COMP Members Win at AAPM 2016

Published by Mara Juneau

Published on August 09, 2016

Congratulations to the following Members who won at the AAPM Meeting last week in Washington, DC:

Fellow of AAPM: David Jaffray

Innovation in Medical Physics Education: Marco Carlone; SIMAC: A Simulation Tool for Teaching Linear Accelerator Physics

The Education Council of the AAPM sponsored a session to honor and publicize Innovation in Medical Physics Education. AAPM members were invited to submit an abstract describing innovative medical physics educational activities for radiology residents, radiation oncology residents, medical physicists, technologists or others. The abstracts described novel teaching strategies, such as team teaching or adult learning efforts, novel educational materials such as lectures, websites, educational videos or interactive media, novel program designs, and other innovations. Submissions were judged on:

  • the level of innovation,
  • the potential for educational use,
  • the extent to which the innovation has already been implemented and assessed, and
  • how readily the innovation could be implemented or used at a variety of other institutions.

The top six submissions were invited to present their abstracts during the Annual Meeting, with each speaker being allocated 15 minutes. The top presenting abstract was announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Meeting (a plaque and a $2,000 prize). This award was made possible by a generous bequest of Harold Marcus.

JACMP Awards:

  • Award of Excellence for the Best Medical Imaging Article published in JACMP: Mitchell Sommerville, Yannick Poirier and Mauro Tambasco for the paper entitled: “A measurement based X-ray source model characterisation for CT dosimetry computations,” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 16, 386 (2015).
  • Award of Excellence for Outstanding Radiation Oncology Article published in JACMP: Robert Corns, Vicky W. Huang and Steven D. Thomas for the paper entitled: “Pion effects in flattening filter-free radiation beams,” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 16, 376 (2015)

Science Council Session Winner: Charles-Antoine Collins-Fekete: A New Optimization Method for Pre-Treatment, Patient-Specific Stopping Power, by Combining Proton Radiography and X-Ray CT (co-authors, R. Schulte, L. Beaulieu, J. Seco)

The Science Council Session includes proffered abstracts on a topic at the cutting-edge of medical physics research, presented in a special, high-visibility proffered oral session. For the 2016 Annual Meeting, the Scientific Program invited abstract submissions on “Imaging for Particle Therapy,” emphasizing research in imaging for treatment planning, dose calculations, image guidance, and verification of treatment. Criteria for abstract evaluation included the novelty of the research, the emphasis on innovation in the application for particle therapy, and the potential impact / significance in therapy.

Thank you to M. Carlone and L. Beaulieu for their support in putting this article together!