International Day of Medical Physics

IDMP 2017 in Europe

Germany

A public lecture with video streaming will be organized on November 7th 2017 at 19:00 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Germany. This event, organized in the framework of the School of the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Training Network OMA (Optimization of Medical Accelerators) aims at celebrating the 150th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie's birth by addressing the impact of EU Marie Curie Actions on supporting ion beam cancer therapy through education and research opportunities for young generations across Europe. The lecture will be held by Prof. Katia Parodi, who is head of the Department of Medical Physics at LMU and president of the German Society of Medical Physics (DGMP). This initiative, promoted by the OMA coordinator Prof. Carsten Welsch from the University of Liverpool, will be endorsed by DGMP.

Katia Parodi, President of the German Society of Medical Physics (DGMP)

Greece

To raise awareness about the role medical physicists play, IOMP organizes annually the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) on November 7th. The Hellenic Association of Medical Physicists, considers this occasion a great opportunity to increase awareness of the public regarding the profession. The year 2017 will be the biggest event ever with 4 hellenic women medical physicists being awarded for their work. The event will be held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens under the auspices of the University. The event is under the auspices of UNESCO that has a pioneering programme for the promotion of women in science. It is also, supported by the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy. The primacy of culture in health education activities is to deepen and extend the possibilities of progressive approaches that focus on culture. The coordinator of IDMP, Prof John Damilakis, current President of EFOMP will open the event followed by presentations devoted to the work and current global status of medical physicists. The final part of the session will be devoted to honour Stavros Niarchos Foundation for the large scale grant, supporting the replacement of obsolete linear with new, state-of-the-art machines. HAMP has received an important donation for implementation of training programs for the medical physicists of these hospitals. The programs included theoretical and practical training in Greece and abroad, to ensure optimal operation of radiotherapy equipment.

Virginia Tsapaki, President, Hellenic Association of Medical Physicists (HAMP)

Italy

A special Symposium entitled "The future of Medical Physics", will be organised in Pistoia - a city in Tuscany declared by the national Government the "Italian Capital of Culture" for the current year to celebrate IDMP2017. Thanks to this status, the location is granted special attention by the media and a significant public coverage of the event is expected. The program focuses on future developments of our discipline, especially in non-traditional areas, involving national and international personalities from the research world. Special attention will be paid to the role of women in Medical Physics.

Michele Stasi, President of the Italian Association of Medical Physicists (AIFM)

Moldova

In the Republic of Moldova the International Day of Medical Physics in 2017 will be celebrated for the 5th time. The motto proposed by IOMP – Medical Physics: Providing a Holistic Approach to Women Patients and Women Staff Safety in Radiation Medicine – is actual and in 2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Marie Curie. At the beginning of 2016 by the initiative of the President of the Association of Medical Physicists from the Republic of Moldova (AFM Moldova) was proposed the formation of the separate group of women (as they are 25% of Association’s members), which will deal with safety of women exposed to radiation in both: as patient and professional. As in the past, the AFM Moldova will organize the meeting and invite the specialists from different fields. The target audience could be representatives from academic institutions (State University of Moldova, and State University of Medicine and Pharmacy), ministries (Labour, and Education), and different medical institutions. The invitation and programme of the meeting will be published through the site of the Association (www.afmmoldova.org) and members of the Association will share the information through social networks.

IDMP celebration in the Republic of Moldova facts: – In 2013 a group of 7 specialists in medical physics promised to celebrate this day annually according to the event motto as is established by IOMP; – Second celebration of the IDMP(2014) as round table with 3 reports was organized by SRL ALARAD at the National Centre of the Nuclear Security Support of the Technical University of Moldova, number of participants extended to 45 specialists from different fields of medical physics including representatives of the regulatory institutions; – In 2015 SRL ALARAD organized IDMP forum where 6 reports were presented to 23 participants from different technical support organizations; – In 2016 IDMP was organized for the first time by the Association of Medical Physicists from the Republic of Moldova, 8 reports were presented including report from Romania for 35 participants from different medical and regulatory institutions.

Alexandru Hustuc, President of the Association of Medical Physicists from the Republic of Moldova