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AAPM will use Exhibit Halls D-E on Level One of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Continuing Education Credits


MEDICAL PHYSICISTS:
The 2008 AAPM Annual Meeting will be submitted for continuing education credit by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP). This includes both the Diagnostic and Therapy Physics Review courses. For each hour of verified attendance (this includes scientific sessions, poster discussion sessions, symposia, professional and educational courses), 1 MPCEC hour of credit will be awarded. AAPM will request up to eight (8) credits for general poster viewing.

Following the meeting and the close of the AAPM online evaluation system, AAPM will provide CAMPEP with participant contact information, credits earned, and the appropriate processing fees in order for individual participants to access their personal 2008 AAPM Annual Meeting transcript via the CAMPEP online MPCEC Repository database. Please be advised, CAMPEP transcripts are viewable via the CAMPEP online MPCEC Repository database. Participants will not receive a hardcopy CAMPEP transcript. Should a participant need a hardcopy of the 2008 AAPM Annual Meeting transcript, an individual may order a hardcopy transcript from CAMPEP. View details here.

Note: Individuals registered as Companions are not eligible for MPCEC.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. Review basic knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
  2. Conduct sessions on the current state of the art and standards of practice.
  3. Provide a peer interchange forum for exchanging information and concepts.

MEDICAL DOSIMETRIST:
The 2008 AAPM Annual Meeting has been approved by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) for continuing education credit hours for the meeting program, which includes the Review Courses.

Following the meeting, AAPM will provide medical dosimetrist participants with a transcript of credits earned to be used for self reporting credits to the MDCB.

ONLINE EVALUATION SYSTEM

To obtain credit, attendees must complete an on-line evaluation survey. Message Center/CEC kiosks are available in the convention center for this purpose.

The Online Evaluation System will also be available via the AAPM website. You may use your own laptop at the Wireless Lounge outside the Exhibit Halls, or in the comfort of your hotel room.

The Online Evaluation system will remain open through 11:59 pm EST, Thursday, August 28. Evaluations MUST be completed by that time for credits to be earned. After the close of the online evaluation system, registrants will be contacted with instructions for viewing the meeting transcript via the CAMPEP website. The transcript will list a description of the sessions and the number of continuing education credits obtained.

Please note: You must enter your badge id and last name in order to access the CEC evaluation system.

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MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC) as defined by ABR
Many AAPM members now require Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as defined by the American Board of Radiology. AAPM is offering Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) which allow for interactive learning and self-assessment of knowledge gained during 8 designated sessions, to be submitted for ABR approval. Deadline to register for SAMs is July 9. How Do I Register for SAMs sessions/credits at the 2008 Annual Meeting?

The survey is now closed.

Travel Arrangements

Apply early for your Visa!
Visa applicants are advised to apply as soon as they decide to travel to the United States, and at least three to four months in advance of their travel date. The following sites have additional information on applying for a visa:
United States Visas
U.S. Department of State
The National Acadamies International Visitors Office

Need a Visa letter inviting you to the AAPM Annual Meeting? Generate one here.

Air Travel
Houston Hobby (HOU) is approximately 10 miles from AAPM convention hotels and the convention center.
George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) is approximately 22 miles from AAPM convention hotels and the convention center.

Official Event Travel Service
AAPM has selected Travel Destinations Management Group as the official event travel service for the 2008 Annual Meeting. Travel July 25 - August 5 and reference the AAPM Annual Meeting to receive discounts on Continental Airlines. The discount depends on the cost of the ticket.   The discounts are as follows:

If you wish to contact Continental Airlines directly (toll free 800-468-7022), the code for this offer is ZDQ3 and the Agreement code is AGBSEG. Continental charges a $10.00 fee to book the reservation.

Travel Destinations Management Group
CONTACT INFORMATION:
800-274-1997 (toll free)
410-363-3830

Reservation Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

A $32 transaction fee will be applied to all tickets purchased through Travel Destinations Management Group.

Ground Transportation from HOU and IAH
Houston Hobby: Cab fare is ~$25 to downtown hotels.
George Bush Intercontinental: Cab fare is ~$42 to downtown hotels.

Rental car group rates are available at AVIS.

Dates to Remember

January 7 Web site activated to receive electronic abstract submissions
MARCH 5 Deadline for receipt of 300 word abstracts and supporting data
March 19 Meeting Registration and Housing available on-line

By April 22

By April 30

Authors notified of presentation disposition
By May 14 Annual Meeting Program available on-line
June 11 Deadline to receive discounted registration fee
June 18 Deadline to cancel housing reservation without a $25 cancellation fee
June 25 Housing reservation deadline
July 9 Last day to register for SAMs
July 27-31 AAPM Annual Meeting – George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
August 1-3 AAPM Physics Education Workshop, South Shore Harbour Conference Center, TX


Dress Code

The dress code is business casual for the AAPM Annual Meeting.

