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.

If you have not yet registered, you will be able to register on-site at the meeting.

CAMPEP Credits: Approved for 25 CAMPEP credits for certain sessions. Anyone with questions about receiving these credits should contact Sandy Konerth

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

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Low-Dose Radiation Plenary Session

The plenary session at the 2018 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Cleveland will focus on low-dose radiation—research, dosimetry, regulatory impact, and hidden burden of conservatism. "Health Physics and the Realm of Low-Dose Radiation" is the organizing theme of the session, which will be held Monday, 16 July, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Presentations

  • Welcome from the Honorable Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland.
  • To set the stage for the rest of the plenary, Dr. Eric Abelquist will open the session with comments on low-dose radiation research update, minimum dose constraint (National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement's negligible individual dose and concept of ALARA stopping point), and public communication challenges.
  • Dr. James Conca, an independent writer frequently contributing to Forbes, will be the Dade Moeller Memorial Lecturer. He will discuss radiation limits and their impact on decommissioning and the overall expense when you regulate to levels less than background.
  • Dr. Roger Coates, International Radiation Protection Association president, will be the Morgan Lecturer. In "Prudence and the Hidden Burden of Conservatism," he will address the need to ensure a more conscious and appropriate balance between the ethical values of prudence and beneficence, which takes account of societal "value for money" and the public benefit.
  • Dr. Antone Brooks will be the Landauer Lecturer. For many years, Dr. Brooks was the chief scientist of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science low-dose program. He recently authored the book Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program, which chronicles the DOE science program. He will give an overview of the DOE low-dose radiation program.
  • Dr. Rui Qui, from the China Radiation Safety Society, is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Physics of Tsinghua University in China. Her talk, "Latest Development and Applications of the Multiscale Chinese Reference Phantoms," will discuss her work yielding data that provides references for the revision of the national standard for the estimation of the examinee's organ doses generated by x-ray diagnosis in China.

 

Special Session Highlight: Accelerators

The growing diversity of accelerator applications in science, industry, and medicine is well reflected in the 10 presentations included in the accelerator special session scheduled for Tuesday morning. The first presentation describes the use of superconducting electron linear accelerators (linacs) in sterilization facilities replacing traditional radionuclide sources. Numbers of synchrotron light facilities have grown considerably over the last 20–30 years with free electron laser facilities appearing as a new branch of this development. Work performed with the Linac Coherent Light Source-II at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory describes LED radiation damage studies in these unique environments. In another paper, authors from Tsinghua University in China describe the radiation safety aspects of hot plasma. Extremely powerful pulsed optical lasers generate plasma that, among other applications, may be used in a new breed of particle accelerators in the near future. The next two presentations address operational radiation safety topics at two special proton accelerators. The first describes multiple aspects of radiation safety related to the radionuclide production at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The second describes the (highly activated) inner reflector plug changeout for the Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Broad operational radiation safety aspects at an electron accelerator are covered in work describing use of a tritium target at Jefferson Lab. Two presentations, one from SLAC and one from Jefferson Lab, cover shielding design and skyshine calculations at electron facilities using both traditional and Monte-Carlo methods. Another work from SLAC presents an iOS app developed to facilitate exchange of area monitoring dosimeters on a large campus. The last presentation is devoted to a topic on a much smaller scale—delivery of accurate doses to cellular targets. Authors from McMaster University, Canada, describe development of a chemical vapor deposited diamond membrane to monitor microbeam dose monitoring.

Information about other special sessions can be found on the 63rd Annual Meeting page on the HPS website.

 

Register for the 5th Annual HPS Quiz Bowl

Thuquynh Dinh, Student Support Committee Chair

Don't miss the 5th Annual HPS Quiz Bowl—an exciting competition with questions on all things health physics. This year's HPS Quiz Bowl will be held on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 4 p.m., at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the HPS in Cleveland, Ohio. Gather your classmates and register your team now! To register and for more information, see the 5th Annual Quiz Bowl Facebook page or contact Thuquynh Dinh.

