IOMP was formed in January 1963 initially with 4 affiliated national member organizations. The Organization has a membership of 86 national member organizations, 1 affiliate and 6 regional organizations. The Organization is affiliated to IUPESM, IUPAP and ICSU and is officially connected to IFMBE.
IOMP is charged with a mission to advance medical physics practice worldwide by disseminating scientific and technical information, fostering the educational and professional development of medical physics and promoting the highest quality medical services for patients. Information on IOMP activities, development priorities, and external relations are given in her strategic policy document Review and Way Forward of IOMP.
IOMP works together with International Organizations such as IAEA, WHO and ILO to strengthen the role of Medical Physicists. ILO has recently classified medical physicists as a profession in the International Standard Classification of Occupations-08 (ICSO-08) under physics and astronomy, which is an important reference document for governments for recognition and classification of occupations.
IOMP collaborates with professional bodies such as IRPA and ICRP and international organizations such as WHO and IAEA in promoting the development of medical physics and safe use of radiation and radiological equipment technology.
IOMP is collaborating with professional organizations in development of a professional certification system for medical physicists that can be implemented on a global basis. To provide guidance on education, training and professional development of medical physicists, IOMP is publishing some policy documents on such issues.
IOMP together with IFMBE and IUPESM organize the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (World Congress) once every three years. IOMP also organizes the International Congress of Medical Physics (ICMP) which is held between World Congresses. IOMP provide travel supports to medical physicists from developing countries to attend these meetings.
PREAMBLE TO IOMP HISTORICAL DATA: TABLE 1 – 32
Like most, if not all, scientific societies, the IOMP relies heavily on the support of our members to preserve history of our Organization. This is even more important for the IOMP since we have no permanent headquarters or staff to keep records. Clearly nothing can be achieved without the voluntary assistance of our members. Many members have dedicated their time and effort to advanced the goals and objectives of the Organization. In order to document this support, the History SubCommittee provides the following Tables (1-32) that document the work of those individuals who have, over the years, committed time and energy to make it possible for IOMP to achieve its aims and aspirations.
University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) presents Prof. John Cameron, Founder of Medical Physics Publishing (MPP), his efforts in development of MPP that is now 30 years old, and an archived video of (young) Prof. John Cameron describing radiation treatment and measuring dosimeters developed at UW-Madison and are still being used worldwide.
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