Houston Points of Interest

Alley Theater - "The Unexpected Guest" The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
Buffalo Bayou M.D. Anderson
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Main Street Square
Children's Museum of Houston Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Moody Gardens, Galveston
The Health Museum Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston Old Town of Spring, Texas
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Houston Center for Photography Radio Music Theatre - "Electile Dysfunction"
Houston Galleria Rice University Art Gallery
Houston Museum of Natural Science Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water Park
Houston Theater District Space Center Houston
Houston Zoo Houston Locals, including Local Arrangements Chair, John Hazle, recommend this list of downtown Houston restaurants.


Gilbert and Sullivan fans! The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston has announced its production of
The Yeomen of the Guard, or the Merry Man and His Maid
Evening performances to take place on Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26.


Second Annual AAPM Blood Drive

Do you have an extra hour to save a life? Please consider donating blood during the Second Annual AAPM Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 29. Visit the M.D. Anderson Blood Donor Center in the convention center between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Units of blood will be used for patients at M.D. Anderson. Drop in, or contact Karen to schedule an appointment in advance.

Golden Anniversary Service Project - Houston Food Bank

Houston Food BankDoes your travel schedule allow you to arrive in Houston a day early?  You and your family members are invited to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday, July 26, 8:00am-Noon. The Houston Food Bank is a certified member of America's Second Harvest.  80,000 people are fed each week with the help of volunteers. You will help by sorting and packing food into boxes for needy families, or by weighing boxes or inspecting cans. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old.  Children under 16 must be accompanied at all times by a parent.

A bus will transport volunteers from the G.R. Brown Convention Center (outside Hall E) to the Food Bank promptly at 7:45am on Saturday, and return at Noon.  Volunteers will be treated to a box lunch in the AAPM headquarters office of the Hilton upon our return. Pre-registration is required (no fee): registration form

Special Services

ADA Accessibility
AAPM wishes to take any steps required to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently due to the absence of auxiliary aids and services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. If any such services are necessary in order for you to participate in the AAPM annual meeting, please communicate your needs well in advance by marking the "special needs " box when pre-registering.

Luggage Check
Monday - Wednesday, 7:00am-5:30pm
Thursday, 7:00am-2:30pm
Room 340, GRB Convention Center
$5 /checked bag

Reflection/Prayer Room
Sunday - Thursday, 7:30am-5:30pm
Room 350F, GRB Convention Center

Friends of Bill W Meeting
Sunday - Wednesday, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Room 344B, Hilton

Companions

A Companions' Welcome Center will be available to registered companions of the AAPM's 50th Annual Meeting on Level 2 of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 30 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 31 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Companions' Reception
Wednesday, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Room 344, Hilton
In recognition of 50 years of companion support, AAPM will host a Companions' Reception in Room 344 of the Hilton Americas. Refreshments will be served.

Houston Greeters
Do you sometimes wish you could take an early morning run with a local who knows the neighborhood? Or explore antique shops or book stores only a local would know? Where is the best place to get authentic Soul Food? Is there a 40-minute yoga class around here? Houston Greeters is a free service which connects visitors with local Houston residents in order to visit, have a conversation, or explore the area. AAPM has invited Houston Greeters volunteers to stop by the Companions' Welcome Center on Sunday, 4:00pm-4:30pm, to show off their hometown.

Child Care

The AAPM will not be sponsoring child care during this meeting. The concierge at your hotel may be able to assist you with special child care arrangements.

AAPM Welcome Center and Wireless Lounge

Seating and complimentary wireless access will be available immediately outside the Exhibit Halls in the AAPM Welcome Center and Wireless Lounge.

Message Center

Message Center terminals provide access to internet, as well as the CEC Survey which must be completed and submitted for credit.  The Message Center will be capable of receiving telephone and fax messages, and forwarding them to the appropriate attendee's on-site electronic mailbox. Faxes may be picked up in the registration area, during registration hours.

Phone:  713-853-8315            Fax:  713-853-8316

Hours of Operation:
Saturday, July 26- through Wednesday, July 30 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 31 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Contact Us

For general meeting information, please contact Hadijah Robertson at hadijah@aapm.org
For scientific program or exhibitor information, please contact Laurie Hayden at laurie@aapm.org