The Ohio River Valley Chapter hosted our Spring Educational Symposium on March 15th and 16th in Louisville, KY. The Friday events started off by holding the chapter's annual mock oral event. This year we were happy to see 20 participants converge at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to practice conveying their knowledge of medical physics to volunteer examiners.
The official meeting events started Friday night at the historic Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum. Physicists, residents, students, and vendors enjoyed socializing while taking in the museum. In addition to being able to tour the museum, the night out included a private tour of the Churchill Downs grounds and a mock horse racing activity.
The event on Saturday started with a presentation by Dr. M. Saiful Huq on the IAEA-AAPM code of practice for the dosimetry of static small photon fields. Ten residents and graduate students participated in MedPhys SLAM with 3-minute presentations aimed at communicating one's research to the public. The top three candidates then presented a 15-minute scientific presentation. Mychaela Coyne from Purdue University won the competition and will represent the ORVC chapter at the national AAPM meeting SLAM competition.
The honorary James G. Kereiakes Keynote Lecture was presented by Dr. Vic Montemayor regarding the teaching of medical physics. The afternoon sessions focused on professional and educational topics of interest in our region. Dr. Matthew Meineke presented on how to kick-start your career by honing your networking and job interviewing skills. A residency panel discussion was then held with residency directors from the University of Louisville, The Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, and the University of Toledo providing insight and advice regarding residency programs. Dr. Michael Mills concluded the meeting with a presentation regarding Clinical Scientific Publishing in an Open Access Environment; the Meaning of the JACMP.
We would like to thank all of the vendors that made this event possible. We appreciate all of the guest speakers and students that shared their research for the symposium. Finally we would like to thank the volunteer examiners that helped make the mock oral possible and all of the hard work of the chapter officers for another successful meeting.
Our fall meeting is scheduled for November 1st-2nd in Indianapolis, IN at the Downtown Crown Plaza. The Friday night social event will be held at the Indianapolis Zoo Oceans Exhibit. Please see the chapter's website for more details.
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