Group 109. The intention of the code is to provide a set of ethical principles to members and affiliates to help guide them to behave in an ethically professional manner with respect to patients, colleagues and the general public. Although the principles are not law, it is expected that as professionals, we would honor and respect them. However, even the best intentioned may find themselves at one time or another in a moral gray zone, and feel that these principles or their application to a specific scenario may be open for interpretation.

During this two hour panel session, medical physics experts in the area of education, ethics, professionalism, and research will discuss ethical scenarios and their interpretation of the TG 109 report with respect to these scenarios. The panel will be moderated by the chair of the Ethics Committee, Chris Serago. Several of the scenarios will be based on anonymized responses from the survey on Ethics and Professionalism in Medical Physics circulated by the AAPM to its members in February 2012.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the meaning of ethics and professionalism.
2. Review AAPM Code of Ethics.
3. Discuss ethical scenarios and interpretations of AAPM Code of Ethics with respect to these scenarios.


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