We are approaching to the middle of the year 2017; a year which is already marked by interesting and exciting events for the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP). February and March were busy months for the Organization. In early February, there was a busy one week consultancy meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in which IOMP was represented by the Secretary General and the President. The objective of the meeting was to continue on the drafting of the IAEA Safety Report on Radiation Protection in Dental Radiology as well as the development of related training material. The team of invited experts included representatives of the World Dental Federation (FDI), the International Association of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology (IADMFR) and the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging (the Image Gently Alliance).
The European Conference of Radiology, 1-5 March 2017 in Vienna, was an important scientific event that IOMP
took part again this year. Thanks to Prof Magdalena Stoeva who did all the necessary arrangements, the IOMP
booth was present in a prominent place within the scientific societies’ section. This enabled not only the promotion of IOMP, but also the networking with other scientific societies of the world. During ECR, the SG represented IOMP
in a leadership meeting with the International Society of Radiology (ISR) which resulted in a closer collaboration.
This included joint celebrations of International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) and International Day of Radiology (IDR), joint statements in future conferences, joint sessions in congresses and events, etc.
Just after ECR, IOMP took part in the IAEA Technical Meeting on Preventing Unintended and Accidental Medical
Exposures in Radiology held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 6 to 8 March 2017 (https://rpop.iaea.org/RPOP/RPoP/Con
tent/News/2017-3-tm-radiology.htm). The meeting gave Member States, international organizations and professional societies an opportunity to exchange information on methods for investigation, reporting and prevention of unintended and accidental exposure in diagnostic radiology and interventional procedures. The meeting was attended by 52 participants from 25 countries including radiologists, medical physicists, radiation
technologists, and regulators as well as equipment manufacturers. It was attended by representatives from
WHO, UNSCEAR, ISR, ISRRT, Image Gently Alliance, DITTA, HERCA, CRCPD, ESR, EFOMP, EFRS, as well
as a range of national organizations and regulatory authorities. Although still early in the year 2017, a number of applications for various scientific events and/or conferences around the globe have already been processed. The request from national or regional organizations was either for endorsement or/and financial support.
Examples are the endorsement of events in countries such as Bangladesh (http://pmcn2017.info/), South Africa
(http://www.saapmb2017.co.za/) and India (http://aocmp-ampicon2017.org). IOMP is proud to announce the
formalization of a cooperation between the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic
Radiation (UNSCEAR) through the exchange of letters for the evaluation of the usage of radiation in medicine.
There were a number of requests from National Member Organizations (NMOs) to update the latest IOMP
survey related to the number of medical physicists (MP) and specifically on the percentages of men and women MP.
The results of the IOMP initial survey can be found in the European Journal of Medical Physics: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25790723 . For this reason, the survey is currently being updated at the
following link: https://goo.gl/forms/8ofpGsRg6UtS7ltH3 Finally, IOMP is continuously trying to update all NMOs information you are kindly asked to update your information at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6aOY5O5vNxq08yD9ynfJE_k6dHY51nO2Xs2XZdP