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Professional Development and Higher Education

Opportunities for Medical Physics Professionals in


Pakistan
Shahbaz Ahmed

William J. Fulbright PhD Scholar


Medical Physics Graduate Program
Wayne State University / Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, MI. USA

Online Learning Services Subcommittee


(Guest Member)
Outline
• How can we get involved with AAPM?
• How to communicate internationally? With overseas Pakistanis?
• Other professional development opportunities
• Higher education opportunities (USA, Canada, Germany etc.)
• Residency and certification in USA
• Questions?
Acknowledgement
The following data / resources / slides were shared by the individuals listed:

1. Available Resources in Online Learning Center (OLC): Mi-Ae Park


2. Continuing Education Resources and Services: Yulia Lyatskaya

The spoken content / knowledge sharing is based on interviews / conversations


with a number of people including (but not limited to):

Jay Burmeister Brian Loughery Geoff Baran


Lawrence Court Abrar Hussain Aleem Qureshi

and others…
How can we get involved with AAPM?
• Free membership for medical physicists from developing countries
(Pakistan included) – Sponsored by Partners in Physics (PIP) program
• Free access to Medical Physics Journal, Task group reports
• Free access to external resources: ICRP, ICRU, NCRP publications
• Free registration for RSNA annual meeting
• AAPM committees, subcommittees – volunteer
• Online Learning Center (OLC) – Details in next slides
How to communicate internationally?
• Be confident, specific (no generic emails!), understand their culture,
and
BE BRIEF. PERIOD.
• Time zone matching
• Reminders
• Some case histories
• My personal experience with some universities in Europe and Canada
• A student applying to tens of universities – Cautions!
Other professional development
opportunities
• RSNA (physics modules, ethics and professionalism modules etc.)
• ASTRO (membership, annual meeting)
• CCPM (membership, annual meeting, winter course)
• IOMP (membership, POMP?, funding)
• AAPM/IOMP Library Program
• AAPM/IOMP Equipment Donation Program
• IAEA (conferences, training courses – national coordinator)
• ICTP (TRIL Program, Masters in Medical Physics, Events)
• CERN (Fellowships / Short term jobs)
• edX (various courses available – communication, writing, negotiation, leadership, conflict management,
basic sciences, business, management)
• BrightTALK (webinars and videos for professionals – look for radiation oncology)
• Medscape (http://tiny.cc/HIPAA-Medscape)
• UICC: Technical Fellowships
• IMPCB: A pathway towards international medical physics certification
Higher education opportunities
Residency and certification in USA

Maintenance of
Certification :-P
Continuing Education (Online):
Why it is important to you?
• Do you want to expand your professional knowledge base or
review subjects you are rusty on?
• Do you get frustrated at AAPM meetings because all the talks you
want to attend conflict with each other?
• Are you sad you missed a meeting?
• Do you need modality or specialty specific CE credits?
- 50 separate categories across Radiation Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear
Medicine, General Medical Physics, and PACS

10
OLSS =
Online Learning Services Subcommittee

Board of Directors

Education Council

Continuing Professional Development Committee

Online Learning Services Subcommittee

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12
Access to OLC resources
• Access is available to all AAPM members

• To participate in the educational activity including a post-assessment


(quiz) in each enduring material, an annual subscription is required

13
Online Continuing Education (OLCE)
• ~ 500 educational activities available for CE credit (CAMPEP approved) – MP Continuing
Education Credit (MPCEC)

• 507 credits available as of May 1, 2019

• 1.0 CE credit is released for each activity


• View presentation or read reference
• Complete Quiz with 80% or greater
• If you elect to receive a SA-CE credit, the ABR will count the quizzes as(SA-CE) activities.

