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Course
Date
Level
Location
Speaker
  • Registration and tote bag pick-up
    Sunday, October 23
    7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Morning coffee
    Sunday, October 23
    7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Exhibits open
    Sunday, October 23
    7:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Managing the Unimaginable
    Sunday, October 23
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
    Michelle Hutchins-Medina
     

    The world has changed in profound ways over the last few years. The emotional toll on health care professionals is at an all-time high. In this course, the presenter will examine ways to help radiation therapists better respond to the unpredictable, the uncertain and the unimaginable. She’ll walk attendees through her personal journey of life’s unimaginables, explain the default modes of thinking that can make one feel stuck and helpless, and share strategies for increasing resilience and maintaining a growth mindset even in the direst of circumstances. Attendees will receive content that will aid them in becoming the best representation of themselves and in improving their relationships with family, friends, colleagues and patients.

    Michelle Hutchings-Medina, M.A.

    Objectives

    • Identify the three P’s of default thinking when trouble arises.
    • Improve the use of the resilience muscle.
    • Discuss ways to experience joy, even in painful situations.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Elevating Our Profession: It’s Up to Us
    Sunday, October 23
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Maria Dimopoulos
     

    As technology becomes more sophisticated and clinical techniques more intricate, the role of the radiation therapist must adapt to meet the demands of the clinical environment and increasingly complex patient diagnoses and needs. To elevate the profession and actively participate in the decision-making of the interdisciplinary team, radiation therapists must engage with the society, advocate for the scope of practice and serve as role models for professional patient care. This course will outline strategies that radiation therapists can use to elevate themselves while remaining focused on professionalism, leadership, education, clinical expertise, advocacy, research and scholarship. Attendees will obtain resources to polish their practice and elevate their profession, today and in the years to come, with the unwavering goal of advancing the quality of patient care.

    Maria Dimopoulos, M.B.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Describe how the evolution of radiation therapy practice impacts the radiation therapy profession.
    • Explain how enhanced professionalism supports quality of care.
    • Recognize the impact of radiation therapist-conducted research.
    • Implement resources to integrate scholarship into education programs and professional roles.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Safety Errors: What Therapists Can Learn From RO-ILS
    Sunday, October 23
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Bill Salter Ann Raldow
     

    The Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System, RO-ILS, is a free, online safety tool that radiation therapists can use to improve processes while nurturing a safety culture. By tracking events, incidents and near misses in RO-ILS, facilities can identify error-prone procedures in their specific practice, and implement and assess the effectiveness of corrective action plans. Contributing data to a standardized national database allows common error pathways across the country to be identified and shared for learning. In this course, two members of the Radiation Oncology Healthcare Advisory Council will discuss trends and cases from the RO-ILS database, as well as topics exemplified by RO-ILS events, such as set-up, timeout, pretreatment chart check and motion management.

    Ann Raldow, M.D.

    Bill Salter, Ph.D.

    Objectives

    • Describe the current status of RO-ILS, including event reporting workflow and incident learning cycle.
    • Understand how the tools in the RO-ILS portal support analysis
    • Identify simulation- and treatment delivery-related trends in the RO-ILS national database.
    • Implement event review, analysis and the development of creative, effective corrective actions to mitigate future errors.
    • Demonstrate the critical role of radiation therapists in incident learning.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Lunch provided by ASRT
    Sunday, October 23
    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Improving Workplace Culture
    Sunday, October 23
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
    Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD
     

    This course content will aid attendees in understanding the concept of workplace culture and how it impacts job satisfaction. Identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses can allow leadership to formulate strategies to increase the positivity of the workplace culture. The speaker will introduce strategies such as formal mentoring, team building, professional collaboration and meaningful communication as possible avenues to creating a positive workplace culture.

    Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

    Objectives

    • Define workplace culture.
    • Identify how workplace culture effects organizational goals.
    • Recognize organizational strengths and weaknesses.
    • Implement strategies that improve workplace culture.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • ASRT Update, ARRT Update, JRCERT Update
    Sunday, October 23
    2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Registration and tote bag pick-up
    Monday, October 24
    7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Morning coffee
    Monday, October 24
    7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Exhibits open
    Monday, October 24
    7:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • The Effect of COVID-19 on Oncology
    Monday, October 24
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
    Ron DiGiaimo
     

    In this course, the presenter will explain how the efforts of ASTRO CEO Laura Thevenot, cancer center administrators, and nationally known radiation oncologists and medical oncologists effected legislation and led to new tools across the world. Drawing from interviews and data, the presenter will share information relevant to the early onset of COVID-19 and its effect on American Indian tribes and software.

    Ron DiGiaimo, M.B.A., FACHE

    Objectives

    • Modify quick responses to the pandemic financially, operationally and legislatively.
    • Explain the safety precautions, death toll and staff toll psychologically.
    • Describe the various responses across the nation dealing with a pandemic.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Stitched CBCT Imaging in Radiation Therapy
    Monday, October 24
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
    Kevin Su
     

    This course will provide an overview of the stitched cone-beam computed tomography technique using the Varian Edge, including its applications, features, uses in different radiation therapy treatments, and benefits and drawbacks. The presenter also will discuss stitched CBCT’s effects on dosimetry and patient experience, and the techniques used to aid in dose reduction to healthy tissue. Attendees will gain an understanding of the uses of stitched CBCT and how to implement it in their own workflow.

    Kevin Su, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Describe stitched CBCT.
    • List the applications of stitched CBCT on large-field and dual-isocenter treatments.
    • Understand the benefits of stitched CBCT for image-guided radiation therapy treatments.
    • Discuss the influence of dose from stitched CBCT.
    • Explain the rationale for implementing CBCT.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Treatment Options for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
    Monday, October 24
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
    John Klade
     

    The incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer continues to rise — approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. receive a skin cancer diagnosis every day. Treatment options vary, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. In this course, attendees will learn about the distinct types of non-melanoma skin cancer, signs and symptoms each presents with, methods of treatment (e.g., Mohs, radiation therapy, superficial radiation therapy, brachytherapy, chemotherapy), and skin cancer prevention best practices.

