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Program Objectives

To help and encourage participants to

Program Outline

All sessions take place in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall unless otherwise noted.


6:30pm-8:30pm IceBreaker at Mad Mex, 3401 Walnut Street

Time Title SPEAKER

7:00am-8:15am Breakfast in Reading Room, Houston Hall

8:15am-8:30am Welcome and Introduction Hendee and Starkschall
8:30am-9:20am Strategies for Learning to Solve Physics Problems Heller
9:20am-9:45am Panel Response and Audience Discussion  

9:45am-10:15am Coffee Break in Reading Room, Houston Hall

10:15am-11:05pm How to Be the Speaker Everyone Wants You to Be Collins
11:05am-11:30pm Audience Participation in Problem-Based Learning  

11:30pm-12:30pm Lunch in Houston Market

12:30pm-1:20pm Learning through Problem-Solving Hmelo-Silver
1:20pm-1:55pm Problem-solving examples with audience participation  
1:55pm-2:45pm Demonstration of RSNA-AAPM web modules Hendee

2:45pm-3:15pm Refreshment Break in Reading Room, Houston Hall

3:15pm-4:15pm Break Out Session 1  

Break Out Session I Report Back


7:00pm-9:00pm Night In Dinner, Perelman Quad

Time Title SPEAKER

7:00am-8:15am Breakfast in Reading Room, Houston Hall

8:15am-8:30am New and Changing Communications Media
Social Media Revolution presented with permission from TeacherTube.com
video presentation
Multiple Technologies to Address Multiple Instructional Needs Beichner
9:20am-9:45am Panel and Audience Discussion  

9:45am-10:15am Coffee Break in Reading Room, Houston Hall

CAMPEP Expectations of Physicists Hendee
10:50am-11:35am The ABR Physics Expectations of Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists and Physicists Ibbott, Frey
11:35am-12:20pm Resident Panel (physics, radiation oncology, radiology) Haibo Lin, PhD
Kevin Du, MD, PhD
Sriyesh Krishnan, MD

12:20pm-1:20pm Lunch in Reading Room, Houston Hall

Teaching Physics of Biology and Medicine Amador-Kane
Panel (2) and Audience Discussion  
2:35pm-3:30pm Break Out Session II  

3:30pm-4:00pm Refreshment Break in Reading Room, Houston Hall

Break Out Session II Report Back  
4:30pm-5:15pm What I find Useful in Teaching and How my SDEP Has Been Helpful Starkschall, Smilowitz, Rzeszotarski, Kagadis

6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner in Perelman Quad

Tours of the UPenn Proton Center (sign up required)

Time Title SPEAKER

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast in Reading Room, Houston Hall
Check-out of Campus Housing

Wrapping Things Up: Overview, Examples, Suggestions
this presentation cannot be posted as a .pdf due to animation
Panel and Audience Discussion Hendee
What is an SDEP? Hendee
Developing Participant SDEPs  
Presenting Sample SDEPs  
12:15pm Meeting Adjourns. Grab Box Lunches in the Reading Room and Depart  


Continuing Education Credits


This meeting program has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) for 19.58 credits.

Maintenance of Certification

All registrants are expected to participate in the entire program and complete a Self-Directed Educational Project (SDEP) as outlined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the American Board of Radiology.

Registrants must identify the area(s) in which improvement and/or augmentation as a medical physics teacher is needed or would be of value. The approach to a SDEP must be prospective and must be defined in advance. This part of the SDEP will be accomplished at the workshop.  The components of the SDEP include:

Guidance in preparing a SDEP to become a better teacher will be provided during the Summer School.

DVD of Audio Presentations

All paid registrants will receive a DVD ROM with audio from each session, synchronized with the .ppt presentation. Please allow 6 weeks to receive by mail post-meeting.

Program Director

Invited Faculty

Robert BeichnerRobert Beichner, PhD is the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in the Physics Department of North Carolina State University. He is the creator of SCALE‑UP: Student‑Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs and director of an electronic "home base" for the physics education research community. He was recently named the 2010 North Carolina Professor of the Year and National Undergraduate Science Teacher of the Year.

Jannette Collins, MDJannette Collins, MD is the Ben Felson Professor and Chair of Radiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  She holds an advanced degree in education and speaks nationally on topics related to undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education  She is a former Radiology Residency Program Director and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Wisconsin. In 2005 she received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Radiological Society of North America. 

Don FreyDon Frey, PhD Medical University of South Carolina


Kenneth HellerKenneth Heller, PhD is the Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics & Astronomy of the University of Minnesota.   He is a high-energy particle physicist who served as the President of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2006.  He is interested in using cooperative group techniques to solve context rich problems.

William HendeeWilliam Hendee, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Population Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He is a former president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Society of Nuclear Medicine, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the current President of the ABR Foundation. 

Geoffrey IbbottGeoffrey Ibbott, PhD is Professor of Radiation Physics and Director of the Radiological Physics Center at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is a former president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a current trustee of the American Board of Radiology and co-author of the text Radiation Therapy Physics.

George KagadisGeorge C Kagadis, PhD is Assistant Professor of Medical Physics & Medical Informatics at University of Patras, Greece. He holds a Diploma in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece and an MSc and a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Patras, Greece. He is a Greek State Scholarship Foundation grantee, and a Full AAPM member. He has been involved in European and national projects, including e-health.

Suzanne Amandor-KaneSuzanne Amador-Kane, PhD is Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Haverford College with interests at the interface of biological physics, condensed-matter physics and statistical physics.  She has received the Haverford College Innovative Teaching Award and the Andrew Mellon New Directions Fellowship.  She is the author of Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine

Victor MontemayorVictor Montemayor, PhD is Professor of Physics at Middle Tennessee State University.  His interests have varied from nonlinear optics and atomic collision theory to curriculum reform and cooperative-learning pedagogies.  He has recently developed a concentration in Medical Physics for undergraduate physics majors at MTSU.  He has twice won the university’s Outstanding Teacher Award as well as the Award for Innovative Technologies.

Mark RzeszotarskiMark Rzeszotarski, PhD Metrohealth Medical Center


Cindy Hmelo-SilverCindy Hmelo-Silver, PhD is Associate Professor in the Program in Learning Cognition, and Development, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Learning Sciences and is widely recognized for her work in problem-based learning.

Jennifer SmilowitzJennifer Smilowitz, PhD is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medical Physics and Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison. She chairs a department committee to redesign the medical physics graduate curriculum. Her teaching includes clinical applications and problem‑based learning. In 2008 she completed a year‑long course on Medical Education Development and Leadership at the UW.

G StarkschallGeorge Starkschall, PhD is Professor of Radiation Physics at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Deputy Director of the Medical Physics Graduate Program at The University of Texas Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics and Chair of the Education Council of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. 

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