• Over 50% of the AAPM members are signed up for OCE

• $75 annual sign up fee ($10 Junior members, residents, students)


• Runs on the calendar year

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https://www.aapm.org/education/ce/info.asp
Self Assessment Modules (SAM)
 286 credits

• From Annual and Spring Clinical meetings


• For the last 3 years
• Questions are submitted by the presentation author and
are identical to those shown at the AAPM meetings
Where do the quizzes come from?
• The Online Learning Center includes many electronic resources
available to AAPM members from various sources:

• Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC)


• Quizzes written by members about recorded presentations or journal articles

• Self Assessment Modules (SAM)


• Come from the AAPM Annual and Spring Clinical Meetings

• Virtual Library
• Recordings of all AAPM meetings and summer schools back to 2007, some other
meetings and workshops, Case of the Day cases, and Physicists of Note history
interviews
• Many of these recordings are not associated with quizzes

16
Virtual Library – What is it?
• Repository for presentations given by AAPM members
• Video/Audio + Handouts

• Free for members!

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18
How does it work?

1. Sign up for online CE ($75)

2. Access and view SAM presentations

3. Take the associated quiz (100% required for pass)


- Results immediately available
- 24 hours between repeat quizzes

4. View results through CME Gateway

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What’s the difference?
• Self Assessment Quizzes are based on the questions submitted by
SAMs presenters
• Quiz scores
• SAMS – 100% needed for credit
• OLCE – 80% needed for credit
• Ideas for OLCE (presentations or manuscripts) may be submitted at
any time to ollc@aapm.org

22
 Case of the Day (from
RSNA meeting)
Quality of the Content

• In Oct 2018, we added a rating system to each


presentation
• Scale of 1-5, higher is better
• On the list of presentations, you can now see the
average score and how many responses there are

28
29
Future of Virtual Library Content
• Virtual Library content is growing • Materials prior to 2008 have the
rapidly content in Flash format, which
• Some materials are outdated will be unsupported after 2020
• Some presentations simply • Converting all the content to a
aren’t very good newer format is too expensive
• Please rate them! ($80k+)
• OLSS is making
recommendations about what
content to keep

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50 categories of questions!

31
What Else?

• Case of the Day (2007 – 2017)

• Educators Day presentations

• USB Drives

• Physicists of Note

32
Professional Development and Higher Education
Opportunities for Medical Physics Professionals in
Pakistan
Shahbaz Ahmed

William J. Fulbright PhD Scholar


Medical Physics Graduate Program
Wayne State University / Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, MI. USA

Online Learning Services Subcommittee


(Guest Member)
Outline
• How can we get involved with AAPM?
• How to communicate internationally? With overseas Pakistanis?
• Other professional development opportunities
• Higher education opportunities (USA, Canada, Germany etc.)
• Residency and certification in USA
• Questions?
Acknowledgement
The following data / resources / slides were shared by the individuals listed:

1. Available Resources in Online Learning Center (OLC): Mi-Ae Park


2. Continuing Education Resources and Services: Yulia Lyatskaya

The spoken content / knowledge sharing is based on interviews / conversations


with a number of people including (but not limited to):

Jay Burmeister Brian Loughery Geoff Baran


Lawrence Court Abrar Hussain Aleem Qureshi

and others…
How can we get involved with AAPM?
• Free membership for medical physicists from developing countries
(Pakistan included) – Sponsored by Partners in Physics (PIP) program
• Free access to Medical Physics Journal, Task group reports
• Free access to external resources: ICRP, ICRU, NCRP publications
• Free registration for RSNA annual meeting
• AAPM committees, subcommittees – volunteer
• Online Learning Center (OLC) – Details in next slides
How to communicate internationally?
• Be confident, specific (no generic emails!), understand their culture,
and
BE BRIEF. PERIOD.
• Time zone matching
• Reminders
• Some case histories
• My personal experience with some universities in Europe and Canada
• A student applying to tens of universities – Cautions!
Other professional development
opportunities
• RSNA (physics modules, ethics and professionalism modules etc.)
• ASTRO (membership, annual meeting)
• CCPM (membership, annual meeting, winter course)
• IOMP (membership, POMP?, funding)
• AAPM/IOMP Library Program
• AAPM/IOMP Equipment Donation Program
• IAEA (conferences, training courses – national coordinator)
• ICTP (TRIL Program, Masters in Medical Physics, Events)
• CERN (Fellowships / Short term jobs)
• edX (various courses available – communication, writing, negotiation, leadership, conflict management,
basic sciences, business, management)
• BrightTALK (webinars and videos for professionals – look for radiation oncology)
• Medscape (http://tiny.cc/HIPAA-Medscape)
• UICC: Technical Fellowships
• IMPCB: A pathway towards international medical physics certification
Higher education opportunities
Residency and certification in USA

