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2nd Practical Proton Therapy Seminar Livestream Webcast 2021

February 25, 2021 to February 26, 2021

Course Directors:  Martin Bues, Ph.D.Samir H. Patel, M.D.Jiajian (Jason) Shen, Ph.D., and Carlos E. Vargas, M.D. 

February 25 - 26, 2021 - Mayo Clinic - Phoenix, Arizona

The Mayo Clinic 2nd Practical Proton Therapy Seminar Webcast is designed to give radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, medical residents and physics residents a focused interactive educational experience in implementing pencil beam scanning therapy. The livestream seminar includes lectures on the basic principles of proton beam therapy, physics commissioning and QA, and practical guidance on patient CT/immobilization and disease-specific treatment planning methods. National experts in the proton field are invited to give four keynote lectures on the most exciting proton research topics, such as flash therapy and proton radiobiology, patient immobilization at CT simulation, treatment planning and evaluation, IGRT and beam delivery, including comprehensive QA.

This program is endorsed by the AAPM.

*AAPM does not endorse the product(s) in question, rather it endorses the educational component of the program.


Registration FeesOn or Before
M.D., D.O., Scientist$455$530
NP, PA, Retirees, Allied Health Professional$355$430
Residents, Fellows, Medical Students$300$300


Target Audience

This course is designed for Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, medical residents and physics residents.

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • State the basic principles of proton therapy
  • Recognize uncertainties of proton therapy
  • Apply robustness evaluation and optimization tools to evaluate and mitigate plan uncertainties
  • Identify advantage & limitations of PBS (pencil beam scanning)
  • Identify which patients are eligible for proton beam therapy
  • Distinguish different planning techniques, such as SFO (single-field optimization), MFO (multiple field optimization), and robust optimization
  • Describe the typical workflow of a proton beam clinic, including patient immobilization, CT  simulation, treatment planning, and QA (quality assurance)
  • Assess methods to address the increased RBE (relative biological effectiveness) of PBT (proton beam therapy)
  • Summarize disease specific treatment planning considerations for head & neck, genitourinary, central nervous system and breast cancer patients

Attendance at this Mayo Clinic course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Event starts: 
02/25/2021 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
02/26/2021 - 5:00pm

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Course Directors

Martin Bues, Ph.D.
Samir H. Patel, M.D.
Jason Shen, Ph.D.
Carlos E. Vargas, M.D.

Mayo Faculty

Sarah E. Carroll, RTT, R.T.(R)
Trisha N. Clausen, B.S., RTT, R.T.(R)                                                     
Kimberly S. Corbin, M.D.
Thomas B. Daniels, M.D.
Xiaoning Ding, Ph.D.
Shawn M. Korte, B.S., C.M.D., RTT, R.T.
Sunil Krishnan, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Pedro Lara, B.S., C.M.D., RTT                                                               
Lisa A. McGee, M.D.
Danairis Hernandez Morales
Robert W. Mutter, M.D.
Matt K. Prince, B.S., C.M.D., RTT, (R)(T)
Nicholas B. Remmes, Ph.D.
Daniel G. Robertson, Ph.D.
Jean-Claude M. Rwigema, M.D.
Terence T. Sio, M.D., M.S.
Brad J. Stish, M.D.
Josh B. Stoker, Ph.D.
Wendy Tisue, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)
Tamara Z. Vern-Gross, D.O.
Sujay A. Vora, M.D.

Guest Faculty

Constantinos Koumenis, Ph.D.
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Professor J.A. Hans Landendijk, M.D.
University Medical Center Groningen
The Netherlands

Mark Pankuch, Ph.D.
Northwestern Medicine Proton Center
Warrenville, IL

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s):

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • 14.25 Attendance

Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs)
Application for SAM credit is being processed. This activity should meet the criteria for American Board of Radiology self-assessment credit toward fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program. 14.25 SAM credit hours will likely be available for this activity after approval under Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Medical Education's ABR deemed status when the processing is completed.


This course has applied for CAM PEP credit of 10.81 hours of MPCEC. Approval is pending.

*Additional credit types are pending and will be updated upon approval.

For disclosure information regarding Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development accreditation review committee member(s) and staff, please go here to review disclosures.



This course offers the unique opportunity for companies to interact with health care providers via a Virtual Exhibit Hall. Analogous to booths at scientific conferences, this is a space where companies share information about their products and services, showcase their latest innovations, and connect with attendees, faculty and course directors.

If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, please email Kristy Badder.


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