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Report No. 298 - AAPM Task Group 298: Recommendations on Certificate Program/Alternative Pathway Candidate Education and Training (2022)

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Entry into the field of clinical medical physics is most commonly accomplished through the completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP)-accredited graduate and residency program. To allow a mechanism to bring valuable expertise from other disciplines into clinical practice in medical physics, an “alternative pathway” approach was also established. To ensure those trainees who have completed a doctoral degree in physics or a related discipline have the appropriate background and didactic training in medical physics, certificate programs and a CAMPEP-accreditation process for these programs were initiated. However, medical physics–specific didactic, research, and clinical exposure of those entering medical physics residencies from these certificate programs is often comparatively modest when evaluated against individuals holding Master's and/or Doctoral degrees in CAMPEP-accredited graduate programs. In 2016, the AAPM approved the formation of Task Group (TG) 298, “Alternative Pathway Candidate Education and Training.” The TG was charged with reviewing previous published recommendations for alternative pathway candidates and developing recommendations on the appropriate education and training of these candidates. This manuscript is a summary of the AAPM TG 298 report.

Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics

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Keywords: education, medical physics, training
Task Group No. 298 - Alternative Pathway Candidate Education and Training (TG298)

Joann I. Prisciandaro, Jay W. Burmeister, Paul M. DeLuca, Bruce J. Gerbi, Maryellen L. Giger, James L. Robar, J. Anthony Seibert

Committee Responsible: Education and Training of Medical Physicists

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