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Forum on Physics Education of Radiologists, Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists

JANUARY 20-22, 2006

Hilton Atlanta Airport

Chattahoochee Salon A
Atlanta, Georgia

Forum Organizers
William R. Hendee, Medical College of Wisconsin
Herbert W. Mower, Radiation Oncology Dept., Lahey Clinic

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Preparing for the Forum
To prepare for forum discussion, we suggest you review the day's documents prior to the meeting. In order to best facilitate discussion and participation, internet connections will not be provided in the meeting room. You may wish to copy the documents to your laptop or bring paper copies. Handouts will also be available on-site. Power strips will be set at forum tables for laptops. The Hilton has high speed internet access in the sleeping rooms (for a fee), as well as complimentary wireless in the lobby, should you wish to bring your laptop and check email.

Friday, January 20: Physics Education of Radiologists
An Opportunity for Radiology

Saturday, January 21: Physics Education of Medical Physicists
A Time of Opportunity for Medical Physics

Sunday, January 22: Physics Education of Radiation Oncologists
Discussion Outline
Updated draft curriculum table (2006), finalized by the ASTRO sub-committee
ASTRO’s Core Physics Curriculum for Radiation Oncology Residents (2004)

Complimentary shuttle from the Airport
24 hour shuttle service runs every 10-15 minutes from 5am-11pm, and then are on call after that.

Breakfast and Lunch are provided for Summit attendees. Here are some ideas for dinner:

In the Hotel Within 1 block
Magnolia Grill Malones
Andiamo Ruby Tuesdays
Finish Line Sports Bar Spondivits

The Purpose of the Forum
The purpose of the Forum is to develop a strategy to improve the physics and engineering education and expertise of specialists in each of the three disciplines represented at the Forum. The science and technology employed by these disciplines is rapidly becoming more complex and more integrated, and there is every reason to believe that this trend will continue well into the future. For several reasons, the education of residents and physics students is not keeping pace with this trend. In addition, radiologists, medical physicists and radiation oncologists in practice are struggling to keep pace with the evolving technology and complexity of their disciplines. A new strategy is required to educate residents and practitioners in the physics and engineering (or ‘technology’) of their disciplines. The development of this strategy, including its conceptualization and the details of its deployment, is the purpose of the Forum.

Who Will Participate?
Representatives from the following associations will participate:

Accreditation Council for Graduate Med Educ/Radiation Review Committee
American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American Board of Medical Physics
American Board of Radiology
American College of Medical Physics
American College of Radiology
Association of Program Coordinators in Radiology
Association of Program Directors in Radiology
Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology
American Roentgen Ray Society
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Association of University Radiologists
Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine
Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists
European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics
International Center of Theoretical Physics
Radiological Society of North America

Questions about logistics or hotel arrangements? Please contact Karen.