AAMD Scope of Practice and Practice Standards Revised

The Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) commends and supports the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) on the completion and adoption of recent revisions to Practice Standards for the Medical Dosimetrist, as well as, Scope of Practice of a Medical Dosimetrist. Both documents were approved in May of 2019.

The Practice Standards succinctly identifies the unique and collaborative role of the medical dosimetrist on the radiation oncology team. The dosimetrist works in concert with the radiation oncologist and medical physicist to provide patient care. Medical dosimetry is not a radiologic or imaging science. Medical dosimetrists are educated in a technological and scientific discipline with practical training in the clinical application of dosimetric principles. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the occupation to: “generate radiation treatment plans, develop radiation dose calculations, communicate and supervise the treatment plan implementation, and consult with members of the radiation oncology team”.

The Scope of Practice of a Medical Dosimetrist is designed to identify the parameters of the job function and responsibilities of the dosimetrist. It helps to inform all stakeholders regarding those functions and responsibilities. The Scope document has particular meaning for the Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD). All CMDs are required to be aware of the latitude within which they can ethically perform their role and the sanctions which may result from improper acts as referenced in the Ethical Standards of the MDCB, “A CMD shall not practice beyond the scope he or she is competent to perform as defined in the Scope of Practice of a Medical Dosimetrist Document.”