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Policy number Policy name Policy date Sunset date
PP 29-A Medical Physicist Assistants: Task Delegation and Supervision 2/22/2015 12/31/2020
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AAPM Board of Director's Online Vote
Policy text

A Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) is an individual who is competent to independently provide clinical professional services in one or more of the subfields of medical physics, including Diagnostic Medical Physics, Nuclear Medical Physics, Therapeutic Medical Physics, or Medical Health Physics. QMPs have met academic and training requirements, and have been granted certification in a specific subfield(s) of medical physics by an appropriate certification body as described in AAPM Professional Policy 1 1.

Some institutions may use the services of an individual who is not a qualified medical physicist for certain clinical activities. The services they provide and the location where they provide these services are limited based on safety and patient care considerations and the availability of direct or personal QMP supervision where necessary.

The Medical Physicist Assistant (MPA) is an individual who has completed relevant didactic education (Bachelor's or higher college degree from an accredited college or university and/or certification as a Radiologic Technologist or Radiation Therapist), and has attained practical clinical medical physics knowledge through specific training and technical experience in a program supervised by a QMP. The MPA performs tasks in support of a QMP in the professional practice of clinical medical physics. In all such circumstances, the MPA must be appropriately supervised and the range of tasks must be carefully defined by a QMP who is certified in the same subfield of practice in which the MPA is working. Levels of supervision provided (personal, direct, or general) will vary depending on the specific task, experience of the MPA and professional judgment of the QMP supervisor in accordance with guidance of the forthcoming Medical Physics Practice Guideline on this subject. All medical physics tasks performed by the MPA must be reviewed in a timely manner, and reports must be co-signed by the QMP supervisor, who assumes full responsibility and liability for the submitted content.

1 AAPM Professional Policy 1
1 AAPM Professional Policy 1
Items related to this Policy
Policy number Policy name Policy date Sunset date Active?
PP 1-J Definition of A Qualified Medical Physicist 8/2/2018 12/31/2023 Active
Policy version history
Policy number Policy name Policy date Sunset date Active?
PP 29-A Medical Physicist Assistants: Task Delegation and Supervision 2/22/2015 12/31/2020 Active

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