    John Klade, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Define the anatomy of skin.
    • List the types of non-melanoma skin cancer.
    • Explain the treatment methods used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer.
    • Describe the signs and symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer.
    • Discuss best practices for preventing skin cancer.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Artificial Intelligence in Radiation Therapy: To Infinity and Beyond
    Monday, October 24
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
    Kim Rans
     

    The use of artificial intelligence in radiation therapy has been steadily growing with widespread adoption, increased vendor competition and product availability. This course will provide information about the current and future uptake of AI software in radiation therapy and offer a framework of specific workflows, from diagnosis to treatment. Attendees will leave the course with a better understanding of how and why AI software is used in radiation therapy and how it benefits oncology patients, staff, wait times, training and costs.

    Kim Rans, M.A.I.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Objectives

    • Explain the effect of AI software on costs, wait times, patient-reported outcomes, staff training and job function.
    • Describe how vendor competition and product availability are hastening the advancement of fully autonomous workflows with little-to-no human intervention.
    • Recognize the current and future scope of using AI software in the treatment planning process.
    • Discuss the effect of AI software for contouring, treatment planning, and machine- and patient-specific quality assurance.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Developing Student Communication Skills
    Monday, October 24
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
    Melanie Dempsey
     

    This course will explore the progression of communication skills needed among radiation science students and graduates. Upon students’ entry into a clinical program, their communication skills need to be developed and nurtured to ensure they can sufficiently interact with patients, clinical preceptors, educators and peers. As they prepare to enter the workforce, their communication skills require further honing to ensure success in situations such as job interviews and post-graduation career development.

    Melanie Dempsey, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

    Objectives

    • Recognize accreditation standards related to communication skills.
    • Identify areas in which students may struggle with their communication skills.
    • Identify the need to develop and nurture student communication skills.
    • Define strategies to improve student communication skills that will transfer to their post-graduate careers.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Providing Individualized Care in Radiation Oncology for Patients on the Spectrum
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Brianna Van Dyke
     

    Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that can affect children and adults. Individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed ASD may experience communication barriers and hypersensitivity to stimuli, which can complicate access to care and affect their radiation oncology experience. In this course, the presenter will share the common health care challenges of patients with ASD as they relate to radiation therapy treatment, current models of ASD health care accommodations, and communication and sensory considerations specific to radiation therapy. Attendees will receive educational resources, sample guidelines, and tools to implement inclusive and individualized care for patients with ASD.

    Brianna Van Dyke, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • List common disparities of and barriers to care for patients who are on the spectrum.
    • Improve communication skills to meet the needs of patients with ASD in radiation oncology.
    • Recognize sensory-stimulating procedures involved in radiation therapy.
    • Distinguish the complexity and severity of traits associated with ASD.
    • Implement tools to accommodate sensory hypersensitivities in radiation oncology.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • SBRT Prostate Treatments Using Kilovoltage Triggered Seed Matching Technique
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    This course will provide an overview of the clinical application of kilovoltage triggered seed matching software for monitoring intrafraction movement in a stereotactic body radiation therapy prostate treatment course. The presenters will discuss the use of kV triggered seed tracking, its clinical applications, and its benefits and outcomes. They also will provide attendees with the rationale for choosing candidates for this treatment course with the goal of minimizing long-term side effects while providing adequate tumor control.

    Isabel Rodriguez, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Madison Cook, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify critical components in the use of kV triggered seed matching.
    • Identify the procedure’s benefits and outcomes.
    • Understand how to implement the procedure into the normal workflow.
    • Identify when treatment should be interrupted based on seed position.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Improving Safety and Efficiency Through Service Improvement Committees
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Stephanie Bailey
     

    UW Health in Madison implemented service improvement committees to improve efficiency, safety and accreditation requirements in the radiation oncology department. The committees focus on improving working relationships among groups and ensuring autonomy for those who are doing the work and creating and updating the procedures. This course will provide tips on how attendees can implement similar committees in their radiation oncology departments.

    Stephanie K. Bailey, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Explore the pros and cons of having a single policy and procedure committee to oversee and manage all procedures.
    • Understand the steps and work involved in establishing service improvement committees.
    • Identify the roles and requirements for creating a successful service improvement committee.
    • Realize the importance of communication, autonomy and leadership in a service improvement committee.
    • Feel informed enough to implement a service improvement committee in a radiation oncology department.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Documentation and Coding Updates for Radiation Oncology
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Adam Brown Trena Taylor
     

    This course will provide references and resources to assist oncology staff members in their day-to-day responsibilities related to documentation, reimbursement and compliance. The presenters will review the current Medicare guidelines to assist in compliant documentation and code capture for procedures performed in the radiation oncology department; provide the latest updates and proposed rules for 2023; and discuss radiation oncology payment model updates.

    Adam Brown, B.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Trena Taylor, B.A., R.T.(R)(T), CPC

    Objectives

    • Improve understanding about Medicare, and billing and coding.
    • Understand authoritative guidance and legislative updates.
    • Discuss hot topics such as radiation oncology model updates.
    • Participate in interactive discussions and Q&A sessions.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Online Adaptive Radiation Therapy: An Australian Perspective 
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
    Leigh Ambrose Alexandra Turk Meegan Shepherd
     

    Online adaptive radiotherapy is a novel and emerging treatment option for cancer patients worldwide. oART allows for daily modification of the treatment plan at the point of care to respond to anatomical variations, improve dose to targets, and reduce organ-at-risk exposures and toxicity. Mounting global evidence demonstrates that with training and credentialing, radiation therapists can safely and efficiently lead the oART workflow when supported by physician directives, decision aids, an on-call multidisciplinary team and post-fraction monitoring. This course will summarize the evidence base for training and credentialing to facilitate a radiation therapist-led workflow in oART and outline how Northern Sydney Cancer Centre adopted this approach to advance its current practices.

    Leigh Ambrose, Dip.MRT

    Alexandra Turk, B.M.R.S.

    Meegan Shepherd, B.App. MRS (RT), M.H.Sci. (MRS: RT), M.Ed. (HPE)

    Objectives

    • Describe the resource requirements and process for implementing oART into a department.
    • Understand how to build, test and evaluate planning templates for oART.
    • Understand how patient, technical and human resources, as well as environmental factors affect the success of oART.
    • Discuss global evidence base for oART education and training.
    • Learn about oART workflows and Australian in-house credentialing, including role responsibilities, support strategies and opportunities for radiation therapist up-skilling.
    • Discuss future directions and partnerships.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • VisionRT Workshop: SGRT Demonstration of Three Different Workflows for Breast Treatment
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    This course demonstrates the surface-guided radiation therapy AlignRT system with a live in-person “patient.” The speakers will demonstrate three workflows for a breast treatment: a breast 3-point setup with tattoos, a 3-point breast setup with tattoos and fine-tuning the setup with AlignRT, and a 3-point breast setup using no tattoos and only AlignRT. They also will provide a side-by-side comparison of how SGRT can increase efficiency, accuracy, and patient satisfaction with tattooless and markerless workflows, and discuss what an accelerated partial breast irradiation looks like using AlignRT.