 

2018 HPS Publications Booth Book Drawing

Come to the HPS publications booth at the annual meeting for your chance to win a great book! Books that have been donated for the drawing so far include:

  • Accuracy Requirements and Uncertainties in Radiotherapy: IAEA Human Health Series No. 31 – International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Basic Health Physics: Problems and Solutions, 2nd Edition – Joseph John Bevelacqua
  • Basic Radiation Protection Technology, 6th Edition – Daniel A. Gollnick
  • Dead Hot: A Dakota Mystery – M.K. Coker
  • Dosimetry of Small Static Fields Used in External Beam Radiotherapy: Technical Reports Series No. 483 – International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Environmental Health, 4th Edition – Dade Moeller
  • The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, Third Edition – Jerrold T. Bushberg, J. Anthony Seibert, Edwin M. Leidholdt, Jr., and John M. Boone
  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine Dosimetry – Michael G. Stabin
  • Health Physics and Radiological Health, 4th Edition – Thomas E. Johnson and Brian K. Birky
  • Health Physics in the 21st Century – Joseph John Bevelacqua
  • Health Physics: Radiation-Generating Devices, Characteristics, and Hazards – Joseph John Bevelacqua
  • The Health Physics Solutions Manual, 2nd Edition – Herman Cember and Thomas E. Johnson
  • The Health Physics Solutions Manual, 3rd Edition –Thomas E. Johnson
  • Introduction to Health Physics, 5th Edition – Thomas E. Johnson
  • Low Dose Radiation: The History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program – Antone L. Brooks
  • The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness – Edited by Doran M. Christensen, Stephen L. Sugarman, and Frederick M. O'Hara, Jr.
  • Radiation Answers: Answers to Your Questions About Radiation and You – Health Physics Society
  • Radiation Protection and Dosimetry: An Introduction to Health Physics – Michael G. Stabin
  • Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade – International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Radiotherapy in Cancer Care: Facing the Global Challenge – Edited by Eduardo Rosenblatt and Eduardo Zubizarreta
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women – Kate Moore
  • Silent Source: A Medical Thriller – James Marshall Smith

 

Discount at Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Great news! Using the link and special promotional code below, adult general-admission tickets for the Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame can be purchased at the discount rate of $18 (regularly $26). This offer is available online only and is valid 9–24 July 2018.

  • Go to ticketing.rockhall.com.
  • Enter promo code "BigJoeTurner18" in the upper right-hand corner at checkout.
  • Hit "Submit" to activate the code.

 

Night Out at the Hofbräuhaus Bier Hall

Andy Miller, Local Arrangements Committee Chair

Can you say Prost!!!

The night out for the 2018 HPS Annual Meeting will be held at the Hofbräuhaus Cleveland, Tuesday, 17 July, 6:30 p.m.

Singing, dancing, laughing, and eating are all common sights in the Cleveland Hofbräuhaus Bier Hall. Modeled after the authentic 400-year-old Bier Hall at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, the Bier Hall brings a piece of Bavaria to you. Featuring the magnificent signature Hofbräuhaus chandeliers, long wooden tables and benches, live music every day, and seats for 440 of your closest friends, the Bier Hall is the perfect place to relax on a lunch break or celebrate the beginning of the weekend with friends, old and new!

For the HPS night out, we have selected a buffet menu featuring popular German fare. The freshly brewed beer follows the "Reinheitsgebot" or "Bavarian Beer Purity Law" originating in 1516. Discover one of the four year-round varieties or seasonal brews.

Join us for a wonderful night out in Cleveland!! Sign up for the night out on the annual meeting registration form.

Photo courtesy of Andy Miller

 

Reminder: Health Physics Garage Sale at the Annual Meeting

Kenneth Krieger, CHP

This is a reminder that the HPS will try an experiment at the 2018 HPS Annual Meeting in Cleveland to help you get your old items out of your house and raise money for the HPS. Do you have any old, historical, interesting items at your home that you no longer need or want? Do you think that other HPS members would be interested in them? Bring them to the HPS garage sale at the annual meeting. You will receive a tax deduction for your donation. HPS will auction the item and the money received will be used for scholarships, fellowships, student travel grants, and other benevolent Society activities.

The logistics are straightforward. You bring the item to the meeting and deliver it to the Secretariat, who will place it in a silent or live auction. The time of the auctions will be listed in the meeting program. Meeting attendees will be able to view those items in the exhibit hall before the auction. At the end of the auction, winners will pay for the items and pick them up or arrange for shipment. If the winner of a silent-auction item is not present, the second-place bid will win unless previous arrangements have been made. If the item cannot be taken with the winner, then arrangements must be made by the winner to remove the item(s)—HPS will not take possession of any items. If no one bids on an item, the original owner must take that item back and maybe try again the following year.

Items that are too large to bring to the meeting can also be entered in the auction. Pictures and descriptions of items can be brought to the meeting and then arrangements for shipping items can be made between the owner and the bid winner.

