The Society of Medical Physicists in the Republic of the Philippines

The Society of Medical Physicists in the Republic of the Philippines is the home of over a hundred Medical Physicists practicing in the fields of Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Health Physics. Apart from the clinical setting, other members are part of the regulatory workforce of the Department of Health and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.

Formerly known as the Philippine Organization of Medical Physicists  (POMP), this professional organization was founded in 1986.  It was then changed to SMPRP last 2017. For several decades, the Society has been serving Filipino patients in both the private and government hospitals.

Qouted from Peter H S Smith as published by WHO - "Medical Physics is a branch of Applied Physics, pursued by medical physicists, which uses physics principles, methods and techniques in practice and research for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases with a specific goal of improving human health and well-being.

Medical physicists (MPs) working in clinical environment are health professionals, with education and specialist training in the concepts and techniques of applying physics in medicine, competent to practice independently in one or more of the subfields (specialties) of medical physics."

Source: https://www.who.int/medical_devices/poster_b23.pdf

The purposes of the SMPRP are as follows: 

  • To advance and safeguard the profession of Medical Physics in all its aspects;

  • To  unite and promote cooperation and understanding among medical physicists and workers in the medical allied professions; and

  • To promote the welfare and professional development of medical physicists of the Philippines.

The SMPRP shall undertake the following activities to achieve its primary goal.

  • Organize and sponsor conventions, scientific meetings, clinical residency training programs, training courses, workshops, and seminars in medical physics, and courses related to the roles, responsibilities, and development of medical physicists;

  • Encourage and support research, training and educational opportunities in medical physics;

  • Develop and disseminate scientific and technical information in medical physics and related fields;

  • Promote and support participation of members in international meetings, conferences, congresses and other similar assemblies or gatherings;

  • Collaborate with regulatory bodies and other scientific organizations;

  • Set-up bodies for specific purposes which will further the objectives of the Organization;

  • Develop any other activity in support of the objectives of the Organization; and

  • Develop ethical standards geared towards a harmonious working environment between physicists and other allied healthcare professionals.

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