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Presented by Michelle Turek, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (Oncology), Dipl.ACVR (Radiation Oncology)
Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary Radiation Oncology
University of WI-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
From the AAMD Virtual 46th Annual Meeting
June 6 -10, 2021
NOTE: If you earned CE Credits for this session during the AAMD Virtual 46thAnnual Meeting, you will not be eligible to earn CE Credits for it again.
Medical dosimetrists are one of a small number of scientific or technical professions that provide essential services in the health care system. They are involved primarily in radiation oncology and the scope of their professional activity includes managing the clinical care of individual patients. A comprehensive workforce study of medical dosimetry has been completed. Project goals include the following: a) to compile existing data and collect any new data required to understand the roles, responsibilities, education, certification, clinical practice, and career paths of medical dosimetrists in the United States; b) to develop a national standard productivity profile which may be used as a benchmark for staffing; c) to develop accurate and reliable projections of the supply of and demand for medical dosimetrists through 2030; d) to understand the workforce implications in the event that accredited training programs and slots are not sufficient to maintain the current supply of medical dosimetrists, and e) to recommend specific steps and timelines that should be taken by AAMD and other stakeholders to advance the professional service of medical dosimetry.
1. Summarize the information documented in the medical dosimetrist workforce study
2. Explain what new information has been discovered and reported in the workforce study
3. Discuss how to use the medical dosimetrist workforce study to justify medical dosimetrist staffing
4. List future training and service aspects of medical dosimetry practice
Educational Level: Entry Level
Michelle Turek, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (Oncology), Dipl.ACVR (Radiation Oncology), is a Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary Radiation Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from the University of Montreal and completed residencies in medical and radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michelle practiced at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, and then at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2013, she returned to the University of Wisconsin where she works as a veterinary radiation oncologist, researcher, and instructor of veterinary radiation oncology and communication.