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June 5, 2019

Why attend ASTRO 2019? Reason #1: A reengineered and interactive Presidential Symposium
ASTRO’s 61st Annual Meeting takes place September 15-18 at McCormick Place West in Chicago. This year’s program includes an all-new format for the Presidential Symposium, “Curing Metastatic Disease with Radiotherapy — Myth or Reality?” It will begin with three level-setting talks, followed by an Oxford-style debate. Attendees then select one of 12 facilitated Expanded Learning Sessions to attend, where they will be encouraged to “pick a side.” They will then have the opportunity to continue the discussions with informal “Table Talks” in the Innovation Hub. View this video from ASTRO President Dr. Theodore DeWeese to learn more, and join the PS: Innovate Together community to help choose session topics or volunteer to lead a discussion. Be sure to register by June 27 to take advantage of the lowest early-bird rates.

Don’t hesitate, complete your 2019 ASTRO membership survey now
Thank you to everyone who has completed their 2019 ASTRO Membership Survey. For those who haven’t, you can participate one of two ways: follow the link in the email sent to you on May 30, or click here to request a new survey link. Once you complete the survey, you can be entered in a drawing to win one of two great prizes: a free registration to the 2019 ASTRO Annual Meeting in Chicago, or one year of paid ASTRO membership dues. Your feedback helps ASTRO to better serve your needs and represent your interests. Please take 10 minutes to complete this year’s membership survey and make your voice heard.

The latest ASTRO Blog posts you don’t want to miss

Last week, ASTRO Board Chair Paul Harari, MD, FASTRO, posted a follow-up to his previous blog on the residency training landscape. In the Residency Training Landscape, Continued, Dr. Harari provides context to ASTRO’s position on the ACGME’s proposed changes to the radiation oncology residency training requirements.

Also on the ASTRO Blog are recent postings on the exciting changes coming to the 2019 Annual Meeting! ASTRO CEO Laura Thevenot shares why ASTRO is evolving its Annual Meeting, what’s new in 2019 and what’s ahead for 2020. ASTRO President Dr. Theodore DeWeese introduces the newly reengineered Presidential Symposium and how ASTRO is asking for member input to crowdsource discussion topic ideas through the PS: Innovate Together community on the ROhub.

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Important notice regarding ASTRO 2019 registration and housing
Stop! Before you register or book your housing, be sure that you are on the official ASTRO Annual Meeting website. It has come to our attention that one or more companies are claiming to be associated with ASTRO to assist attendees with registration and housing for the 2019 ASTRO Annual Meeting in Chicago. The only company affiliated with ASTRO to provide this service is SPARGO, Inc. Attendee registration and housing for ASTRO 2019 is now open. The website to register and reserve housing is If you are contacted by anyone other than SPARGO Inc., please use caution in giving out any personal or financial information and send any information or communications you receive to ASTRO Meetings.

New CMEs now available
Red Journal Gray Zone-A Caudate Conundrum is now available for CME credit in ASTRO Academy for free. This new activity will explore the management of difficult cases in practice, but we also want to hear from you! After reading the case, share your opinion on Twitter using #gyzone and take a poll to support one of the expert opinions. Journal SA-CME is now available for IJROBP article “The optimal use of imaging in Radiation Therapy for lymphoma – Guidelines from the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group (ILROG).” This activity is available to members for $25. View all online Journal SA-CME.

Upcoming ‘eContouring for Prostate Cancers’ webinar
Stanley Liau, MD, and Daniel Hamstra, MD, PhD, will present the eContouring for Prostate Cancers webinar on June 18, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. This ROI Juan A. del Regato Fund sponsored webinar will explore the use of CT and MRI to accurately define relevant anatomy in the planning of intact and post-operative prostate cancer for radiation therapy. The faculty will also discuss strategies that can be employed before or during the planning process to improve the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. For this hands-on activity, attendees will receive access to the case to be reviewed prior to the webinar and continue to have access for a year. Registration is now open and is free to members-in-training!

Get ready for the Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) 5K!
Registration for the 10th Annual 5K Run for the Future to Benefit the ROI at the ASTRO Annual Meeting is now open. The race, which supports radiation oncology research, will begin at 6:44 a.m. Central time on Monday, September 16, and follow a course along the beautiful Lakefront Trail in Chicago. Join the competition today by creating a team and encouraging your fellow attendees to register for the 5K. If your team joins the fundraising challenge and raises the most money for the ROI, you will be recognized on a banner at the finish line! Even if you're not registering for the race you can still raise funds. Just go to the Make A Donation tab and click on Become a Fundraiser to open the personal fundraiser options.

Munson Medical Center receives APEx® accreditation
Congratulations to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan, for successfully completing the APEx program! View a list of accredited facilities. Contact ASTRO APEx staff for additional information on the APEx program for your facility.

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