Survey of postgraduate medical physics programmes in the Asia-Oceania region

Wong, Jeannie Hsiu Ding and Ng, Kwan Hoong and Sarasanandarajah, Sivananthan (2019) Survey of postgraduate medical physics programmes in the Asia-Oceania region. Physica Medica, 66. pp. 21-28. ISSN 1120-1797, DOI

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The increased use of medical imaging and radiation therapies has resulted in a high demand for medical physicists. Although medical physics programmes are well established in advanced countries, the same cannot be said for many low- and medium-income countries. In some countries, there may be huge variations in the graduates' skill and quality, which pose a problem in ensuring patient safety, providing quality assurance in treatments, optimisation of protocols and standardisation of quality. It also makes any yet-to-be-established regional peer recognition efforts problematic. In order to understand the depth of this problem, a survey was carried out as part of the home-based assignment under the RAS 6088 IAEA programme. A large diversity in terms of course content, duration, clinical training and student profile could be observed across the Asia-Oceania universities surveyed. Out of 25 programmes, only six received recognition from professional bodies, and they were mostly in Australia and New Zealand. Hence, to ensure quality education, a regional curriculum model needs to be developed to harmonise standards. And there is still a long way to go towards standardizing medical physics education and clinical training in the region. © 2019 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical physics; Radiation; Academic programmes; Course; Graduates; Quality
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 01:39
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 01:39

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