Certification in Medical Physics Imaging, The Workforce and Training Models

Jonathon A. Nye, Michael Cuddy, Thomas Ruckdeschel, Ngoneh Jallow, Shalmali Dharmadhikari, Xiangyang Tang, Mark E. Mullins

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The pathway to becoming a qualified medical physicist (QMP) in the imaging physics disciplines includes several certification organizations. Imaging QMPs play an essential role in the safe practice of the diagnostic disciplines, and their qualifications are necessary for compliance with federal bodies and professional accreditation organizations. The future demand for imaging QMPs is largely unknown, but professional organizations that represent these groups agree that efforts should be made to increase the number of matriculating trainees. The number of imaging residency programs that provide the necessary professional experience to enter the certification pathway has increased substantially in recent years. Most of these programs follow a traditional academic hospital-based training model, but guidance on program construction from the accrediting body permits flexibility. Existing training models for medical physics imaging also include consortiums of affiliate partners and private consulting service groups. In this article, the authors briefly review the certification pathways for imaging QMPs, workforce estimates, and training models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Imaging
  • medical physics
  • residency

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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