Doha, 25 October, 2019: For the first time in the Middle East, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will this month host the International Medical Physics Certification Board examinations. The one-week exams, which are being held at HMC’s Medical Education Center, have attracted 45 candidates from as far afield as Mexico, Ecuador, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. This is the highest number of candidates to sit for the IMPCB exams.
Dr. Huda Al Naemi, Executive Director of Occupational Health and Safety and President of the Middle East Federation for the Organization of Medical Physics (MEFOMP), welcomed all members of the organizing examination committee and exam candidates to the event, which is held in collaboration with HMC’s Medical Education Department, led by Dr. Abdullatif AlKhal.
“This is a great opportunity for 15 of HMC’s medical physicists to be internationally certified as qualified in their specialties without the need to travel abroad. Hosting the IMPCB exams comes in line with HMC’s objective to provide world-class continuing professional education and training opportunities to its workforce. It is also international recognition of Qatar and HMC as a hub for medical physics certification. HMC has worked hard for long time to host this international event in Qatar and we now feel proud to see the fruit of our hard work,” said Dr. Al Naemi.
Prior to these exams, a two-day medical physics workshop will be conducted as an opportunity for continuous professional education for medical physicists specializing in radiotherapy, diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine. The three-part examination is conducted by a team of seven IMPCB examining faculty selected by the Board Examination Committee.
The mission of the International Medical Physics Certification Board (IMPCB) is to support the practice of medical physics through a certification program to achieve the goal of improving the quality of patient care in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. The IMPCB conducts a three-part Board Examination in several medical physics imaging and therapy sub-specialties worldwide, with emphasis on parts of the world that lack certification programs. Over the past two years examinations have been held in Mexico, Bangladesh, Italy (several times), Czech Republic, Austria and Chile.