Mayo Clinic Practical Proton Therapy Seminar and Workshop

Scottsdale, AZ US
January 24, 2019 to January 26, 2019

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

The Mayo Clinic Practical Proton Therapy Seminar and Workshop is designed to provide a focused interactive educational experience on how to implement pencil beam scanning therapy. The seminar includes lectures on the basic principles of proton beam therapy, proton beam clinical trials, and practical discussions through case-based vignettes with experienced proton beam faculty. The interactive workshop allows for faculty to share how proton beam therapy is implemented in our clinic with hands-on demonstrations of patient immobilization at CT simulation, treatment planning and evaluation, image-guided radiation therapy, 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.

Saturday Workshops

There will be workshops taking place Saturday morning. Attendees will have the opportunity to select 4 of the 7 workshops. Descriptions of the workshops are available here.

Proton Workshop Leads:

  • Head Neck: Samir Patel, M.D.
  • Prostate: Carlos Vargas, M.D.
  • Breast: Robert Mutter, M.D.
  • CNS: Sujay Vora, M.D.

Registration Fees

Full Fee: M.D., D.O., Scientist $525.00 
Reduced Fee: NP, PA, Retirees, Allied Health Professional$425.00
Other: Residents, Fellows and Medical Students$300.00


Target Audience

This program 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.
  • Explain differences between pencil beam scanning and traditional passive scattering techniques.
  • Recognize uncertainties of proton therapy.
  • Apply robustness evaluation & 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, Tx planning, QA (quality assurance), & IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy).
  • Assess methods to address the increased RBE (relative biological effectiveness) of proton beam therapy.
  • Summarize clinical trials focusing on hypofractionation used 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
Available credit: 
  • 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 14.00 Attendance
Event starts: 
01/24/2019 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
01/26/2019 - 1:30pm

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Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
United States
+1 (800) 354-5892
NOTICE: Group rates for the hotel room block at the Westin Kierland Resort expire on Monday, December 24, 2018. Rooms may still be avialable at the group rate following the cut-off, but only if space is still available.
Course location note: The first two days of the course will take place at the Westin Kierland. The third day of the course will take place at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center on the Mayo Clinic Hospital campus. Scheduled transportation will be provided from Westin Kierland to Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at 7:00 a.m. and a return trip at 1:00 p.m. from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center to Westin Kierland. Please note transportation will only be provided for course attendees. This information can also be found on the course program.

The Westin Kierland Resort has reserved a limited block of luxurious rooms at a special group rate of $325 (USD) plus tax, single or double occupancy, run of house, per night. Group rates will apply three days prior to and three days after the course dates, based on group room availability. To ensure accommodations, make your reservation before December 24, 2018. Reservation requests received after 5:00 pm local time on this cut-off date will be accepted at the group rate, based on group room availability.

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Course Directors

Martin Bues, PhD
Samir H. Patel, MD
Jason Shen, PhD
Carlos E. Vargas, MD

Proton Therapy Seminar Faculty

Aman Anand, PhD
Jonathan A. Ashman, MD, PhD
Martin Bues, PhD
Kimberly S. Corbin, MD
Thomas B. Daniels, MD
Sameer R. Keole, MD
Nadia N. Laack, M.D.
Daniel J. Ma, MD
Lisa A. McGee, MD
Robert W. Mutter, M.D.
Jean Claude M. Rwigema, MD
Samir H. Patel, MD
Terence T. Sio, MD, MS
Carlos E. Vargas, MD
Sujay A. Vora, MD
William W. Wong, MD

Guest Faculty:

Robert D. Timmerman, MD
Professor, Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology and Professor of Neurosurgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Workshop Faculty

Aman Anand, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                        
James Archuleta, M.S., C.M.D.
Sarah E. Carroll, R.T.
Trisha N. Clausen, RT (R)(T), BS
Xiaoning Ding, Ph.D.
Dana Heinzerling, C.M.D., RTT, (R)(T)
Danairis Hernandez Morales
Kathleen A. Hoeft, C.M.D., RTT
Yixiu Kang, Ph.D.
Shawn M. Korte, B.S., C.M.D., RTT, R.T.
Pedro Lara, B.S., C.M.D., RTT
Matt Prince, B.S., C.M.D., RTT, (R)(T)
Nicholas B. Remmes, Ph.D.
Daniel G. Robertson, Ph.D. 
Joshua B. Stoker, Ph.D.
Wendy J. Tisue, RT (R)(T), BS


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 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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. 14.0 SAM credit hours (11 Self-Assessment Modules, worth 1.25 SAM credits each), 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.

CAMPEP has approved this activity and 14.0 MPCEC hours approved by CAMPEP.

AAMD - This seminar has been approved for 13 MDCB Credits.

AAPM - credit approval is pending

ASRT - Credit has been approved for both the Seminar and Workshop sessions.

Other Healthcare Professionals
A certificate of attendance will be provided to other healthcare professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.

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

Available Credit

  • 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 14.00 Attendance
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