IC MP IMGs
Structured Mentorship Certification in Medical Physics for International Medical Graduates
|An international medical graduate (IMG) is defined as an individual trained in programs outside the U.S., its territories, or Canada.|
1. An application for the Structured Mentorship (SM) must be completed and submitted to the ABR. The application must include the candidate statement, along with a training plan from the facility, that is signed by both the candidate and the advisor.
2. Candidates should demonstrate to the satisfaction of the ABR that a CAMPEP-accredited residency program was not available to them by submitting copies of at least two letters showing that entrance was denied due to space limitations.
3. Candidates must meet the CAMPEP requirements for entrance to a CAMPEP-accredited residency program (for a list of programs, see www.campep.org/campeplstres.asp). Candidates with deficiencies must remediate the deficiencies before beginning the SM. Adherence with AAPM Report 197S(3) is recommended.
4. A one-time, nonrefundable administrative fee of $300 must be submitted with the application.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the ABR have established six competencies for practitioners. They are:
- Practice knowledge
- Patient care and procedural skills
- Interpersonal/communication skills
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Systems-based practice
The candidate should provide the advisor with a statement as to his or her progress toward meeting the six competencies on an annual basis. Guidance for this process is available on the ABR website. The medical physicist supervisor will be required to attest that the candidate meets the six competencies before the ABR will recognize the SM as acceptable training.
Each candidate in an SM must keep a portfolio describing the activities in which he or she participates. At a minimum, the portfolio must include:
- The plan for each rotation
- A list of educational materials used for the rotation
- A summary of candidate activities
- Survey reports
- PQI Projects
- A brief (3-page) summary of each rotation written by the candidate
- Candidate evaluations by the advisor
- Candidate evaluations by physicians or other supervisors
Portfolios may be audited.
1. AAPM Report 90: Education and Training of Medical Physics Committee Subcommittee on Residency Training and Promotion, 2006.
2. AAPM Report 197S: Education and Training of Medical Physicists Committee, 2011.
Further information regarding the Structured Mentorship Program requirements in the three disciplines of medical physics may be found at the links below: