Volume 36, Issue 6, June 2009
Index of content:
- Education Symposia: Room 211A
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The clinically effective and safe utilization of the medical imaging modalities requires a staff of radiologists, technologists, and medical physicists with the education and training to select appropriate technology, evaluate equipment performance, optimize procedures, and manage patient safety.Educational activities (classes, conferences, self‐study, interactive experiences, etc.) to develop these competences are characterized by their effectiveness and their efficiency.
The effectiveness of a learning activity determines outcome and the ability to perform functions as defined by the learning objectives. Effective learning is generally enhanced by providing an enriched learning environment that engages the learner with the imaging technology and the associated clinical activities. Elements that contribute to an enriched learning environment include clinical images, graphics for visualizing the invisible, interaction with feedback directly or through simulation, appropriate organization and structure of the engagement (concept development before quantization), and the guidance by a medical physicist as the learning facilitator. The elements and activities of the learning process should be organized to activate specific mental functions that collectively contribute to effective learning.
In most cases the development and conduction of a highly effective and enriched learning activity are compromised by issues of efficiency. These include availability of: qualified medical physics faculty at the place of need, limitations on time to develop educational materials, logistical constraints imposed by scheduling and conflicting clinical activities, and adequate access to the imaging technology for educational purposes.
In this symposium we will work through the general process of developing an educational activity to produce specific outcomes taking into account the issues of effectiveness and efficiency. A review of certain mental functions will provide the background for designing and organizing enriched learning environments. Applications of technology will be integrated into the design and demonstrated to enhance human performance of both the learners (students, residents) and the medical physicslearning facilitators (teachers, mentors).
1. Establish appropriate learning objectives based on the needs associated with the learning activity.
2. Understand the various functions of the human brain that need to be considered in the development of learning activities.
3. Describe the characteristics and give examples of an enriched learning environment.
4. Design a learning environment that maximizes the effectiveness of the planned learning activity.
5. Include in the design appropriate utilization of technology to increase the efficiency of learning activities.
6. Apply the design principles developed in this symposium to your specific educational programs.
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There is an art to writing a scientific paper so that it communicates accurately, succinctly, and comprehensively. Developing this art comes with experience, and sharing that experience with younger physicists is an obligation of senior scientists, especially those with editorial responsibilities for the journal. In this workshop, the preparation of a scientific manuscript will be dissected so participants can appreciate how each part is developed and then assembled into a complete paper. Then the review process for the paper will be discussed, including how to examine a paper and write an insightful and constructive review. Finally, we will consider the challenge of accommodating the concerns and recommendations of a reviewer in preparing a revision of the paper.
A second feature of the workshop will be a discussion of the process of electronic submission of a paper for consideration by Medical Physics. The web‐based PeerX‐Press engine for manuscript submission and management will be examined, with attention to special features such as EPAPS and line referencing. Finally, new features of Medical Physics will be explained, such as Vision 20/20 manuscripts, Physics Letters and the standardized formatting of book reviews.
1. Improve the participants' abilities to write a scientific manuscript.
2. Understand the review process for Medical Physics manuscripts and how to participate in and benefit from it.
3. Appreciate the many features of the PeerX‐Press electronic management process for Medical Physics manuscripts.
4. Develop a knowledge of new features of Medical Physics.