Upcoming HPS Meetings

63rd HPS Annual Meeting

The 63rd Health Physics Society (HPS) Annual Meeting will be held 15–18 July 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. The vibrant lakeside city of Cleveland is an eclectic mix of nationally recognized chefs, a 100-year-old public market, an incredible live-music scene, and more than 30,000 acres of parkland. Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, world-renowned arts and cultural institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra, and the nation's second-largest performing arts district. There is nearly $3 billion in visitor-related infrastructure development happening in Cleveland right now. Part of this unprecedented growth includes a new convention center, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, multiple hotel projects, and more. Learn more on the This Is Cleveland website.

For more information, including important meeting links, see the 63rd Annual Meeting page on the HPS website.

This year's meeting will feature an award breakfast on Wednesday morning instead of a Tuesday-evening banquet.

Session Highlights

General Sessions:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Air Monitoring
  • Department of Energy
  • Education and Outreach
  • Emergency Response
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Homeland Security
  • Instrumentation and Detection
  • Internal and External Dosimetry
  • Medical Health Physics
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Effects

Special Sessions:

  • AAHP 
  • Ac-227 Measurement
  • Accelerator
  • Aerosol Measurements
  • Environment and Radon
  • Ethics and Radiation Protection
  • FEMA Radiological Accident Assessment Concepts (RAAC) Workshop
  • Government Relations Program
  • International Collaboration Committee
  • Medical Health Physics
  • Military Health Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nonionizing Radiation
  • Nonmilitary Radium
  • Rad NESHAP

Check out the HPS hotels and make your reservations now. For discounted hotel rates at the Hilton Cleveland headquarters hotel, click here. The Westin Cleveland Downtown is the overflow hotel; click here for reservations.

The Local Arrangements Committee chair is Andy Miller.

The Task Force chair for the Program Committee is Zach Tribbett.


Health Physics Society Professional Development School 
Hands-On Medical Health Physics: Emerging Technologies and Challenges
18–20 July 2018

Ron Leuenberger, CHP, PDS Administrative Dean

Ron Leuenberger demonstrates information that will be covered in "Survey Instrument Calibration/Repair, Nuclide ID and CWRU Radiation Facility Tour"; photo courtesy of Ron Leuenberger

For decades, medical physicists have been experts in managing large data sets. The Excel spreadsheet was a breakthrough, allowing computation of central tendency while measuring variance and the statistical power to assess relevance, norms, median, range, and outliers. Today, however, many physicists struggle with managing automated dose-tracking systems, real-time dosimetry (patients and workers), picture-archiving and communication systems (PACS), and radiology-information systems (RIS) within various virtual spaces comprising a cloud. The struggle is to manage a cloud of metadata within an enterprise that connects, in near real time, a network of health care systems with massive computational and data-storage capacity.

I see medical health physics facing the paradigm shift of transitioning from managing data to managing data systems. This transition relies on distinct new skills for managing data systems performing what had been the crux of the medical physics profession. Technology is currently available to support the transition to enterprise medical physics using cloud-based data systems operating in virtual real time and far outstripping our human capabilities. An enterprise model of data-driven medical physics has the potential to achieve 100% of Joint Commission requirements for equipment quality control (QC) across computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine/positron emission tomography, and mammography. 

Today's goals set by the enterprise medical physics model were not possible 20 years ago. The goal of 100% QC compliance throughout a network of hospitals and outpatient clinics is achievable using applied technology and is becoming the standard-of-care in health care and the definition of medical physics enterprise.

I serve as radiation safety officer for the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System. We are the third largest veterans administration (VA) health care system in the country and the VA is the largest health care provider in our country. I continually struggle with developing and implementing comprehensive/integrated data systems. To address these challenges, we have assembled a faculty of enterprising physicists, scientists, and health care providers to develop hands-on medical health physics training. I see this training as a boot camp on how progressive radiation safety professionals will remain clinically relevant in the 21st century. 

I invite you to explore information about the 2018 Professional Development School on the HPS website.