    Benjamin Deppe, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    MaryElisabeth Tjader, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn how to create a proper region of interest to optimize system tracking.
    • Understand how going markerless can reduce treatment setup time.
    • Apply effective skills that assist in creating efficiency, accuracy and patient satisfaction when positioning patients using the AlignRT system.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Klarity Presents: Vacuum Bags: The Unsung Hero of Radiation Treatment
    Monday, October 24
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    This course will be a deep dive into the ubiquitous and essential tool that is vacuum bags. The speaker will share best practices for vacuum bag positioning and explain why this is the most critical aspect of set-up. He will explore considerations for optimal body positioning, hands-on vacuum bag molding techniques, and set-up recommendations and techniques for different treatment types. In addition, he will demonstrate proper vacuum bag preparation and the importance of proper set-up to save time during the course of treatment.

    Paul Pride, R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn why vacuum bags are an integral element of set-up.
    • Learn best practices for indexing, patient positioning and patient comfort.
    • Gather techniques for different treatment set-ups and ideal positioning.
    • Understand how dosimetry and physics play into positioning set-up considerations.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Safe Patient Handling in Radiation Oncology
    Monday, October 24
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Courtney Vinsand Katie Voigt
     

    The information shared in this course will enhance attendees’ knowledge of safe patient handling in radiation oncology and increase their awareness of patient handling aids, available equipment, assessment tools and injury prevention. The presenters will cover body mechanics and ergonomics for preventing workplace injuries, and provide information that will enable attendees to examine their current patient handling processes and make practice improvements that benefit patients and employees.

    Courtney Vinsand, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Katie Voigt, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn about current safe patient handling policies.
    • List types of handling aids and equipment.
    • Identify techniques to prevent workplace injuries.
    • Review training aids and techniques for annual and new hire competencies.
    • Discuss the future direction of radiation oncology.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Treating Superficial Skin Lesions With Megavoltage X-rays Using 3D-Printed Bolus
    Monday, October 24
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Naomi Golfeiz James Matera
     

    Traditionally, superficial skin lesions are treated using electrons or orthovoltage x-rays due to the rapid dose fall-off. Most C-arm linear accelerators have the capability to treat superficial lesions using electrons. Ring-mounted linear accelerators, such as the Varian Halcyon, use a 6 mV FFF beam without the capability to use electrons, limiting its ability to treat superficial skin lesions. In this course, the presenters will introduce a novel technique to treat superficial skin lesions using a ring-mounted helical linear accelerator with megavoltage x-rays and a 6 mV FFF beam with a 3D-printed custom bolus.

    Naomi Golfeiz, B.S., R.T.(T)

    James Matera, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn how to create a 3D bolus.
    • Differentiate between photon and electron treatments.
    • Understand how to use a Halcyon machine to treat superficial lesions.
    • Compare mV x-rays and electrons in the treatment of superficial lesions.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • From Alpha to Omicron: A Tertiary Care Hospital-Based Radiation Oncology Network’s COVID-19 Response Experience
    Monday, October 24
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Valerie Briner Annette Souranis
     

    In this course, the presenters will describe the implementation of asymptomatic testing algorithms and construction of negative air pressure computed tomography simulator and treatment rooms within a tertiary care hospital-based radiation oncology network to accommodate the safe treatment of patients affected by COVID-19. These steps were done in collaboration with the facility’s hospital epidemiology and infection control colleagues.

    Valerie Briner, M.H.A., R.T.(R)(T)(MR)

    Annette Souranis, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn how one facility adopted new methods to continue delivering radiation therapy treatments to patients during the pandemic.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Road to Research
    Monday, October 24
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
    Jana Koth
     

    The thought of starting a research study is often overwhelming and confusing. The key is to break the process into steps, checking the boxes as tasks are complete. This course will describe the process, from start to finish, of selecting a topic, forming a team, collecting data and publishing results.

    Jana Koth, M.P.H., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Discuss the barriers to starting a research study.
    • Understand the key points of getting started with clinical research.
    • Describe the process and challenges of data collection.
    • Discuss the process of summarizing and publishing results.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • VisionRT Workshop: SGRT Demonstration of Three Different Workflows for Breast Treatment
    Monday, October 24
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
     

    This course demonstrates the surface-guided radiation therapy AlignRT system with a live in-person “patient.” The speakers will demonstrate three workflows for a breast treatment: a breast 3-point setup with tattoos, a 3-point breast setup with tattoos and fine-tuning the setup with AlignRT, and a 3-point breast setup using no tattoos and only AlignRT. They also will provide a side-by-side comparison of how SGRT can increase efficiency, accuracy, and patient satisfaction with tattooless and markerless workflows, and discuss what an accelerated partial breast irradiation looks like using AlignRT.

    Benjamin Deppe, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    MaryElisabeth Tjader, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn how to create a proper region of interest to optimize system tracking.
    • Understand how going markerless can reduce treatment setup time.
    • Apply effective skills that assist in creating efficiency, accuracy and patient satisfaction when positioning patients using the AlignRT system.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Klarity Presents: Vacuum Bags: The Unsung Hero of Radiation Treatment
    Monday, October 24
    10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
     
     

    This course will be a deep dive into the ubiquitous and essential tool that is vacuum bags. The speaker will share best practices for vacuum bag positioning and explain why this is the most critical aspect of set-up. He will explore considerations for optimal body positioning, hands-on vacuum bag molding techniques, and set-up recommendations and techniques for different treatment types. In addition, he will demonstrate proper vacuum bag preparation and the importance of proper set-up to save time during the course of treatment.

