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Exciting features this year…

  • Joint Imaging-Therapy Track is now known as "Multi-Disciplinary Track" and each session will include speakers from multiple disciplines.
  • Special 3-Day Program on Ultrasound - Highlighting advances in ultrasound guided radiation therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and diagnostic ultrasound (Monday - Wednesday, July 15 – 17)
  • MedPhys Slam - (Wednesday, July 17 10:15 am – 12:15 pm | Stars at Night Ballroom 2-3)
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    MedPhys Slam is a research communication competition in which participants prepare a three-minute presentation aimed at sharing the significance of their science in a compelling yet understandable manner. Participants will be judged by a non-physicist panel on three equally weighted categories: comprehension/content, communication, and engagement. Preliminary events held by AAPM Chapters will each select one winner to represent their chapter in the final competition at the AAPM Annual Meeting. If you are interested in participating in the MedPhys Slam, please contact your local AAPM Chapter for more information. Eligible applicants who are not affiliated with an AAPM chapter (i.e. not living in the US) or whose AAPM chapter will not hold a MedPhys Slam qualifying competition, click here to submit a video application.
  • Day of scripting and programing in the clinic on Monday, July 15, three sessions in therapy education and practical tracks.
  • A Day of QA - (Wednesday, July 15) Investigate how your colleagues are performing QA from adaptive therapy to verification of your linac beams.
  • ISMRM –AAPM Joint Symposia on MR Safety
  • Interested in developing high impact scientific/clinical physics projects for AAPM Journal? Plan to attend Outstanding Science Published in 2018: Medical Physics & JACMP. Learn from AAPM journal authors and reviewers. (Wednesday, July 17 4:30 - 6:00 PM)
  • Enhance your leadership skills by attending a four part Leadership Symposium titled The Understanding and Courage to Lead on Tuesday, July 16th.
  • General ePoster Viewing - We have gone ALL electronic. All ePosters can be viewed on viewing stations throughout the exhibit hall. New this year, attendees will be able to view all ePosters on their personal devices such as laptops, tablets and phones. This will allow poster viewing at all times during the meeting, including when the exhibit hall is closed.
    • Moderated ePoster Sessions - High-scoring ePosters are presented by the authors at large screens in a moderated session. Presentations take place at scheduled times in the ePoster Theater.
    • General ePoster Discussions - In addition to the moderated ePosters in the ePoster Theater, we will continue with our ePoster stations throughout the lounge areas in the Exhibit Hall. General ePoster Discussions include a select group of high-scoring posters identified by the Program Directors to be of special interest to attendees of the scientific program. This will allow the authors to present their ePoster at a large screen display, dedicated to only their poster during a specifically assigned 30-minute timeslot. These General ePoster discussions will occur in the ePoster Theater and throughout the Exhibit Hall promoting lively discussion and scientific exchange.
  • The Science Council Session – Data Science in Medical Physics
  • SPS Undergraduate Research & Outreach - The Society of Physics Students (SPS) Undergraduate Research & Outreach ePoster session highlights the work of undergraduate students with an interest in medical physics.  The first author (and presenter) of all ePosters in this session must be an undergraduate at the time of submission. ePosters should reflect either research related to medical physics or outreach to promote the importance of and relationship between physics in medicine. All undergraduate members are invited to submit.
  • Joint Scientific Symposium with the World Molecular Imaging Society – Nanotechnology in Oncology
  • Distinguished Lectureships
    • The Carson/Zagzebski Distinguished Lecture on Medical Ultrasound – (Tuesday, July 16 11:00 am - 1215 pm) Katherine Ferrara, Professor of Radiology, Molecular Imaging Program, at Stanford University. This presentation will be held during the image-guided therapeutic ultrasound sessions within the Special 3-day Ultrasound Track.
    • The Anne and Donald Herbert Distinguished Lectureship in Modern Statistical Modeling – (Thursday, July 18 10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Matthew Schipper, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, from the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan will be discussing statistical models for individualized and adaptive treatment.
  • Explore the entire meting program, consider trying a new topic, nearly all sessions are SAMs: Similar to last year, with only a few exceptions, all invited sessions in the Education, Science, Professional, and Practical Tracks will offer SAMs. SAMs questions can be answered on your own following the completion of the session. Attendance is verified and registration for the SAMs Program is required.
  • Dedicated time in the meeting program for Visit the Vendors.

