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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Dosimetry Training Tool. Your questions are very important to us but our staff is very limited in time to reply to the hundreds of questions we get every day - hence our FAQ page. Here is a list of frequently asked questions. If your question and answer does not appear below please feel free to email us and ask about the program. The quickest way to reach us is to Email us at: support@dosimetrytrainingtool.com

  1. Q: Why is the site remaining “active”, yet I’m unable to access my account?
    A: During the difficult transition of shutting down our service we are keeping the site “intact” (but inaccessible) while we: 1) investigate opportunities for another organization to take over the Tool, 2) provide means to communicate with our DTT community, and 3) maintain our users’ profile information.


  2. Q: Is there a way to get a CD, book, or other media format of the Dosimetry Training Tool content?
    A: No, not at this time. We have not ruled out the possibility, and will be sure to inform all of our subscribers if something becomes available.


  3. Q: Is there an opportunity to purchase the rights to the Dosimetry Training Tool?
    A: Yes, Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing has received several proposals for licensing the exclusive rights to the Dosimetry Training Tool. Their office has set the minimum amount to be $100,000. If you are seriously interested in pursuing a licensing agreement we will put you in touch with the OTL licensing officer in charge of this project.

    You can find the official listing on Stanford's TechFinder: TechFinder website.

    You'll have to register first and once logged in you can find the DTT at Stanford Reference: S10-406


  4. Q: My invoice indicates that my account will expire after June 30th, 2011. Will I receive a refund or an extension on my DTT subscription?
    A: No, all user subscriptions since June 2010 have been pro-rated to expire on June 30th, 2011. Even though your invoice may indicate that your subscription will expire past the June 30th, 2011 date, the amount you were charged coincides with the June 30, 2011 termination. You were informed of this during the subscription process.


  5. Q: Where has Scott Kaylor gone?
    A: Scott has left to pursue his passion in education for the Radiation Oncology field. You can follow his exploits by joining LinkedIn and adding him as your contact.


  6. Q: Does the DTT provide certification for Medical Dosimetrists?
    A: No, certification for Medical Dosimetrists is provided by the MDCB. Please refer to the MDCB website for details on eligibility and regulations for the CMD exam: http://www.mdcb.org/examinfo/eligibility.htm The tools developed by this project do not in themselves constitute a Training Program. The tools will be used within Training Programs at the discretion of the Program Directors.


  7. Q: Can the DTT provide an alternative to completing the requirements needed to be eligible for the CMD board exams?
    A: No, information on requirements and eligibility to become a Medical Dosimetrist is provided by the MDCB. Please refer to the MDCB website for details on eligibility and requirements for the CMD exam: http://www.mdcb.org/examinfo/eligibility.htm The DTT is only used to provide a supplemental alternative to teach the didactic needed to become a Medical Dosimetrist. The tools developed by this project do not in themselves constitute a Training Program. The tools will be used within Training Programs at the discretion of the Program Directors.


  8. Q: How do I enroll as a mentor?
    A: The mentor application process has been removed. It has been decided by the Principle Investigators and Mentor Review Committee that the application process is no longer needed now that the DTT is charging for subscriptions. You still must register with the DTT if you wish to subscribe with a Group or Individual account.


  9. Q: How do I enroll as a student?
    A: Complete the subscription form and pay the individual subscription rate to gain full access. You can also request that someone at your location signup as a group administrator which will allow them to add individuals within their group account.


  10. Q: How much does the online training tool cost?
    A: As of January 1st, 2008 (If you wish to continue your subscription service beyond one year you will be able to maintain your rate as long as you continue your service. Annual pricing increases are subject to annual percentage increase)

    Individuals: NA

    Group (1 administrator/mentor and 5 additional users): NA/group + NA/additional user



  11. Q: How much does it cost to obtain CE credits for the MDCB and ARRT?
    A: Currently we are providing you with CE certificates and access to your quiz scores as part of your subscription fee. This may be subject to change if we encounter a fee increase from the MDCB.


  12. Q: How many times can I take a post quiz?
    A: If your mentor has set their quiz release parameters to be open to their students you will be able to take the post quiz of your choice as many times as you wish. However, in order to receive a CE certificate, students must meet the minimum quiz threshold (usually 70%) within three attempts.

    IMPORTANT: PDF FILES FOR CERTIFICATES ARE NOT STORED IN OUR DATABASE AS PHYSICAL FILES. You must take the responsibility to save an electronic copy and print a physical copy of ALL your pdf's once you have passed the exam. We are unable to reproduce old CE certificates if your account has been removed from the DTT.


  13. Q: How many CE credits can I receive?
    A: Each successful passing of a post quiz is worth 5 CE credits. Currently you are able to gain up to 140 CE credits.

    IMPORTANT: PDF FILES FOR CERTIFICATES ARE NOT STORED IN OUR DATABASE AS PHYSICAL FILES. You must take the responsibility to save an electronic copy and print a physical copy of ALL your pdf's once you have passed the exam. We are unable to reproduce old CE certificates if your account has been removed from the DTT.


  14. Q: How do I get my CE certificate?
    A: Once you have successfully passed one of the approved CE module quizzes you can download your certificate in the "Quiz Results/Certificates - My Certificates" section.

