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Hi I am a medical physicist in the uk with a desire to transition to Canada. I am in the process of applying for permanent residency via the Canada express entry. We have a similar organisation to CAMPEP that accredits our physicists in the UK, called IPEM. I have an accredited MSc from IPEM and performed four years training to obtain "state registration" in the UK as a medical physicist. I have also obtained a PhD in medical imaging; our PhD's are not accredited per se but the institution is an accredited one for our MsC programmes in medical physics and medical imaging. I have around three years post registration clinical experience and am currently classed as a "medical physics expert" in the UK.

If my understanding is correct to gain a good chance at a medical physics position I need to hold certification with CCPM "or equivalent". Programs, accredited by other organizations, which are formally recognized by CAMPEP as being equivalent in content and expectations to CAMPEP accredited programs will be recognized as equivalent for the purpose or eligibility for the Membership exam. However they don't mention IPEM. 1] Does IEPM count as an equivalent organization?

Internationally trained medical physicist can apply using the link mentioned here:

http://www.ccpm.ca/ccpm-english/main/certification/eligibility-for-internationally-trained-medical-physicists.html

Similarly after sitting the exam; three satisfactory letters of reference are required, each attesting that the candidate meets the experience requirements and has abided by the CCPM Code of Ethics. Two of the letters must be from medical physicists. At least one medical physicist referee must be certified by the CCPM, ABR, ABMP or, at the discretion of the CCPM Board, by another recognised certifying body(so potentially IPEM?) . The third letter must be from a board-certified physician. 2] Does this "board certified physician," have to also be certified by an american / canadian board or would a UK baord suffice for example GMP?

3] If successful after gaining experience as a CCPM certified physicist does anyone know any barriers then preventing one to obtaining successful employment in the USA?


4] Does anyone have any experience in this process and can spot anything I have missed or are able to clarify my questions?

Thanks in advance
 

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I'm a Canadian Medical Physicist.

1. I'm reasonably certain IEPM would count as equivalent, but this is something that's largely at the discretion of individual employers. What would probably happen is that in the interview process you'd be treated as equivalent - at least on paper - to a CCPM member and then if you're the successful candidate, you would likely be encouraged to pursue membership with the CCPM while you're employed in Canada.

2. I strongly suspect a UK board would suffice. You might consider just writing to the CCPM itself an asking this question directly. I'm sure they would be able to give you a definitive answer.

3. For the most part CCPM membership is taken as equivalent to the American board certifications, but the details are state-dependent. Some states licence their Medical Physicists and specifically require American board certifications.

4. No direct experience, though a good friend of mine went the other direction not too long ago. You're asking good questions. As I said, a quick email to the CCPM will clear up any uncertainty on their end of things.

Good luck with all of it.
 

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