Expand the clinical and scientific practice of medical physics beyond radiation medicine.
Smart Expansion is the movement to create research, development, and clinical practice opportunities for medical physicists across all of healthcare, beyond our traditional roles in medical imaging and radiation therapy. This includes ensuring that the medical physics profession is prepared to address these challenges in the future.
In effecting these goals, the Smart Expansion Subcommittee will partner with many other organizations within AAPM, including Science Council and Education Council and many of their committees and subcommittees, including the Working Group on Future Research and Academic Medical Physics (FUTURE).
Medical physicists have few relationships with physicians and other clinicians in fields other than radiology and radiation oncology.
Awareness and understanding of the medical physics profession is limited in key partner professions such as physics and biomedical engineering.
Opportunities for medical physicists to engage in research and development outside radiation medicine vary and depend on awareness and understanding of medical physicists' existence and roles as well as their personal relationships with colleagues in other fields.
Radiation oncology and radiology have robust experience and methods for assessing and managing risks and ensuring safety. Medical physicists can share this with other disciplines who adopt high-tech precision medicine.
Medical physics education and training are highly specialized to the needs of radiation medicine.