CT Medical Physicist Requirements

R 333.5707 Medical physicist.

Rule 707. A registrant with 1 or more CT scanners shall employ or contract with a medical physicist to review the quality and safety of the operation of the CT scanner. The medical physicist shall meet all of the following:

(a) Initial qualifications. Before beginning to independently provide consultation to a CT facility, a medical physicist shall meet 1 of the following:
(i) Be certified in diagnostic radiological physics or radiological physics by the American board of radiology, or in diagnostic imaging physics by the American board of medical physics, or in diagnostic radiology physics by the Canadian college of physicists in medicine.
(ii) Have a graduate degree in medical physics, radiological physics, physics, or other relevant physical science or engineering discipline from an accredited institution and have formal coursework in the biological sciences with at least 1 course in biology or radiation biology and 1 course in anatomy, physiology, or similar topics related to the practice of medical physics, and have 3 years of documented experience in a clinical CT environment. An accredited institution is a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization that has been recognized either by the U.S. department of education (USDE) or by the council for higher education accreditation (CHEA) or both. Individuals with non-U.S. degrees shall provide documentation that their foreign degrees are equivalent to those granted from an approved institution in the U.S. and that the granting institution is equivalent to a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
(b) Continuing experience. Within 24 months following the date when the requirements of subdivision (a) of this rule were completed, the medical physicist shall have evaluated at least 2 CT scanners in the prior 24-month period.

(c) Continuing education. Within 36 months following the date when the requirements of subdivision (a) of this rule were completed, the medical physicist shall have earned at least  15 continuing medical education units, at least half shall be category 1, in the prior 36-month period. The continuing education shall include credits pertinent to CT.

(d) Reestablishing qualifications. A medical physicist who fails to maintain the required continuing experience or continuing education requirements shall reestablish his or her qualifications before resuming the independent evaluation of CT scanners and facilities, as follows:
(i) A medical physicist who fails to meet the continuing experience requirements of subdivision (b) of this rule shall evaluate a sufficient number of CT scanners, under the supervision of a medical physicist, to meet the requirements of subdivision (b) of this rule.
(ii) A medical physicist who fails to meet the continuing education requirements of subdivision (c) of this rule shall obtain a sufficient number of additional continuing education credits to meet the requirements of subdivision (c) of this rule.

Discussion:

This rule was based on the medical physicist requirements of the American College of Radiology's CT Accreditation Program. 

Question 1: Medical physicists who are not board certified must document 3 years of experience in a CT environment according to Rule 707(a)(ii). The ACR will credit up to 6 months clinical experience for individuals graduating from a Masters level medical physics program that includes a clinical component and up to 12 months credit for individuals graduating from a Doctoral level medical physics program. Does the State of Michigan follow this same policy?


Question 1: Medical physicists who are not board certified must document 3 years of experience in a CT environment according to Rule 707(a)(ii). The ACR will credit up to 6 months clinical experience for individuals graduating from a Masters level medical physics program that includes a clinical component and up to 12 months credit for individuals graduating from a Doctoral level medical physics program. Does the State of Michigan follow this same policy?

Yes, we will accept up to 6 months clinical experience credit for individuals graduating from a Masters level medical physics program that includes a clinical component and up to 12 months credit for individuals graduating from a Doctoral level medical physics program that includes a clinical component. The graduate program or the certified medical physicist who supervised your experience should attest in writing to the amount of clinical experience earned during the program.

Because these initial qualifications for CT medical physicists are reviewed by our health physicists during an inspection, there could be inconsistencies on interpretation of how much clinical experience credit to allow. We recommend any medical physicist in this position take advantage of our voluntary service to review initial qualification credentials. If approved, a letter will be issued which can be used to demonstrate compliance with the initial requirements. Medical physicists who elect not to participate in this voluntary service need to provide each facility they survey copies of their credentials. Each medical physicist must provide each facility they survey evidence that they meet the continuing experience and continuing education requirements specified under subdivisions (c) and (d) of Rule 707 .


June 6, 2016