If the auctions are successful, we will do this again at the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting. Please help make this an interesting, fun, and profitable event for HPS. Bring your old or interesting items to be auctioned off at the annual meeting. See you there!

 

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

PDS Think Tank—Live-Stream Broadcast

The 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Professional Development School (PDS) Think Tank will hold the live-stream broadcast "Medical Physics Enterprise: Quality and Safety in the Cloud," Thursday, 19 July, at 6 p.m.

The trend in medical health physics is toward applying technology to monitor quality and safety in the cloud. Software applications allow a medical physics enterprise to assure 100% compliance in virtual real-time for a hospital network. This enterprise approach is in its infancy and has the potential to promote safety and quality beyond what is possible with our human senses.

The PDS has assembled a panel of subject-matter experts (SME) to address emerging technologies and challenges for medical health physicists to remain relevant into the 21st century. I invite you to join the live stream of our Thursday evening Think Tank panel discussion with the following SMEs:

  • Dr. David Jordan, PhD, medical physicist—Medical physics enterprise
  • Chris Martel, Philips Healthcare—Cloud-based dose tracking and QC
  • Dr. Traughber, MD, radiation oncologist—Research in diagnostic imaging
  • Dr. Muzic, PhD, Case Western Reserve University—Machine learning and artificial Intelligence 

I will moderate by asking each SME a question on the following:

  1. Medical Physics Enterprise (Dr. David Jordan, PhD)
  2. Cloud-based dose tracking and QC (Chris Martel)
  3. Research in diagnostic imaging (Dr. Bryan Traughber, MD)
  4. Machine Learning and artificial Intelligence (Dr. Raymond Muzic, PhD)

Each SME will be allowed 15 minutes to answer and other SMEs will be allowed 2 minutes to add their perspective.

We will stick to a strict schedule, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. This will allow approximately 20 minutes for questions from the audience. PDS faculty will live stream the panel discussion and receive questions from the audience (live and live-stream) via Twitter. Audience questions will be screened and directed to the SME(s).

Biographies

Dr. David Jordan, PhD, Chief Medical Physicist, University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHCMC) and Associate Professor of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)

Dr. Jordan is the program director of the medical physics residency program in diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine at UHCMC. He completed his PhD in nuclear engineering and radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, where he concentrated in plasma physics. His dissertation research investigated the effects of ultrawideband pulses at high electric field strength on living cells and their applications to cancer treatment. At West Physics Consulting, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, he was the first employee hired by the founder and served as director of Technical Operations. Jordan had a central leadership role in dramatic growth in the company's client base and staff, developed new service offerings, and trained more than a dozen clinical medical physicists. He is an expert in quality control and optimization of medical-imaging equipment, including nuclear medicine, and has a special interest in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He is an active member of numerous professional and scientific committees of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and an active member of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission MRI Accreditation Program.

 

Chris Martel, Clinical Research Director, Philips Healthcare

Chris Martel is a board-certified health physicist with over 30 years of experience specializing in the estimation and quantification of human exposure to ionizing radiation. For the past 11 years, Martel has been actively developing and refining methods for radiation dose tracking in the health care industry and in using the results to improving patient safety. Prior to joining Philips, he worked as the director of Medical Physics and Radiation Safety for the Boston Medical Center and later as the director of health physics at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He also was actively involved in teaching medical residents and fellows and had faculty appointments as an assistant professor of radiology at the Boston University of School of Medicine and assistant in radiology for the Harvard Medical School. Martel continues to lecture on medical physics at Boston University and Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Dr. Bryan J. Traughber, MD, Physician at the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System and Faculty Member at CWRU School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Traughber is an accomplished physician leader, researcher, and inventor with multiple issued and pending patents, conference abstracts, and peer-reviewed manuscripts. He already has an established track record of over $10 million in private and public funding, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government sources, for research and technology commercialization. Dr. Traughber serves as an expert panel member in the AAPM on robotic brachytherapy and the appropriateness criteria committee for treatment of bone metastasis with the ACR, as well as serving as a Genitourinary and Radiation Committee member on the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group. His expertise includes genitourinary and gynecologic oncology, low-dose-rate and high-dose-rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, molecular radiotherapy, and drug delivery.

