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SDAMPP is a nonprofit organization whose prime objective is the advancement of education in the scientific field of medical physics. This objective is pursued through discussions, meetings, collaboration, and the shared perspectives of those in positions of leadership within academic programs of medical physics. The Society has the following missions in furtherance of this objective:

  • To promote the advancement of medical physics education worldwide;
  • To encourage coordination between academic medical physics programs;
  • To foster establishment of educational best practices in medical physics;
  • To monitor production of medical physics trainees relative to the job market;
  • To assist new academic medical physics programs in getting started;
  • To foster coordination of the graduate and residency elements of medical physics training;
  • To provide a forum for discussion among leaders of academic medical physics programs;
  • To serve as a voice for leaders of academic medical physics programs;
  • To engage leaders of academic medical physics programs around the world to provide better and more consistent medical physics training.

IMPORTANT NEWS:

SDAMPP Webinar on Professional Issues Related to Residency Training

November 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Please join the SDAMPP Professional Issues Committee (PIC) for an insightful webinar tackling professional training, policies and issues as they apply to medical physics residencies. As program directors of residencies, we tend to focus our attention on the didactic and clinical skillset of our residents and are often unprepared to handle the more difficult and unanticipated questions that may arise for us as administrators. The goal of this webinar is to convey more information regarding professionalism and help you to tackle some of the associated issues.

Panelists:
Irina Vergalasova
Rajat Kudchadker
Chris Watchman
Dandan Zhang

Host and Moderator: Fang-Fang Yin

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SDAMPP Webinar on Advising Students on Non-Clinical Careers

Academic medical physics programs prepare students for employment in clinical settings, research institutions, the academy, government, and industry. A great deal of attention has been paid to defining clear pathways to clinical careers (such as the SDAMPP report available here). Relatively less attention has been paid to non-clinical careers in medical physics, including considerations of programs’ graduate curricula, academic advising of students, and general awareness of the enormous range of non-clinical opportunities. These include R&D, customer support, training, sales, intellectual property, regulation, and others. In this one hour workshop, our expert speakers from industry and government will provide academic advisors with the basics information they need to advise and inform their graduate students regarding careers in industry and government.

Panelists:
Paul Naine, Elekta
Julie Sullivan, US FDA
Katherine Tapp, NRC

Host and Moderator: Wayne Newhauser, LSU/MBPCC

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Coffee Break Discussions

NEW!! SDAMPP will be hosting monthly, informal coffee break Zoom meetings for interested SDAMPP members. Each coffee break meeting will be 50 minutes long, allowing time for a brief introduction of the topic by the moderators and ample time for open discussion by the assembled group. Click to learn more about upcoming Coffee Break Discussions and how to add your ideas for future coffee break topics!


New ABR Policy Regarding Family Leave

The ABR has instituted a new policy starting in July 2021 regarding family leave. That policy can be viewed here. SDAMPP’s Education Practices Committee would like to hear from directors regarding their plans for implementation and any outstanding questions (chair.education.practices.committee@sdampp.org). Stay tuned for more details about a forum for SDAMPP members to openly discuss this new policy.


2021 SDAMPP Annual Meeting

SDAMPP held its second virtual annual meeting, which focused on an introspection about our Society’s role in medical physics diversity and inclusion efforts and how to best support the emotional well-being of ourselves and our trainees. We hope the discussion can continue throughout the year in informal gatherings of our members so be on the lookout for these! The meeting was recorded, and can be viewed in it's entirety at the link below.

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ABR Update on Remote Exams - Geoffrey S. Ibbott, PhD

Click here to view the video.

Amendments to By-Laws

Results of the voting on proposed changes to bylaws are as follows. 123 ballots were cast out of 176 members (regular and emeritus) who received ballots. 118 “yes” votes were required to pass a proposal.

  • Proposal 1 (wording updates throughout): 123 yes (passed)
  • Proposal 2 (increase numbers of at-large Board members): 115 yes, 7 no, 1 abstain (failed to pass)
  • Proposal 3 (change number of votes required to amend by-laws): 121 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain (passed)
  • Proposal 4 (relieve President of Membership Committee Chair responsibility): 123 yes (passed)

The participation rate was high, which reflects well on the level of engagement of our members. We are grateful for the direction you provided.


ABR Fee Schedule Changes

Working with AAPM Education Council, a summary of the ABR fee schedule changes was prepared, along with guidance for program directors to share with their students and trainees. 

5 April 2021

Dear Students, trainees, and program directors,

It has recently come to the AAPM’s attention that the ABR has revised their fee structure.  Some initial certification candidates that are preparing to sit for their exam have seen an updated invoice that now reflects an outstanding balance.  AAPM has been in touch with the ABR regarding this recent change.  The ABR has stressed that the overall cost for initial certification has not changed.  While you should seek formal guidance from the ABR, it is our understanding that these additional fees can be deferred or paid in installments without penalty or finance fees, and you can still sit for the exam if you are unable to pay the additional fee by April 15th.  You should receive an official communication from the ABR with further clarification soon.  Candidates should contact the ABR office at (520) 790-2900 to make arrangements to defer their payments, to pay an installment, or if you have additional concerns. 

Sincerely,
Joann I. Prisciandaro, Ph.D., FAAPM
Chair, AAPM Education Council


PAY DUES HERE

Once again, SDAMPP has discounted dues to accommodate budgets suffering from the pandemic. Click here for details and to pay your dues. Note that you will be redirected to the AAPM website. AAPM manages dues collection on behalf of SDAMPP.


Webinars

Click here to see the new instructions and form to propose a webinar on medical physics education.


Interview Calendar

The SDAMPP online Interviewing calendar, a popular feature freely available to all, is available for CY 2021.


Transition of Power

SDMAPP has once again managed a peaceful transition of power of its duly elected officers. On January 1, Wayne Newhauser assumed the office of President, Hania Al-Hallaq assumed the office of President-Elect, and Beth Schueler assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Directors. Bud Wendt continues in the office of Treasurer. Sam Armato will continue as Secretary.


 

SDAMPP BBS

Click here to gain access to the SDAMPP BBS. You will be redirected to AAPM website to login to your account to access the SDAMPP BBS. Your credentials will be same as your login info.