2019 ASTRO Annual Meeting

Special Events

The following events require separate registration and an additional fee. Only full conference attendees are eligible for these events. One-day conference attendees may only register for the events on the day they register to attend the meeting (with the exception of Saturday events). Space is limited, so please register early. Please note that events and fees are subject to change.

Saturday, September 14

ACGME Workshop – Review Committee Update and Accreditation Info You Need for Your Program

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This session will provide an update to Radiation Oncology Residency Program Directors and Program Coordinators on the work of the Review Committee for Radiation Oncology in the Next Accreditation System, including Program Update, Major Changes in Program Requirements and NAS Accreditation Reviews. Additional topics will include review of resident survey information, the application of the new Sections I-V of the Common Program Requirements, information related to the self-study and 10-year site visit process, and will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their challenges and local solutions. This session will provide information that will be applicable to attendees to apply to their own programs. 

ASTRO Letter of Intent Writing Workshop

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Research in radiation oncology results in exciting breakthroughs in cancer therapies, and can lead to discoveries that can improve the health and survival of cancer patients. It is imperative that radiation oncology researchers know best practices for writing letters of intent in order to continue the high-quality research that is being done in the field. This session will give our members invaluable information that will help them secure funding and approvals for clinical trials.

ASTRO Grant Writing Workshop

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Research in radiation oncology results in exciting breakthroughs in cancer therapies, and can lead to discoveries that can improve the health and survival of cancer patients. Securing funding for this type of research can prove difficult for some; therefore, ASTRO is offering our investigators a chance to interact and learn from our most well-funded members.

Theranostics Workshop: Expand Your Practice into Radiopharmaceuticals

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$150 - Members/Nonmembers
Free - Residents/Students 

Join us for the new ½ day training workshop designed to teach clinical radiation oncologists everything they need to know to expand their practice into radiopharmaceutical therapy. Many new radiopharmaceutical therapies (RPTs) are now approved and many others are emerging for treatment of prostate cancer, neuroendocrine cancers and other cancers. Radiation oncologists are experts regarding the benefits and risks associated with various cancer therapeutic options and are perfectly positioned to help patients make the best choice for their particular situation, including the use of RPTs.  Radiation oncologists are certified to deliver these RPTs but many lack specific and updated training and therefore underutilize them. This workshop will provide a refresher on relevant physics, pharmacology, and radiobiology, as well as offer logistical and practical training in clinical use of radiopharmaceuticals. It will include specific breakout sessions on Ra-223, Lu-177 DOTATATE, Lu-177 PSMA agents, I-131 MIBG and Y-90 Microspheres and cover important infrastructure, workflow and financial considerations. This special training workshop will enable radiation oncologists to provide the highest quality of patient-centered care in the use of RPTs.

Sunday, September 15

ROI Breakfast: Securing Your Future: Tax Reform, Personal Financial Planning and Charitable Giving

6:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. 
Hot Breakfast provided.

Personal financial planning is important for all professionals. In this session, a financial planning expert will review the basics that physicians need to know about personal income, estate planning, and charitable giving. The session will include information about the tax law changes in 2017. In addition, strategies will be discussed for reducing and avoiding income tax while leaving a legacy to the field of radiation oncology for research. Attendees will discover ways to maximize income and minimize taxes by planning for the future. The Radiation Oncology Institute is providing this financial planning session for the second year in a row as a service to ASTRO members. 

Monday, September 16

Physician Wellness Luncheon

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Box Lunch provided.


New this year! Join us for this new luncheon that will focus on wellness issues specific to physicians and other members of the treatment team.

AAWR/ASTRO Annual ASTRO Luncheon: Pros and Cons of the Practice Setting - Change to Leadership

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Box Lunch provided.

The Annual AAWR Luncheon at the ASTRO Annual Meeting is an opportunity for women in radiation oncology to network and engage on a topic relevant to practicing radiation oncologists, with a focus on issues important to all but historically labeled women’s issues. This year’s luncheon will highlight the topic of leadership with a presentation from Dr. Gae Walters, president of Millennium Consulting.

AAWR-ASTRO-ARRO-SPRO-SWRO-CHEDI: Speed Mentoring: Navigating the Ladder of Success While Developing Work-life Integration

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Join us for the first ever AAWR-ASTRO-ARRO-SPRO-SWRO-CHEDI Speed Mentoring Session! The concept of speed mentoring is that it is an opportunity for young physicians, physicists, residents and students to meet with more established faculty or private practitioners to discuss topics of relevance to the mentee. Each table will have one or more mentors. A topic or theme is suggested for each table with nentors of diverse experience. Young physicians/trainees spend a few minutes at a table discussing topics with the mentors and other people seated at each table and then switch to the next table when time is up. Topics will range from work-life integration, achieving leadership roles, getting involved in national organizations, tips for research success, benefits and challenges of different practice environments, etc. Space is limited so sign up now!

Tuesday, September 17

ASTRO/NCI Diversity Symposium: Pathways for Recruiting and Retaining Women and Under-represented Minority Clinicians and Physician Scientists Into the Radiation Oncology Workforce

6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast provided.
Breakfast will be served at 6:45 a.m. and the session will begin at 7:00 a.m.

This session will first explain the importance of a diverse workforce in reducing health disparities. We will present recent data describing the extent of diversity in radiation oncology, including how it has changed over time, and how our statistics compare to those of other related medical professions. With that background information, we will then discuss general approaches to medical student recruitment, including creative approaches to improve radiation oncology involvement in undergraduate medical education so that more students learn of the existence of the specialty early in their education when they have time to build themselves into competitive residency applicants. We will then focus on specific barriers to recruitment of women and under-represented minority students into radiation oncology residency programs. We will discuss how educational initiatives can effectively transition into targeted mentoring, and consider ways that national organizations like ASTRO and ASCO promote female and URM student interest in oncology. Finally, we will review approaches to faculty retention of women and URM candidates at academic institutions, which has historically been a problem throughout medical specialties.