Spotlighting CAMPEP Accredited Medical Physics Programs

August 6, 2009 · Written by MDPhysics.com · mdphysicsblog@gmail.com

With the new ABR rules in 2012 (see http://www.mdphysics.com/new-abr-certification-rule), if you intend to enter the field of medical physics, it would be beneficial–if not necessary–to plan ahead and to carefully choose which Medical Physics program you are going to attend. Starting in 2012, you must be enrolled in or have graduated from a CAMPEP accrediated school in order to qualify to sit for the ABR exam. Many schools offer medical physics programs, but not all are accrediated by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Educational Program (CAMPEP). mdphysics is planning to post some information on each school that offers an accredited medical physics program for those who are planing to pursue a degree in medical physics. Each school will be spotlighted in its own post, so if you have comments to offer regarding any of the programs, you may write them in the appropriate post.

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5 Responses to “Spotlighting CAMPEP Accredited Medical Physics Programs”

  1. MedPhysPhD on August 10th, 2009 1:07 am

    Just as a general note, except for the 2012 requirement, the CAMPEP designation does not necessarily add a lot to a program. Having visited a number of programs, both CAMPEP and non-CAMPEP, and talking with students from additional programs, the amount of variation between programs is such that the CAMPEP designation really means little, in my opinion. Some programs are excellent as far as student training and would be that way regardless of CAMPEP. Others have the CAMPEP designation, but seem to provide little in terms of student training beyond a bare minimum. Other programs have simply not gone through the certification process, but are seem to be better than the average CAMPEP program. And of course some programs probably should not claim to be able to train medical physicists and would never be able to achieve accreditation.

    As it stands, in 2009, the majority of medical physics programs have not completed CAMPEP accreditation. I have no idea if any programs have lost accredited status, and what the criteria are for that.

    That being said, attending a CAMPEP program is probably the safest bet for an incoming student, as the 2012 rule will require either a degree from a CAMPEP program or completion of a CAMPEP accredited residency. There has also been talk that in the more distant future BOTH a CAMPEP degree and CAMPEP residency will be required (2014 only requires the residency).

  2. Lionel Yelibi on September 7th, 2009 4:37 pm

    Hello, I’ve a question, what if I want to go abroad (europe-france) to get my Msc in medical physics (for diverse reasons…) I know I will be considered as a non-campep accredited graduate, but as long as the university/program I will graduate from is good and has good student training do you think the residency programs will consider it?
    what precautions do you think I should take before doing it.
    thank you

  3. CanadaMedPhysStudent on June 1st, 2010 9:50 pm

    Hello everyone. I’m currently finishing up my Master’s degree in a non-accredited Medical Biophysics program in Canada. My plan has always been to continue with a PhD degree and follow this with a residency in medical physics. One question that I have been having trouble finding an answer to is: After 2012/2014 rules come into effect, will my PhD degree have to be from an accredited institution in order to be eligible for entry in an accredited residency program? If so, this plays a major role in selecting where to do a PhD for anyone starting a PhD in the next few years who wishes to eventually work as a medical physicist. Any information on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

  4. MedPhysPhD on June 11th, 2010 10:06 am

    @CanadaMedPhysStudent
    If you plan to work in Canada, you’ll probably be fine with the Canadian certification from CCPM. You should investigate their rules.

    If you want to get ABR certification, the safest bet is to get a CAMPEP degree and then a CAMPEP residency. Theoretically, you do not need a CAMPEP degree to enter into a CAMPEP residency (the overwhelming norm in the past), but the CAMPEP/ABR people stated at the 2009 AAPM meeting that they *intend* to require both a CAMPEP degree and residency at some point in the future. Right now the 2012/2014 rule will not require both.

    Good luck.

  5. Abdul Haneefa on July 22nd, 2010 4:33 am

    Hi,

    I am a qualified and certified Medical Physicist by AERB, India. What are the requirements needed to register for a PhD in medical physics or to register for residency program in medical physics? So I didn’t have ABR/ABMP certifications. More information on this is greatly anticipated.

    Regards,
    Haneefa

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