International Day of Medical Physics (November 7, 2020)

Medical Physicist as a Health Professional

IDMP 2020 Message

Dear Medical Physics Colleagues across the Globe,

It is my pleasure to announce to you the theme of this year to mark the celebrations of the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP 2020): “Medical Physicist as a Health Professional”

As we all may know this year has brought remarkable challenges to healthcare systems around the world. As healthcare workers, Medical Physicists as well as many others were in the frontline in dealing with COVID-19 patients and they also deserve recognition and appreciation for their efforts. Many countries still don’t recognize medical physicists as healthcare professionals, hoping that this year’s theme is expected to bring awareness and shed light on the importance of our profession in the healthcare field and that the medical physicist is an essential key element not only to help in diagnosis and treatment of many diseases but also to ensure radiation safety for patients, professionals, and staff.

I hope this year’s difficulties don’t stand in the way of celebrating this day to honor our profession. Taking social distancing measures into consideration, this day can still be celebrated through online meetings, gatherings, contests, and parties.

I wish all my colleagues around the World a Happy Medical Physics Day. Enjoy the celebrations of this day even from your home or behind a screen in your office to show our pride of being a Medical Physicist!

Ibrahim Duhaini
IOMP Treasurer
IDMP Coordinator

To celebrate the day an IOMP-IDMP Webinar: Medical physicist as a health professional will take place on the 7th of November, 2020 12:00 PM. 

Webinar link

Moderator: Madan Rehani, President IOMP

Panelists

  • IAEA: Ola Holmberg, Giorgia Loretti
  • IOMP: Madan Rehani, Ibrahim Duhaini

          Regional Organizations of IOMP

  • Ad Maas (Brenda Byrne), Europe, EFOMP
  • Hassan Kharita, Middle-East, MEFOMP
  • Sandra Guzman, Latin America, ALFIM
  • Taofeeq Ige, Africa, FAMPO
  • Arun Chougule, Asia, AFOMP
  • Freddy Haryanto, South East Asia, SEAFOMP

Official Web Page of IDMP

IDMP 2020 in Europe

Bulgaria

To celebrate the 8th IDMP on 7th November 2020, the Bulgarian Society of Biomedical Physics and Engineering organised the XIIIth National Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Conference 2020 with international participation. The virtual event will consist of series of webinars, presented by invited lecturers on the 2nd -13th of November 2020.

Programme

 

Simona Avramova-Cholakova, President of Bulgarian Society of Biomedical Physics and Engineering (BSBPE)

 

Germany

A Virtual International Day of Medical Physics 2020 will be organised at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The talks of the experts are aimed at a general audience and will cover aspects of radiation therapy, such as Imaging for Radiotherapy or Machine Learning. The event will take place virtually on the 7th of November 2020 from 3 - 5pm (UTC+1) and is hosted via zoom.

DKFZ website

 

Mark Ladd, President of the German Association of Medical Physicists (DGMP)

Italy

AIFM - the Italian Association of Medical Physics - is celebrating the 2020 IDMP with a symposium dedicated to the recent italian transposition of the 2013/59 EURATOM Directive. General views presented by the presidents of the main scientific societies in the radiological area will alternate with more practically-oriented interventions held by leading medical physicists in each area. AIFM feels that the theme of the 2020 IDMP - Medical Physicist as a Health Professional - perfectly fits with an event dedicated to the important innovations brought by the new legislation.

 

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

 

Malta

The Malta Association of Medical Physics organised an online course "Data Analysis with Python for Medical Physicists" on 5-7 November 2020.

 

Sam Agius, President of Malta Association of Medical Physics (MAMP)

 

Spain

The Spanish Society of Medical Physics (SEFM) will celebrate the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP2020) developing a work to disseminate the activities of medical physicists as health professionals, in accordance with the theme established by the IOMP for this year 2020. To do so, through its website and social networks, we will ask questions about the work of medical physicists and the history of Medical Physics in Spain. People's responses will allow us to collect information on the way in which citizens perceive our profession, at the same time that we inform about the details of our work in hospitals.  SEFM webpage

 

Damián Guirado, President of Spanish Association of Medical Physics (SEFM)

 

IAEA events

A webinar is organized to celebrate International Day of Medical Physics, which is observed on 7 November by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) to raise awareness for the profession and is also an occasion to commemorate the research on radioactivity conducted by Marie Sklodowska-Curie, who was born on that day in 1867. "The role of medical physicists in quality, patient safety and error reduction in the era of modern radiotherapy", 5th of November 2020, 3 pm CET.

 

Virtual Special Issue of Physica Medica

November 7th 2017 has marked the 150 th anniversary of the birth of Marie Sklodowska Curie. The European Journal of Medical Physics celebrated the occasion by publishing a special Virtual Issue which looks back at her remarkable career and the impacts she has had on modern science.

More: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Marie Curie