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  1. 1. Important Announcement ANMPI Introduces In-field Training for NM Technician Members of ANMPI can assume responsibility to train his or her “Technician” by getting the centre accredited by ANMPI as a “NM Technician Training Site” Last date for receipt of completed Applications for Accreditation is 30th Nov 2009. Why need for NM Technician? In our country there are few “NM Technologist” training courses in our country which are recognized by govt to meet certain regulatory requirements of radiation safety. However there is no formal institution based “NM Technician” course in our country. Several countries have a 3 years “Radiation Technician” degree courses and the syllabus includes Diagnostic Radiology, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine. Those who complete these courses are called as “Radiation Technicians” and they have the option to work in any area of their choice. In Nuclear Medicine, many such Techincians work under one NM Technologist and assist in carrying out the procedures. In our country we have only courses for ‘radiographers’ & ‘radiotherapy technicians’ and these trainees do not have any exposure to the field of Nuclear Medicine. Earlier science graduates & Radiographers used to work in Nuclear Medicine under the supervision of another qualified technologist / physician but nowadays one cannot motivate them to work in Nuclear Medicine without a scope for proper training and career progress without some kind of certification. The need for a regulated creation of this category of junior work force has been debated by ANMPI and understood well. What is the role of ANMPI in this area? ANMPI is introducing a “National Coordinated In-field Training Program for NM Technicians” and the design & syllabus of the program has been prepared in consultation with AERB. The training will be done in ANMPI accredited training sites; The center is expected to select among its employees or recruit the proposed trainee with the following eligibility criteria (as approved by AERB): a. Science graduates with Physics as one of the subjects (BPC/MPC or equivalent) or b. Those who have passed Ten Plus Two (10 + 2) with Science Subjects and having additional qualification in allied para-medical and para- clinical subjects such as Radiography, Imaging Technology, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Lab Technology etc.
  2. 2. Please note that overqualified persons who do not fit into the career role of Nuclear Medicine Technician (ie to work under other qualified Technologists or to assist NM Physicians in smaller centres) will be rejected. The training is to include: - 2 years of hands-on field experience and - 60 hours of didactic class room lectures and 10 hours of demonstrations / practicals spread out in 3 contact seminars within the 2 years of training. Do you want to be a part of this program? This training program is anchored around your commitment as the Supervising Nuclear Physician. You are expected to have clear understanding on the intended goal of this training program and you will be responsible for the successful training of the candidate in your laboratory without charging any fee for this service. The Supervising Nuclear Physician is expected to ensure the co-operation of the authorities of the facility and the technologist and other colleagues in the facility so as to complete the training without any deficiency. The Supervising Nuclear Physician is expected to make honest and prompt assessment of the situation and fore-warn the ANMPI representative in the event of any constraints in imparting the training and should be willing to facilitate alternative arrangements for the trainee so as to complete the training program. If selected You can also serve as ‘Honorary guest faculty’ for this teaching program and contribute in the following areas: - to give lectures in the Contact Seminars which will be organized twice a year - to conduct demonstrations and practicals - to prepare handouts & log books for the trainees - to prepare assessment question papers - to conduct viva for assessment on conclusion of the trainees. You can also recommend the names of your Senior Technologist colleagues whom you consider fit to serve as guest faculty for this program. What kind of centre can seek Accreditation as a Technician Training Site? Minimum requirement: Equipment availability: Minimum one SPECT Gamma Camera should be functional in the center for not less than the preceding 2 years. Number of procedures: A minimum of 100 Gamma Camera scanning procedures should have been carried out every month in the preceding 2 years to be considered for accreditation. Additional considerations to decide the number of trainees:
  3. 3. Availability of supervision by Senior Technologists (who are members of ICNM, who have publications/ papers to his or her credit, who have served as faculty in courses or workshops) in the site will be considered as an important favourable factor for accreditation. Centres with on going other recognized training courses or programs in Nuclear Medicine (like DRM, MD, DNB training) will be given accreditation readily for this purpose. Availability of specialized equipments like SPECT-CT, PET-CT, High Dose Therapy, Sentinel Probe, etc will be considered favorable for higher level of accreditation. Organizations providing training in similar para-clinical, para-medical subjects (like Nursing, Radiography, Lab Technololgy, Physician Assistant etc) will be given due consideration for accreditation. Design of the Program and Financial Liability The participating accredited center is expected to select among its employees or recruit the proposed trainee with the following eligibility criteria (as approved by AERB): a. Science graduates with Physics as one of the subjects (BPC/MPC or equivalent) or b. Those who have passed Ten Plus Two (10 + 2) with Science Subjects and having additional qualification in allied para-medical and para-clinical subjects such as Radiography, Imaging Technology, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Lab Technology etc. Please note that overqualified persons who do not fit into the career role of Nuclear Medicine Technician (ie to work under other qualified Technologists or to assist NM Physicians in smaller centres) will be rejected. The candidates nominated by the centres will be assessed in the Induction Program and accepted into the program if found satisfactory. Those registered into the training program are expected to be full time workers in the centres for a period of 2 years and treated accordingly with appropriate payment like salary / stipend as per the rules of the organization. There will be no fee payable to ANMPI by the participating centre for this program so long as no fee is collected from the trainee worker. A suitable fee may be charged by ANMPI to those centres who collect a fee from the trainee workers. A modest fee will be collected by ANMPI from the trainees towards the following: a. Participation fee for Induction Program (during registration) b. Participation fee for Contact Seminar II (after 6 months) c. Participation fee for Contact Seminar III (after one year) d. Examination Fees (after 2 years) The fee amount will be announced after the accreditation procedure.
  4. 4. There will be no charges for Hand-books, Log books and other hand outs which will be sponsored by ANMPI. There will be no financial assistance for travel / accommodation for the trainees to attend the programs. How to apply for Accreditation as a Technician Training Site? Fill up the attached application form providing all the information sought about your centre and send it to the address given below so as to reach as on or before 30th November 2009. An ANMPI committee for Accreditation will scrutinize the applications and decide whether the applicant clinical site will be able to fulfill our objective of the training or not. The list of Accredited Training Sites will be announced in the last week of December 2009 with a call for nomination of the trainees. For further information and any clarification contact: Dr K Kumaresan Convener ANMPI Task Group for Tech Training KK Nuclear Scans Basement, Nava Bharat Chambers 6-3-1109/1, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda Hyderabad – 500 082 Phone: Off 040 – 2341 8976 Res 040 – 2776 7457 Email: nmtt2009@gmail.com

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