    Paul Pride, R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn why vacuum bags are an integral element of set-up.
    • Learn best practices for indexing, patient positioning and patient comfort.
    • Gather techniques for different treatment set-ups and ideal positioning.
    • Understand how dosimetry and physics play into positioning set-up considerations.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Lunch on own
    Monday, October 24
    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

     

     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Advanced Practice Radiation Therapy — An Introduction to Planning, Research and Implementation
    Monday, October 24
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
    Samantha Skubish Clodagh Starrs
     

    An advanced practice radiation therapist is a radiation therapist who, through training and education, possesses the knowledge, elevated skills and judgment to provide a higher level of care in the radiation oncology department. The use of APRTs can help meet the radiation oncology department’s growing demands, increase efficiency, decrease costs and retain skilled staff. In this course, the presenters will discuss the professional development opportunities that can be created by maximizing the radiation therapist’s scope of practice to enhance care and meet modern challenges and needs. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to lead conversations about, enact research about and defend the APRT role.

    Samantha Skubish, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Clodagh Starrs, MSc, R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Define the role of an APRT.
    • Understand the current scope of practice and drivers behind maximization.
    • Explore international models of practice and alternative models of care.
    • Review the potential barriers and benefits of expanding the radiation therapist’s clinical role in the U.S.
    • Understand how to conduct a needs assessment and establish an evidence-based initiative to meet individual departmental needs.
    • Explore a roadmap for studying and implementing the APRT role as part of a larger national initiative, using the APRTWG initiatives as a model.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Building an Evidence-Informed Practice: Lessons Learned From the Integration of MRI Into Radiation Therapy Practice
    Monday, October 24
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
    Laura D’Alimonte Mikki Campbell
     

    The shift from 2D to volumetric computed tomography imaging and to magnetic resonance image-guided radiation therapy has resulted in decreases in the high dose bath of radiation treatments. The pace of innovation in radiation therapy is high and the window of opportunity to implement appropriate education is narrow. It is the radiation therapy community’s responsibility to ensure that radiation therapists and dosimetrists are appropriately educated in how to apply technological advancements to fully harness the promise of higher cure rates and fewer side effects for patients. This course will provide attendees with a practical five-phase framework to enable the safe, effective and timely introduction of innovations into radiation therapy practice.

    Laura D’Alimonte, M.H.Sc., MRT(T)

    Nikki Campbell, M.H.E., B.Sc., MRT(T)

    Objectives

    • Describe key lessons learned related to the shift from 2D to volumetric CT imaging.
    • Discuss the key activities for radiation therapists and dosimetrists to engage in when planning for the clinical introduction of technological advancements.
    • Relate the five-phase framework to the current clinical introduction of MRgRT.
    • Apply the framework to future technological innovations.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • SRS and SBRT Team Approach: Key Players and Responsibilities
    Monday, October 24
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
    Tamara Syverson
     

    The stereotactic technique has become a standard of care for many practices; however, the technique has different requirements for staff roles when compared to other standard of care external beam techniques. Not following these requirements could result in a compliance risk, as many of these requirements are tied to correct coding and billing and, potentially, accreditation for the facility. This course content will focus on the key staff members required to be involved in a stereotactic treatment course as defined by Medicare, the American Medical Association and other professional organizations; and will address how to support requirements for participation within the medical record and key documentation elements required by the payers.

    Tamara Syverson, B.S., R.T.(T), CHONC

    Objectives

    • Review the fractionation requirements for billing SRS and SBRT techniques.
    • Discuss the differences in the process of care for each technique.
    • Identify the key members of the treatment team and their roles and responsibilities.
    • Review published guidelines related to staff and physician participation.
    • Review required documentation elements and support for work performed.
    • Understand the risk of lacking or incomplete documentation.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Implementing IPE in Radiation Therapy Education for Successful IPECP
    Monday, October 24
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
    Kristi Tonning Maria Thompson
     

    Interprofessional education and interprofessional education collaborative practice are relatively new concepts in the radiation oncology professions; however, research shows that their successful integration better prepares health professions learners to work together in clinical practice with the common goal of improving the health system and patient-centric care. In this course, the speakers will provide examples of interprofessional educational models, discuss interprofessional education clinical applications and current research findings, and explore interprofessional collaboration opportunities.

    Kristi Tonning, Ph.D., R.T.(T)

    Maria Thompson, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify areas in the ASRT Radiation Therapist Scope of Practice where interprofessional collaboration is possible.
    • Describe the barriers and facilitators for successful IPE and IPCP integration across education programs and clinical departments.
    • Define the core competencies of IPE and IPCP.
    • Recognize the impact of IPE on education and IPCP clinical practice.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • VisionRT Presents: Benefits of Using SGRT for Hypofractionated Treatment Plans
    Monday, October 24
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
     

    This lecture will focus on the benefits and risks of using surface-guided radiation therapy for hypofractionated treatment plans. Benefits are better treatment outcomes, fewer trips to the clinic for the patient, and fewer fractions on the treatment schedule. The risks include a substantially higher per fraction radiation dose compared to a standard fraction treatment course. This lecture will discuss how SGRT fits into various hypofractionated treatment courses to ensure patient setup accuracy, reduce multiple rounds of imaging to verify patient positioning, and reduce treatment time duration.

    Madeline Krocak, R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Understand the benefits that SGRT brings to hypofractionated treatment plans.
    • Explore how SGRT aids patient setup accuracy and reduces pretreatment imaging time.
    • Discuss the specific use case of SGRT in SRS and SBRT treatment courses for thorax and abdomen sites.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Klarity Workshop: Bite Me: Exploring Biteblock Techniques Used With Thermoplastic Masks for Head and Neck Treatments
    Monday, October 24
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
     
     

    In this hands-on workshop, the speakers will explore methods of biteblock immobilization with thermoplastic masks, when and how these tools can positively impact treatment and set-up, the benefits of biteblocks for tissue sparing, tongue depression and tongue diversion techniques, and the scenarios in which these tools are helpful and necessary. The speakers also will explore two different methodologies for bite fixation, giving attendees the opportunity to experience these methods for themselves.

    Todie Schell, R.T.(T)

    Eliza Larson, M.F.A.

    Objectives

    • Examine the benefits of biteblocks and learn best practices for tissue sparing positioning techniques.
    • Gain hands-on experience with existing and new methods of oral positioning.
    • Gain knowledge of different approaches to biteblock immobilization methods.
    • Learn about advanced positioning for the tongue and jaw.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Narrowing the Gap: Cultural and Generational Differences Among Radiation Therapists
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
    Cassandra Worley
     

    Now more than ever before, radiation therapists must come together if they are to keep moving forward. To improve workplace functions and create the best radiation therapy department for patients, staff and the organization, radiation therapists must continue to communicate in a positive manner, keep an open mind, and be patient with and understanding of the cultural and generational differences among co-workers.

