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Nuclear Education Online
Training for Physicians
2006 / Since 2001,
Nuclear Education Online (NEO) has successfully trained over
240 nuclear pharmacists, technicians, and cyclotron workers.
This training is accepted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC) and state agencies for the radioactive materials license.
NEO is an educational consortium between UAMS and the University
of New Mexico (UNM).
July 2006, NEO will add a physician
training program to include nuclear training for cardiologists and
radiologists. UAMS and UNM are two, of just a handful of schools nationwide
that offer nuclear education and training. The nuclear education for physician
training program is funded by a $440,861 grant from the U.S. Department of
Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) to expand
To become an
authorized user of radioactive materials, a physician must complete 700 hours of
nuclear training, consisting of 500 hours of experiential and either 80 or 200
hours of classroom and laboratory training, depending on state requirements.
The NEO for physician curriculum will offer both an 80-hour and 200-hour
course. Completion of the NEO program, documents the structured training
mandated by new regulations for physicians (Federal Register notice of March 30,
physician education curriculum is divided into four modules:
Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Instrumentation, Radiation Biology &
Radiation Protection, and Radiochemistry & Regulations. Each
module can be completed independently, offering a standardized
documented curriculum with maximum flexibility for physicians.
According to Dao Le, Pharm.D., B.C.N.P., UAMS Assistant
Professor; “Students can schedule their online courses to
correspond to their work in a clinical setting.”
“Because the course is
online, it is open to any physician in the
world desiring to obtain nuclear education and training. There is no travel
required, thus students have the opportunity of career training with a minimum
disruption to their personal and professional lives,” Le said.
Student course evaluations often indicate that the students enjoy the learning
experience and appreciate the convenience of a self-paced, high caliber on-line
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