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Scientific Program

Therapy Track


  • The Promise of FLASH
  • Cutting-edge Brachytherapy [SAM]
  • Advances in Proton and Particle Therapy [SAM]
  • Efficiency/throughput RT for Low Resource Settings [SAM]
  • Rationale and Evidence for SBRT [SAM]
  • Adaptive Radiation Therapy (Online, Offline, Real Time) [SAM]
  • AI and Machine Learning for RT [SAM]
  • Functional Treatment Planning (MR, PET)

Imaging Track


  • Imaging of Tumor Response to Radiotherapy: New Results and Radiobiological Principles [SAM]
  • Biomedical Modeling Using Imaging Data
  • Novel Imaging Methods
  • Contrast-enhanced and Functional Imaging of the Breast [SAM]
  • Adaptive Imaging
  • Innovations in X-Ray Detectors
  • Deep Learning for Image Reconstruction and Processing [SAM]

Multi-Disciplinary Track


  • Joint AAPM-SNMMI Symposium: Nuclear Medicine Theranostics and Functional Image-guided Radiation Therapy for Precision Oncology
  • NIH Grant Writing Workshop
  • WMIS/AAPM Joint Symposium: Nanotechnology in Oncology
  • Integrating Radiomics and Genomics for Personalized Cancer Therapy in the Era of AI and Big Data
  • Non-RT Image Guided Interventions
  • MedPhys Slam
  • NIH Investigator Scientific Highlights
  • The Anne and Donald Herbert Distinguished Lectureship in Modern Statistical Modeling
  • Optimization in Imaging and Therapy [SAM]
  • Novel Applications in Cardiac Imaging and Therapeutics
  • Novel Agents for Imaging and Theranostics [SAM]

Ultrasound (Special 3 Day Program)


  • Ultrasound Guidance and Planning for Brachytherapy [SAM]
  • Advances in Ultrasound Image Guided Radiotherapy [SAM]
  • Novel Aspects and Clinical Implementation of Therapeutic Ultrasound [SAM]
  • Advances in Image-Guided Focused Ultrasound Applications [SAM]
  • Focused Ultrasound in Radiation Oncology [SAM]
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound QA/QC Hands-on Workshop
  • Advances in Ultrasound Imaging Technology [SAM]
  • Medical Ultrasound Tissue Characterization [SAM]
  • Quantitative Ultrasound & Texture Analysis [SAM]

Educational Program

Therapy Track

  • Learning From the Experts: Lessons Medical Physicists Can Learn from Management Science [SAM]
  • Alternative Strategies for Linac Beam Verification or Beam Data Collection Without Using a 3D Water Tank [SAM]
  • Acquiring Treatment Planning Skills is Important for Medical Physicists [SAM]
  • Contemporary Pediatric Radiation Therapy: Perspectives from Children’s Oncology Group [SAM]
  • Adaptive Radiotherapy [SAM]
  • Are you Prepared for Cybersecurity? What Industry is Planning and How You Can Manage It. [SAM]
  • Assembling your Detector Toolkit - Which Types, How Many, and Why [SAM]
  • The Integration of AI and Machine Learning in Medical Physics Applications [SAM]
  • Strategies and Technologies for Radiosurgery of Multiple Intracranial Metastases [SAM]
  • Current Challenges and Prospects in Particle Therapy [SAM]
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing for Medical Physcis Research [SAM]
  • 5D imaging and Treatment Planning for Radiation Therapy [SAM]
  • Surface Image Guided Radiotherapy [SAM]
  • Quality Improvement: from Incident Learning to Affecting Change [SAM]
  • MR guided RT: Treating with On-board MRI [SAM]
  • Optimizing Safety and Efficiency in Brachytherapy [SAM]
  • Recent Advancements in Quality Assurance for Radiation Therapy [SAM]
  • Recent Advances in Imaging for Treatment Verification [SAM]
  • EPID Machine QA Implementation and Automation, Are We There Yet? [SAM]
  • Point/Counterpoint Live Debate: Modern Linacs Monitor Units Should be Defined in Water at 10 cm Depth Rather than at DMAX
  • Intrafraction Motion Management in Radiotherapy – State of the Art and Future Roadmap [SAM]
  • Immunotherapy Killed the IGRT Star [SAM]
  • Dosimetry in Radionuclide Therapy [SAM]
  • Advances in Pencil Beam Scanning Delivery and Planning Techniques [SAM]

