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AAPM Column VOLUME President’s 36 NO. 5
AAPM President’s Column J. Anthony Seibert, UC Davis Medical Center A focus on the Annual Meeting fantastic annual meeting in Vancouver.... and I thank everyone who attended that helped make it a great success from both the AAPM and COMP! Not only the weather, but the Convention Center, the bay, the scenery, the scientic, professional, educational offerings and the overall organization were simply outstanding. For those not able to attend, and for those who attended but were unable to make many of the sessions, several were recorded and will soon be available through the AAPM Online Learning Center and Virtual Library from the annual meeting. I know I will take advantage of this great service, since I missed many events because of EXCOM meetings and other commitments that precluded my attendance ….. I highly recommend this valuable resource to you as well. Check it out on the AAPM website. Try it, you’ll like it!
To kick things off in Vancouver (after a long EXCOM meeting on Friday and Saturday morning), I was very happy to participate in the annual AAPM community service project – a tradition that has been ongoing for several years, since our 50th anniversary meeting in Houston. About 15 of us were put to work at the Vancouver Food Bank, sorting and boxing Included in this issue: all kinds of canned goods, p. 4 boxes of pasta, juices, Chair of the Board President-Elect p. 5 and a variety of household p. 6 goods. We worked steadily Executive Director Service Project Participants (L - R): through the afternoon, with Editor p. 9 Gary Ezzell, Corbi Foster, Chae-Seon Hong, Mike Herman, Karen Brown, Julie two major teams, one doing Science Council p. 10 Rainwater, John Gibbons, Tony Seibert, the sorting, and the other Education Council p. 11 Indrin Chetty, Mary Fox doing the boxing. After all Professional Council p. 13 was said and done (a little more than 2 hours’ worth of time) Leg. & Reg. Affairs p. 16 the team was gifted with the knowledge that we were able to ACR Accreditation p. 19 help about 800 families, each with one week of support, in the 2010 ISEP Report p. 21 greater Vancouver area as a result of our efforts. Thanks go p. 23 to Corbi Foster from headquarters who made the contacts 2011 ISEP Report Health Policy/Econ Issues p. 24 and established the means for this event. For next year, I Publication News p. 27 encourage all members to consider assisting in the community p. 29 service project (look for announcements when you sign up for Travel Grant Report p. 33 the annual meeting registration for 2012). This is an extremely Physics Today Online worthwhile event that makes us all proud of our profession, Persons in the News p. 34 our Association, and the knowledge that we can truly make a Letter to the Editor p. 35 difference to those in the local area who are less fortunate. I