    IMPORTANT: PDF FILES FOR CERTIFICATES ARE NOT STORED IN OUR DATABASE AS PHYSICAL FILES. You must take the responsibility to save an electronic copy and print a physical copy of ALL your pdf's once you have passed the exam. We are unable to reproduce old CE certificates if your account has been removed from the DTT.


  15. Q: How do I submit my certificate to the MDCB or ARRT?
    A: We are not responsible for providing the procedures in submitting your certificates. You can find the submission rules on the MDCB or ARRT website. The certificate for CE will have the required information and identification code to help assist in the submission process


  16. Q: How do I get my certificates if I no longer subscribe to the DTT?
    A: IMPORTANT: PDF FILES FOR CERTIFICATES ARE NOT STORED IN OUR DATABASE AS PHYSICAL FILES. You must take the responsibility to save an electronic copy and print a physical copy of ALL your pdf's once you have passed the exam. We are unable to reproduce old CE certificates if your account has been removed from the DTT.


  17. Q: Other than the modules mentioned are there recommended books and articles one would obtain to pursue the goal of dosimetrist credentialing in this program?
    A: Glossaries, references and a recommended reading list will be provided as a feature within the online Dosimetry Training Tool. These features will become available as development continues.


  18. Q: Are there any professional organizations that the mentor must be a member of?
    A: No but there is detailed information required when filling out a subscription form.


  19. Q: Does the mentor have to be a physicist, a dosimetrist, or will either suffice?
    A: Either will suffice, but there is detailed information required when filling out a subscription form.


  20. Q: Once a student has finished the course what type of credentials does one possess?
    A: None at this time. The Dosimetry Training Tool is designed to help supplement existing programs, which train individuals to prepare for their certification. It is neither a certification program nor a "stand alone" program, which provides a diploma. We are, however, providing CE credits in selected modules. CE accreditation has been approved for the “Anatomy” modules and is expected to be available for CMD's early 2007.


  21. Q: Do you need to be a formal student enrolled in school to gain access to the DTT?
    A:No, but in order to gain your CMD certification you must be enrolled in a JRCERT accredited Medical Dosimetrist Training Program under a Program Director "MDCB Route 1" or "MDCB Route 2" as an OJT employee of a clinic or institution that has a mentor who has met the requirements for using the DTT. "MDCB Route 1,2 and 3" roles are defined on the MDCB website at: http://www.mdcb.org/examinfo/eligibility.htm


  22. Q: What is the schedule like with this program? Is it one year or until all the modules are completed (self-paced)?
    A: The mentor and/or student decide the pace of the program. Time spent learning the didactic content can be different depending on the location of the facility or individual using the DTT. The amount content within the DTT has been estimated to provide enough material for a student to study spending 10% of their time weekly over a two year period.


  23. Q: Can I have a mentor/administrator picked out with my company and be guaranteed a spot in the program?
    A: Yes. Remember this is not a "program". The Dosimetry Training Tool is an online teaching/training tool and is not meant to be a "stand alone program" but rather a supplement to training in Medical Dosimetry.


  24. Q: What are the prerequisites for becoming a student?
    A: You no longer are required to subscribe to the DTT under a “mentor”. Anyone may subscribe with an Individual or Group account with out restrictions.


  25. Q:After the completion of the program, am I eligible to take the certification exam and become a certified dosimetrist?
    A: No. The Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) web site and the AAMD web site discuss the eligibility requirements for entrance to the MDCB Exam. The tools developed by this project do not in themselves constitute a “Training Program”. The tools will be used within Training Programs at the discretion of the Program Directors.


  26. Q: Do I need to have access to any special software in order to participate in your program?
    A: No, the Dosimetry Training Tool is web-based, viewed through a web browser and available to all participants with an Internet connection. You will, however, need to make sure that your web-browser has the latest Adobe Flash Player plugin and MathPlayer plugin installed. You can find these plugins on our Support page.


  27. Q: Do I need to have a medical background to become a student of the Dosimetry Training Tool?
    A: No, however please note that the DTT is not a formal Training Program. The Web-Based Dosimetry Training Tool will not recruit, accept, or take responsibility for users and their actions by accessing the DTT content. It is recommended that all Dosimetry Trainees register with a University or Clinical Training Program directed by a Program Director.


  28. Q: What are the responsibilities of a mentor/administrator?
    A: Maintain and manage users assigned to their account. Evaluate a student's test scores to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and to help assist them in their training to become a Dosimetrist.


  29. Q: What are reasonable time commitments for the mentor?
    A: Depends on the number of students. Typically the web-based training tools are developed to help reduce the delivery of didactic training by the mentor.


  30. Q: What are reasonable goals set by the mentor for the student?
    A: To work through the modules, pass the online exams, read reading assignments made by the mentor, perform and assign clinical rotations, and be prepared to take CMD certification exam.


  31. Q: Need the mentor be a person at their employing institution, or could there be a regional mentor?
    A: It depends. To make it work you would need a supervisory mentor at the student's location to facilitate legitimacy.


  32. Q: Who is available to handle feedback and questions once the training process has started?
    A: Dosimetry Training Tool staff: Project Management and/or Educational consultants associated with the DTT project. The quickest way to reach us is Emailing us at: support@dosimetrytrainingtool.com




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