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National Medical Dosimetrist's Day is August 16, 2017

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.

The celebration of National Medical Dosimetrist's Day presents the opportunity to educate others about the important work you do in combating cancer each and every day. This year, we’re asking you to use this hashtag, #ThisIsMedicalDosimetry, to post photos, technical images and text to explain what medical dosimetrists do. You can post using this hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. If you post in your own Facebook feed, you’ll really help with educating the general public about your role in fighting cancer. Then if you’d like to share your post to the AAMD Facebook group, our group members can see how you’re showing the world what you do. Help AAMD explain what medical dosimetry is during this special week!

To help you further your medical dosimetry education, AAMD is once again teaming up with our corporate partners to present a series of FREE webinars the week of August 14 – 18, 2017. Each webinar will offer (1) one MDCB credit, also valid for ARRT. Here’s the webinar line-up: (continue as is) Here’s the webinar line-up:

Monday, August 14 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by ProKnow Systems
DVH Revisited: Everything you (probably) already know and maybe some things you don’t (but should)
Presented by Ben Nelms, PhD
Click here to view the full abstract and register.

Tuesday, August 15 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by Philips
Pinnacle Head and Neck Planning — The Moffitt Cancer Center Experience

Presented by: Dawn Gintz, CMD, RTT
Click here to view the full abstract and register.

Wednesday, August 16 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by Varian Medical Systems
Dosimetric Effects of Using Generalized Equivalent Uniform Dose (gEUD) in Plan Optimization

Presented by: Ontida Apinorasethkul, MS, CMD
Click here to view the full abstract and register.

Thursday, August 17 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by Elekta
SBRT Lung and SRS Planning in Monaco

Presented by: Megan Tattersall, CMD
Click here to view the full abstract and register.

Friday, August 18 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by MIM Software
Deformable Image Registration and Clinical Implementation

Presented by: Matt Gerace, MS
Click here to view the full abstract and register.

NOTE: Participation in the live webinars is limited to 1,000 participants per webinar. Once capacity is reached for each webinar, GoToMeeting will not let anyone else log in. You must attend the LIVE presentation to receive CE credit. Recordings of each presentation will be posted in the AAMD Resource Library after August 31 for educational purposes, but no CE credit will be awarded.

NMDD Poster

Print and display your own copy of the official 2017 National Medical Dosimetrist's Day poster.
8.5" x 11" PDF
11" x 17" PDF

IMPORTANT CE INFORMATION:

  1. Both Members and Non-Members must have an AAMD ID # for CE credit tracking. To set up a Non-Member account, please visit http://www.medicaldosimetry.org/membership/join/
  2. All webinar participants are required to watch the live presentation and complete a post lecture quiz in order to earn CE credit for their attendance.
  3. After logging into the AAMD CE Center and adding the webinar to your library, the webinar will be FREE to all participants and will NOT count against your annual Member CE credit allowance.

Things you need to know about the quiz process for the National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day webinar series:

  • Quizzes will be posted online in the AAMD CE Center the day of the event and can be viewed during the live event.
  • You must visit the Course Catalog in the AAMD CE Center and add the event to your personal Course Library in order to take the quiz.
  • All quizzes must be completed by August 31.
  • The MDCB requires 10 multiple choice questions for each 1-hour lecture.
  • Attendees will have 3 chances to pass the quiz with a 70% grade.
  • Completed CE credits will be uploaded to the MDCB at the end of the month.

 

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
2018: Wednesday, August 15
2019: Wednesday, August 21