Master Classes

Master Classes are deeper dives into a particular topic that require additional time and instruction. This year we will hold four master classes on Radiopharmaceutical Therapy, Non-Inferiority Trials, Professional Development and Early Career, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Health. 

Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Master Class
Saturday, October 22 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

$150 - Members/Nonmember
Free - Residents/Students

Radiopharmaceutical therapies (RPTs) are increasingly utilized for treatment of prostate, neuroendocrine, thyroid and other cancers. Radiation oncologists are experts regarding the benefits and risks associated with various cancer radiotherapeutic options and are thus uniquely positioned to evaluate radiation treatment options for patients, including the use of RPTs.  Radiation oncologists are designated authorized users for RPTs, but do not frequently prescribe RPTs or pursue development of RPT programs due to lack of training, infrastructure and knowledge of how to establish a program.  The lack of training may affect patient safety and access to care, especially for new therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals since few practitioners are actively developing the RPT programs in the country. 

Schedule of Events
Time Subject Speakers
1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. Welcome Hyun Kim, MD, PhD
1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Introduction to Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Annick Van den Abbeele, MD
1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Basics of Physics and Radiobiology for Radiopharmaceutical Therapies – Emerging Research Stephen Graves, PhD
Zachary Morris, MD, PhD
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Radium-223 (Prostate)
  • Clinical indications and brief medical physics
Richard Stock, MD
2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Case Presentation and Discussion Ana Kiess, MD, PhD
2:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Break  
3:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Lu-177-PSMA (Prostate)
  • Clinical indications
  • Developing standard operating procedures
Jeff Michalski, MD, MBA, FASTRO
Jacqueline Zoberi, PhD
4:15 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Case Presentation and Discussion Ana Kiess, MD, PhD
4:25 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Lu-177-Dotatate (NET)
  • Clinical indications
  • Practical considerations and troubleshooting
Amir Iravani, MD
Nicole Maughan, PhD, MS
5:15 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Case Presentation and Discussion Hyun Kim, MD
5:25 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wrap-up Hyun Kim, MD

Clinical Trial Design - Noninferiority Trials Master Class
Saturday, October 22 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

$25 - Members/Nonmember/Residents/Students

You are human first, clinician second. You are not a robot who is expected to endure the same task over and over or expend all of your energy without release, recovery and relaxation. The helpers and healers who treat those who need help are becoming more isolated, burnt out and, more than ever, are at an increased risk of depersonalization, depression and suicide. What can we do? Improv. Improv? Yes! Improv! Come to this session and learn how we can use comedic improv as a tool for self-care and as part of clinical practice. By applying the basic fundamentals of improv, we can move from isolation to more connection. We will learn to drop our barriers and guards and become more comfortable with doing so. We will take care of ourselves so that we're better equipped to take care of others. Using basic improv techniques allows every individual to overcome self judgement, drop preconceived notions to serve the situation/circumstances and not our own agenda, and be more comfortable about collaboration, communication and connection with others. If reading this description made you a little nervous, then you are exactly who should join us. Follow the fear! 
Schedule of Events
Time Subject Speakers
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Welcome, Course Objectives and Introduction of Speakers Chen Hu, PhD
1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Trial Introduction and Background Richard Chappell, PhD
2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Break  
2:55 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Example 1:
  • Treatment De-intensification in HN Cancer, Example Trial to Include RTOG 1016, NRG-HN002, HN005, HN009.
Sue Yom, MD, PhD, FASTRO
Jim Dignam, PhD
Danielle Margalit, MD, MPH
2:55 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break  
3:50 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Example 2:
  • New Technology and RT Delivery in Locally Advanced NSCLC and Esophageal, Examples Include RTOG 1308, NRG-GI006, NRG-LU008.
Chen Hu, PhD
Jeff Bradley, MD, FASTRO
2:55 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Engagement Activity – Post Session Questions, Examples and Discussion Danielle Margalit, MD, MPH
2:55 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Wrap-up All Faculty

Professional Development Master Class - Goalsetting, Difficult Conversations and Leading “Up”
Sunday, October 23 | 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

$25 - Members/Nonmember/Residents/Students

Lack of professional development training in residency can lead to physicians having difficulty transitioning to practice, with failure to proactively set career goals and prioritize work/life schedules. In today’s fast-paced changing health care environment, this can lead to communication breakdown with organizational leaders and an increased potential for difficult conversations. Proactively setting goals to achieve the wanted type of clinical practice structure/research opportunities and then appropriately “leading up” to achieve them is the objective of this Master Class. The structure is designed to be as interactive as possible, with attendees first taking the time to reflect on their own career goals and then envision, with role play, how conversations could be guided strategically to achieve desired results. Tools to help navigate high stakes conversation will be provided, along with a panel discussion with national leaders in academic and private practice radiation oncology, to focus on how each individual can assess their own communication competence now and learn ways to improve to become more effective reaching their desired goals for the career path they have chosen. 
Schedule of Events
Time Subject Speakers
3:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Welcome and Introduction Rahul Tendlukar, MD
3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Goal Setting Raphael Yechieli, MD
Sudha Amarnath, MD
3:20 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Goal Setting Exercise and Debrief Raphael Yechieli, MD
Sudha Amarnath, MD
3:35 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Improving Communication: Skills and Tips for Approaching Difficult Conversations with Q and A Barbara Lubrano di Ciccone, MD
Jessica Frakes, MD
4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break  
4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Role Play exercise 1 Albert Koong, MD, PhD, FASTRO
Austin Sim, MD, JD
4:40 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Role Play exercise 1 Debrief TBD
4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Role Play exercise 2 Leila Tchelebi, MD
Minesh Mehta, MD, MB, ChB, FASTRO
5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Role Play exercise 2 Debrief TBD
5:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Panel Discussion with Q & A Sarah Hoffe, MD
Patricia Hardenbergh, MD, FASTRO
Onyinye Balogun, MD, MS
Minesh Mehta, MD, MB, ChB, FASTRO
Albert Koong, MD, PhD, FASTRO
5:55 p.m. – 6;00 p.m. Closing Sarah Hoffe, MD

Master Class on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Health - Implicit Bias
Monday, October 24 | 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

$25 - Members/Nonmember/Residents/Students

ASTRO’s Masterclass on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Health will provide an interactive experience where participants will learn important skills that they can use in their clinical practice. The program’s theme will be centered on unconscious bias. A keynote presentation by Daniel Velasco, EdD, from Latinos for Education, will help participants understand racism and discrimination in America, and how they contribute towards social determinants of health. There will be exercises that focus on addressing health disparities in your community through topics that include building trust, reducing financial toxicity, working with community partners and performing health equity research with vulnerable populations. The program will also focus on building an equitable culture within your hospital or department, through topics that include performing a holistic review for hiring and residency selection, engaging faculty, staff and trainees, and building an effective pipeline program. 


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