 

Dr. Ray Muzic, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Oncology at CRWU

Dr. Muzic's home base has been the Department of Radiology at University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center for more than two decades, primarily in nuclear medicine. From there he does research, writing, teaching, and mentoring at all levels and serves as the chair of the UH Radiation Safety Committee. Dr. Muzic works to develop and apply technology to improve the health and care of people. He works closely with physicians. In fact, he and panelist Dr. Bryan Traughber, who is a radiation oncologist, together led the Quantitative Imaging Laboratory. In their NIH-supported research, their group is developing and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning methods to synthesize computed tomography (CT) images from MRI. The purpose is to resolve inaccuracies in positron emission tomography (PET) images collected using PET/MRI systems that do not have CT.

 

Medical Physics Future and Beyond: Evolution of Medical Health Physics

Graphic courtesy of Ron Leuenberger, "Medical Physics Evolution Relevant to Healthcare System Enterprise"

The 2018 Health Physics Society professional development school (PDS) is designed with lectures specifically addressing the changing dynamics of health care and medical physics. We hope to better define how medical health physicists are part of a health care system enterprise in a way that complements occupational safety, medical physics, diagnostic imaging quality, and patient outcomes.

In our effort to engage both medical physicists and medical health physicists, organizers of the PDS have applied for 20 hours of Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) accreditation intended to solicit American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) participation with American Academy of Health Physicist (AAHP) in a dialog on the evolution of health care and how our profession will remain relevant into the 21st century.

Physicists are experts at measuring things. Medical physicists measure radiation output and parameters relevant to the quality of diagnostic imaging. Challenges arise when emergent technologies do not have industry-standardized testing. How should physicists approach the assessment of quality and patient outcome for new imaging modalities, fusion of modalities, and applications of image-guided procedures? The dialog and lectures during this PDS are designed to help answer that question.

The PDS opens on Wednesday at noon with a joint PDS/Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) lecture, Medical Health Physics—Preparing Yourself for the Future. Speakers for this two-hour PEP are Kevin Nelson, CHP, and David Jordan, DABR.

Next is the joint PDS/Continuing Education Lecture (CEL) Certification Options for Health Physicists. Speakers are Andy Miller, CHP, and Steven King, CHP.

PEP/CEL lectures on Wednesday afternoon will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center. Enrollment is open to registrants of the 2018 Health Physics Society Annual Meeting (you can attend the PEP and/or CEL without enrolling in the PDS).

Wednesday evening's lecture, "Spectral CT: From Idea to Product," describes the revolutionary technology of utilizing single energy CT with dual detector design for spectral diagnostic imaging.

The keynote lecture Thursday morning is "Being Relevant to Your Institution," with Dr. Derrwaldt, MD, and Joanne Rimac, RN. Dr. Derrwaldt is the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System chief of nuclear medicine and chief patient information officer. His lecture provides a physician's perspective on diagnostic imaging, emergent technology, and the future role of the medical health physicist in a health care system enterprise. Joanne Rimac is experienced in clinical applications and her lecture provides the nursing prospective on electronic medical records, informatics, and patient care.

The Thursday and Friday morning lectures are directed toward enterprise medical health physicists remaining relevant into the 21st century:

  • "MRI Safety"—David Jordan
  • "X-Ray QC, ACR Accreditation"—Peter Jenkins
  • "Radiation Dose Management in the Digital World"—Chris Martel
  • "Patient Dosimetry"—Peter Caraccapa
  • "Nuclear Medicine Response to Exotic Spill and Issues"—Joseph Ring
  • "Image-Guided Interventions"—Ramses Herrera

Diagnostic imaging in health care systems is evolving with numerous emergent technologies creating new challenges. The medical health physicist is ideally positioned to be an integral part of the health care system enterprise. Emergent technologies, enterprise-level programs, and the evolution of medical health physics is the focus of this PDS, with an emphasis on how medical health physics will remain relevant into the 21st century.

 

PDS Think Tank

Medical Physics Enterprise: Quality and Safety in the Cloud

The 2018 Health Physics Society (HPS) Professional Development School (PDS) agenda includes a panel discussion on Thursday evening, 19 July, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) with a dinner provided by PDS sponsors. The discussion is an open format on emergent technologies and challenges relevant to the 21st century.

A panel consisting of technology experts, medical physicists, and radiation safety officers (RSOs) will present a conceptual model on the future role of the medical health physicist within a health care enterprise. The format allows ample time for PDS attendees to participate with questions and answers. The intention is to incubate ideas and stimulate thinking outside the box relating to medical physics, quality, and safety in the cloud.

The enterprise model entails automated software using applied technology with the medical health physicist as an integral partner working with health care providers, scientists, computer programmers, and administrators to develop the virtual reality to be stored in the cloud. The science of applied information technology utilizing cloud/metadata/automated systems applied to medical physics within a health care system is in its infancy. This forum allows participants to learn and plan with experts regarding how our profession will grow and remain relevant into the 21st century.

