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Reestablishing the Medical Physicist Continuing Experience Requirement

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Citation:

900.12(a)(3)(iv)(B): Medical physicists who fail to meet the continuing experience requirement of paragraph (a)(3)(iii)(B) of this section shall complete a sufficient number of surveys under the direct supervision of a medical physicist who meets the qualifications of paragraphs (a)(3)(i) and (a)(3)(iii) of this section to bring their total surveys up to the required two facilities and six units in the previous 24 months. No more than one survey of a specific unit within a period of 60 days can be counted towards the total mammography unit survey requirement.

Discussion:

Requalification does not affect or change the date on which such individuals met their initial qualification requirements, therefore, the starting dates on which such individuals must meet their continuing requirements remains the same.

Documentation: It will generally be sufficient if the medical physicist’s file contains a letter, table, or printout from the surveying organization or each facility at which he or she performs mammography surveys, signed by a responsible organization or facility official or the person performing the direct supervision. The document should state who provided the direct supervision and that the medical physicist performed a given number of surveys of mammography facilities/units in a given time period. It is assumed that these numbers are based upon more extensive records, such as survey reports, that can be reviewed if there are any questions. The survey reports themselves can then be used as documentation. Provision of summary letters, tables, or printouts will speed up the inspection and rarely will the more detailed records be requested.

Questions: 
  1. What are the required minimum qualifications for the supervisor of an individual who is performing surveys to meet the initial experience requirement or to requalify after failing to meet the continuing experience requirement?