About Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine
The Hellenic (Greek) Society of Nuclear Medicine was established at 1988 in the city of Thessaloniki.
The purpose of this society is the development of the nuclear medicine specialty and research in northern Greece and also teaching and training in Nuclear Medicine, achieved by :
a) Every mean that promotes research and teaching
c) Publishing scientific articles
d) Editing books
e) Editing the Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine every four months. This is the Journal of our Society
f) Organizing meetings every 1-2years, with panhellenic and international participation
g) Participating in other international meetings
h) Cooperating with other Greek or international societies
Suggestions submitted by the Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine, in August 1998 to the Greek Ministry of Health and The Central Board of Health - Committee of Education are briefly presented below. These suggestions are supported by 14 references:
I. Definition of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine (NM) is the medical specialty which uses the qualities of nuclei of atoms, in vitro or in vivo, for the study of metabolism, physiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. NM is using open radioactive sources. Activities of nuclear medicine include radioanalysis (tests in vitro - RIA, IRMA), in vivo imaging with radiopharmaceuticals and other activities related to nuclear physics, medical applications of radiobiology, dosimetry and radiation protection.
II. Years of Education, Description of the Curriculum etc
a) The trainee in NM during all five years of his education, should be attached to the NM Department.
b) The first 2 years will be devoted to attend patients in various clinics of the Hospital as «a physician attached» to these clinics and attend lectures on NM, medical physics etc as scheduled by the NM department
During the next 3 years, the trainee in NM will actively participate in all activities of the NM department and in some research work. A record of the behaviour and of the educational activities of the trainee will be kept. Examinations will take place twice at the end of the first and second years.
III. Details of the Curriculum and Teaching Hours
We consider that an academic year will have 190 days X 6 hours = 1140 hours i.e. 5700 hours in 5 years.
a) Theoretical courses: Medical Physics, Biochemistry, Radioimmunoassays etc: 200 hours. b) Practice on the above : 500 hours. c) During the last 3 years of training the trainee will be taught the NM procedures including radioimmunoassays and research procedures for a total of 3000 hours. d) The remaining 2000 hours will be devoted to reporting sessions, meetings with other physicians especially clinicians in order to evaluate NM tests, attending lectures, research etc.
IV. The Future of Nuclear Medicine
The main reasons indicating the importance of NM in the fields of diagnosis, treatment and research in medicine are: a) NM is applied in more than 15 medical specialties. b) NM offers useful procedures for everyday practice. c) NM often contributes to medical research. d) NM techniques are continuously improved or renewed.
NM is not an easy modality. It is not strongly related to any other specialty and should be considered as a combination of many specialties. NM is independent from radiology, internal medicine etc.
We should underline at this point, that physicians and trainees in Greece in NM are rather sufficient but more NM physicians are needed to support clinical nuclear medicine, by cooperating with other clinical specialties, also interested in diagnosis and treatment.
We should not forget that NM deals with diseases related to most medical specialties and may offer far more to medicine than specialties that deal with only one organ of the human body. NM is also a kind of a technology medicine. Often, the proper diagnostic and treatment procedures are suggested by NM specialists. Time has showed us the way. The future is in our hands.