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2021 AAPM Annual Meeting (Columbus, OHJuly 25 - 29) - Request for Proposals (RFP) for Symposia

Symposia and Educational Courses are an important part of the meeting. Scientific symposia, panel discussions, courses, and workshops on emerging and practical topics provide members with valuable opportunities to learn and interact with peers and leaders of the field. The Program Directors would like your input on possible Symposia and Educational Courses for our 2021 Annual Meeting (July 25 - 29) in Columbus, OH. These can be scientific, educational, or professional in nature (or a combination):

All AAPM members are encouraged to submit proposals, including members early in their medical physics careers. The organizing committee may choose to designate any invited symposium to be a SAM session (click here to see SAM guidelines). Please submit practical topics under the Education or Professional programs, as there will no longer be a stand-alone Practical program in 2021.

AAPM is closely monitoring the potential impact of COVID-19 on the 2021 Annual Meeting. The current plan is to hold the Annual Meeting in Columbus with the option to attend virtually. Invited speakers will be expected to attend the meeting in-person.

To submit an application for a Symposium or Educational Course click here. Please respond by October 9, 2020.

The online application will request the following information for proposals:

  1. Type of session (see list above)
  2. Title
  3. General Topic Area (short paragraph; 250 words maximum)
  4. Learning Objectives
  5. Suggested Speakers and/or Moderators. (No more than one non-AAPM member speaker, and preference is for symposia / courses with no more than one speaker from a given institution. Exceptions must be coordinated with the Program Director / Co-Director.)
  6. Vendor-marketed technology related to your session.
  7. Your contact information
  8. Have you ever organized a session at an AAPM meeting?
  9. Is this session proposed by a formal AAPM group (subcommittee, task group etc)?
  10. Is this session proposed by a professional society other than AAPM?

Please consider diversity in gender, institution, discipline and career stage when proposing speakers. We strongly encourage participation of speakers, organizers and session moderators from underrepresented minorities. Please note that your proposal is meant to serve as a suggested topic of interest, along with a recommended list of speakers. All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Directors, who will make the final selection of topic, content, moderator, and speakers. Selection of proposals will also be based on criteria such as the theme for the 2021 meeting and topics presented in previous years. Not all proposals will be accepted, and some proposals may be combined or re-categorized as deemed necessary by the Annual Meeting Subcommittee. Organizers will be informed in December 2020, and organizers will need to submit an abstract for inclusion in the 2021 Annual Meeting Program.


Ingrid S. Reiser, PhD – Chair, Annual Meeting Subcommittee
Kristy Brock, PhD – Vice-Chair, Annual Meeting Subcommittee

2021 Annual Meeting Program Working Groups

Scientific Program:
Carri Glide-Hurst, PhD – Chair, Annual Meeting Scientific Program Working Group
Lei Ren, PhD – Therapy Scientific Program Director
Amit Sawant, PhD – Therapy Scientific Program Co-Director
Carrie Hruska, PhD – Imaging Scientific Program Director
Wojciech Zbijewski, PhD – Imaging Scientific Program Co-Director

Education Program:
Tyler Fisher, MS – Chair, Annual Meeting Education Program Working Group
Robert MacDougall, PhD – Imaging Education Program Director
Matthew Vanderhoek, PhD – Imaging Education Program Co-Director
Laura Cervino, PhD – Therapy Education Program Director
Jennifer Smilowitz, PhD – Therapy Education Program Co-Director

Professional Program:
Eileen Cirino, MS – Chair, Annual Meeting Professional Program Working Group
David Jordan, PhD – Professional Program Director
Michelle Wells, MS – Professional Program Co-Director