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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:

2021 SDAMPP Annual Meeting

Friday, July 23 −− 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Central Time -- Virtual Meeting

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New Study on Aspects of Medical Physics Match

A new study published in JACMP gauges the experiences of applicants and program directors in the Medical Physics Match to determine the most important characteristics factors influencing the decision making for applicants and programs during various stages of the application/interview/ranking process. For more information, click here.


Reminder to Nominate Educators for Awards and Honors By 15 May 2021!

SDAMPP Awards and Honors Committee seeks nominations for the two available awards to be conferred during the annual meeting this year. Those are 1) the Lifetime Achievement Award, and 2) the Distinguished Educator Award, Please nominate one of you heros for an award. Click here for details and instructions.


Get Involved!

The Education Practices Committee has the following positions open: Chair and multiple committee members. At this time we are seeking an energetic leader and new members.  Together, the expanded committee will define new directions and initiatives for the years ahead. The current committee charge may be viewed on the SDAMPP website, for reference.

Interested persons should contact us at executive.committee@sdampp.org


Introduction to SDAMPP in Medical Physics International Journal

Several members of the SDAMPP board of directors published an introduction to SDAMPP in the Medical Physics International Journal. The manuscript can be downloaded here.


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.