MEFOMP is celebrating the International Day of Medical Physics on 7 and 8 Nov. 2015 in HMC – Doha – QATAR.

To raise awareness about the role medical physicists play for benefit of patients, the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)organizes annually the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) on November 7, International Day of Medical Physics time table (final)
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an important date in the history of medical physics. On that day in 1867, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was born in Poland. We celebrate the 3rd IDMP on November 7, 2015. The theme of IDMP 2015 is ‘Better Medical Physics = Better Cancer Care in Radiation Oncology ’.
The Middle East Federation of Organizations of Medical Physics (MEFOMP) in support of the IOMP initiative is celebrating the International Day of Medical Physics by holding a workshop under the same suggested title ‘Better Medical Physics = Better Cancer Care in Radiation Oncology’ on 7 and 8 November, 2015 in Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, QATAR.

Medical physicists play an important role in healthcare services, research and development of healthcare technologies and clinical techniques, and teaching and training of healthcare professionals. Yet, they are in general invisible to members of the public. In order to promote the visibility and professional status of the medical physicists, it is important for us to show our presence to the community.

What is a medical physicist?

Medical physicists are highly qualified health professionals, with an advanced postgraduate university degree, such as MSc or PhD, followed by specialized clinical training in one or more medical physics disciplines, such as radiation oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation protection. They are members of comprehensive medical teams in radiation medicine.

What do medical physicists do?

They contribute to the safe and accurate use of radiation to achieve the best outcome of the prescribed medical procedure for either diagnosis or therapy.

They assess radiation doses and associated risks to patients and personnel, especially for pregnant women and children. In addition, medical physicists play an important role in radiation protection education and training of health care professionals, and participate in research and development to improve patient care.
What can go wrong without a medical physicist?

Without a clinically qualified medical physicist, the implementation of medical radiation procedures can lead to the following events:

• The patient may receive an incorrect dose which can jeopardize the success of the medical treatment or the quality of diagnosis

• The medical staff and the public might be in danger of inadvertent or unnecessary radiation exposure.

In extreme cases, this could lead to a serious accident

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