2020 winter school

Click here for tentative program (as of October 31, 2019)

The changing role of medical physics -
the importance and impact of communication, clinical presence, and patient-facing activities

The COMP Winter School has done a tremendous amount of work to establish and motivate behavioural and cultural change with respect to how Quality and Safety tools and techniques are implemented in Radiation Oncology and Radiology clinics across Canada.  This year, we aim to discuss and investigate new clinical opportunities for medical physicists that could have a transformative, positive impact on Radiation Oncology and Radiology patients.  The overarching goals of the 2020 Winter School are: 1) to understand clinical communication and clinical involvement impact Quality and Safety, 2) to discuss novel roles for medical physicists in the clinic and 3) to discuss the potential impact of those roles.

We aim to limit the amount of content, providing high-quality content that can be readily digested, readily discussed, and openly debated – more free time for interaction and discussion, fewer scheduled presentations.  We’re also planning to have novel team micro-debates, hands-on sessions with software, and plenty of interactive discussion sessions.

Come participate in the 2020 Winter School at Mont Tremblant or encourage a colleague (physicist, therapist, radiation oncologist or all of the above!) to attend and report back to your centre. The Winter School is a relaxed and collegial multi-professional learning environment where the delegates learn from each other and from the experts.

Important Dates

31 October, 2019: Registration and abstract submission for project gallery presentations opens
18 November, 2019 : Abstract submission deadline
Mid December 2019: Abstract review completed
8 January 2020: Early-bird registration deadline
10 January 2020: Deadline for negotiated hotel rate
2 February, 2020: Winter School begins

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Mont Tremblant Ski Resort (commonly referred to as Tremblant) is a year-round resort in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada, located about 130 km (80 mi) northwest of Montreal. It is best known as a ski destination, but also features Lake Tremblant suitable for swimming and two golf courses in the summer months. The name of the mountain, Mont Tremblant, was derived from the Algonquin indigenous people, who called it the "trembling mountain." The summit is at an elevation of 875 m (2,871 ft), which makes it one of the tallest peaks in the Laurentians. The mountain and resort are part of the Mont-Tremblant National Park and are both located near the village of Mont-Tremblant.

2020 Organizing Committee

Derek Brown, PhD, University of California at San Diego (Chair and Course Director)
Todd Atwood, PhD, University of California at San Diego
Wayne Beckham, PhD, University of Victoria, BC Cancer Agency
Jay Burmeister, PhD, Wayne State
Amanda Caissie, Oncologist, Saint John Regional Hospital
Titania Juang, PhD, University of California at San Diego
John Kildea, PhD, McGill University
Sarah Quirk, PhD, University of Calgary
Marija Popovic, PhD, McGill University
Nancy Barrett, Gisele Kite and Sarah McCabe, COMP Office

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