If your certification expires on 12/31/2017, please download, fill out, and return the following form:
The American Board of Medical Physics recognizes the importance of continuing professional development and awards certification on a time limited basis. Continuing Education (CE or CME) is defined as “educational activities that serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a professional uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.” When you complete a Category 1 CE activity you should make sure your attendance has been logged with CAMPEP (preferable), or obtain a certificate of completion from the activity’s sponsor, if the meeting has not been registered with CAMPEP.
Effective January 1, 2014, recertification by the ABMP requires at least 125 continuing education credits (CEC’s) every five years. This requirement is consistent with requirements of other certifying bodies. The 125 CE credits may be met by a combination of Category 1 continuing education credits and Category 2 continuing education credits, although the application for recertification must contain at least 65 Category 1 credits, and can contain a maximum of Category 2 credits.
TERM: The initial ABMP certification will be for 5 years and must be renewed every 5 years thereafter in order to maintain certification. If your recertification application is not received with appropriate CEC’s and supporting documents, you will be removed from the list of duly certified diplomates.
FEES: The following fees are now in effect for recertification:
- Recertification Fee (now through Jan 31, 2018)……………………………………..$ 390.00 by check or E-pay OR $405 by PayPal (see bottom of page)
- Recertification fee + late fee (Feb 1, 2018 – April 1, 2018)……………………….$ 515.00 by check or E-pay OR $530 by PayPal (see bottom of page)
- Reinstatement of EXPIRED certification (or after April 1, 2018)………………..$ 775.00 by check or E-pay OR $798 by PayPal (see bottom of page)
Category 1 Credits: At least 65 of the 125 required CE credits must be Category 1. In order for an activity to be designated for Category 1 credit it must be planned by an accredited CE provider. Category 1 credits can be obtained during attendance at National and or Local Meetings of organizations such as AAPM, HPS, ISMRM, SNM, ACR, ASTRO, NCRP, ICRP, RSNA, etc. These are formally planned meetings that include documentation of acceptable needs assessment, learning objectives, educational design, an evaluation method, and disclosure. Attendance at these meetings must be registered and documented with CAMPEP in order for the CEC’s to be listed on the CAMPEP transcript.
Additional Category 1 activities include lectures and meetings in which learners are physically or remotely present and “Enduring Materials” – CE activities based on recorded or published content (i.e., printed materials, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs, Internet presentations). Some organizations such as AAPM have online learning centers that allow diplomates to obtain Category 1 credits for successfully passing quizzes associated with informational sources such as journal articles, presentations, task group reports, and other publications.
If attendance is not documented with CAMPEP, then a Certificate of Attendance must be submitted, which shows:
- the name of the Diplomate
- the date of the presentation
- the category of credit (must be “Cat 1″; “Cat A” material can be submitted for Category 2 credit only)
- the number of Continuing Education Credits received
Category 2 Credits: No more than 60 of the 125 CE credits required can be Category 2 credits. These are “self-assessment” credits and include informally planned activities such as practice-based self-study, consultations with colleagues, teaching, conferences, journal clubs, in-service presentations, books or chapters read or published and journal articles read or published. Credits can also be obtained for technical committee memberships and vendor sponsored educational classes. In order to simplify the assignment of Category 2 CE credits to publications and some other activities, please use the table below for both information and requirements for submission.
Note for Multiply-certified Diplomates: Effective January 1, 2017, for diplomates who are certified in multiple specialties by the ABMP, the following scenario may be implemented in order to meet the minimum 125 continuing education credits PER sub-specialty (keeping in mind that, for each sub-specialty, the diplomate must earn a minimum of 65 Category 1 CEC’s pertaining, in general, to the sub-specialty for which the recertification application is submitted)
- EXAMPLE: The diplomate, John, is doubly-certified in Medical Health Physics (received in 2020) and in MRI Physics (2023). When he applies for Recertification in Medical Health Physics (MHP) in 2024, he submits a CAMPEP transcript with at least 65 Category 1 CEC’s pertaining to medical health physics and general medical physics (earned in the period 2020-2024), plus a maximum of 60 Category 2 CEC’s he earned through service on an AAPM committee, poster presentations, and reading technical articles (earned in the period 2020-2024). In 2027, he consider his application for Recertification in MRI Physics. It MUST contain a minimum of 65 Category 1 CEC’s pertaining to MRI physics and unique general medical physics (earned in the period 2023-2027). However, for the residual “Cat 2″ CEC’s (maximum of 60 hours), these can either consist of a) the Category 1 CEC’s submitted the MHP application, but only for the period 2023-2027, and/or b) the same Category 2 CEC’s submitted for the MHP application, but only for the period 2023-2027.
This is a change from the previous requirement where each application for Recertification required a minimum of 125 continuing education credits, that could not be common to another application. Hopefully this clarification both lessens the burden on our multiply-certified diplomates, and encourages them to seek continuing education requirements consistent with their certification(s). If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Director.
|Category 2 Credit List||Credits||Required Documentation|
|Publication of technical article; peer reviewed; meets Index Medicus/Medline criteria. All material must be relevant to Medical Physics, Medical Health Physics, MRI Science or Radiation Biology. Maximum in any one category is 30 credits per year; maximum number of Cat 2 hours submitted per application is 60 total.|
|1st author||15||Copy of 1st page of article|
|2nd author||10||Copy of 1st page of article|
|All other authors||3||Copy of 1st page of article|
|Original textbook||(30/# of Authors x number of Pages)/100||Copy of title page and copyright page|
|Chapter in original textbook||12||Copy of title page, chapter and copyright page|
|Revision of original textbook||(20/# of Authors x number of Pages)/100||Copy of title page and copyright page|
|Revision of chapter(s) in textbook||4 ea||Copy of title page, chapter(s) and copyright page|
|Paper presented at professional mtg||8||Copy of listing from meeting agenda|
|Poster presentation at national mtg||8||Copy of listing from meeting agenda|
|Lecture prep for college course (1st yr only)||10||Copy official course listing|
|National or State technical committee membership||4 per yr||Copy of official committee listing|
|International technical committee membership||6 per yr||Copy of official committee listing|
|Approved Editorial Service (eff. 1/1/2017)||1 credit per hour (max 10 hrs)||Copy of Journal's Editorial Board|
|Vendor sponsored educational classes||1 credit per hr||Copy of certificate of attendance – hrs specified|
|In-service lecture(s) given – various topics||1 credit per hour||Copy of lecture topic & intended audience & length of talk|
|Technical article(s) read||0.5 each||Self attestation (Maximum 30 per year)|
|Technical book chapter(s) read||0.5 each||Self attestation (Maximum 30 per year)|
Please submit a CAMPEP transcript for your Category 1 continuing education credits, and list your Category 2 credits on the downloadable form from the website.
If you choose to submit your supporting documents and fee by mail (with check made out to ABMP), please keep a copy of your documents, and send to:
- American Board of Medical Physics
P.O. Box 780518
San Antonio, TX 78278
If you choose to submit your supporting documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, you may submit your fee through PayPal (there is an administrative fee added) below, or by using your bank’s E-pay service (no fee added).
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Tomi Papanikolaou, at (210) 901-9052 or send an email to email@example.com