    Cassandra T. Worley, M.S.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Recognize that cultural and generational gap differences exist and can be a challenging component in departments.
    • Define the types of cultures and generations.
    • Discuss the research and the recruitment and retention data about the topic.
    • Understand how to contribute to improving departments with objective knowledge.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Clinical Application of Free-Breathing Gated Treatments
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
    Amber Wolery
     

    This course content will bring awareness to the free-breathing gated treatment technique, its clinical application from the perspective of a radiation therapist, and ways to use the technique for patients who cannot use breath-hold for treatment. Attendees will be instructed on the criteria for choosing a gated treatment and basic instructions on how treatment is delivered on a Varian Truebeam Linear Accelerator. They also will learn about the phases of the treatment process and the variables that assist in delivering a successful treatment.

    Amber Wolery, R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Recognize when gating can be an optimal treatment option and identify ideal patients for gating.
    • Learn the steps of a successful gated simulation.
    • Prepare the treatment plan with sufficient imaging.
    • Adequately align the patient using a multistep imaging approach.
    • Deliver a gated treatment.
    • Discuss current and future uses of gating.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • LEAN Improvement Project: Proton CSI Treatments
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
    Chandler Collins
     

    MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center recently started using a craniospinal immobilization device from Orfit to standardize patient setups and improve setup accuracy. The clinical therapy team evaluated treatment data from a year before and after the introduction of the immobilization device to assess changes in the couch shifts and treatment times of CSI treatments at the Center. The presenter will summarize the experience, giving attendees insight into how data and oncology information systems can be used to evaluate process improvements.

    Chandler L. Collins, M.S.R.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Use LEAN tools to evaluate clinical processes.
    • Implement process improvement practices in the clinic.
    • Measure treatment times and couch localization data using oncology information systems.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • The Power of Mentoring
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
    Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T)
     

    While many radiation therapists are familiar with the concept of mentoring, they may not be aware of all the opportunities available or how to implement a mentorship program in their workplace. In this course, the presenter will discuss the need and opportunities for mentorship within the radiologic sciences, and the benefits it brings to the mentor, mentee and health care organizations. Attendees will leave this course with a new appreciation for the power of mentorship and the tools and steps needed to create a mentorship program in their departments.

    Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T), FASRT

    Objectives

    • Define mentorship and its role in the radiologic sciences.
    • Discuss opportunities to include formal and informal mentoring in radiation therapy departments.
    • Describe the benefits of a mentorship program for the mentor, mentee and department.
    • Recognize characteristics needed to be an effective mentor and mentee.
    • Identify the steps and tools needed to establish a successful mentorship program.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Successful Transition of a Hands-on Learning Program to Virtual
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
    Courtney T. Misher
     

    This course will describe the successful transition of Penn Medicine radiation therapy training programs to a virtual platform during the pandemic and the lessons learned through that change. Attendees will learn how the facility was able to adapt to and overcome COVID-19 restrictions to continue training radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and administrators from around the world to deliver safe and effective proton beam therapy.

    Courtney T. Misher, M.P.H., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Compare the training program before and after going virtual.
    • Discuss the transition to virtual, including the lessons learned.
    • Explain the virtual platforms being used and why they were chosen.
    • Learn how virtual instructor-led training and interactive e-learning materials were developed and how learning objectives were defined.
    • Discuss the what the future holds.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • VisionRT Presents: Benefits of Using SGRT for Hypofractionated Treatment Plans
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
     

    This lecture will focus on the benefits and risks of using surface-guided radiation therapy for hypofractionated treatment plans. Benefits are better treatment outcomes, fewer trips to the clinic for the patient, and fewer fractions on the treatment schedule. The risks include a substantially higher per fraction radiation dose compared to a standard fraction treatment course. This lecture will discuss how SGRT fits into various hypofractionated treatment courses to ensure patient setup accuracy, reduce multiple rounds of imaging to verify patient positioning, and reduce treatment time duration.

    Madeline Krocak, R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Understand the benefits that SGRT brings to hypofractionated treatment plans.
    • Explore how SGRT aids patient setup accuracy and reduces pretreatment imaging time.
    • Discuss the specific use case of SGRT in SRS and SBRT treatment courses for thorax and abdomen sites.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Klarity Workshop: Bite Me: Exploring Biteblock Techniques Used With Thermoplastic Masks for Head and Neck Treatments
    Monday, October 24
    2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
     
     

    In this hands-on workshop, the speakers will explore methods of biteblock immobilization with thermoplastic masks, when and how these tools can positively impact treatment and set-up, the benefits of biteblocks for tissue sparing, tongue depression and tongue diversion techniques, and the scenarios in which these tools are helpful and necessary. The speakers also will explore two different methodologies for bite fixation, giving attendees the opportunity to experience these methods for themselves.

    Todie Schell, R.T.(T)

    Eliza Larson, M.F.A.

    Objectives

    • Examine the benefits of biteblocks and learn best practices for tissue sparing positioning techniques.
    • Gain hands-on experience with existing and new methods of oral positioning.
    • Gain knowledge of different approaches to biteblock immobilization methods.
    • Learn about advanced positioning for the tongue and jaw.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Self-Care for Radiation Therapists During COVID-19 and Beyond
    Monday, October 24
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Taleah Tatum
     

    During the pandemic, therapists experienced — and continue to experience — pressure, fear, exhaustion, isolation, emotional trauma and stress. Any of these factors can impact a person’s mental health and ability to provide the best possible care. Managing one’s own mental health is as important as managing one’s physical health. This course will highlight methods that therapists can use daily to manage stress and bring awareness to a growing issue that is causing burnout for so many. Attendees also will learn that setting boundaries and putting one’s mental health first are vital for personal well-being and for being able to deliver quality patient care.

    Taleah E. Tatum, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify the diverse types of stressors.
    • Understand what leads to the breakdown of one’s mental health.
    • Learn coping techniques.
    • Understand the rationale for seeking help and how to ask leadership for it.
    • Discuss future directions.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Improving Workplace Satisfaction and Employee Engagement
    Monday, October 24
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Kimberly Callahan
     

    This course will instruct attendees on how to apply psychology theories and principles to their places of work. Attendees will gain a deep-rooted understanding of group and individual organizational dynamics, as well as insight on how to increase employee motivation, job satisfaction and overall well-being.

