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Medical Physics Practice Guidelines - The Minimum Level of Medical Physics Support in Clinical Practice Settings

M Chan

J Fontenot

P Halvorsen

M Chan1*, J Fontenot2*, P Halvorsen3*, (1) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Basking Ridge, NJ, (2) Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Baton Rouge, LA, (3) Alliance Imaging/Alliance Oncology, Newton, MA

MO-D-211-1 Monday 2:00:00 PM - 2:55:00 PM Room: 211

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has long advocated a consistent level of medical physics practice, and has published many guidelines and position statements toward that goal, such as Science Council Task Group reports related to calibration and quality assurance, Education Council and Professional Council Task Group reports related to education, training, and peer review, and Board-approved Position Statements related to the Scope of Practice, physicist qualifications, and other aspects of medical physics practice. Despite these concerted and enduring efforts, the profession does not have a clear and concise statement of the acceptable practice guidelines for routine clinical medical physics. As accreditation of clinical practices becomes more common, Medical Physics Practice Guidelines (MPPGs) will be crucial to ensuring a consistent benchmark for accreditation programs. The AAPM will lead the development of MPPGs in collaboration with other professional societies. The MPPGs will be freely available to the general public. Accrediting organizations, regulatory agencies and legislators will be encouraged to reference these MPPGs when defining their respective requirements. MPPGs are intended to provide the medical community with a clear description of the minimum level of medical physics support that the AAPM would consider to be prudent in all clinical practice settings. Support includes but is not limited to staffing, equipment, machine access, and training. These MPPGs are not designed to replace extensive Task Group reports or review articles, but rather to describe the recommended minimum level of medical physics support for specific clinical services. This course will describe the purpose and scope of MPPGs, the procedure for the development of a MPPG, as well as the progress of Therapy MPPG TG #1 on “Evaluation and quality assurance of x-ray based image guided radiotherapy systems” and Diagnostic MPPG TG #2 on “CT Protocol management and review”.

Learning objectives:
1. Understand the concept and scope of MPPG from the AAPM
2. Understand the benefits and process of the development of MPPG by the AAPM
3. Understand the goals and methodology of the Therapy MPPG Task Group #1
4. Understand the strategic plans from Professional Council towards the AAPM initiatives

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