Report on the 2010 AAPM International Scientic Exchange Program (ISEP) Adel Mustafa, New York Medical College Director, ISEP 2010 Jordan Advances in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Physics Amman, Jordan • October 7 – 10, 2010
he AAPM/ISEP meeting on Diagnostic and Therapeutic Physics was held in Amman, Jordan during October 7th-10th, 2010. The venue was the Landmark Hotel in Amman City Center. The program was sponsored by the AAPM - ISEP. Local sponsorship was provided by Jordan’s King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) and Jordan Association of Physicists in Medicine (JAPM).
The objectives of this course were to present current state of the art in diagnostic and therapy physics: technology, medical applications and future trends. The target audience is medical and health physicists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, academics interested in the applications of physics in medicine, radiologic technologists, radiation therapists, students and allied healthcare professionals. Another major objective of this activity was to raise the professional prole of medical physics in Jordan and the region by increasing the visibility of their national medical physics organizations. There were over 130 attendees from countries in the region, namely Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the host country Jordan. Iraq’s representation was the highest after that of Jordan. Dr. Mahmoud Sarhan, President and CEO of King Hussein Cancer Center was honorary Chair of the local arrangements committee, while Dr. Shada Ramahi, the Chief Physicist at KHCC was the local chair and program director. The AAPM faculty included Drs. Robert Gould (UCSF), Moyed Miften (U. Colorado, Denver), Muthana Al-Ghazi (U. California, Irvine), Bruce Thomadsen (U. Wisconsin, Madison), Arthur Boyer (Texas A&M School of Medicine), Issam Al-Naqa (McGill University, Canada) and me, Adel Mustafa (NYMC). The program schedule was made in collaboration with the participating faculty. Dr. Muthana AlGhazi was instrumental in helping me with directing the therapy section and with recruiting the therapy faculty. Dr. Shada Ramahi was the corner stone in making an outstanding implementation of the program scientic and organizational aspects. The program consisted of 32 presentations given over four days, almost equally divided between diagnostic and therapy physics. The daily program started at 8 AM and ended around 5 PM with time for breaks and discussions. Details of the program, including lecture topics, speakers and members of the organizing committee are attached with this report. Each of the attendees was given a CD containing PDF les of the presentations in addition to other useful material suggested by several speakers. The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr. Mahmoud Sarhan, a nationally renounced medical oncologist, President and CEO of KHCC. The AAPM introductory remarks were presented by the author of this report and a photo opportunity followed. The AAPM attendance certicates were distributed at the end of the program. Coffee and lunch breaks were opportunities for attendees to interact with faculty informally. Arrangements were made for AAPM faculty to visit KHCC. An impressive regional cancer center with the latest cancer care technology certied by the International JCAHO. The social program was impressive and was very much appreciated by the participating faculty who felt the generosity of our Jordanian hosts. Towards the end of the meeting and for weeks following that I received many positive remarks from the local organizers and participants. The participants asked if this could be repeated every other year! Special thanks to the AAPM and the speakers who carried the AAPM torch to such far lands.