Greetings from a AFOMP President and EXCOM.
As you know that AFOMP was founded in 2000 and we have completed 21 years of active fruitful existence and moved from infancy to adulthood. In last 21 years with cooperation of all the NMO’s and all of you AFOMP has established as a vibrant and extremely useful regional organisation of IOMP.
Asia Oceania region has over 50 countries and hosts over 60% of the world’s population. Some countries are too small and do not have even a single medical physicist or the required number of medical physicists to form national medical physics organisation. Socioeconomically AFOMP region is remarkably diverse and no unifying council, therefor AFOMP has a big role to play for harmonisation of medical physics education as well recognition of medical physics profession. At present AFOMP has 19 NMO’s as members and 2 NMO’s as associate member and re-presents over 11,000 medical physicists.
Since 2000 AFOMP is organizing Asia Oceania Congress of Medical Physics [AOCMP], annual meeting of AFOMP every year in different countries of AFOMP region. Despite of Covid 19 pandemic the 20 th AOCMP was held in Phuket in hybrid mode with great efforts of the organise.
The 21 st AOCMP is being organised in hybrid model by Bangladesh Medical Physics Society (BMPS), at Seagull Hotel Cox’s Bazaar, the world’s longest sandy sea beach city Bangladesh during 10 to 12 December 2021. The organisation of AOCMP2021 coincides with the the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. The theme of the conference is “Science for radiation Medicine “Many activities, meetings, sessions, mini- symposiums, invited talks, proffered papers and the prestigious Prof Kiyonari Inamura memorial AFOMP oration one the main features of the conference. Organisers are planning IMPCB certification examination in collaboration with IMPCB for benefit of candidates in this part of the region. Every year AFOMP awards 8- 9 travel grants for young medical physicists from the lower- and middle-income countries from AFOMP region to facilitate them to attend the important annual meeting and present their work. To encourage young medical Physicist, the best oral and poster presentation awards are also planned as done every year.
The organisers are trying their level best to make this annual meeting of AFOMP very fruitful in terms of scientific, social, organisational, and cultural fronts. AOCMP’s are great opportunities to meet old friends, colleagues, explore new friendships, renew, and start new collaborations, understand the culture of host country, enjoy the cuisine, culture, and visit new places. The meeting provide opportunity to attend the trade exhibitions and demonstration, to learn new technology, the equipment’s features, techniques, and sort of any issues with the product one is using or planning to acquire.
I am sure most of you will plan to attend this especially important meeting of AFOMPO in person provided the covid guidelines permits and if not able to make in person you will certainly participate in virtual way.The Bangladesh facilitates visa on arrival, [refer to conditions if any]. I request you all to submit the abstracts for presentation and take part in this megaevent actively.
Wish you all happy time.
Prof. Arun Chougule