Improving Health Through Medical Physics

Onsite Childcare at 2018 Annual AAPM Meeting in Nashville

Kristi Hendrickson, PhD | Seattle, WA

AAPM Newsletter — Volume 43 No. 6 — November | December 2018

“... I would like to express how grateful I was to have been able to use the AAPM daycare this year. As a new mother and a young faculty, it is very important for me to be able to keep attending big international meetings so that I do not lose touch with current research directions and my colleagues. The AAPM daycare enabled this to me.

I was very pleased with the care and the services my 16-month old daughter received. The staff was great and very flexible in terms of hours. They even texted me asking if they could give my daughter food that was not hers and that she was eyeing! It was also nice to see that our daughter made daycare friends in such a short period of time.

Thank you for organizing the AAPM daycare,” — Magdalena Bazalova-Carter, Victoria, BC

The 2018 Annual Meeting included the first offering of onsite childcare at an AAPM meeting. Camp AAPM welcomed children ages 6 months to 12 years. The program was managed onsite by Accent on Children's Arrangements, Inc., a national child care provider that works with many professional and medical organizations at their national meetings, including RSNA. Children participated in age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, active games, and more. All staff were trained childcare providers. Supervisors, located onsite at all times, were CPR and pediatric First Aid certified. Registration was available for half and full days during the general hours of 7:00 am to 6:30 pm, starting on Saturday July 28 through the end of the meeting on Thursday August 2. Registration was available for any or all of the available dates.

“... thank you for organizing and providing childcare at AAPM this year. The cost and accommodations were very reasonable and made attendance easier for me as a new mother. I hope this option will continue at future AAPM meetings.” — Paige Taylor, Houston, TX

Camp AAPM was conveniently located in a large and secure conference room within the convention center. In addition to the 15 children who participated this year, several AAPM members checked out the camp, staff, and facilities with the intention of using the service at subsequent Annual Meetings.

Look for Accent to return to future AAPM Annual Meetings and to continue offering onsite childcare. The first year is just the beginning! We recognize that it will take a few years for AAPM members to realize that they can count on onsite childcare options when making their plans to attend the AAPM Annual Meeting.

Leave a Comment

Comments (0)