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The first year of a Novel Swedish Master’s Degree Programme for Applied Radiation Protection

Författare och institution:
Christopher Rääf (-); Mats Isaksson (Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, sektionen för onkologi, radiofysik, radiologi och urologi, Avdelningen för radiofysik)
Publicerad i:
The 4th European Regional IRPA Congress,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The education in medical radiation physics at university level in Sweden has a history from the early 1960s. Today, the programme consists of five years of studies. However, since the development in medical applications of radiation is so rapid there is little room in the schedule for giving the students a good training in radiation protection dealing with situations outside the medical sphere. It has been recognized by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM, (among others) that there is a severe lack of experts in radiation protection concerning nuclear or radiological accidents and malicious use of radioactive sources. In accordance with this need for a new profession, here referred to as Applied radiation protection, the Medical Physics departments at Lund University (ass. prof. C. L. Rääf) and University of Gothenburg (prof. M. Isaksson) were commissioned by SSM in 2008 to elaborate an educational programme on a Master’s level. After some years of conceiving and launching new courses in radiation protection for national professional development (CPD) of medical physicists this Master programme started in fall 2012, with two courses at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg that were adapted from the CPD programme. “National emergency preparedness for radiation protection” focuses on the role of various authorities and stakeholders in the society. The course was given as a distance course with six mandatory meetings. During three days the students meet representatives from the authorities engaged in the emergency preparedness as lecturers. During these days, the course is run together with the medical physicists following the CPD-course of the same topic. “Radiation protection and environmental impact of the nuclear fuel cycle” was given later during fall 2012, also as a distance course, including three days combined with a CPD-course. Both courses on the master level were examined by calculation exercises and essays. During fall 2013 two more courses will be given: “Detectors and measurement methods in radiation protection and emergency preparedness” and “Radiation protection in medical emergency preparedness”, with the same structure as the courses above. Plans for the future involve making the courses in this Master programme in English, and thus open for international participants. There are also plans of running fragments of these courses together with the national specialist training of radiation protection staff within the nuclear industry, in order to provide them with lectures and seminars on an academic level as a part of their professional development. In return, such a collaboration would expand the Master programme into nuclear safety and reactor physics.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Annan naturvetenskap
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2014-12-21 20:10
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2015-04-15 14:26

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