Who Can Join?
Membership of the IAPM is open to professionals actively involved in the field of Medical Physics as well as those in associated professional groups working within medical physics departments in Ireland, including clinical engineering technicians, medical physics technicians, and dosimetrists. Students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as those involved in areas of research related to Medical Physics are also entitled to join.
- Annual scientific meetings
- The IAPM email newsgroup
- Access to members only section on website (incl. Physica Medica*)
- Young Investigator Grant
- Travel Bursary Award
*The IAPM has formed a partnership with Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical Physics to provide full access to the journal for all members of the IAPM. Published quarterly, Physica Medica provides an international forum for research and reviews of Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Radiation Protection, Measuring Systems and Signal Processing, and Education and Training in Medical Physics.
At a wider level, the association offers advice to members and decision makers, to provide them with the considered opinion of the profession on all matters affecting the practice of the profession. This includes areas such as legislation, setting standards, radiation incidents, training etc.
How to Join
To become a member of the IAPM, you just need to fill out a short application form. You can do so here by clicking the APPLY button below. Before you start, there are a few things you should note:
Open to those who have a post-graduate degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) in medical physics or equivalent (although in exceptional cases, other qualifications will be considered), and who are currently employed (or have been employed within the previous two years) as a medical physicist in the health services in Ireland (Irish Republic and Northern Ireland).Professional membership is also open to similarly qualified academic, government and industry-based physicists whose work is making a significant contribution to the practice of physical and engineering sciences applied to medicine.In exceptional circumstances, professional membership may be granted to those individuals who do not fulfil the requirements outlined above, if such individuals have made or are making an exceptional contribution to the development of the profession, as determined by the Council. Applications from suitably qualified individuals working outside of Ireland will be decided upon by the Council.
Allied Professional Member
This category is open to interested members of linked professional groups working within medical physics departments in Ireland (Irish Republic and Northern Ireland), such as clinical engineering technician, medical physics technician, and dosimetrist. Such individuals would normally have an honours bachelor’s degree, technician diploma, or equivalent in a non-scientific or engineering discipline. Applications from other professions will be decided upon by the Council.
Open to those who have a post-graduate degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) in medical physics or equivalent, and who are currently undertaking a recognised medical physics training scheme in the health services in Ireland (Irish Republic and Northern Ireland). Applications from suitably qualified trainees undertaking training schemes outside of Ireland will be decided upon by the Council.Applications from suitably qualified individuals working outside of Ireland will be decided upon by the Council.
Open to under-graduate and post-graduate students currently enrolled in courses in which the physical and/or engineering sciences are the primary focus.
Open to members who have retired from a career in medical physics or clinical engineering.
Open exclusively to those who do not meet the requirements of the other membership categories but have an interest in medical physics and the activities of the IAPM.
Open to members who have previously been employed in medical physics or clinical engineering in Ireland or N. Ireland, but are currently unemployed.
If you are a 2018 ‘lapsed’ member (i.e. have not paid your 2018 membership fee) and wish to renew your membership, you still need to fill out the application form as our new IT system does recognise ‘lapsed’ members and treats them instead as new members (even if you have an old ID/membership number).
Applications for Professional and Allied Professional membership need a proposer and seconder, both of whom need to be existing members of the IAPM. Be sure you have their names and email addresses to hand as you need to provide them in the application form.
Once your application is received, it will be brought before the next meeting of the IAPM Council for approval. The council meets every 4 – 6 weeks.If your application is successful, you will be notified by email and asked to make payment, on receipt of which you will be granted access to the member’s area on the website. If you are a Professional or Allied Professional Member, you will also be granted full voting rights.
In the unlikely event that your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified and a reason given.