AAWR at ASTRO 2015

Report by Chelsea Pinnix MD, PhD

The 57th Annual ASTRO meeting took place between October 18021 in San Antonio, Texas.  The ASTRO annual meeting is the largest
international meeting of radiation oncologists.  This year’s meeting was a success with more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, resident physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, radiation biologists, nurses and therapists in attendance.  The theme of the meeting was “Technology Meets Patient Care”, with the scientific program focusing on the intersection between modern radiation oncology and superior patient centered care. 

The annual AAWR/ASTRO lunch provided an opportunity for practicing radiation oncologists and resident physicians to learn more about an essential topic that is often forgotten and overlooking: financial planning.  Eric Ulhberg, CFP, CIMA, a Senior Vice President for Wealth Management was the keynote speaker at the event discussing “Women, Wealth and Wisdom: Making the Right Choices”.  He reviewed key elements of financial planning that are relevant from the perspective of early career through retirement.  This was a well-attended event that provided the audience with practical advice to implement in the future.

The inaugural AAWR reception took place on Monday, October 19th.   Dr. Maria Kelly, Member–at Large for Radiation Oncology and ASTRO Fellow as well as AAWR president, Dr. Feng-Ming (Spring) Kong addressed an enthusiastic group of women who sipped on coffee and snacked on chocolate at the “Coffee and Chocolate” social event.   Among the group of attendees were several distinguished AAWR members including prior ASTRO president Dr. Colleen Lawton and  Drs. Nina Mayr and Dr. Ritsuko both ASTRO Fellows .  We celebrated the accomplishments of several AAWR members, including Dr. Julia White who received the ASTRO Fellows designation this year at the 2015 Annual Meeting.  There was also a strong international presence. Next year’s meeting will take place in Boston.  We will see you in 2016!