The Chinese Society of Medical Physics, Taipei (CSMPT) was founded in 1996. The CSMPT held its first general assembly on August 24 and registered with the Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan in December 1996. The mission of CSMPT is to advance the scientific, educational and professional practice of medical physics, improving patient care and the quality of academic research, and increasing communication with associated domestic and overseas academic groups. At present, we have more than 350 members.
The CSMPT has four committees which are the Academic and Professional Committee, the Education and Certification Committee, the Regulation and Rules Committee and the International and Public Relations Committee. The CSMPT has an independent qualification board which certifies diagnostic medical physicists, oncology medical physicists, and medical dosimetrists. The qualification board was founded in 1999 and has qualified 203 oncology medical physicists, 9 diagnostic medical physicists, and 45 dosimetrists. To develop members' professional and clinical knowledge, academic seminars were held in different cities each month. One- and two-day special education courses in a variety of fields were held quarterly. In addition, an academic conference, including the Young Investigator Competition is held on a yearly basis.
There are more than 200 radiation treatment devices which include linear accelerators, Tomotherapy, Cyberknife, Gamma knife, Brachytherapy, proton therapy, and a carbon ion therapy center under construction in Taiwan. There are 8.9 therapy devices per million people which is quite a high number relative to other countries.
As a member of IOMP and AFOMP, the CSMPT would like to co-operate with other members from all over the world. The CSMPT not only organized the 10th AOCMP conference but also joined the AFOMP committee to share the region's medical physics profession development responsibilities.