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.

To register for any Master Class, please select the class you would like to attend during the registration process. If you have already registered to attend the meeting and would like to add a Master Class, you may modify your registration to include.

Master Class: Centering on Equity: Reflecting on Unconscious Bias, Dominant Culture and Privilege
Saturday, October 22 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

$25 - Members/Nonmember/Residents/Students

ASTRO’s Master Class on Diversity, Equity, 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.

Schedule of Events
Time Subject Speakers
1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. Welcome Curtland Deville Jr, MD
1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Understanding Unconscious Bias, Dominant Culture and Privilege Daniel Velasco, Ed.D
1:25 p.m. – 1:37 p.m. Breakout Group - Addressing Health Disparities in Your Community Michele Halyard, MD, FASTRO
Shilpen Patel, MD, FASTRO
Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD
1:37 p.m. – 1:48 p.m. Breakout Group - Best Practices in Health Equity Research for Vulnerable Populations Reshma Jagsi, MD, PhD, FASTRO
Michael LeCompte, MD, MS
Avinash Chaurasia, MD
1:48 p.m. – 1:57 p.m. Breakout Group - Engaging Residents and Students in Addressing Health Disparities Malika Siker, MD
Sara Ponce, MD
Ian Pereira, BS, MD
1:57 p.m. – 2:06 p.m. Breakout Group - Addressing Barriers to Building an Effective Pipeline Program Parul Barry, MD
Kekoa Taparra, MD, PhD
Karyn Goodman, MD, MS, FASTRO
2:06 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Group - Teaching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Faculty and Staff Karen Tye, MD, MS
Sophia Kamran, MD
Shauna McVorran, MD, MHSA
2:15 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Break
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Group Presentations
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wrap Up and Closing Remarks Gita Suneja, MD, MS

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

$25 - Members/Nonmember/Residents/Students

This course aims to empower attendees to critically evaluate the design, analysis and interpretation of noninferiority clinical trials. Findings from prospective randomized clinical trials can directly impact patient care and treatment paradigms. Therefore, it is critically important to understand the benefits and limitations of non-inferiority trials and assess the quality of non-inferiority trials from protocol design, abstract presentation, to final publication. After an overview of key statistical considerations of noninferiority trials, time will then be devoted to in-depth review of high-profile trial examples, presented jointly by clinicians and statisticians who developed them. The first set of examples focus on treatment de-intensification in head and neck cancer. The second set of examples come from novel radiotherapy technology and delivery in locally advanced NSCLC and esophageal cancers. The course will also allocate dedicated time for post-session questions and discussion. Through a combination of didactic lectures, example-based cases and an interactive Q&A session, this course will offer unique training opportunities to radiation oncology professionals. At the end of this course, the audience will be able to discuss the strengths and limitations of noninferiority trials, determine if and when to change practice based on published trials and make a decision whether and when to open a noninferiority trial.

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


Master Class: Radiopharmaceutical Therapy
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

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
Shauna Campbell, DO
3:20 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Goal Setting Exercise and Debrief Raphael Yechieli, MD
Shauna Campbell, DO
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 Shauna Campbell, DO
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 Shauna Campbell, DO
5:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Panel Discussion with Q & A Sarah Hoffe, MD
Albert Koong, MD, PhD, FASTRO
Barbara Lubrano di Ciccone, MD
Minesh Mehta, MD, MB, ChB, FASTRO
5:55 p.m. – 6;00 p.m. Closing Sarah Hoffe, MD

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