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Advancing the Education of Medical Physics

AAPM supports the educational aspects of its Mission by fostering the education of medical physicists, physicians and other professionals. These activities fall under the jurisdiction of the Education Council in coordination with the Science, Professional and Administrative Councils. They are implemented by committees consisting of volunteer AAPM members and supported by AAPM staff.

AAPM supports Accredited Residencies in medical physics as the pathway to professional qualification by supporting CAMPEP, by awarding Grants and Fellowships, and through MP-RAP, which helps match trainees to physics residency programs. AAPM co-sponsors the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) and supports Board Certification of medical physicists as a pre-requisite for becoming a Qualified Medical Physicist.

AAPM provides multiple opportunities for members to obtain continuing education credits and address maintenance of certification requirements (MOC) and to generate reports of CME credits through the CME Gateway. Many self-study opportunities are accessible through the Online Learning Center. AAPM promotes high quality educational programs at the Graduate and Postgraduate levels, and awards Training Grants and Fellowships.

The Meetings Program of AAPM provides a rich set of educational opportunities in local, national and international settings and opportunities for informal exchanges of information between members. Many of the presentations made at AAPM meetings are recorded and made available to members through the Online Learning Center and the Virtual Library. The annual Summer School facilitates intensive study of a specific topic in an informal setting.

The Publications Program supports the varied educational needs of the medical physics community, and provides opportunities for self-study. Much the content is open-access.

AAPM is involved with the education and training of Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists and other professionals who perform radiological procedures. Members of the Association provide educational courses, author texts or provide other educational resources that address these communities. AAPM recommends or endorses course curricula and provides other resources including the RSNA/AAPM Online Physics Modules.

The International Program of the AAPM supports a variety of international educational programs and also outreach to the Developing Nations.

Various Public Education and Student programs of the AAPM reach out to the public, to other educators and professionals and to potential recruits to foster a better understanding of the role of medical physics in health-care and the nature a career as a medical physicist.

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