Dear Medical Physics Colleagues across the Globe,

It is my pleasure to announce to you the theme of this year to mark the celebrations of the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP 2020):

“Medical Physicist as a Health Professional”

As we all may know this year has brought remarkable challenges to healthcare systems around the world. As healthcare workers, Medical Physicists as well as many others were in the frontline in dealing with COVID-19 patients and they also deserve recognition and appreciation for their efforts. Many countries still don’t recognize medical physicists as healthcare professionals, hoping that this year’s theme is expected to bring awareness and shed light on the importance of our profession in the healthcare field and that the medical physicist is an essential key element not only to help in diagnosis and treatment of many diseases but also to ensure radiation safety for patients, professionals, and staff.

I hope this year’s difficulties don’t stand in the way of celebrating this day to honor our profession. Taking social distancing measures into consideration, this day can still be celebrated through online meetings, gatherings, contests, and parties.

I wish all my colleagues around the World a Happy Medical Physics Day. Enjoy the celebrations of this day even from your home or behind a screen in your office to show our pride of being a Medical Physicist!

Ibrahim Duhaini, PhD, FIOMP, DIMPCB
IOMP Treasurer
IDMP Coordinator