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[en] Building on the energy and excitement of Washington DC in a presidential election year, AAPM will host its own Presidential Debate to better understand the views of the AAPM membership! Past presidents of the AAPM, Drs. Bayouth, Hazle, Herman, and Seibert, will debate hot topics in medical physics including issues facing education, professional practice, and the advancement of science. The moderators, Drs. Brock and Stern, will also draw in topics from Point-Counterpoint articles from the Medical Physics Journals. Wrapping up the debate, the audience will have the opportunity to question the candidates in a town hall format. At the conclusion of this lively debate, the winner will be decided by the audience, so bring your Audience Response Units! Be part of Medical Physics - Decision 2016! Learning Objectives: Understand AAPM members’ views and opinions on issues facing medical physics education Learn AAPM members’ views and opinions on issues facing professional practice Identify AAPM members’ view and opinions on issues facing the advancement of science in medical physics J. Bayouth, Funding support from NCI;Scientific Advisory Board member - ViewRay
[en] The report is intended to offer practical advice to assist in the development, improvement or evaluation of a progressive safety culture as outlined in the publication 75-INSAG-4. (P.A.)
[en] Purpose: The aim of this study was to establish a model of competence for newly qualified diagnostic radiographers which incorporated the notion of ‘fitness’ from the perspective of a number of key stakeholders. The research is published in two parts. Part 1, published in the last issue, described the background to the study, its methods and the results. Part 2 discusses the findings and considers the implications for professional practice and research. Methods: An expert panel was surveyed using the Delphi technique. The panel was asked to provide a statement that described the primary role of diagnostic radiographers and also to state the associated roles and responsibilities which would be expected of a new qualifier in their first post. In view of the lack of clarity concerning the expectations of new radiographers, a clear interpretation was needed on the term ‘first post’. In addition, the panel was asked to predict changes in the provision of health care and in society which may have an impact on the future role of radiographers. Results: A primary role statement was developed which placed more emphasis on the needs of the patient than on technology. The associated roles and responsibilities were named statements of competence and were organized into nine categories. Variations were noted in the interpretation of the term ‘first post’, with the majority of the panel agreeing that qualification and competence were not synonymous. The panel returned a wide range of predictions concerning the future role of radiographers, which, by the final round had been condensed to 33 statements. Conclusion: A model of competence was developed incorporating a range of knowledge, skills and attributes which could be used as a starting point for making judgements on the scope of practice: the range of roles and duties from which the competence of the newly qualified can be inferred. More than 50% of the competences could be classified as multiprofessional, lending support for the need to develop a curriculum which integrates the needs of a number of professional disciplines. The research highlighted that there are unclear boundaries around the area of qualification, in which new qualifiers continue to be supported. Regarding the future role, the panel predicted that changes in technology would have the most important impact and that the scope of practice for radiographers will continue to expand.
[en] Statutory agents have stipulated that research activity is a fundamental component of the healthcare professional's activity. Whilst the College of Radiographers have emphasised the importance of imaging personnel embracing this research ethos, there is little available data on the level of research activity within sonographic practice or on the factors that influence a sonographer's involvement in research activities. This work attempts to address these deficiencies. A questionnaire was sent to 300 UK-based sonographers of whom 218 responded (72%). The questionnaire was specifically designed to establish the level of involvement in research, the utilisation of research findings, attitudes towards research and perceived barriers to active research involvement. Responses were analysed investigating any correlations with the population demographics. The data collected showed the majority of sonographers (89%) were enthusiastic about research but with only 33% and 60% currently or previously performing research, respectively, and 73% using research findings to modify their clinical practice. Certain barriers to an active research involvement were shown, with 63%, 55% and 40% citing lack of time, education and collegial support, respectively. A range of statistical findings were linked to particular sonographer groups. The importance of good organisational structures and effective support from fellow health professionals was highlighted. The results confirm sonographers' appreciation of the benefits of research and it is suggested that if this enthusiasm is translated into effective research strategies, research output from ultrasound and other clinical departments should be enhanced.
