Improving Health Through Medical Physics


Angela R. Keyser, PhD | Alexandria, VA

AAPM Newsletter — Volume 43 No.1 — January | February 2018

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2018 AAPM Funding Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program (Application Deadline: February 2, 2018)

The Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by working in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility.

In this program, AAPM serves as a clearinghouse to match exceptional students with exceptional medical physicists - many who are faculty at leading research centers. Students participating in the program are placed into summer positions that are consistent with their interest.

Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis to be an AAPM Summer Fellow. Each Summer Fellow receives a $5,000 stipend from AAPM.
View additional information and access the online application »

Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program (DREAM) (Application Deadline: February 9, 2018)

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program (DREAM) is a 10-week summer program designed to increase the number of underrepresented groups in medical physics by creating new opportunities, outreach, and mentoring geared towards diversity recruitment of undergraduate students in the field of medical physics. Students participating in the program are placed into summer positions that are consistent with their interest.

Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis to be a DREAM fellow. Each DREAM fellow receives a $5,000 stipend from AAPM.
View additional information and access the online application »

Expanding Horizons Travel Grant (Application Deadline: February 21, 2018)

AAPM awards up to fifteen travel grants per year, each up to $1000, for the purpose of providing additional support for student and trainee travel to conferences that are not specifically geared toward medical physics. The travel grant program is designed to provide an opportunity to broaden the scope of scientific meetings attended in order to introduce students and trainees to new topics which may be of relevance to medical physics research and which may subsequently be incorporated into future research in order to progress the field in new directions.
View additional information and access the online application »

AAPM Graduate Fellowship (Application Deadline: April 30, 2018)

AAPM Graduate Fellowship for the training of a Doctoral Candidate in the Field of Medical Physics is awarded for the first two years of graduate study leading to a doctoral degree in Medical Physics. Both BSc and MS holders are eligible to apply. A stipend of $13,000 per year, plus tuition support not exceeding $5,000 per year will be assigned to the recipient.

Graduate study must be undertaken in a Medical Physics Doctoral Degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).
View additional information and access the online application »

Research Seed Funding Grant (Application Deadline: May 22, 2018)

Three $25,000 grants will be awarded to provide funds to develop exciting investigator-initiated concepts, which will hopefully lead to successful longer term project funding from the NIH or equivalent funding sources.

Funding for grant recipients will begin on July 1 of the award year. Research results will be submitted for presentation at future AAPM meetings.

Must be a member of AAPM at time of application (any membership category).
View additional information and access the online application »

AAPM BEST Award (Application deadline: May 22, 2018)

Best Medical will provide five fellowships in the amount of $1,000 each, to be used for travel, food and lodging expenses to attend the 2018 AAPM 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibition. AAPM will provide complimentary Annual Meeting registration for each recipient, including social functions.
View additional information and access the online application »

APSIT Benefits for AAPM Members

AAPM members are offered a range of insurance products through APSIT [The American Physical Society Insurance Trust] because of AAPM's affiliation with the American Institute of Physics (AIP). APSIT was founded in 1969 to provide members with a convenient source for quality, affordable insurance. Since that time, APSIT has expanded to include a broad range of insurance options that meet the needs of our sponsoring organizations' members.

Plan premiums are regularly more affordable than what is available through competitors, thanks to the power of group purchasing. Since AIP society members usually have higher education levels and tend to live more conservative lives, APSIT group rates are very competitive in the market. APSIT's governing board, charged with making decisions about which plans to provide, is comprised of representatives from participating member societies. I've been fortunate enough to serve on the APSIT board since 2009 and am currently Chair of the group.

Pearl Insurance is the Program Administrator for APSIT. With over 60 years of industry experience, Pearl Insurance has acted as a third-party program administrator for several national firms and associations. Pearl Insurance's team can be reached Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM CST at 800-272-1637.

Currently, members of any AIP society are eligible to purchase the following plans through APSIT:

  • Group Term Life
  • Group 10-Year Level Term Life
  • Group Disability Income
  • Group Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Long-Term Care
  • Discount RX Card

While it remains your decision as to whether any of these insurance products fit your own needs, I encourage everyone to take advantage of the plans that are right for you. Visit APSIT Insurance for more information on each plan.

2018 Dues Renewal

2018 dues renewal notices were distributed in early October. You may pay your dues online or easily print out an invoice and mail in your payment. I am pleased to report that all twenty-one AAPM Chapters have elected to have HQ collect chapter dues. We hope that you will appreciate the convenience of paying your national and chapter dues with one transaction!

AAPM's rules are very specific regarding the cancellation of membership if dues are not paid by the deadline and there are fees required for reinstatement. As the administrative staff of AAPM, we must consistently enforce the rules of the organization. It would be very difficult to make exceptions for some members and enforce such fees on others. If you need any assistance or have any questions about the dues process, please contact Janelle Priestly, 571-298-1216.

Your Online Member Profile

This is a reminder to keep your AAPM Membership Profile information up to date by clicking here to make any changes necessary. Please, upload your picture if you have not already done so. Remember to review the "Conflict of Interest" area of the Member Profile to self-report conflicts per the AAPM Conflict of Interest Policy.

Staff News

I am pleased to announce that Richard Martin has been promoted to the newly created position of Government Relations Program Manager. This promotion acknowledges the importance of AAPM's interactions with governmental agencies and legislatures on issues related to the profession and the practice of medical physics and Richard's increased level of responsibility in this area. I know that you will join me in congratulating Richard on this well-deserved promotion.

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