2019 Best of ASTRO


Program Content/Format

The Best of ASTRO meeting is organized as a two-day summary of the most relevant, highly-rated abstracts from the Annual Meeting that highlight recent technological advances and illustrate the importance of the clinical and non-clinical skills needed to provide patients with the full benefit of radiation oncology.

Abstract Sessions
The Program Committee selects the abstracts in advance of the Annual Meeting, and the track chair of each disease site/section will act as a discussant to present abstracts in that session (original abstract authors are not invited to present).

The discussant's role is to provide a context that helps better judge the importance of the abstracts within that section, compare and contrast the abstracts and highlight key points through their own presentation, and use their expertise in this area to guide an active discussion that helps describe how the information may be relevant to the audience's daily practice.

Faculty Q and A
Following abstract discussions, case studies will be presented and faculty will answer audience questions. An open discussion is encouraged.

Statement of Need

There are multiple advances in patient safety in the context of radiation therapy delivery, clinical research on treatment options and advanced techniques in radiotherapy delivery. Failure to stay up-to-date can result in lower quality of care by practicing clinicians. Given the time and breadth of knowledge required to stay up to date on advances in cancer therapy—not only radiotherapy but also its combination with other treatment modalities—it can be very difficult for a busy practitioner to be knowledgeable about all high-impact new advances and its relevant literature affecting their practice.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the most current data guiding cancer management decisions.
  • Utilize the most up-to-date radiation technology and approaches appropriately to improve patient care.
  • Implement quality and safety measures in the delivery of radiation therapy.

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of:

  • Patient Care.
  • Medical Knowledge.
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement.
  • Interpersonal Skills and Communication.
  • Professionalism.
  • Systems-based Practice.
  • Patient-centered Care.
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams.
  • Evidence-based Practice.
  • Quality Improvement.
  • Utilize Informatics.
  • Professional Standing.
  • Commitment to Lifelong Learning.
  • Cognitive Expertise.
  • Evaluation of Performance in Practice.
  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Interprofessional Communication.
  • Teams and Teamwork.

These are 19 of the of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

This live activity is designed to meet the interests of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, physicists, nurses, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, radiation therapists, radiation dosimetrists and radiation oncology residents.

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