2017 Imaging Winter School - Quality Improvement and Radiation Safety

The eighth Canadian Winter School (and first on Medical Imaging) will take place at the beautiful Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello in Quebec from February 2nd to 5th, 2017. The multi-professional organizing committee (see below) has been busy planning the event and it’s now starting to take shape. 

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Keynote: Quality Issues, Effectiveness and Politics in Breast Cancer Screening - Martin Yaffe

Faculty, Format and Curriculum

Although the final format and curriculum of the 2017 Imaging Winter School have yet to be solidified, the organizing committee are drafting a schedule that incorporates faculty lectures, workshops led by faculty members, and delegate-presented project galleries.


The key quality and safety topics to be covered at the Imaging Winter School have been narrowed down to the following:

Controversies Associated with the Risk of Low Dose Radiation - Sandor Demeter MD

Peer Review in Radiology: The Canadian Perspective - David Koff MD

Radiation Safety for X-Ray Imaging Procedures Outside Imaging Departments - Ingvar A.J. FIfe

Clinical Decision Support for Appropriateness in Canada - William Miller MD and Stephanie Schofield

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning... What are those and what do they have to do with Healthcare? - Ross Mitchell

Merged Modalities - Darren Oczkowski

Canada Safe Imaging Session - Guy Frija MD

Health Canada: Safety Codes and DRLs - Nadine Martel and Graeme Wardlaw

Workshops & Project Galleries

Join us at the 2017 Imaging Winter School  and encourage a colleague (physicist, technologist, radiologist or all of the above!) to attend. The Winter School is a relaxed and collegial multi-professional learning environment where participants learn from each other and from the experts.

Important Dates

11 October, 2016:   Abstract submission for project gallery presentations opens
18  November, 2016 at 5 pm EDT:   Abstract submission deadline ends
Mid December 2016:   Abstract review completed
21 December 2016:  Early-bird registration deadline
7 January 2017:   Deadline for negotiated hotel rate
2 February, 2017:   Winter School begins

Montebello, Quebec

Escape from the ordinary and experience a delightful retreat at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin. Nestled in the heart of the scenic Montebello village, surrounded by nature, the hotel is famed for its rustic yet luxurious accommodations and excellent service.

2017 Organizing Committee

Thor Bjarnason, Physicist, Interior Health, Kelowna, BC (Co-Chair)
Stephen Breen, Physicist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON (Co-Chair)
Daniel Rickey, Physicist, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Marco Carlone, Physicist, BC Cancer Agency, - Southern Interior, Kelowna, BC
Glenn Wells, Physicist, Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, ON
David Koff, Radiologist, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON
Sandor Demeter, Nuclear Medicine Physicist and Physician, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Deborah Murley, Technologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, PE
Darren Oczkowski, Technologist, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB