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Preceptorship Program

Clinical pet preceptorship
Clinical PET and PET/CT is a rapidly expanding field. However, many imaging physicians (Radiologists and Nuclear Physicians) currently practicing have had little or no training in PET. Thus, there is a need for focused PET training of these physicians. Recognizing this need, many institutions and agencies, including the Texas Bureau of Radiation Control, now require physicians to have 24 hours of training in PET before being licensed for PET interpretation. These requirements include specific curriculum items and involvement in review of clinical case material. There is also is great demand from hospitals and other entities operating PET and PET/CT centers for appropriate training for these physicians. In recent years, there has been increased integration of PET scanning into the practice of oncology, including such fields as treatment monitoring and radiation therapy planning. There is a great mutual impetus for imaging physicians to understand the imaging needs of these clinicians and for those clinicians to understand the capabilities and limitations of PET, especially in comparison with other imaging modalities.

The faculty for this course includes individuals who are well-known in the PET community, lecture widely on these topics to both imaging physicians and referring physician groups, and understand the gaps in knowledge among interpreting physicians and their clinical colleagues regarding PET imaging. The preceptorship is limited to four participants and includes dedicated lectures in PET physics and technical issues, clinical PET and PET/CT, and payer and reimbursement issues. Almost half of the time is spent in lectures, but the group is kept small to encourage questions and exchange of practical information. The remainder of the time is spent reviewing teaching file materials or participating in reading sessions with the PET staff physicians. Because of the very high volume of cases interpreted by the ARA PET staff, there is ample opportunity for exposure to both PET and PET/CT cases.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA credit.