    Kimberly Callahan, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Para Kouhestani, M.S., R.T.(T), PMP

    Objectives

    • Manage group behaviors and interactions.
    • Enhance team performance.
    • Cultivate motivation and job satisfaction.
    • Adopt situational awareness and mindfulness.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Dose in Accordance With Various Imaging Modalities
    Monday, October 24
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Samantha Bickerton
     

    Using data from various research studies, the presenters will discuss the effects that various imaging techniques may have on patient dose. The information will enable attendees to strengthen their knowledge of the significance of daily imaging doses and improve their understanding of the impact of advancing technologies on patient dose.

    Samantha Bickerton, R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify dose among imaging modalities.
    • Distinguish the effects of adjusting kilovoltage, milliampere-second and field of view on dose.
    • Identify how radiation is measured in the field.
    • Discuss new and future advancements.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Obstacles Affecting Access to Cancer Care Among Marginalized Communities
    Monday, October 24
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Beatrice Nunez Cameron Tharp Rima Ahmad
     

    Many patients, particularly those from marginalized communities, face treatment-hindering barriers that may impact their radiation treatment. Radiation therapists do more than provide their patients with the best and most accurate cancer care; they also build relationships with their patients and care about what they are going through. This course will offer attendees resources they can share with patients who are struggling financially and emotionally to access treatment.

    Beatrice Nunez, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Cameron Tharp, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Rima Ahmad, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify obstacles that may affect radiation therapy patients’ access to cancer care.
    • Understand the financial and emotional struggles patients face.
    • Discover resources that are available to help patients.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Patient Education Capstone: Students Making an Impact
    Monday, October 24
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
     
    Kristi Tonning Maria Thompson
     

    In 2017, the OHSU Radiation Therapy Program implemented the Patient Education Capstone as part of the Bachelor of Science curriculum. Students in the program are required to develop a multimedia patient educational module, putting special attention on health literacy and the level of information necessary to achieve quality patient education, and with the goal of patient-facing dissemination. The presenters will explain the need for quality, innovative patient education in radiation oncology; the structure and expectations of the patient education capstone; and the successes and lessons learned at OHSU.

    Kristi Tonning, Ph.D., R.T.(T)

    Maria Thompson, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Compare current patient education practices in radiation oncology and identify subsequent gaps.
    • Discuss lessons learned and examples from the implementation and dissemination of student-developed patient education modules.
    • Identify patient education project-to-assessment opportunities with student learning outcomes and Moore’s level 6 outcomes.
    • Understand how to infuse principles of health literacy throughout the development, feedback, review and dissemination of patient education modules.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Registration and tote bag pick-up
    Tuesday, October 25
    7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Morning coffee
    Tuesday, October 25
    7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Exhibits open
    Tuesday, October 25
    7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Using Peyton’s Four-step Approach to Developing Skills-lab Training in Radiation Therapy Curriculum
    Tuesday, October 25
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
     

    In this course, the presenter will share a modified approach to enhancing radiation therapy students’ clinical education and experience. Discussion will include the need for a lab component in clinic rotations, the impact of these labs on radiation therapists’ involvement in student education, the role of the clinical preceptor, and the outcome on the student experience. Using lab examples focused on simulation and breast setups, the presenter will provide attendees with an overview of Peyton’s four-step model as well as discuss how to integrate labs into the curriculum and build on this tool to support accreditation standards.

    Danielle Mcdonagh, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify how this validated method can be used to introduce novice and expert clinical skills.
    • Explain the background of the skills-lab training method and its importance in medical education and health care professions.
    • Understand the clinical preceptor’s role in facilitating skills-based training.
    • Discuss the importance of creating standardized curriculum and assessment to validate skills-lab outcomes.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Electronic Brachytherapy in Dermatology
    Tuesday, October 25
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
     

    The purpose of this course is to enhance attendees’ knowledge of high dose rate surface electronic brachytherapy and to highlight the differences of radiation therapy in the kilovoltage range.

    Carl B. Normand, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)(CT)

    Objectives

    • Identify the distinct types of radiation therapy in the kV range.
    • Understand that radiation quality cannot be described simply by the kV range.
    • Learn how this technology is being used.
    • Present rationale for changes in therapists’ thought process that this is a specialized field within radiation therapy.
    • Discuss future directions.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Pain Management With Cancer Treatment
    Tuesday, October 25
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
     

    Pain management is essential throughout the course of radiation treatment, and for many, pain management medication may be the only way to tolerate the side effects of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and post-surgery healing and to successfully complete their treatment. In this course, the speaker will identify several types of pain and assessment; diverse types of medication and their benefits and side effects; and post-treatment effects that certain medications can have on an individual. The presenter also will provide an overview of the use of cannabis in modern medicine and the impact it is having on cancer management.

    Jae Lee, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Define types of pain and how to assess them.
    • Explain the role of opioids in cancer-related pain management.
    • Identify various prescription pain management medications and techniques.
    • Compare risks factors and benefits, short-term vs. long-term, of using pain medication
    • Distinguish and understand cannabis and its laws, specifically in New Hampshire and Vermont.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Career Wanderlust: Professional Diversity Options as R.T.s
    Tuesday, October 25
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
     

    In this course, attendees will learn about alternate career pathways that will enhance their professional quality of life. The speaker will present solutions, strategies and professional outlets for those who want to advance beyond the bedside and seek opportunities that cross-matrix with business lines outside of the immediate scope of practicing R.T.s. Take a step forward in advancing your career by joining this educational opportunity that could open windows, and eventually doors, to your new calling.

    Evan R. Osborne, M.B.A., R.T.(T), PMP

    Objectives

    • Discuss what being an R.T. used to mean and what it means now.
    • Understand what it is to go beyond the bedside.
    • Identify new ways to grow career knowledge and skills.
    • Learn ways to set professional sights high.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Orfit Workshop: SBRT Immobilization
    Tuesday, October 25
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
     
     

    Orfit’s full-body immobilization systems enhance patient comfort and safety while adding to the value of the stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment. Attendees will learn how to set up the AIO SBRT baseplate and the supine lung and breast cushions, and apply manual compression with the compression bridge, paddle and compression belt. The speakers also will demonstrate compression with a thermoplastic mask.

