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A strategic development model for the role of the biomedical physicist in the education of healthcare professionals in Europe.
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PMID:  21724438     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This is the third of a series of articles targeted at biomedical physicists providing educational services to other healthcare professions, whether in a university faculty of medicine/health sciences or otherwise (e.g., faculty of science, hospital-based medical physics department). The first paper identified the past and present role of the biomedical physicist in the education of the healthcare professions and highlighted issues of concern. The second paper reported the results of a comprehensive SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) audit of that role. In this paper we present a strategy for the development of the role based on the outcomes of the SWOT audit. The research methods adopted focus on the importance of strategic planning at all levels in the provision of educational services. The analytical process used in the study was a pragmatic blend of the various theoretical frameworks described in the literature on strategic planning research as adapted for use in academic role development. Important results included identification of the core competences of the biomedical physicist in this context; specification of benchmarking schemes based on experiences of other biomedical disciplines; formulation of detailed mission and vision statements; gap analysis for the role. The paper concludes with a set of strategies and specific actions for gap reduction.
Authors:
C J Caruana; M Wasilewska-Radwanska; A Aurengo; P P Dendy; V Karenauskaite; M R Malisan; S Mattson; J H Meijer; D Mihov; V Mornstein; E Rokita; E Vano; M Weckstrom; M Wucherer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physica medica : PM : an international journal devoted to the applications of physics to medicine and biology : official journal of the Italian Association of Biomedical Physics (AIFB)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1724-191X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9302888     Medline TA:  Phys Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
EFOMP, SIG Biomedical Physics Education for the Healthcare Professions, UK; Biomedical Physics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Msida, Malta.
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