[en] Over recent years the professional role of the radiologist has been evolved due to the increasing involvement in the clinical management of the patient. Radiologists have thus been increasingly charged by new duties and liabilities, exposing them to higher risks of legal claims made against them. Malpractice lawsuits in radiology are commonly related to inappropriate medical care or to the poor physician-patient relationship. In the present paper, we provide overview of the basic principles of the medical malpractice law and the main legal issues and causes of legal actions against diagnostic and interventional radiologists. We also address some issues to help radiologists to reduce risks and consequences of malpractice lawsuits. These include (1) following the standard of care to the best of their ability, (2) cautious use of off-label devices, (3) better communication skills among health care workers and with the patient, and (4) ensuring being covered by adequate malpractice insurance. Lastly, we described definitions of some medicolegal terms and concepts that are thought to be useful for radiologists to know.
[en] This article explores some of the key issues that characterise the culture of the radiography profession as experienced and reported in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. It raises many questions for professionals concerned about the future of the profession to consider, arguing that if these issues remain unchallenged they may limit both ongoing professional development of individuals and the profession as a whole. The authors conclude that a multi-faceted approach is needed that includes a reconceptualisation of our formal education programmes to include an increased emphasis on critical reflection; an attempt to change the workplace culture through targeted professional development and effective leadership; and the commitment by radiographers to finding a new focus and sense of professionalism.
[en] This research analyses the interest that medical radiation science (MRS) students have about their academic and professional world when they are given the independence to freely choose a topic to research. The research setting includes students of three different MRS degrees who have had, up until the point that this research was carried out, more common learning than degree specific learning. To analyse student interest, a thematic analysis of the self selected topics to be researched for a group work project was undertaken. The results indicate that there are statistically significant differences in interest between students of the three MRS degrees, with students within a degree sharing a strong single unifying common interest in their academic or professional world.
[en] Purpose: This study is an investigation into the way in which diagnostic radiographers make decisions in clinical practice with the specific aim of mapping the thought processes that radiographers use when engaging with clinical situations. Methods: The paper makes use of the ‘think aloud’ technique used widely for investigating decision making processes. Clinical scenarios were designed in the form of scripts which were videotaped using actors. Each videotape was shown to a series of radiographers (n=56) and the thought processes generated audiotaped for transcription (the verbal protocol). Results: Fifty five verbal protocols were successfully compiled. The age range of the sample was 21–60 years with a mean length of qualification of 10.7 years. Radiographers in the group had a range of clinical experiences. Encoding of the verbal protocols indicated a range of specific observations by subjects in the study. The most common observation was ‘observations based on the practical knowledge of radiography’. However, radiographers also made ‘observations based on clinical knowledge drawn from experience and wider reading’. Conclusions: The study successfully used think aloud to map the way in which diagnostic radiographers made observations in a number of simulated settings. It is felt that these observations might have implications for continuing professional development (CPD). /
[en] Purpose: Many radiographers applying for postgraduate study are qualified with the Diploma of the College of Radiographers. These radiographers are deemed to be non-standard entrants at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, whereas graduates with a second class honours degree or above, are deemed to be standard entrants. This paper will discuss the admission of such students to postgraduate courses via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), and their subsequent achievement on postgraduate courses. Method:Data (student marks) were extracted from student records from 1994 to the present time, for the four programmes run in the Department of Radiography and Imaging Sciences. Analysis of the data provided total numbers of standard and non-standard students on each programme as well as the mark range, standard deviation and mean marks for each programme. It was then determined, using at -test for independent samples, whether there was any statistically significant difference in the marks of standard and non-standard entrants per programme and also collectively. Results: The results showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the marks achieved by standard or non-standard entrants on any of the four programmes. Conclusion: If assessment outcomes are used as an indicator of academic performance this study demonstrates that widening participation, to allow those DCR radiographers motivated enough to apply to study at postgraduate level direct entry onto postgraduate courses, does not lower academic standards.