Prof. Carmel J Caruana

Prof. Carmel J Caruana

Prof. Carmel J Caruana

 B.Sc.(Hons)(Melit.),P.G.C.E.,M.Sc.(Birm.),Ph.D.(Prague),FIPEM(UK)

Professor

Room 31
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
Msida
  +356 2340 1848
Prof. Carmel J. Caruana pioneered the teaching of physics for the BSc/MSc Radiography, for trainee Radiologists (FRCR) and drove the development of the Medical Physics profession in Malta from the time when it was totally unknown to the point when it was recognized legally as a healthcare profession. On the European stage he was elected Chairperson for Education and Training of the EFOMP and worked on the ‘European Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert' where he was lead author for the role and E&T chapters. He wrote the chapter for Medical Physicists in the MEDRAPET document. He subsequently extended the concepts of the European MPE Guidelines to other specialty areas of Medical Physics (e.g., MR Safety Expert and MR Safety Officer) and revamped the EFOMP policy statement on E&T (EFOMP PS12.1). He pushed for a model education and training programme for MPEs, the result – the EUTEMPE-RX, an FP7 programme targeted to for MPEs in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. During his term as EFOMP Chair for E&T he set up the EFOMP School for MPEs in Prague. As a sign of appreciation for this initiative he was in 2016 awarded honorary membership of the Czech Association of Medical Physicists. Carmel has been Associated Editor on the Editorial Board of Physica Medica - European Journal of Medical Physics for many years. As editorial board member he has championed the causes of the importance of scientific research into professional issues, E&T, management and strategic planning for MPs and now these are accepted topics for submission. He is now considered as a world leader in these areas and one of the foremost authorities on EU legislation. In his activities at the European and International levels he has provided vision for the development of the Medical Physics profession and presented on the challenges to the profession in conference halls all over Europe and beyond. As a sign of recognition of his scientific, educational and professional service to patient and profession he has been elected as fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (FIPEM). March2017
  • Medical Physics (Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology)
  • Medical Physics (Radiation Protection)
  • Medical Physics (Medical Devices)
  • Medical Physics (Physical Agents)
  • Biomedical Physics Education for the Healthcare Professions
  • Medical Physics Education and Training
  • Professional Issues in Medical Physics

Caruana, C.J., Cunha, J.A.M. & Orton, C. 2017 (accepted for publication, 10 March 2017), "Point-Counterpoint debate:  "Subjects such as strategic planning, extra-disciplinary communication, and management have become crucial to medical physics clinical practice and should become an integral part of the medical physics curriculum"", Medical Physics, .

Caruana CJ 2016, "Book Chapter: Regulatory Structures and Issues in the European Union" in Radiation Protection in Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, eds. R.J. Vetter & M.S. Stoeva, CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp. 207-227.

Caruana, C.J. & Grech, K. 2016, "Cost-optimised medical physics education and training: an innovative scheme in Malta", Medical Physics International Journal, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 17.

Caruana, C.J., Chris Wang, C.K. & Orton, C. 2016, "Point Counterpoint debate: It is appropriate to deliver the didactic lecture components of masters programs in medical physics completely online", Medical Physics, vol. 43, no. 11, pp. 5791.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Morgan, P.S., Westbrook, C. & Mizzi, A. 2016, "MRI care pathway supporting a quality management system", Journal Health Management, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 75-79.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Morgan, P.S., Westbrook, C. & Mizzi, A. 2016, "An international survey of MRI qualification and certification frameworks with an emphasis on identifying elements of good practice", Radiography, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 8.

Bosmans, H., Bliznakova, K., Padovani, R., Christofides, S., Van Peteghem, N., Tsapaki, V., Caruana, C.J. & Vassileva, J. 2015, "EUTEMPE-RX, an EC supported FP7 project for the training and education of medical physics experts in radiology", Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol. 165, no. 1-4, pp. 518-522.

Caruana, C.J., Vano, E. & Bosmans, H. 2015, "EUTEMPE-RX module MPE01: Developments in the profession and challenges for the medical physics expert (D&IR) in Europe - a first in international medical physics education and training", Medical Physics International Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 69.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Morgan, P.S. & Westbrook, C. 2015, "Optimizing a magnetic resonance care pathway: A strategy for radiography managers", Radiography, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 29.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Morgan, P.S. & Westbrook, C. 2015, "Radiographer managers and service development: A Delphi study to determine an MRI service portfolio for year 2020", Radiography, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 21.

Caruana, C.J. 2014, "Book Chapter: Learning outcomes in radiation protection for Medical Physicists and Medical Physics Experts" in MEDRAPET Guidelines on Radiation Protection Education and Training of Medical Professionals in the European Union (Radiation Protection Series 175) European Commission, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union., pp. Chapter 7 (pp 73-75).

