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Train the trainers Workshop on Medical Physics Support for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies

22-26 June 2015, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan

Although medical physicists, especially clinical medical physicists working in hospitals, have in-depth knowledge in radiation dosimetry, including dose reconstruction and dose measurements, they are usually not involved in Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (NRE) situations. However, in a few instances where medical physicists were involved in NREs, it appeared that many lacked some specific knowledge and skills that are required in such situations. This lack of specific knowledge and skills is probably due to the fact that most current medical physics curricula do not include a specific module on this topic.

As a response to this finding, the IAEA, in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) and the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), developed a specific training package to help prepare medical physicists to support NRE situations. The training package was developed with the kind support of the Government of Japan and in collaboration with Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS). The package was endorsed by the Japan Society of Medical Physics (JSMP).

In June 2015, 22 clinical medical physicists travelled to Fukushima to participate to the “Train the Trainers Workshop on Medical Physics Support for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies”, organized Jointly by the IAEA, FMU and NIRS.

The online e-learning platform

The material initially created for use during the workshop is now hosted on a publicly available e-learning platform maintained by the IAEA. The online course that was created may be used for the training of other interested medical physicist worldwide. The link to the course is given below:

“Train the Trainers Course on Medical Physics Support for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies”

The course material is accessible to all users free of charge. However, users need to register/create an account in order to use the online platform. Users will also be asked to provide some background information before they are given full access to the course material. The reason for this information collection is to create a database of qualified clinical medical physicists for the future establishment of a worldwide network of professionals who could participate and support training activities related to medical physicists’ response in NRE situations. The collected information will not be shared with any third party.