AAMD 41st Annual Meeting

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

These workshops require pre-registration and are NOT included with regular meeting registration.

Canceled — CMD Exam Review

Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration: $650 (in-person and virtual attendance options)
12 – 16 MDCB Credits Anticipated
Presenter: Scott Collins, PhD, CMD, RT(R)(T)

This CMD exam review course will be presented over two days and will cover all topics mentioned in the exam matrix on the MDCB website. Special focus will be given to Treatment Planning, Dose Calculation Methods, Localization Techniques, Quality Assurance, Radiation Protection, Brachytherapy and Radiation Physics. Registration includes full access to live lectures, breakfast and lunch both days and access to review recordings online.

Both in-person and virtual attendees will receive a hyperlink to download supporting materials approximately 2-3 weeks before the meeting. After the meeting, attendees will be able to re-watch a recording of the workshop online. Virtual attendees will watch and contribute to the course discussion live and will receive a log-in URL and password before the meeting.

 

Radiation Oncology Billing and Coding Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration: $175
4 MDCB Credits Anticipated
Presenters: Tamara Syverson, BS, RT(T), and Adam Brown, BS, CMD, RT(T)

In this 4 hour workshop, the presenters will educate attendees on documentation, coding and billing for radiation oncology. Principles will follow published payor guidelines and common practice patterns experienced nationwide. Significant focus will be provided on coding and billing updates for 2016 and how annual updates dictate necessary changes in processes and workflows in oncology departments. Course materials will include adequate time on the different modalities utilized for treatment in modern cancer centers including how oncology specific electronic medical records can assist with compliance goals for documentation of procedures, code capture and daily billing verification.

 

Contouring Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (includes 1-hour lunch break on own)
Registration: $225 
6 MDCB Credits Anticipated
Presenters: Benjamin Nelms, PhD, Aaron Kusano, MD, Matt Gerace, MS, Kristi Smith, BS, CMD, RT(R)(T), and Kyle Ostergren
Click here to get a sneak peek at what you'll learn in the Contouring Workshop.

The Contouring Workshop will incorporate successful elements of past workshops with new features and format based on suggestions from past workshop participants. The anatomical region of study this year will be the pelvis, with a special focus on the small bowel, sigmoid and rectum. The workshop format has been designed to optimize learning using a combination of hands-on contouring, targeted lectures, visual training, individual analysis of contours and identification of variability. The workshop is divided into seven parts: 1) introductions and statement of goals; 2) training on MIM contouring software to be used during workshop; 3) individual contouring of the critical organs; 4) lecture by expert radiation oncologist, giving general rules and techniques, and giving interesting examples of special cases; 5) presentation of quantitative analysis of participant contour variation and comparison to the gold standard; 6) discussion and interactive study of individual contours (from step #3) vs. the gold standard contours; and 7) continued lecture of other critical organs found in the same patient dataset.

 

MDCB Item Writing Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration: FREE (pre-registration required) – Open to CMDs Only
4 MDCB Credits Anticipated
Presenter: Jennifer Smilowitz, PhD, DABR

Workshop participants will be guided by an MDCB subject matter expert to learn how to develop well-constructed exam questions utilizing volunteer-submitted items. The presenter will demonstrate how to review items for technical accuracy, bias, correct and sound language structure while avoiding common pitfalls in item development and creating plausible distracter responses. The session will kick-off with lunch. Attendees should prepare one item in advance of the session for review. CMDs interested in attending this session should forward an email to info@mdcb.org with the subject line "Item Writing Workshop Attendance."

 

General Session Workshops

These workshops are FREE with regular meeting registration but require pre-registration. 

Treatment Planning System Workshops — Back by Popular Demand!

Saturday, June 11 — Wednesday, June 15
Daily (concurrent with General Session)

Registration: FREE (pre-registration required)
3 MDCB Credits Anticipated

AAMD is once again partnering with Varian, Elekta, Philips and RaySearch to bring Treatment Planning System Workshops to the Annual Meeting. Each company will provide 6 hours of hands-on training for each of their respective systems.

These workshops will be broken into 2 sessions. Registration is FREE to any Full Meeting registrant, but attendees may only attend ONE of these workshops during the week. Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees only sign up if they are committed to attending.

  • Varian/Eclipse — Saturday, June 11 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Advanced Users) and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Advanced Users); Sunday, June 12 — 8:20 am – 11:20 am (New Users) and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Advanced Users)
    NOTE: Varian is now offering two workshops for Advanced Users on Saturday, June 11 to accommodate more Advanced Users.
  • Philips/Pinnacle — Monday, June 13— 8:00 am – 11:00 am (Advanced Users) and 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm (Advanced Users)
  • Elekta/Monaco — Tuesday, June 14 — 8:10 am – 11:10 am (New Users) and 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm (Advanced Users)
  • RaySearch/RayStation — Wednesday, June 15 — 8:00 am – 11:00 am (New Users) and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Advanced Users)

 

Image Registration Workshop

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Registration: FREE (pre-registration required)
2 MDCB Credits Anticipated
Presenter: Matt Gerace, MS

Image registration is a valuable tool in cancer diagnosis, staging, and treatment planning. Workshop participants will learn the methodology behind rigid and deformable registration techniques as well as clinical applications such as image guided tumor targeting, , adaptive radiation therapy, dose accumulation, and therapy response assessment. The workshop will explore the importance of quality assurance of deformable registration as well as evaluation methods. The workshop will include a hands-on session in which attendees will have the opportunity to apply the registration and evaluation techniques.

 

MIM Software Users - Advanced Training

Wednesday, June 15, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration: Free (pre-registration required)
2 MDCB Credits Anticipated
Presenter: Matt Gerace, MS

This course, designed for current MIM users, moves beyond the basic tools and program navigation of MIM Software and will explore advanced features including automatic contouring tools and deformable registration. The process of performing a deformable registration will be demonstrated with applications specific to dose, atlas-based contouring, and adaptive therapy. Participants will also be guided through dose accumulation and automatic reporting of dose constraints. 2 MDCB credits anticipated.

 

Educators Workshop

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration: FREE (by invitation only)

This workshop for medical dosimetry educators will feature two presentations with CE credits: It's Not the Lottery: Best Practices for Medical Dosimetry Student Selection, by Jamie Baker, PhD, MEd, CMD, and Medical Dosimetry Education: Launching Programs into the Future, by Paula Berner, BS, CMD, FAAMD. Representatives from the MDCB and the JRCERT will join the meeting for general discussions on topics pertaining to formal dosimetry programs. Detailed information will be provided once the agenda is finalized.