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Reinvigorating Scientific Excellence

The theme of this year’s AAPM Annual Meeting is “Reinvigorating Scientific Excellence”. I chose this theme because I feel that AAPM has drifted a bit from its scientific roots; many of us (myself included) need to rejuvenate our enthusiasm as scientists. And we, as an organization, need to recognize that science is at the core of what we do. 

AAPM and its members have had our share of distractions in recent years, and to be sure; medicine in the United States (and elsewhere) is changing and we have to change with it. There are many ways to survive change, but I humbly suggest that one of the most important survival strategies that we collectively can adopt is to get better at what we do as scientists.

Regardless of what your role is in the field of medical physics – a government regulator, a physicist with 110% clinical responsibilities, an educator, a medical physicist working in industry, an academic researcher, or any other role – we are all graduate-school educated scientists.  Utilization of the scientific methods brings valuable contributions to each of these settings, contributions that we are uniquely capable of providing. We have many differences in job function, but the single most important trait that binds AAPM members and trainees together is our contributions to and implementation of science. We can all improve our scientific skills by adopting a personal commitment to life-long learning. AAPM provides many venues for enhancing scientific proficiency;  I invite you – indeed I challenge you - to take advantage of the outstanding opportunities offered at this summer’s meeting to reinvigorate your scientific excellence.

While all of the sessions in this year’s AAPM Annual Meeting promise to be invigorating, the Scientific Program Committee and I have identified a number of sessions in this year’s meeting which are particularly reinvigorating, and these are marked by a special star. But the star is just a logo – the reinvigoration part is up to you.

John M. Boone
2015 AAPM President


Meeting Theme Designated Sessions

  Pediatric Imaging Monday - 7/13/2015
SAM Imaging Educational Course 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM  Room: 207
  Academic-Industrial Research and Development Partnerships - Nuts and Bolts, Pitfalls and Rewards Monday - 7/13/2015
Professional Symposium 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  Room: 213
  The Global Cancer Challenge: What Can We Do? Monday - 7/13/2015
SAM Therapy Educational Course 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  Room: Ballroom B
  Advances in Cone-Beam CT and Emerging Applications Tuesday - 7/14/2015
Imaging Symposium 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM  Room: 204
  MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Therapy in Oncology Tuesday - 7/14/2015
Ultrasound Symposium 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  Room: 210
  Incident Learning / RO-ILS Tuesday - 7/14/2015
SAM Therapy Educational Course 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Room: Ballroom D
  Science Council Session: Radiomics and Imaging Genomics Tuesday - 7/14/2015
  10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Room: Ballroom B
  In Memoriam of Warren Sinclair: Physics Applications for New Radiobiology Tuesday - 7/14/2015
Therapy Symposium 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Room: 303
  Proton Therapy Planning and Bioeffects Tuesday - 7/14/2015
Therapy Scientific Session 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM  Room: 304
  The Science of QA Tuesday - 7/14/2015
Therapy Symposium 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM  Room: Ballroom D
  Emerging Applications of X-Ray Imaging Tuesday - 7/14/2015
Imaging Symposium 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  Room: 207
  MR Basics II (Session 1 of the MRgRT Certificate Course series) Wednesday - 7/15/2015
SAM Imaging Educational Course 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  Room: Ballroom D
  Advances in Ultrasound Contrast Agents for Diagnosis & Therapy Wednesday - 7/15/2015
Ultrasound Symposium 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM  Room: 210
  New Developments in Hybrid MR-treatment: Applications (Session 4 of the MRgRT Certificate Course series) Wednesday - 7/15/2015
SAM Joint Imaging - Therapy Symposium 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM  Room: Ballroom D
  The Joint AAPM-WMIS Symposium: Linking Pre-Clinical and Clinical Trials: Co-Clinical Trials Wednesday - 7/15/2015
Imaging Symposium 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM  Room: 204
  Nanotechnology for Imaging and Therapy Wednesday - 7/15/2015
Joint Imaging - Therapy Symposium 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  Room: 303
  Clinical Networks: IT for Radiation Oncology Thursday - 7/16/2015
Practical Medical Physics 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Room: 201
  MDCT-Radiation Dose Thursday - 7/16/2015
Imaging Scientific Session 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM  Room: Ballroom A