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AAPM New Member Symposium and Meet the Experts

Tuesday, July 29 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
New Member Symposium followed by Meet the Experts
Room 350, Convention Center

New Members of the AAPM are sometimes overwhelmed by the size and complexity of the Association and may be discouraged from taking full advantage of its benefits or from participating in some activities. The AAPM recognizes this, and wishes to make the Association more accessible to new members. At the New Member Symposium, you will meet the AAPM President, the Executive Director and a number of senior officers. The Symposium will focus on those services the organization provides that are especially helpful for new members, and on how new members can become active in the organization. Informal discussions with AAPM leadership and staff are part of the symposium. Refreshments will be served.

Meet the Experts! Immediately following the New Member Symposium, four experts will move to the four corners of the room for informal discussions on
Clinical Imaging Physics
Imaging Physics Research
Clinical Therapy Physics
Therapy Physics Research

Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, July 30 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Town Hall Meeting
350, Convention Center

AAPM's Board of Directors wants to hear directly from the membership.  What should AAPM be working on? How can the organization better serve you? Here's your chance to be heard. Make plans to attend the Town Hall Meeting.

See the major items being discussed. Members Only!

Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, July 30 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
AAPM Annual Business Meeting
350, Convention Center

The AAPM Annual Business Meeting will immediately follow the Town Hall Meeting. AAPM Executive Committee members, council chairs and some committee chairs will report on the status of the organization. A membership dues increase will be discussed.

AAPM Committee Schedule

View the 2008 Annual Meeting Committee Schedule.

AAPM Student Meeting

Sunday, July 27 • 9:30am - 11:00am
AAPM Student Meeting
350 DE, Convention Center

The student meeting is an opportunity for students to meet other students, enjoy a free breakfast, and learn about issues important to students of medical physics. At this year's annual meeting there will be a presentation on Medical Physics Residency Programs, as well as a panel discussion of recent graduates on different paths towards a career in medical physics. Student Flyer

AAPM Educators' Day

Tuesday, July 29 • 9:00am - 5:30pm
AAPM Educators' Day
Room 350C, Convention Center

Local educators are invited to hear presentations such as "What is Medical Physics?" with time to visit sessions and exhibits. Register for Educators' Day.

7th Annual Meeting of the RSEA

Saturday, July 26 • 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday, July 27 • 8:00am - 1:00pm
7th Annual Meeting of the RSEA
Room: 350C, George R. Brown Convention Center

Register for the 7th Annual meeting of the Radiotherapy Service Engineers Association, July 26-27, 2008.  The RSEA is an inclusive organization dedicated to promoting the profession of Radiotherapy Service through education, awareness and interaction.

Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP)

Sunday, July 29 • 1:30-3:30
SDAMPP Annual Meeting
Room: 350, George R. Brown Convention Center

Sunday, July 29 • 3:30 - 4:30
SDAMPP Business Meeting
Room: 350, George R. Brown Convention Center

Forces for Change in Medical Physics Education: A Time of Crisis or Opportunity?

The newly formed Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP) and the AAPM invite both members and students to join in open discussion of the future of medical physics education. Changes in ABR board eligibility requirements are on the horizon, including the need for students to have graduated from a CAMPEP-approved graduate program starting in 2012 and the need to have taken an approved residency starting in 2014. These deadlines can cause anxiety for students and training programs alike. How will the profession rise to meet these challenges? This session will consider many facets of this question. For example, how can educational programs obtain the funding to provide a steady stream of qualified physicists? Will the profession be improved by creation of a professional Doctor of Medical Physics degree? How will lack of research training impact on medical physicists’ ability to improve physical and practice environments in radiology and radiation oncology? Education and training are the tools necessary to achieve improved clinical practice and research, but abrupt changes in the training landscape can present challenges to existing programs. Come hear how some educational programs are facing these challenges, and contribute your own thoughts on these important matters.

The SDAMPP is a new organization dedicated to enhancing medical physics education worldwide by providing a forum for discussion among educational program leaders. It is holding its first Annual Meeting this year in conjunction with the AAPM. Any interested AAPM members or students are invited to attend the SDAMPP Annual Meeting on Sunday from 1:30-3:30 in Room 350. There will be talks by educational leaders and a panel discussion, as well as time for questions and discussion from the audience.

In addition, individuals interested in becoming members of SDAMPP should attend the SDAMPP Business Meeting immediately following, at 3:30-4:30 pm Sunday in Room 350.