Caruana, C.J. 2014, "Book Chapter: Qualification and curriculum frameworks for the Medical Physics Expert in Europe - Inventory of learning outcomes for the Medical Physics Expert in Europe" in European Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert (Radiation Protection Series 174) Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, pp. Chapter 3 (pp 15-20) and Annex I (pp 1-59).

Caruana, C.J. 2014, "Book Chapter: The role of the Medical Physics Expert" in European Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert (Radiation Protection Series 174), eds. E. Guibelalde, S. Christofides, C.J. Caruana, S. Evans & W. van der Putten, European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, pp. Chapter 2 (pp 11-14).

Caruana, C.J. 2014, "A new milestone in the development of the medical physics profession: EFOMP policy statement on medical physics education and training in Europe 2014", Medical Physics International Journal, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 401-402.

Caruana, C.J., Christofides, S. & Hartmann, G.H. 2014, "European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) policy statement 12.1: Recommendations on medical physics education and training in Europe 2014", Physica Medica : European Journal of Medical Physics, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 598.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Morgan, P.S. & Westbrook, C. 2014, "Service development by radiographer managers: a case study in MRI service portfolio development through a formal research-based process.", European Congress of Radiology 2014.

Castillo, J. & Caruana, C.J. 2014, "Maltese Radiographers' Attitudes towards Continuing Professional Development: An Initial Study Using Concept Maps", Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 37.

Del Guerra, A., Bardies, M., Belcari, N., Caruana, C.J., Christofides, S., Erba, P., Gori, C., Lassmann, M., Lonsdale, M.N., Sattler, B. & Waddington, W. 2013, "Curriculum for education and training of medical physicists in nuclear medicine: recommendations from the EANM Physics Committee, the EANM Dosimetry Committee and EFOMP", Physica medica : PM : an international journal devoted to the applications of physics to medicine and biology : official journal of the Italian Association of Biomedical Physics (AIFB), vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 139-162.

Hand, J., Bosmans, H., Caruana, C.J., Keevil, S.,   Norris, D.G., Padovani, R. & Speck, O. 2013, "The Role of the Medical Physicist in the Management of Safety within the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Environment: EFOMP Recommendations", Physica Medica, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 122.

Caruana, C.J. 2012, "The ongoing crisis in medical device education for healthcare professionals: breaking the vicious circle through online learning", International Journal of Reliable and Quality E-Healthcare, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 29-40.

Caruana, C.J., Wasilewska-Radwanska, M., Aurengo, A., Dendy, P.P., Karenauskaite, V., Malisan, M.R., Mattson, S., Meijer, J.H., Mihov, D., Mornstein, V., Rokita, E., Vano, E., Weckstrom, M. & Wucherer, M. 2012, "A strategic development model for the role of the biomedical physicist in the education of healthcare professionals in Europe", Physica Medica : European Journal of Medical Physics, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 307-318.

Guibelalde, E., Caruana, C.J., Christofides, S., Eudaldo, T., Geleinjs, J. & Del Guerra, A. 2012, "EU project 'European Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert':  Proposal for a qualification framework.", International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine - Setting the Scene for the Next Decade.

Caruana, C.J. 2011, "Book Chapter: The Tuning process and the Masters in Medical Physics in Europe - a personal vision" in Medical Physics and Engineering - Education and Training., eds. S. Tabakov, P. Sprawls, A. Krisanachinda & C. Lewis, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Press, Trieste, pp. 117-127.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J. & Wainwright, D. 2011, "The changing concept of competence and categorisation of learning outcomes in Europe: Implications for the design of higher education radiography curricula at the European level", Radiography, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 230-234.

Sharp, P., Christofides, S., Caruana, C.J. & et al. 2011, "The role of the European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics in European Medical Physics.", Proceedings 'Medical Physics in the Baltic States'.

Caruana, C.J., Wasilewska-Radwanska, M., Aurengo, A., Dendy, P.P., Karenauskaite, V., Malisan, M.R., Meijer, J.H., Mihov, D., Mornstein, V., Rokita, E., Vano, E., Weckstrom, M. & Wucherer, M. 2010, "A comprehensive SWOT audit of the role of the biomedical physicist in the education of healthcare professionals in Europe", Physica Medica : European Journal of Medical Physics, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 98-110.

Mornstein, V., Vlk, D. & Caruana, C.J. 2010, "Teaching of medical physics to medical, dental, healthcare and biomedical engineering students in the Czech Republic.", Medical Physics in the Baltic States, pp. 153.