Employing the enterprise model allows the RSO or medical health physicist to manage radiation safety and medical physics throughout a network of hospitals and outpatient clinics. For many of us, it is a paradigm shift to apply automated dose-tracking systems, real-time dosimetry (patients and workers), picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and radiology information systems (RIS) within the virtual space of a cloud. Gone are the days of manually calibrating a sodium iodide detector for performing iodine uptake bioassays. Now analyzers and imaging equipment use software to self-calibrate and store quality control and report out-of-range results.

The panel discussion offers a unique experience of participating in a think-tank environment to interchange ideas with the PDS faculty. PDS participants are invited to join us in the discussion on how to best utilize emergent technologies and remain relevant into the 21st century.

Visit the HPS PDS page and see the PDS program flyer to learn more about PDS faculty, sponsors, lectures, breakout sessions, and how to register.

 

University Circle shuttle bus for PDS hands-on breakout sessons. Photo courtesy of Ronald Leuenberger

A New Approach to Scheduling and Design of the 2018 PDS

This year's PDS will begin Wednesday, 18 July, during the 2018 HPS Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. This approach allows HPS members the opportunity to participate in both the annual meeting and PDS without having to choose between them due to time away from work concerns or associated costs. Another unique addition to this year's PDS includes offering the Wednesday afternoon PDS keynote lectures as a Professional Education Program (PEP) two-hour lecture and a one-hour continuing education lecture (CEL) for HPS attendees at the HPS annual meeting location. This PDS will also offer four-hour hands-on breakout sessions in the afternoons to supplement the didactic sessions.

The Cleveland annual meeting location allows the PDS to leverage several world-class medical facilities within a short distance. Morning lectures will be held at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and afternoon breakout activities will be in clinical locations at local institutions in University Circle (CWRU, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System). Attendees may stay at the conference hotel or they can relocate to the Courtyard Marriot on the campus of CWRU. In either case, transportation will be provided to the daily locations.

Thursday and Friday afternoon breakout sessions are hosted by PDS sponsors Mirion Technologies, Ludlum Instruments, and LACO. These sponsors are providing state-of-the-art equipment for use in the breakout sessions and will be hosting lunches for the attendees. Hands-on activities will include medical physics testing of x-ray equipment, instrumentation and quality control in a nuclear medicine hot laboratory, nuclear instrumentation calibration and repair, and deep learning of the strengths and pitfalls of automated radiation dose tracking and how to get the most from your software. All of this is made possible by the gracious support from sponsoring institutions.

We will try our best to accommodate each student's top two choices for the hands-on activities, given clinical environment limitations. To achieve this, students will be asked on the registration form to identify their top three choices for hands-on activities. Students will be assigned their top choice for either Thursday or Friday afternoon and their number two choice on the other day. In the event a session is selected by an overwhelming number of students as their top choice, we will try our best to offer multiple concurrent sessions as facility/instructor limitations permit.

PDS faculty members invite you to share in a unique learning experience made possible by the sponsoring institutions comprising Cleveland's University Circle and support from our PDS sponsors. Visit the HPS PDS page to learn more about PDS faculty, sponsors, lectures, breakout sessions, and how to register. We hope to see you there!

 

Hands-On Medical Health Physics: Emerging Technologies and Challenges

Ron Leuenberger demonstrates information that will be covered in "Survey Instrument Calibration/Repair, Nuclide ID and CWRU Radiation Facility Tour" during the 2018 PDS. 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 HPS PDS on the HPS website.

 

Applicability of Radiation-Response Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards

"Applicability of Radiation Response-Models to Low-Dose Protection Standards," cosponsored by the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society, will be held 30 September–3 October 2018, in Pasco, Washington. This meeting will provide an international forum for the discussion of current regulations and standards regarding low-dose protection. More information can be found on the meeting's website.

 

From the Archives

Oftentimes the Health Physics Society (HPS) annual meeting will include an evening excursion for social activities. In this picture from the 2001 HPS Annual Meeting in Cleveland, left to right, Nancy Daugherty, Regis Greenwood, and Debbie and Bruce Zibung enjoy dinner on a lake cruise.

The HPS History Committee has collected thousands of pictures from the annual meetings and midyear meetings. Check out what we have posted on the HPS website—or better yet, come to Cleveland next month and be a part of new pictures we take. See you in Cleveland!!