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National Medical Dosimetrist's Day 2018

Each year, the third Wednesday of August is designated as the day for celebrating medical dosimetry professionals around the world, recognizing the importance of their profession and honoring their contributions. Medical dosimetry is an exciting and amazing profession to work in. Dosimetrists are members of a team that contributes to cancer survivorship on a daily basis.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the National Medical Dosimetrist's Day webinar series. For those who attended, you must complete the test by August 31 in order to receive CE credit. Starting September 1, the webinars will be available in the AAMD Resource Database for informational viewing (CE credit not available). 

Practical Automation with MIM Workflows and MIM Assistant
Presented by: Joe Myers, MS
Sponsored by MIM Software

Lung SBRT using Monaco Planning Software
Presented by: Jennifer Davis, BS, CMD, RT(T), and Paul Barry
Sponsored by Elekta

Eclipse™ Treatment Plan Challenge: SBRT Lung
Presented by: Christopher Croft, CMD
Sponsored by Varian Medical Systems

Machine Learning in Radiation Oncology
Presented by: Fredrik Löfman, PhD
Sponsored by RaySearch Laboratories

“Hello, Statistics, My Old Friend…”: A Crash Course on Key Statistical Methods to Help You Prepare for the Future of Radiation Treatment Planning
Presented by: Benjamin Nelms, PhD, and Salvadore Gerace, PhD
Sponsored by ProKnow
 

 

Download the official 2018 National Medical Dosimetrist's Day poster:

8.5" x 11" PDF
11" x 17" PDF

Congratulations to Andrée Desrochers, CMD, who won a $100 Amazon gift card for submitting this year's winning poster concept: #TheBrainsBehindTheTechnologies. The AAMD Communications Committee selected this concept to feature on the official poster.

How to Celebrate National Medical Dosimetrist's Day

  • Host a reception for hospital/facility staff in the medical dosimetry department. Invite them to see what you do! (Offering some type of food — ice cream, bagels, coffee, cookies, etc — provides an additional incentive for people to stop by!). Or maybe you could bring in a massage therapist to provide chair massages to your colleagues on National Medical Dosimetrist's Day!
  • Provide refreshments, flowers or other treats for patients on National Medical Dosimetrist's Day or throughout that week or even during the month of August. Make a sign or tag saying: Courtesy of your medical dosimetry team.
  • Have your medical dosimetry team introduce themselves to patients during the month of August and answer their questions about treatment planning. Provide patients with a copy of the AAMD "What Is a Medical Dosimetrist?" flyer, available by clicking here. Or share this PowerPoint presentation with them during a reception. You can even customize it with your own facility's information.
  • Suggest to your facility's PR department that they do a story on the medical dosimetry department in the next facility newsletter.
  • Host a lunch for the entire radiation therapy team at your facility to thank your colleagues for their collaboration with the medical dosimetry team.
  • Make a commitment to get involved in your professional organization — volunteer for an AAMD Committee! Click here for details on volunteer opportunities.

 

Mark these dates on your calendar for future celebrations of National Medical Dosimetrist's Day!

Future Dates
2019: Wednesday, August 21
2020: Wednesday, August 19