Maintenance of
Certification :-P
Continuing Education (Online):
Why it is important to you?
• Do you want to expand your professional knowledge base or
review subjects you are rusty on?
• Do you get frustrated at AAPM meetings because all the talks you
want to attend conflict with each other?
• Are you sad you missed a meeting?
• Do you need modality or specialty specific CE credits?
- 50 separate categories across Radiation Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear
Medicine, General Medical Physics, and PACS

44
OLSS =
Online Learning Services Subcommittee

Board of Directors

Education Council

Continuing Professional Development Committee

Online Learning Services Subcommittee

45
46
Access to OLC resources
• Access is available to all AAPM members

• To participate in the educational activity including a post-assessment


(quiz) in each enduring material, an annual subscription is required

47
Online Continuing Education (OLCE)
• ~ 500 educational activities available for CE credit (CAMPEP approved) – MP Continuing
Education Credit (MPCEC)

• 507 credits available as of May 1, 2019

• 1.0 CE credit is released for each activity


• View presentation or read reference
• Complete Quiz with 80% or greater
• If you elect to receive a SA-CE credit, the ABR will count the quizzes as(SA-CE) activities.

• Over 50% of the AAPM members are signed up for OCE

• $75 annual sign up fee ($10 Junior members, residents, students)


• Runs on the calendar year

48
https://www.aapm.org/education/ce/info.asp
Self Assessment Modules (SAM)
 286 credits

• From Annual and Spring Clinical meetings


• For the last 3 years
• Questions are submitted by the presentation author and
are identical to those shown at the AAPM meetings
Where do the quizzes come from?
• The Online Learning Center includes many electronic resources
available to AAPM members from various sources:

• Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC)


• Quizzes written by members about recorded presentations or journal articles

• Self Assessment Modules (SAM)


• Come from the AAPM Annual and Spring Clinical Meetings

• Virtual Library
• Recordings of all AAPM meetings and summer schools back to 2007, some other
meetings and workshops, Case of the Day cases, and Physicists of Note history
interviews
• Many of these recordings are not associated with quizzes

50
Virtual Library – What is it?
• Repository for presentations given by AAPM members
• Video/Audio + Handouts

• Free for members!

51
52
How does it work?

1. Sign up for online CE ($75)

2. Access and view SAM presentations

3. Take the associated quiz (100% required for pass)


- Results immediately available
- 24 hours between repeat quizzes

4. View results through CME Gateway

53
54
55
What’s the difference?
• Self Assessment Quizzes are based on the questions submitted by
SAMs presenters
• Quiz scores
• SAMS – 100% needed for credit
• OLCE – 80% needed for credit
• Ideas for OLCE (presentations or manuscripts) may be submitted at
any time to ollc@aapm.org

56
 Case of the Day (from
RSNA meeting)
Quality of the Content

• In Oct 2018, we added a rating system to each


presentation
• Scale of 1-5, higher is better
• On the list of presentations, you can now see the
average score and how many responses there are

62
63
Future of Virtual Library Content
• Virtual Library content is growing • Materials prior to 2008 have the
rapidly content in Flash format, which
• Some materials are outdated will be unsupported after 2020
• Some presentations simply • Converting all the content to a
aren’t very good newer format is too expensive
• Please rate them! ($80k+)
• OLSS is making
recommendations about what
content to keep

64
50 categories of questions!

65
What Else?

• Case of the Day (2007 – 2017)

• Educators Day presentations

• USB Drives

• Physicists of Note

66

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