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January 9, 2014

Announcing the 2014 AAPM/RSNA
Imaging Physics Residency Grant Recipients

2014 AAPM/RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grant
(Year 1 Funding of Resident 1)

     • University of Chicago
        Zhengfeng Lu, Ph.D., Program Director
     • Duke University Medical Center
        Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., Program Director
     • Emory University
        Jonathon A. Nye, Ph.D., Program Director
     • Indiana University School of Medicine
        Yun Liang, Ph.D., Program Director
     • University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
        Jagadeesh R. Sonnad, Ph.D., Program Director

2013 AAPM/RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grant
(Year 2 Funding of Resident 1)

     • University of Alabama Birmingham
        Sharon White, Ph.D., Program Director
     • Memorial Sloan Kettering
        Lawrence N. Rothenberg, Ph.D., Program Director
     • University of Wisconsin
        Frank N. Ranallo, Ph.D., Program Director

In order to encourage more programs to become CAMPEP-accredited, AAPM and RSNA have joined together to fund 50 percent of each trainee’s cost for 8 imaging physics residencies that are not currently CAMPEP accredited. Both organizations have committed $560,000 in support of this program. The awardee institutions will provide the other 50 percent support. After the period of the award is over, the intent is that the awardee institutions will continue to fully support the imaging physics residencies.

AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting: March 15 - 18, 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended until January 14

The deadline date for proffered abstract submission for the 2014 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting for the YOUNG INVESTIGATORS SYMPOSIUM (YIS) and BEST POSTER COMPETITION is JANUARY 14, 2014 at 5pm Eastern Time. Submit an abstract.

Second MPPG Released
On January 6th, the second Medical Physics Practice Guideline (MPPG) titled: AAPM Medical Physics Practice Guideline 2.a: Commissioning and quality assurance of X-ray-based image-guided radiotherapy systems was published in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics (JACMP); Volume 15, Number 1 (2014).

The goal of the MPPGs is to help advance the practice of clinical medical physics in the United States by defining the minimum level of medical physics support that the AAPM would consider to be prudent in all practice settings for specific clinical services. Existing medical physics practice guidelines will be reviewed for the purpose of revision or renewal, as appropriate, on their fifth anniversary or sooner.

Each medical physics practice guideline has undergone a thorough consensus process in which it has been subjected to extensive review, and requires the approval of the AAPM’s Professional Council. The medical physics practice guidelines recognize that the safe and effective use of radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic applications requires specific training, appropriate processes and sufficient resources, as described in each document. Further information is available on the AAPM website.

This Issue

The Research Seed Funding Grant
AAPM Fellowship for the Training of a Doctoral Candidate in the Field of Medical Physics
Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program (DREAM)

President Obama Signs the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013

New in 2014: Complimentary manuals to be delivered vie E-dition
Joint Commission’s Weekly Newsletter

Radiation Oncology Program Accreditation Meeting : March 14, 2014; Denver, CO - Registration and Housing Open
AAPM Summer School: June 22 - 26, 2014; Burlington, VT
AAPM Annual Meeting: July 20 - 24, 2014; Austin, TX
Chapter Meetings

5th Annual Canadian Winter School-Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology: January 26 - 30, 2014; Quebec, CANADA
The Physics of Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques: The Role of Medical Images: January 28 - 31, 2014; Santiago, Chile
SPIE Medical Imaging Conference 2014: February 15 - 20, 2014; San Diego, CA
Image Gently/ALARA CT Summit: February 21 - 22, 2014; Orlando, FL
ESTRO 33: April 4 - 8, 2014; Vienna, Austria
RSS 2014 SRS/SBRT Scientific Meeting: May 8 - 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN

IOMP eMPW: December 2013 Issue
AAPM Newsletter - New Edition Now Available
Continuing Medical Physics Code Increases by 62% for 2014 This is a members only link.


President Obama Signs the
Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013

--New Law Includes Physician Update Fix through March 2014--

On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013. This new law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on January 1, 2014. The new law provides for a 0.5 percent update for such services through March 31, 2014. President Obama remains committed to a permanent solution to eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reductions that result from the existing statutory methodology. The Administration will continue to work with Congress to achieve this goal. The 2014 conversion factor is $35.8228.

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