Education and Training


Nuclear Medicine Accredited Training Sites

A list of sites accredited for nuclear medicine/PET training for 2017 can be found here.  A list of sites accredited for nuclear medicine/PET training for 2018 can be found here.

Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine

Advanced training in nuclear medicine consists of a structured program of two years’ minimum duration, open to medical graduates who are physicians or radiologists.

The program is overseen by the Committee for Joint College Training (JCTC) in Nuclear Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).

The requirements for advanced training in nuclear medicine are available on the RACP website at:  https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/advanced-training/advanced-training-programs

Training may only be undertaken at an accredited training site. Note: Prior to taking a position at any training site, trainees must ensure that they check with the JSAC in Nuclear Medicine to ensure that their chosen training site is suitable for their current training needs. Trainees considering undertaking training at an overseas training site must contact the AANMS and the JCTC for advice about their proposed training site well in advance of taking any position at the site. Note that overseas training sites must be pre-approved each year that a trainee in the JSAC Advanced Training Program in Nuclear Medicine wishes to attend the site.

If you require additional information about training requirements, please contact the JCTC Secretariat at NuclearMedicine [at] racp.edu.au.

AANMS Components of Training


The AANMS runs the Continuous Assessment Program and the Basic Sciences Course, both of which are compulsory components of the advanced training program in nuclear medicine.

Curriculum for Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine


The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the AANMS have produced a Curriculum for Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine, which is available from the RACP and also to all current trainees via the AANMS’s Trainee Resource and Education Centre (TREC) site.

AANMS Registrar Research Award


The AANMS also offers a Registrar Research Award for a nuclear medicine trainee who gives the best oral presentation at the AANMS Annual Scientific Meeting. The Award is open to current trainees, including research-only trainees, and those who are no more than one year post-training.

Download Guidelines for the AANMS Registrar Research Award (pdf).

AANMS Cross-Sectional Anatomy Course

Since 2006, the AANMS has run a very successful course in cross-sectional anatomy (CSA) for nuclear medicine physicians. The overall aim of the course is to give nuclear medicine physicians foundation knowledge in CSA to assist them in interpreting images from the new hybrid SPECT/CT and PET/CT cameras.  From 2015, the AANMS CSA Course will be run once every two years, with the next Course to be held in 2017.  The Course is open to nuclear medicine specialists and trainees and other interested medical practitioners and trainees.

The 2017 CSA Course was run over 12 - 14 May 2017, and covered the following major topics: MSK imaging (expanded lecture in 2017); Head & Neck; Skull Base; Chest (including 8th Edition of AJCC/WICC Tumour Nodal Staging System); Upper Abdomen; Abdomen - Liver Segments (new in 2017); Brain; Spine, and Pelvis. Other lectures will include Approach to CT Image Interpretation and Introductory CTCA Anatomy.

Please note that this Course is now run once every two years; the next Course will be held in 2019.

Further information, please see the 2017 Course Aims and Objectives document below, or contact the AANMS at aanms[at]aanms.org.au:

2017 CSA Course Aims & Objectives

 

REMINDER FOR NUCLEAR MEDICINE SPECIALISTS: PET TRAINING

Nuclear medicine specialists who intend to do training in positron emission tomography (PET) must ensure that they submit an application for prospective approval of their PET training to the Committee for Joint College Training in Nuclear Medicine (JCTC) of the RACP and the RANZCR.

All PET training must be prospectively approved by the JCTC in order for this training to be accredited. Following completion of accredited PET training, the nuclear medicine specialist must then apply for credentialling for PET in order that Medicare payments can be made to patients for PET services.

To enquire about prospective approval of PET training and obtain the relevant forms, please contact the RACP at NuclearMedicine[at]racp.edu.au or phone 02 8247 6279.

For PET credentialling queries, please see the following:

Information for PET credentialling

Application form for PET credentialling


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Please see the Continuous Professional Development page for details of CPD activities.

 
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