Introduction

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The Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) is the main professional body for medical physicists practicing in Canada. COMP is closely associated with the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM), which certifies clinical medical physicists in MRI, as well as other medical physics professions. COMP is looking to bolster MRI membership for the mutual benefit of clinical MRI scientists and the rest of COMP membership as a whole. With MRI quickly moving into, and already present in, many radiation therapy clinics in Canada, the tie to the majority of COMP membership (therapy physicists) and the MRI community is poised to strengthen like it never has before. In acknowledging these circumstances and to encourage more MRI experts to join, COMP is offering a reduced membership fee to ISMRM members with the first year free.

COMP MRI Initiatives

  • COMP night out at ISMRM 2019.05
    • Les 3 Brasseurs (105 rue Saint-Paul est);  Registration required; please click here to register
  • COMP MRI Winter School (2019.02)
    • Interdisciplinary event with continuing education credits for medical physicists and technologists
    • Sessions on MR physics, safety, implantable devices, contrast, QA, and MR in Radiation Therapy
  • Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiation Therapy (CPQR)
    • Includes members from the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, CAMRT, and COMP and, among other things, develops Technical Quality Control Guidelines
    • CPQR is developing QC guidelines for MRI units used in treatment planning
  • Health Canada Safety Code 26
    • This federal document contains guidelines for RF and static field exposures for clinical MRI
    • Last updated in 1987
    • COMP is assisting Health Canada with a potential update
  • Site planning document
    • COMP is developing a reference document to aid in the planning of new MRI suites
  • Medical Imaging Team, a collective of CAR, CAMRT, Sonography Canada, CANM, CAIR, and COMP. Initiatives include
    • CAMRT training requirements for MR in RT
    • Appropriate imaging education

COMP Benefits for MRI Scientists

  • Connect with clinical MR physicists. Establish communication with other Canadian MR physicists dealing with clinical concerns such as site planning, acceptance testing, quality control and patient safety.
  • Have Impact. Join COMP and impact the Canadian medical physics community. Strengthen your clinical practice, present your research and advancements, and help shape ideas.
  • Expand Your Network. Broaden and enhance your professional network by interacting with other clinical physicists, researchers, and other health care professionals with diverse interests. There are over 800 COMP members across Canada and worldwide, most of whom have graduate degrees in science and/or engineering. COMP members are employed by hospitals, cancer centres, universities, and other sectors of industry and healthcare.
  • Professional Collaborations. Interdisciplinary collaboration can be a breeding ground for innovative ideas. The multi-disciplinary network in COMP provides you with the connections within medical facilities and the healthcare industry.
  • Shape Canadian Medical Physics. Being a COMP member allows you the opportunity to take a leadership role in our community and help define the future of medical physics in Canada. COMP has many committees and by joining in you can help academic medical physicists have a strong voice on the issues that matter most to you.
  • Reduced membership fees for ISMRM members.
    o First year free.

Click here to join COMP!