    Jason Sheehan, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Ray Herrick, R.T.(T)(CT)(MR)

    Objectives

    • Explore three types of compression for SBRT.
    • Learn how to apply the AIO 3.0 solution to address all of the department’s SBRT immobilization needs.
    • Understand how to standardize the immobilization solutions for other indications.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • A Canadian Perspective on Advanced Practice Roles in Radiation Therapy
    Tuesday, October 25
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    In Canada, advanced practice radiation therapy roles have improved access to care and have advanced leadership, research, teaching and clinical practice. Today, APRT professionals are working in palliative radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, brachytherapy, adaptive radiotherapy and other site-specific areas. Significant academic contributions and publications have emerged from this group of health care professionals, helping to build the evidence-base for APRT roles. Implementation of these advanced practice roles has greatly improved patient care, enhanced the patient experience, and helped alleviate obstacles and challenges in oncology pathways.

    Natalie Rozanec, APRT(T), Palliative

    Objectives

    • Discuss the current state of APRT roles internationally.
    • Understand the impact of APRT roles on the health care system and patients.
    • Identify strategies for success and challenges in APRT role implementation.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • The Advancement of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy for Brain Cancers at a Large Academic Institution
    Tuesday, October 25
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    This course will outline the aspects of implementing stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy workflows at a large academic institution in New York. The speakers will share their experiences with instructing staff on how to implement the workflows and provide optimal patient care, the multidisciplinary approach to collaborating with the therapists at the forefront of care delivery, and the technologies and immobilization devices used.

    Alex Ashley, B.P.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Vincent Gazzara, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Discuss the workflow and treatment process of SRS and SRT brain treatments.
    • Describe the patient experience and the multidisciplinary staff workflow for SRS and SRT brain treatment.
    • Understand how to implement a safe and efficient workflow process for SRS and SRT brain treatment.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Implementation of Radiation Oncology Safety Rounds
    Tuesday, October 25
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    Incorporating regular safety rounds in a radiation oncology department is an opportunity to engage all team members in the process of improving safety and quality in the delivery of radiation therapy. However, the recommendation that radiation oncology departments use safety rounds in their practice comes with little guidance for structure and standardization. In this course, attendees will learn how the addition of safety rounds at a large, progressive radiation oncology clinic impacted its culture of safety. The speaker will share the structure and changes initiated from these rounds so that other radiation oncology practices may adopt similar processes in their clinics.

    Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T), FASRT

    Objectives

    • Understand what constitutes a culture of safety in a radiation oncology department.
    • Describe how safety rounds contribute to a culture of safety and help meet accreditation standards.
    • Identify steps to implement safety rounds in a radiation oncology department.
    • Learn from stories of success and areas for improvement from one radiation oncology department’s implementation of safety rounds.
    • Apply information learned regarding culture of safety and implementation of safety rounds.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Implementing Innovation: A Guide for Success
    Tuesday, October 25
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    In this course, the speaker will discuss key components of implementing innovative technologies in a radiation oncology organization and provide personal experience from a radiation therapist and administrator perspective. Attendees will gain understanding of how to promote career growth, how to engage in recent technology changes, and how to apply lessons learned.

    Emily Foust, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Identify lessons learned.
    • Describe opportunities for professional development.
    • Improve staff engagement.
    • Discuss steps to implement new technology.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Qfix Presents: Multipurpose Device — Ability to Treat in Different Modalities
    Tuesday, October 25
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    The speaker will demonstrate how to use the Q-fix Alta device for a variety of treatment modalities and explain how it combines the functionality of multiple devices into one easy-to-use solution.

    Jordan Coon, R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Demonstrate and discuss the Q-fix Alta device for multiple treatment options.
    • Learn to simplify the transition from one patient setup to another with minimal effort and downtime.
    • Understand how to maximize patient comfort and accuracy while minimizing the effort and strain on radiation therapists.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Orfit Workshop: Mask Molding with Advanced Nanor Immobilization
    Tuesday, October 25
    9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
     
     

    In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the newest Nanor technology from Orfit to form a strong, yet incredibly thin mask that fits around a patient like a surgical glove for superior comfort and ease-of-use. This controlled nanoparticle framework substantially reduces shrinkage after cooling. See it in action and practice other molding techniques for more complex masks, including open face, hybrid and extremities solutions.

    Jason Sheehan, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Ray Herrick, R.T.(T)(CT)(MR)

    Objectives

    • Learn how to improve patient set-ups for precise treatments.
    • Refine mask-making skills to further streamline workflow.
    • Gain a greater understanding of the benefits of using Nanor technology in thermoplastics.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Break
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
     
     

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Meaningful Interactions With Students
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     
     

    The goal of this course is to promote a learning environment that supports students. Students are often treated unfairly and with disregard during their clinical rotations, and this leads to frustration, isolation, embarrassment and even resigning from the program. It is our hope that seasoned therapists will remember what it was like when they were students. Therapists may discover that putting themselves in the student’s shoes opens the door for respect and compassion. This is the same type of compassion students are being taught to provide patients. Compassionate teaching leads to compassionate radiation therapists.

    Alisa Kagen, M.S.A., R.T.(T)

    Jeannetta M. Greer, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Describe how students learn competencies and how instructors can help with learning.
    • Identify ways instructors can improve the clinical experience for students.
    • Discuss how students have been bullied during clinical rotations.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the Gamma Knife Icon
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     
     

    In this course, attendees will receive an overview of frameless stereotactic radiosurgery treatments and the incorporation of the radiation therapist role. The speakers also will discuss the mask-based radiosurgery option on the gamma knife icon, identify factors that influence patient selection, and offer strategies for increasing comfort for the patient and improving stereotactic radiosurgery workflows in a radiation oncology department.

    Konnor Calmeyn, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Rebecca Price Barrett, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Understand the basics of the new frameless stereotactic radiosurgery option on the gamma knife icon.
    • Examine the process of integrating the radiation therapist into the gamma knife department in a large academic institution.
    • Identify factors that influence the decision of which treatment method and fractionation pattern is appropriate for a patient.
    • Learn tactics to guide a patient through a frameless treatment with minimal breaks and improve patient comfort during longer treatments.
    • Improve efficiency of departmental workflow.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Dementia Sensitivity Training for Radiation Therapists
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     
     

    In this course, the speaker will provide an overview of dementia and offer sensitivity training strategies for improving communication with patients who are living with dementia.

    Elaine Spencer, M.A., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Discuss dementia facts and statistics.
    • Describe sensitivity training.
    • Explain symptoms and behaviors of patients living with dementia.
    • Learn how to lessen communication barriers.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • A Day in the Life: Proton Therapy
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     
     

    This course will provide an overview of proton therapy, from the initial construction of the proton therapy machine, through simulation and planning, to the moment the proton enters the patient. The speaker will provide an in-depth look at working in proton therapy and discuss the triumphs and tribulations of the complex machine. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of proton therapy, the invigorating and rewarding experience of working with it, and what the future holds for it.

