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  • 05 Jun 2019 12:54 PM | Sarah Geneser (Administrator)

    Save the date for our Fall Chapter Meeting, which will be held on September 6th in Seattle at the Talaris Conference Center!

  • 05 Jun 2019 11:15 AM | Sarah Geneser (Administrator)

    We had an excellent Spring Chapter Meeting in Portland, OR on May 17th. 

    Meeting highlights included fascinating talks from our invited speakers, Jerry Nguyen on the healthcare cybersecurity landscape and Karl Otto on deep learning methods for auto-segmentation.

    Congratulations to our MedPhys Slam winner, Dallin Francom.  Dallin will represent the NWAAPM Chapter at the AAPM Annual Conference in San Antonio.  

    Congratulations to Celeste Leary, who won the NWAAPM Young Investigator symposium with her talk, "An Optimization Technique for Multi-Contrast Scans Using Spectral Photon-Counting CT".

  • 25 Mar 2019 3:37 PM | Sarah Geneser (Administrator)

    The Spring NWAAPM Chapter Meeting will be held May 17th at the Red Lion Inn on the River in Portland, OR and includes an excellent lineup of speakers and the exciting YIS and MedPhys Slam competitions.

    We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

    Registration can be found here.

  • 31 Oct 2018 9:52 AM | Tyler Blackwell (Administrator)

    NWAAPM is committed to fostering community engagement and outreach to promote medical physics. One of our chapter's physicists, Jessica Fagerstrom of Northwest Medical Physics Center, is a Science Communication Fellow at the Pacific Science Center, which is hosting Curiosity Days on November 10!

    Join Jessica for Curiosity Days at the Pacific Science Center on Saturday, November 10. Following funding for community outreach training from the NWAAPM, Jessica and other members of Northwest Medical Physics Center will be leading a series of workshops introducing young scientists to medical physics. No lab coat required!

  • 11 Jul 2018 10:51 AM | Deleted user

    Our local chapter is proud to present a one-day TG-100 workshop, in partnership with the TreatSafely Foundation.  We have two excellent speakers lined up for this event, Todd Pawlicki and Derek Brown, from sunny UC San Diego.  See details in the Meetings section of this website, or click here.

  • 21 Jun 2018 4:33 PM | David Shepard (Administrator)

    The fall NWAAPM chapter meeting will be held in downtown Seattle at Swedish Cherry Hill in their education and conference center on September 14th. Save the date. This should be a great meeting!

  • 11 May 2018 2:07 PM | David Shepard (Administrator)

    Many thanks to all of our attendees, volunteers, speakers, and vendor sponsors for making our spring meeting a big success. We want to particularly thank Miriam Lambert and Lauren Long for organizing this excellent meeting. The meeting included many distinguished speakers including the Charles Mayo (University of Michigan) and Gregory Kestin (Harvard). 

    The photo below shows our president, Miriam Lambert, along with the winners of our young investigator competition and MedPhys Slam competitions, Da Wang and Brandon Koger. 

    Plans for the fall meeting are already well underway. We hope to see you there!

  • 11 Jan 2018 5:13 PM | David Shepard (Administrator)

    We have two great new officers to introduce! 

    Robin Miller will serve in the 3-year presidential chain, starting with the office of President-Elect, effective immediately. Not a stranger to the chapter, Robin recently ended her three-year commitment as our chapter's representative on the AAPM Board of Directors.

    Sarah Geneser will take on the role of Secretary-Treasurer-Designate, a one year shadow of the incumbent Secretary-Treasurer that rolls into a 3-year term as Secretary-Treasurer.

    Thanks to all the members that participated in our recent officer elections! 

  • 02 Jan 2018 1:32 PM | David Shepard (Administrator)

    Guest post from NWAAPM member, Jessica Fagerstrom:

    Medical Physics outreach efforts not only promote interest in the field, but also engage a whole new generation of scientists by providing them access to valuable learning and practical experiences. The “Portal to the Public” project through the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services aims to promote public engagement with current science by fostering dialogue between local scientists and their communities. As part of this outreach initiative, I feel very fortunate to have received a generous grant through the Northwest Chapter of the AAPM to undergo training as a member of the most recent cohort of Science Communication Fellows at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington.

    The “Portal to the Public” project is led by the Pacific Science Center and involves a network of over sixty institutions, including universities, natural history museums, libraries, zoos, aquariums, and research groups.  Science Communication Fellows at the Pacific Science Center undergo an eight week class designed to build skills in communicating their area of expertise specifically to a non-scientific audience.  As a fellow, I developed a hands-on educational activity about medical physics and radiation therapy with the guidance of Pacific Science Center staff.  The activity is now a regular part of the Science Center’s “Meet a Scientist” program, and primarily attracts young visitors to the Science Center, as well as their parents, as an introduction to therapeutic medical physics.

    The stated mission of the AAPM is “advancing medicine through excellence in the science, education, and professional practice of medical physics.” Education, including education within our broader communities, is an important part of this mission (consider, for example, the excellent work of the Women’s Professional and the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittees on the “Med Phyz Whiz Kidz” outreach program).  The financial support of the Northwest AAPM chapter highlights the organization’s commitment to community outreach and engagement, and to the promotion of professional medical physics to a broad, community-based audience.  By participating in events involving aspiring young scientists, this program will alert a new generation about opportunities in our field.  The stated purposes of the Northwest Chapter are:

    1. To promote the application of physics to medicine and biology. 
    2. To encourage interest and training in medical physics and related fields. 
    3. To prepare and disseminate technical information in medical physics and related fields. 

    I am honored to be able to support these goals by becoming a medical physicist Science Communication Fellow at the Pacific Science Center.  The experience has been incredibly rewarding, and I encourage other AAPM members to explore similar opportunities in their communities.

  • 06 Nov 2017 12:44 PM | David Shepard (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone for a great fall 2017 chapter meeting. We had 69 registrants in addition to our speakers and 17 vendors. We have tentatively scheduled the spring meeting for May 11, 2018 in the Portland area. We look forward to seeing you then.

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