Akimoto, T., Caruana, C.J. & Shimosegawa, M. 2009, "A qualitative comparative survey of First Cycle radiography programmes in Europe and Japan", Radiography, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 333-340.

Caruana, C.J., Wasilewska-Radwanska, M., Aurengo, A., Dendy, P., Karenauskaite, V., Malisan, M., Meijer, J., Mornstein, V., Rokita, E. & Vano, E. 2009, "EFOMP project on the role of biomedical physics in the education of healthcare professionals", Polish Journal of Medical Physics And Engineering, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

Caruana, C.J., Wasilewska-Radwanska, M., Aurengo, A., Dendy, P.P., Karenauskaite, V., Malisan, M.R., Meijer, J.H., Mornstein, V., Rokita, E., Vano, E. & Wucherer, M. 2009, "The role of the biomedical physicist in the education of the healthcare professions: an EFOMP project", Physica Medica - European Journal of Medical Physics, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 133-140.

Christofides, S., Schlegel, W., Padovani, R., Sharp, P., Torresin, A., Wasilewska-Radwanska, M., Putten, W., Guibelalde, E., Kasch, K.U. & Caruana, C. 2009, "An Initial EFOMP Position on the Tuning Process for Masters Programs in Medical Physics in Europe", World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, September 7-12, 2009, Munich, GermanySpringer, , pp. 70.

Caruana, C.J., Wasilewska-Radwanska, M., Aurengo, A., Dendy, P.P.,   Karenauskaite, V., Malisan, M.R., Meijer, J.H., Mornstein, V., Rokita, E., Vano, E. & Wucherer, M. 2008, "Biomedical physics education for the healthcare professions: A project of the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics", Proc. Days of Medical Biophysics 2008, pp. 31.

Vachutka, J., Grec, P., Mornstein, V. & Caruana, C.J. 2008, "Visualizing and measuring the temperature field produced by medical diagnostic ultrasound using thermography", European Journal of Physics, vol. 29, pp. 1287.

Caruana, C.J. 2007, "An initial biomedical physics elements-of-competence inventory for first cycle physiotherapy programmes in Europe", .

Caruana, C.J. 2007, "A strategic role development primer for physics educators in higher education: some general principles and their application to the case of a physicist teaching in a Faculty of Medicine/Health Science", Proceedings GIREP-EPEC: Frontiers of Physics Education, eds. R. Jurdana-?epi?, V. Labinac, M. ?uvi?-Butorac & A. Su?ac, Rijeka, pp. 276.

Caruana, C.J. & Plasek, J. 2006, "An initial biomedical physics elements-of-competence inventory for First Cycle nursing educational programmes in Europe", , pp. 1027.

Caruana, C.J. & Plasek, J. 2006, "An inventory of biomedical imaging physics elements-of-competence for diagnostic radiography education in Europe", Radiography, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 189-202.

Caruana, C.J. & Plasek, J. 2006, "A SWOT audit for the educator role of the biomedical physics academic within Faculties of Health Science in Europe", , pp. 899.

Caruana, C. & Plasek, J. 2005, "A biomedical physics elements-of-competence inventory for undergraduate medical education in Europe", Biomedizinische Technik, vol. 50, pp. 31-32.

Caruana, C. & Plasek, J. 2005, "A systematic review of the biomedical physics component within undergraduate medical curricula in Europe", Biomedizinische Technik, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 931-932.

Caruana, C.J. & Plasek, J. 2004, "Generic learning objectives in the domain of medical device physics", Proc.GIREP 2004 Teaching and learning physics in new contexts, .

Caruana, C.J. & Plasek, J. 2004, "An initial set of exploratory case studies regarding the role of the biomedical physics-engineering educator as practiced in Health Science Faculties in Europe", .

Caruana, C.J. 2002, "The role of the medical physics educator in a faculty of health sciences", Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique (GIREP) Conference 2002 Physics in new fields and modern applications. .

Caruana, C.J. 2002, "Teaching radiation physics concepts and techniques to archaeology students. ", Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique (GIREP) Conference 2002 Physics in new fields and modern applications. .

  • HSC3019 - Working with Medical Device Technology and ICT in Practice
  • MPH1001 - Principles of Medical Device Science
  • MPH1002 - Fundamentals of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection and Safety Culture
  • MPH2001 - Medical Radiation Physics and Biology
  • MPH5002 - Clinical Medical Devices and Protection from Physical Agents
  • MPH5014 - Medical Physics and Radiation Protection for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists
  • MPH5015 - Legislative, Ethical, Professional and Leadership Issues in Medical Physics
  • MPH5016 - Medical Physics and Radiation Protection in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Dentistry (Major) 1
  • MPH5019 - Medical Physics and Radiation Protection in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Dentistry (Major) 2
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