    Megan Mary Meckling, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Learn the history of proton therapy.
    • Recognize the difference between proton therapy and photon therapy.
    • Understand the complexity of a proton machine.
    • Describe how the proton therapy machine makes a proton.
    • Know the multifaceted role of a proton radiation therapist.
    • Explain the importance of proton therapy and its future in the radiation therapy world.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Qfix Presents: Multipurpose Device — Ability to Treat in Different Modalities
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     
     

    The speaker will demonstrate how to use the Q-fix Alta device for a variety of treatment modalities and explain how it combines the functionality of multiple devices into one easy-to-use solution.

    Jordan Coon, R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Demonstrate and discuss the Q-fix Alta device for multiple treatment options.
    • Learn to simplify the transition from one patient setup to another with minimal effort and downtime.
    • Understand how to maximize patient comfort and accuracy while minimizing the effort and strain on radiation therapists.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Orfit Workshop: SBRT Immobilization
    Tuesday, October 25
    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
     
     

    Orfit’s full-body immobilization systems enhance patient comfort and safety while adding to the value of the stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment. Attendees will learn how to set up the AIO SBRT baseplate and the supine lung and breast cushions, and apply manual compression with the compression bridge, paddle and compression belt. The speakers also will demonstrate compression with a thermoplastic mask.

    Jason Sheehan, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Ray Herrick, R.T.(T)(CT)(MR)

    Objectives

    • Explore three types of compression for SBRT.
    • Learn how to apply the AIO 3.0 solution to address all of the department’s SBRT immobilization needs.
    • Understand how to standardize the immobilization solutions for other indications.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Clinical Supervisors: Understand Perception to Improve Reality
    Tuesday, October 25
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

    Problems within clinical education programs have highlighted the need to understand clinical supervisors’ perception of their role in clinical education, their ability to provide feedback to students, and their ability to subjectively assess student learning as it relates to clinical competency. By understanding how clinical supervisors view their role, what training has been provided, and what supervisors’ expectations are of themselves, radiation therapy programs can better understand where gaps exist in clinical education. Better understanding can improve teaching and learning, and provide students with effective feedback. This course will describe how clinical supervisors perceive their role in conducting student assessments and providing students with feedback to help improve their competency.

    Cheryl Young, Ed.D., R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Describe the clinical component of radiation therapy education.
    • Discuss clinical supervisors’ perception of their role as it relates to clinical education.
    • Discuss the needs and desires of clinical supervisors to enhance their skills.
    • Explain areas in which clinical supervisors can increase knowledge for their role.
    • Identify barriers to clinical supervision.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • 3D Printing in Radiation Oncology
    Tuesday, October 25
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

    In this overview course, the speakers will discuss the applications of 3D printing in health care specific to radiation oncology. They also will explain the use of 3D printing, the benefits and contraindications of 3D printing, the workflow involved, how to review work, and future directions for 3D printing in continuing innovative and tailored health care to patients.

    Joshua Cope, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Understand the various applications of 3D printing in health care.
    • Present rationale for changes.
    • Use for patient setup and planning.
    • Understand benefits and contraindications for use.
    • Identify work needed to review before use.
    • Discuss future directions.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Using Feedback and Data to Improve the Radiation Oncology Patient Experience
    Tuesday, October 25
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

    This course will demonstrate the usefulness of diverse types of feedback and data in making decisions affecting patient care. The speaker will identify the distinct types of patient feedback and describe how to solicit, compile and evaluate the information this feedback provides to promote a positive patient experience. Discussions will focus on using an assortment of tools such as departmental metric reports, patient surveys and online rating websites to mine data for pragmatic solutions to patient complaints. A walkthrough will be provided to highlight tools used at one facility, and to demonstrate how they work to identify, address and mitigate a situation that may cause patient distress. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to use multiple sources of input and information to identify and address situations that detract from an optimal patient experience.

    Joseph Bender, R.T.(R)(T)

    Objectives

    • Define and explain feedback and its use in driving decisions affecting patient care.
    • Educate participants on types of feedback, how to use it and why it is important.
    • Explore and interpret data received from various sources to make decisions regarding patient care.
    • Promote and identify collaborative approaches to problem-solving and goal-setting.
    • Learn from case examples of patient care issues mitigated.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Reexamining the Role of the Radiation Therapist
    Tuesday, October 25
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

    New technology drives the radiation therapy profession forward and advances the responsibilities of the radiation therapist. In this course, the speaker will compare the traditional role of the radiation therapist vs. the innovative role of today.

    Allison Bone, R.T.(T)

    Objectives

    • Discuss how innovations in treatment technology have created new responsibilities for radiation therapists.
    • Recognize the need for institutions to foster dynamic learning-centric environments that will enable radiation therapists to successfully recognize their full potential.
    • Identify skill sets that have developed as a result of advances in various treatment modalities.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

  • Orfit Workshop: Mask Molding with Advanced Nanor Immobilization
    Tuesday, October 25
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
     
     

    In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the newest Nanor technology from Orfit to form a strong, yet incredibly thin mask that fits around a patient like a surgical glove for superior comfort and ease-of-use. This controlled nanoparticle framework substantially reduces shrinkage after cooling. See it in action and practice other molding techniques for more complex masks, including open face, hybrid and extremities solutions.

    Jason Sheehan, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Ray Herrick, R.T.(T)(CT)(MR)

    Objectives

    • Learn how to improve patient set-ups for precise treatments.
    • Refine mask-making skills to further streamline workflow.
    • Gain a greater understanding of the benefits of using Nanor technology in thermoplastics.

    *CE Disclaimers

     

 

Program subject to change.

*CE Disclaimers:

A: This course has been approved for 1 Category A credit.

B: This course has been approved for 1 MDCB credit.

C: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course has content directly related to the use of ionizing radiation and may be accepted as “direct” for Texas licensed R.T.s.

D: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets requirements for California Licensed R.T.s. Radiologic Technologists listed in California can claim credit for this course by manually submitting their course completion information to the State of California.

E: ASRT has determined in its best judgment that this course content meets digital radiography requirements for California licensed R.T.s. Radiologic Technologists licensed in California can claim credit for this course by manually submitting their course completion information to the State of California.