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Title: SU-B-BRA-03: A Physician Perspective on the Value of Medical Physics

Abstract

In the current rapidly changing Healthcare environment, many groups are competing for limited resources. How can medical physicists position themselves to be a relevant stakeholder in the discussion of how those resources are allocated Our value goes beyond what can be shown in a business plan and is heavily involved with safety and quality. Three areas will be explored: What is our value? Who needs to receive that message? How do we communicate that message? To help frame the discussion in terms of how other stakeholders may view the value of medical physicists, a physician and an administrator will present their perspective. Lastly, a multidisciplinary panel will present real life examples of strategies that can be utilized today to establish the value of medical physicists. The presentation of these examples will lead into an interactive question and answer time. V. Willcut, I work for Elekta. There was no research associated with this talk.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Levine Cancer Institute (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22624295
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2016 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY; PUBLIC HEALTH; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOLOGICAL PERSONNEL; RADIOTHERAPY

Citation Formats

Burri, S. SU-B-BRA-03: A Physician Perspective on the Value of Medical Physics. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1118/1.4955530.
Burri, S. SU-B-BRA-03: A Physician Perspective on the Value of Medical Physics. United States. doi:10.1118/1.4955530.
Burri, S. 2016. "SU-B-BRA-03: A Physician Perspective on the Value of Medical Physics". United States. doi:10.1118/1.4955530.
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title = {SU-B-BRA-03: A Physician Perspective on the Value of Medical Physics},
author = {Burri, S.},
abstractNote = {In the current rapidly changing Healthcare environment, many groups are competing for limited resources. How can medical physicists position themselves to be a relevant stakeholder in the discussion of how those resources are allocated Our value goes beyond what can be shown in a business plan and is heavily involved with safety and quality. Three areas will be explored: What is our value? Who needs to receive that message? How do we communicate that message? To help frame the discussion in terms of how other stakeholders may view the value of medical physicists, a physician and an administrator will present their perspective. Lastly, a multidisciplinary panel will present real life examples of strategies that can be utilized today to establish the value of medical physicists. The presentation of these examples will lead into an interactive question and answer time. V. Willcut, I work for Elekta. There was no research associated with this talk.},
doi = {10.1118/1.4955530},
journal = {Medical Physics},
number = 6,
volume = 43,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
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