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Meeting Program Information

How the Meeting is Organized

The numbering scheme encodes the day, time block, room assignment and talk number into the abstract presentation code.


TU - C - BRD - 4
TU: Day of Week (SU - TH)
C: Time Block as listed below
BRD: Room Assignment 211, BR (Ballroom) D, BR-B, BR-C, 303A, 304A, 210A, 213A
4: Talk Number (order of presentation within session: 1, 2, 3, etc)

The organization for each day (Monday - Thursday) is shown in the table below. Times and Rooms vary on Sunday and Thursday.

  211 BRD BRB BRC 303 A 304 A 210 A 213 A

Block A

7:30 am - 8:25 am

A –211




A –303A

A –304A

A –210A

A –213A

Block B

8:30 am - 9:25 am

B –211




B –303A

B –304A

B –210A

B –213A

Break 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Block C

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

C –211




C –303A

C –304A

C –210A

C –213A

Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Block D

1:30 pm - 3:20 pm

D –211




D –303A

D –304A

D –210A

D –213A

Break 3:20 pm – 4:00 pm

Block E

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

E –211




E –303A

E –304A

E –210A

E –213A

This scheme (above) is used throughout the meeting, except on Sunday. There are two one-hour blocks in the morning used for continuing education courses, Blocks A and B. Blocks C and D correspond primarily to the scientific sessions (for oral presentations). However, there are occasional continuing education courses, symposia or workshops in these time blocks as well. Block E is reserved primarily for the afternoon symposia. However, occasionally continuing education courses, workshops, or scientific sessions may be in these time blocks as well.

SAMs Symposia - There are a total of 9 SAMs symposia. Two will be held each day, Monday - Thursday, from 7:30 - 9:25. We have added 1 SAMS professional symposium to be held Thursday, from 10:00-12:00.

In general, therapy-related sessions have been assigned to Rooms 350, AUD A, and AUD C; joint imaging/therapy related sessions have been assigned to Rooms AUD C, 351; imaging-related sessions have been assigned to Rooms 351, 342 and 352. All professional sessions have been assigned to Room 350. All Practical Medical Physics have been assigned to Room 352.

In general, therapy-related sessions have been assigned to Room 211 A and Ballrooms B and D; joint imaging/therapy related sessions have been assigned to Ballroom C and Room 303 A; imaging-related sessions have been assigned to Rooms 304 A and 210 A. All professional sessions have been assigned to Room 211. All practical medical physics courses have been assigned to Room 213A.

Moderated Poster Discussion sessions will be held Sunday, July 26 and Monday, July 27. The General Poster Session will be held on Sunday, July 26. Poster sessions are laid out spatially, not temporally, like the oral presentations. Poster boards are marked with the abstract identifier.

 How the Sessions are Defined

Science Program

Scientific Session - These sessions comprise the bulk of the scientific program, which are where the best-scored proffered abstracts are orally presented. Each session is on one or several specific scientific topics, with several short oral presentations (typically 12 min each). The oral presentations are supplemented by electronic poster presentations (see Electronic Poster Presentation below).

Symposium - A symposium is a topical session focusing on a current topic related to pioneering or state-of-the-art research and development of medical physics. The symposia often include multiple speakers, some of them invited, to speak on the topic. Some symposia will include a panel discussion aiming to define the current state of the field and to distill the thinking of the experts.

Moderated Poster Discussion Session - This category is focused on a group of highly-scored scientific posters with a brief verbal overview given by the moderator during the session. This is equivalent to an oral presentation, but allows for more discussion/interaction between the audience and authors. Authors will be present during the scheduled session.

General Poster Discussion Session - This category includes the accepted proffered abstracts that are not associated with oral or moderated poster presentations. The materials are judged to be of high scientific quality and merit presentation at the annual meeting. Authors will be present during the scheduled session in order to interact with meeting attendees.

Electronic Poster Presentation - This category includes supplemental electronic postings associated with the oral and moderated poster discussion presentations. The electronic posters may be viewed in the "Electronic Poster Viewing Areas" located in designated areas in the exhibit hall.

Educational Program

Education Council Symposium - This symposium is designed to update our members on the various activities of the Education Council. Emphasis is placed on the resources and programs that are available to enhance the skills of our members as well as resources that are available through the Association to assist our members when presenting programs to related health professionals and the public.

Continuing Education Courses –The Continuing Education Program consists of courses in two major areas: Radiation Oncology Physics (24 courses) and Diagnostic Imaging Physics (32 courses). The Radiation Oncology courses include Monte Carlo methods, functional/molecular imaging, stereotactic therapy, dosimetry, RPC programs, quality assurance, cone beam CT, IMRT GU applications, patient motion compensation, image registration and margins, imaging for planning and verification, brachytherapy clinical applications, tomotherapy and dose calculation algorithms. The Diagnostic Imaging courses cover the physics and technology of multiple diagnostic modalities, nuclear imaging, informatics, radiation safety and risk management. These courses are excellent updates for the practicing medical physicist and provide opportunities for younger physicists to learn from the top experts in the field.

Professional Program

Professional Council Symposia – Symposium, including the Professional Council Sunday Symposium are focused on current topics that involve the professional practice of medical physics. Subjects may range over all aspects of practice such as legal issues, government affairs, research and clinical funding, economics, practice management, peer relations, standards and guidance and ethics.

Professional Session - Proffered presentations are orally presented, are specific to professional topics and represent the top submitted proffered professional abstracts. These are supplemented by electronic poster presentations.

Professional Courses - will be held for specific purposes that require multi-hour programs such as government mandated training and education, time intensive professional issues, or programs that involve attendee participation.

New Member/Meet the Expert Symposia – will provide an introduction to the AAPM, our current officers, council chairs and operations and a forum for informal discussion with noted experts in the field. The sessions are interactive and depend on active question and answer between attendees and the invited Expert.

Practical Medical Physics Program

The Practical Medical Physics sessions focus on the activities of the clinical medical physicist. Seven courses are offered this year. These sessions review some of the challenges of PET and CT accreditation, performing routine quality control on new equipment technologies, HAZMAT training for medical physicists, setting up a new brachytherapy program and resident medical physics education.

Note: Presentation Identifiers * - Where indicated, denotes Presenting Author