This article gives a comprehensive summary of the steps that are required to start the medical physicist training programme.
1. THE RIGHT EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
In order to be admitted to the medical physicist training programme, you require a certificate stating that you have obtained a Dutch master’s degree in physics. Additionally, there are several other degrees which are considered equivalent to a Dutch master’s degree in physics, when combined with a specific certificate.
2. FINDING A POSITION FOR THE TRAINING PROGRAMME
Every year (around September), the ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, abbreviated VWS) decides which institutes can recruit for trainees in the following year. For 2018, this is the list of institutes. These institutes will usually start recruiting near the beginning of that year. In general, most vacancies can be found at the website of the Dutch Society for Medical Physics (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Klinische Fysica, NVKF), but it can be useful to keep an eye on websites of individual hospitals.
3. REQUEST FOR TRAINEESHIP
As soon as you are hired by a hospital, the procedure to formally acquire approval (from Stichting OKF) to start the training programme commences. Before approval is given, you are not officially admitted to the training programme. Stichting OKF can decide to deny your request, e.g. if your education does not meet the criteria. This form has to be filled out and sent to Stichting OKF as soon as possible after being hired by the hospital, and before the training programme starts. Based on this form, the review committee assesses whether or not the candidate trainee meets all requirements.