Purpose: To share the experience of AAPM Task Group 275 (TG275) in developing and delivering regional workshops to encourage the implementation of TG recommendations.
Methods: A one-day workshop curriculum was developed by nine task group members to familiarize participants with the work and recommendations of TG275: Strategies for Effective Physics Plan and Chart Review in Radiation Therapy. In addition to a didactic component, at least 40% of each session’s allotted time was devoted to active learning activities including individual exercises, small group activities, and full group discussions. Morning sessions included an overview of the work of TG275 along with education on the data collection phases. Afternoon sessions included education about the analysis phase, key recommendations, and suggestions for clinical incorporation of TG275 recommendations. The target audience included medical physicists with responsibility for plan review and chart checks. Each workshop was sponsored by an AAPM Chapter and feedback was gathered through program and speaker evaluations.
Results: To date, two workshops have been held. The first was in-person with seventeen attendees and facilitated by two TG275 members. The second was virtual with fifteen attendees and facilitated by four members. Minor adjustments were made to the curriculum after the first workshop based on attendee feedback. The curriculum proved adaptable to both in-person and virtual formats. Attendees were actively engaged throughout both workshops. CAMPEP credits were offered in both instances with SAMs credits offered for the second workshop. Average program evaluation scores were 4.75 and 4.82 out of 5 for the two workshops respectively.
Conclusion: A workshop curriculum was developed with the goal of familiarizing participants with the work and recommendations of AAPM TG275. To date, two workshops have been held. Workshops are a potentially useful mechanism to encourage the implementation of AAPM Task Group recommendations.