Ever want to know more about the operations and governance of AAPM? AAPM's volunteer leadership continues to provide a wealth of information about the management of the organization to Members via the web. I applaud current and past leaders for seeking to provide a high level of transparency. Won't you take a few moments to review the information?Members will find:
Should you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Make sure to register for RSNA 2017 by October 27 to receive the complimentary registration provided to all AAPM members. AAPM's Headquarters Hotel is The Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker. The AAPM Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Hyatt.
It is recognized that medical physics as a profession has become a global enterprise, and that on some issues the worldwide medical physics community should collaborate. AAPM's Executive Committee seeks to meet yearly with the leadership of other related organizations.
EXCOM and the leadership of the COMP held very productive meetings during the COMP Annual Scientific Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario in June. Given history and geography, AAPM and COMP have a unique collaborative relationship. We are working on a Memorandum of Understanding to define the details of several longstanding agreements regarding joint membership and issues relating to AAPM's journals.
EXCOM met with IOMP representatives to discuss the International Day of Medical Physics, the equipment and library donation programs and opportunities for collaboration in support of upcoming meetings.
A meeting was held with representatives of the ABR to discuss various topics including the Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA), results of 2016-2017 ABR Exams, and professionalism and ethics.
EXCOM then met with leaders from EFOMP as part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two groups in 2015. EFOMP provided an update on several initiatives and the discussion centered around opportunities for collaboration.
IOMP is once again promoting activities to raise awareness about the role of medical physicists through the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP). The 2017 IDMP is scheduled for November 7, the birthdate in 1867 of Marie Sklodowska-Curie. The theme of IDMP 2017 is "Medical Physics: Providing a Holistic Approach to Women Patients and Women Staff Safety in Radiation Medicine." This is an excellent opportunity to promote the role of medical physicists. Visit the IOMP website for more information and promotional resources.
Contribute to the AAPM's Education & Research Fund while you shop on Amazon. With a simple action and at no cost to you, AmazonSmile will donate to AAPM's Education & Research Fund.
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer's selected charitable organization. This AAPM opportunity was launched in late May, and in the first few weeks, AAPM's Education and Research Fund received $23.50 based on accumulated purchases.
To select AAPM's Education & Research Fund as your charity:
1. Go to this link - smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7057224
2. Log in using your Amazon account. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
3. Now every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to AAPM's Education & Research Fund.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to smile.amazon.com/about.
The 2018 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting will be held April 7 – 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018 Summer School on Image Guidance in Radiation Therapy: Techniques, Accuracy, and Limitations will be held July 26 – 28, 2018 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. This is just prior to the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting also scheduled in downtown Nashville from July 29 – August 2.
Dues renewal notices for the 2018 dues year will be sent out in early October. I encourage you to pay your dues via the AAPM website. Remember, many of the regional chapters are partnering with HQ on the dues process, so make sure to check the invoice to see if you can pay your national and chapter dues with one transaction. Be mindful, though, that some chapters have a membership application process. Please only remit dues for chapters of which you are an official member.
Lisa Schober, our Executive Office Manager, and her husband Erik recently announced that they are expecting TWINS in January of 2018. Big brother Gunnar made the announcement to the AAPM HQ team by sporting a t-shirt to the Annual AAPM Team Picnic stating, "I'm going to be the big brother of twins!" It was so much fun watching the expressions of our team as they "got it!"
Congratulations to Aaron Rudd, our Office Services Assistant, on earning his Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. Aaron is working on his BA degree in Human Resource Management expects to graduate in the spring of 2018.
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