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Student & Trainee Events

The AAPM Students and Trainees Subcommittee, along with the Working Group on Student and Trainee Research, organize special events geared specifically towards students, residents, and post-docs. Participants will be provided a range of environments to interact with peers, expand their network, and learn new skills.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

ACR Reception for Medical Physics Grad Students and Trainees

Saturday, 5-7pm - Pitch-25 (2120 Walker Street, Houston, TX 77003)

Hosted by the American College of Radiology (beer, wine, and light appetizers will be provided)

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Annual Student Meeting - Developing Leadership as a Trainee
Room 360, George R. Brown Convention Center — 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Hosted by the Students and Trainees Subcommittee

The Annual Student Meeting this year will focus on the theme of leadership, with a specific emphasis on its relevance to trainees in the field of Medical Physics. Our aim is to address the importance of developing leadership skills and equip our attendees with practical strategies to be effective leaders at every level. Our distinguished speakers, Dr. Mary Martel, Dr. Corey Zankowski, and Mr. Jason Paisley, boast extensive experience in leading in academia, industry, and clinic. Through their engaging presentations, they will delve into the essential leadership skills required for success and share their personal paths to leadership on a high level. To ensure an interactive experience, the Q&A session following the presentations will be facilitated by student moderators, with Dr. Karl Otto as our special guest together with the speakers. This is an incredible opportunity for the audience to engage with leading experts in the field and learn practical ways to practice leadership skills as trainees. Join us in this session and become a future leader in Medical Physics!

Student and Trainee Luncheon - Meet the Experts: Roundtable Discussions on Career Topics in Medical Physics
Room 360, George R. Brown Convention Center — 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Hosted by the Working Group on Student and Trainee Research

As graduate students, postdocs, and residents in medical physics, we are preparing to enter a multifaceted career. This session will feature discussants in various stages of their careers to engage with student and trainee attendees on four primary topics:

  • Research and Clinical Projects in the Non-Academic Setting
  • Transitioning from Grad School/Residency to an Industry Career
  • Publishing and Grant Writing as an Academic Physicist
  • Navigating Priorities in Residency and Early Career

Attendees will have the opportunity to get advice and ask questions from discussants in small groups, network with colleagues and mentors, and engage with others in a friendly environment.

Residency Fair: Part I
Exhibit Hall, George R. Brown Convention Center — 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Residency Fair: Part II
Exhibit Hall, George R. Brown Convention Center — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Students and Trainees Subcommittee

The Residency Fair aims to provide prospective residents and trainees an opportunity to learn more about individual residency programs and meet representatives from the participating institutions. This event is also an excellent opportunity for program directors and current residents to promote their programs directly to trainees and meet prospective applicants across North America and beyond that might be a good fit for their team.

MedPhys Slam: Final Competition
Room 362, George R. Brown Convention Center — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hosted by the Students and Trainees Subcommittee

MedPhys Slam is a research communication competition in which participants prepare a three-minute presentation aimed at sharing the significance of their science in a compelling and coherent manner. This competition is entirely judged by a lay audience. Researchers spend their days investigating every minutia of their topics, but to engage investors, employers, and the general public, the importance of their research must be understood by more than just the scientific community. It's all in the art of communication, and this is what MedPhys Slam aims to foster in the medical physics community.

This competition is open to all student, resident, and junior members of the AAPM. The preliminary competitions will take place at the local chapter meetings throughout the year, and those winners will participate in the final competition at the AAPM 2023 Annual Meeting. The rules are simple: participants have three minutes to present their research using a maximum of three PowerPoint slides. Participants will be judged on three equally weighted categories: comprehension and content, communication, and engagement. Not only will this be of interest to those within medical physics, it can be expanded as an AAPM media initiative aimed at communicating what we do to the public.

Student and Trainee Night Out
The Rustic (1836 Polk St, Houston, TX 77003) — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Hosted by the Students and Trainees Subcommittee

Join us for our Annual Students and Trainees Night Out at The Rustic! This event provides the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow students and trainees in a relaxed and fun environment.

*The Rustic is ADA/wheelchair accessible and is also dog-friendly and happily allows service animals!

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Expanding Horizons Travel Grant Program: Poster Presentations
Exhibit Hall, George R. Brown Convention Center — 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Hosted by the Working Group on Student and Trainee Research

Awardees from the Expanding Horizons Travel Grant program will discuss their experiences attending conferences that are not specifically geared toward traditional medical physics, focusing on broad scientific impact and opportunities for medical physicists in various fields. Attendees will have the ability to view the Expanding Horizons ePosters and learn about the hot topics and emerging research areas presented at these conferences, understand the relevance to future medical physics research, and submit questions to awardees during an interactive ePoster session.

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