ADROP Retreat

Join us at the ASTRO headquarters in Arlington, Va., for the ADROP Retreat taking place on Friday, July 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We hope this will be a wonderful opportunity for members to network and enjoy dedicated time to discuss important issues related to our specialty and trainee education and development. 


Registration for the ADROP Retreat is closed. You can still register for the webinar, see details below. 

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Nicki Froats at 703-839-7390.

Unable to attend this year's retreat in person?

 You can also participate remotely via our live webcast. Please email Nicki Froats for more information and to sign up!


Online hotel reservations are now open!

The Crystal Gateway Marriott is conveniently located within walking distance to the ASTRO headquarters.

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-228-9290
Discounted Rate: $189 (excluding taxes)
Hotel Deadline: Friday, July 5, 2019

If you would like to book your hotel by phone, please contact the hotel directly at 1-888-236-2427 to reserve a room.

Room Reservations

The Crystal Gateway Marriott is the official host hotel of 2019 ADROP Retreat. A block of rooms have been set aside for ASTRO attendees at a discounted rate until July 5, 2019. Reservations made after this date will be on a space-available basis and may not be at the negotiated rate. Please note that room inventory is subject to availability and it is not uncommon for the room block to sell-out before the reservation deadline. To ensure that you receive a room at the discounted conference rate, we encourage you to make your reservation early.


By reserving a room at ASTRO’s official hotels for 2019 ADROP Retreat, you understand that ASTRO and The Crystal Gateway Marriott have exchanged your personal information for the purpose of facilitating your hotel reservation. You agree to release ASTRO, ASTRO’s official hotels and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any liability relating to disclosure of your personal information for this purpose.

Program Information

The tentative agenda for the ADROP Retreat is as follows:

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Arrival, Introductions and Informal Networking
Allen Chen, MD, President, ADROP
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Summary of Proposed Program Requirement Revisions for Radiation Oncology
Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE, Executive Director, Anesthesiology, Radiation Oncology and Transitional Year RCs, ACGME, Chicago, IL
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Does Size Matter? The Future of "Small" Residency Programs (Panel Discussion)
Mitchell Kamrava, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, FACR, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Board-Certification Process: Past, Present, Future
Kaled M. Alektiar, MD, Radiation Oncology Board of Trustees, ABR
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Informal Networking
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Optimization and Standardization of Elective Time/Research Blocks During Residency (Panel Discussion)
Robert Amdur, MD, University of Florida School of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida
Steve Braunstein, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Job Market/Job Search Issue
Trevor Royce, MD, Vice Chair, ASTRO Workforce Subcommittee
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Fellowship Training in Radiation Oncology(Panel Discussion)
Lia Halasz, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Brandi Page, MD, Johns Hopkins Radiation Oncology, Bethesda, Maryland
Chelain Goodman, MD, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. After the 2019 Match: How Can Radiation Oncology Attract Future Medical Students?
Daniel Golden, MD, MHPE, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Primer on Social Media for Program Directors
Rahul Tendulkar, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing Comments
Allen Chen, MD, President, ADROP

Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Meeting Location

The ADROP Retreat will take place at ASTRO's headquarters located as follows:

ASTRO Headquarters
251 18th Street South
8th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202

Travel Information

The ASTRO headquarters is 2 miles away from the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), 28 miles away from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and 37 miles from the Baltimore International Airport (BWI). 

Getting to ASTRO Headquarters

A taxi cab from the Ronald Reagan National Airport to ASTRO headquarters will range from $15-$20 one way. A taxi cab from the Dulles International Airport (IAD) to ASTRO headquarters will range from $75-$85 one way. A taxi cab from the Baltimore International Airport (BWI) to ASTRO headquarters will range from $95-$110 one way.

All parking rates are subject to change at any time.

  • 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
    Parking is available and is $26 for daily parking and $30 for valet parking at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.
  • ASTRO Headquarters
    ASTRO headquarters parking is $21 per day (over 6 hours). Entrance to the parking can be found on 18th Street.

Metro Service
Metro service is available from the Ronald Reagan National Airport (one stop away from the Crystal City Metro Station). Take the Blue or Yellow Line, and exit at the Crystal Metro City Station.

From Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)
From airport Terminals B and C, take the pedestrian bridge to the Metro's Reagan National Airport Station located on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Take the Yellow Line train (in the direction of Mount Vernon Square) or the Blue Line train (in the direction of Largo Town Center) one stop to the Crystal City Metro Station. The ASTRO headquarters is located up the Metro escalator and can be accessed from the underground Crystal City Shops.


Please direct any questions regarding registration or housing to Nicki Froats at 703-839-7390. For any other questions regarding the program, please contact Michele Donohue at 703-839-7384.

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