Dear colleagues from Asia-Oceania,
I am pleased to greet all of medical physicists in the Asia-Oceania region. I am delighted to deliver this message on the occasion of the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) as a President of the Asia–Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (AFOMP).
As you know, the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) was started by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) in 2013. The celebrations for IDMP are conducted all over the world on Nov, 7th (Madame Curie’s birthday) every year to raise awareness of our profession since its initiation in 2013. This is an excellent opportunity to promote the role of medical physicists in the worldwide medical scene. IOMP has encouraged regional and national organizations to inform their members, announce the IDMP and organize activities such as special lectures or events open to the government, medical societies, the general public and the media on Nov. 7th every year.
As AFOMP President, I would like to encourage you to visit the IDMP website (http://www.iomp.org/idmp/) and to celebrate IDMP on Nov, 7th this year. I would also like to ask you to send short reports, photos, videos etc. to IOMP regarding IDMP events, to promote your IDMP celebrations to all other countries. The IDMP celebrations by AFOMP members have been excellent and well reflected in many places such as India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, some of the Middle East etc.
The AFOMP now includes most of the medical physics societies in the Asia-Oceania region. The Middle East Federation of Organization of Medical Physics (MEFOMP) became a member of AFOMP this year. The AFOMP website has been newly re-developed and is now ready for use. The role and status of medical physicists in the AFOMP region have gradually improved as can be seen by its increasing recognition in various societies. I hope the medical societies and the general public will better recognize the importance of medical physics and the value of medical physicists through this IDMP celebration this November.
Finally, I thank all of you once again for your great contribution to the medical physics community and hope to see all of you at the 18th Asia-Oceania Congress of Medical Physics (AOCMP 2018) which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11-14 November 2018 in conjunction with the 16th South East Asia Congress of Medical Physics (SEACOMP 2018).
Thanks to you all.
Tae Suk Suh
President of AFOMP