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May 29th 2018

UW Medical Physics Residents Win NWAAPM Awards

Congratulations to UW Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residents Da Wang (on left in image) for winning the 1st place and Brandon Koger (on right in image) for winning the 2nd place for the Young Investigator Symposium Award at the Northwest Chapter the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (NWAAPM) in Portland, Oregon on May 11th, 2018.

Dr. Wang’s talk was titled “Assessment of the Suitability of the Dice Similarity Coefficient as a Dosimetry Metric Using a Treatment Planning Study in Prostate Cancer.” This study measured the benefit of using artificial intelligence technology to auto-contour radiotherapy treatment plans. This method may reduce patients’ wait time before treatments and provide high quality treatment plans for cancer patients. The technology was developed in a collaboration between Microsoft Research and UW Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Koger’s talk was titled “Initial Experiences with Adaptive Replanning in RayStation”.  This was a study on how to best adapt radiotherapy treatment plans to improve the overall treatment for our patients. Improving adaptive replanning will lead to better decision making and a reduction in time into creating new treatment plans.

The University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology’s Medical Physics Residency Program is a CAMPEP-accredited two-year clinical education program in therapy physics.  Our program aims to deliver the necessary clinical experience, education and training in radiation oncology physics for our graduating residents to work competently, independently and safely as a professional medical physicist.  To learn more about our Medical Physics Residency Program, please click here.

Congratulations to Da Wang and Brandon Koger for their recognition, as well as congratulations to  faculty mentors Drs. Edward Kim, Gabrielle Kane, Upendra Parvathaneni, Sarah Geneser, Mark Phillips, Wade Smith and Radiation Oncology dosimetrists Ms. Patty Sponseller, Mr. Thomas Arbuckle, Mr. John Manino, and Mr. Bill Logan!