Imaging Track

  • ISMRM- AAPM Joint Symposia: MR Safety for Experts[SAM]
  • Computed Tomography-guided Interventional Procedure [SAM]
  • To Stereo or Tomo? - That is the Question: Physics in Pursuit of Breast Cancer [SAM]
  • Novel Approaches to Dose Optimization in Nuclear Medicine[SAM]
  • ISMRM-AAPM Joint Symposia: MR Safety Operations [SAM]
  • Radiation Protection for Fluoro-Guided Interventional Procedures [SAM]
  • Patient Dose Monitoring CT with Tube Current Modulation and Multiple Series [SAM]
  • Joint Commission Update: Satisfying the Joint Commission Fluoroscopy Requirements [SAM]
  • ISMRM-AAPM Joint Symposia [SAM]
  • CT Systems Course [SAM]
  • In Memoriam of Libby Brateman: Education, Licensure, Guidance and Mammography- Enhancing the Recognition of the Medical Physics Profession [SAM]
  • Reducing Sedation and Anesthesia in Pediatric Radiology [SAM]
  • Tailoring CT Protocol to Patient Age and Size and a Focus on Pediatric Patient [SAM]
  • Reject Rate Analysis in the Digital Era [SAM]
  • Development of Diagnostic X-ray Sources - A Multi-vendor Overview [SAM]
  • Vendor Related Mammography Updates [SAM]

Practical Medical Physics

  • Communicating Benefit to Risk Ratio from Radiology Exams to the Patient and Provider [SAM]
  • Design Elements and Performance Evaluation of MRI Radiofrequency Coils [SAM]
  • ACR Updates [SAM]
  • Medical Physics Life Hacks
  • Scripting Applications in Clinic, That is an Easy Button [SAM]
  • Automation and Scripting in the Clinic [SAM]
  • Clinical Application of Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) [SAM]
  • Deformable Image Registration for Dose Mapping and Dose Accumulation: Techniques and Challenges [SAM]
  • Vendor Provided Data, Tools and Test Procedures [SAM]

Professional Program


  • Redesigning the Planner and Physicist Roles in the Era of Automated Planning
  • MPPG Initiative: Implementation Experience and New Reports [SAM]
  • How International Actions Interface and Support Med Phys 3.0 [SAM]
  • From Burnout to Engagement: The Outlook for Medical Physicist Wellness and Patient Safety
  • The Understanding and Courage to Lead - Part1 [SAM]
  • The Understanding and Courage to Lead - Part 2 [SAM]
  • In Memoriam ofPeter Dunscombe: Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of Peter Dunscombe, PhD, FAAPM - A Tireless Champion of Quality of Care and Patient Safety
  • Assessment of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Challenges and Strengths in the Medical Physics Field [SAM]
  • The Understanding and Courage to Lead - Part 3 [SAM]
  • The Understanding and Courage to Lead - Part 4 [SAM]
  • New Members Symposium
  • Breaking Out of the Clinic: Non-Clinical Careers in Medical Physics [SAM]
  • How will IEC Standards Updates Affect the Practice of Medical Physics? [SAM]
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest: Building Trust and Improving Outcomes [SAM]
  • How to Successfully Interface with Vendors
  • Getting Ready for the ABR's OLA (Online Longitudinal Assessment) [SAM]
  • Professional Economics Updates
  • Outstanding Science Published in 2018: Medical Physics & JACMP
  • HAZMAT Shipping DOT Training Part 1
  • HAZMAT Shipping DOT Training Part 2
  • ABR Exam Prep for Diagnostic/Nuc Med
  • ABR Exam Prep for Therapy
  • International Symposium: Certification of Medical Physicists Worldwide [SAM]

Partners in Solutions (an exciting venue on the exhibit floor)

Partners in Solutions continues to offer a unique way for physicists to interact with and learn from our vendors, with vendors providing physics-level applications training classes in a special-purpose lecture room located on the exhibit floor. These are not sales pitches, but practical information for the clinical physicist from the people who know their systems in depth. Topics for this year are:

  • Imaging: Dual Energy CT Scanners
  • Therapy: Scripting

Look for the Partners in Solutions sessions on the meeting program. CE credit will be offered. Come learn with us!

Educational Topic-Specific Guided Tours (Limited Tour Capacity)

Come visit our vendors as part of a guided tour. Tourists will first hear a short introduction on the selected topic by one of the leaders in the field, then follow their AAPM-member Tour Guide to the vendor booths to hear about their related products. SAM credit available. Topics for this year are:

  • Tuesday, 1:45pm - 3:30pm
  • No check in after 2:00pm, Exhibit Hall 1
  • Imaging: Brain CT Perfusion
  • No check in after 2:00pm, Exhibit Hall 1
  • Therapy: Patient Immobilization Equipment
  • Wednesday, 10:15am - Noon
  • No check in after 10:30am, Exhibit Hall 1
  • Imaging: Brain CT Perfusion
  • No check in after 10:30am, Exhibit Hall 1
  • Therapy: Patient Immobilization Equipment

Due to the need to limit the capacity of each tour, participation will be first come/first served.
Individuals interested in participating should plan accordingly.