Automation and the Evolution of Personalized Patient Care

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The COMP Winter School has done a lot to establish and motivate behavioural and cultural change with respect to how Quality and Safety tools and techniques are implemented in Radiation Oncology clinics across Canada.  This year, we aim to make the transition from behavioural and cultural change to motivate and understand the benefits of automation in Radiation Oncology and its influence on personalized patient care.  The overarching goals of the 2018 Winter School are: 1) to motivate the use of automation as a means of facilitating personalized patient care, 2) to understand what tools are currently available for auto-segmentation/auto-planning/auto-delivery and QA, 3) to discuss the future of automation in Rad Onc, and 4) to discuss some specific areas where automation can lead to improved personalized patient care.

We aim to limit the amount of content, providing high-quality content that can be readily digested, readily discussed, and openly debated – more free time for interaction and discussion, fewer scheduled presentations.  We’re also planning to have novel team micro-debates, hands-on sessions with software, and plenty of interactive discussion sessions.

Come participate in the 2018 Winter School at Lake Louise or encourage a colleague (physicist, therapist, radiation oncologist or all of the above!) to attend and report back to your centre. The Winter School is a relaxed and collegial multi-professional learning environment where the delegates learn from each other and from the experts.

Important Dates

20 October, 2017: Registration and abstract submission for project gallery presentations opens
20 November, 2017 : Abstract submission deadline
Mid December 2017: Abstract review completed
8 January 2018: Deadline for negotiated hotel rate
8 January 2018: Early-bird registration deadline
11 February, 2018: Winter School begins

Lake Louise, Alberta

Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.

2018 Organizing Committee

Derek Brown, Physicist, University of California at San Diego (Chair and Course Director)
Will Ansbacher, Physicist, BC Cancer Agency
Erika Brown, Executive Director, Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy
Amanda Caissie, Oncologist, Saint John Regional Hospital
Amr Heikal, Physicist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Alana Hudson, Physicist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Shannah Murland, Radiation Therapist, Cross Cancer Institute
Tom Purdie, Physicist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

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