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AAPM-SCC 2024 Norm Baily Awards and MedPhys Slam

Dear AAPM-SCC members,

The Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (SCCAAPM) wishes to announce competitions for 2024; our annual Norm Baily Awards and the MedPhys Slam Event. The two competitions will be held LIVE at the Aresty Conference Center, University of Southern California (1450 Biggy Street, Los Angeles, CA) on Saturday morning, April 27, 2024.  A virtual meeting option will also be available.


Registration link: https://scc-aapm.square.site/ 






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Tentative agenda:


8:30 am-9:00 am Registration, Breakfast, visit vendors

9:00 am-9:05 am Welcome

9:05 am-9:45 am, Clinical talk by Dr. Gabriel Zada

9:45 am-10:00 am, SLAM competition

10:00 am-10:30 am Coffee break, visit vendors

10:30 am -12:00 pm Norm Baily Award competition for graduate/resident/post-doc

12:00 pm-12:30 pm Coffee break, visit vendors

12:30 pm-12:45 pm Award Announcement

12:45 pm-1:30 pm Lunch and vendor talks

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm board meeting



Norm Baily Awards


The Norm Baily Award has two award categories: a graduate and a post-doc/resident category. Any graduate student in a medical physics program in Southern California is eligible for the Graduate Student Award and any medical physics resident or medical physics post-doctoral fellow is eligible for the Resident/Post-doctoral Award. Pre-qualified Norm Baily participants will be invited to present a 6-minute talk describing their work and potential 2-minute questions. They will be scored during the Norm Baily Awards Ceremony by a panel of judges on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Award Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in the Students and Residents/Postdoc Categories, respectively.

MedPhys Slam


Additionally, all students/residents/post-docs are invited to participate in the MedPhys Slam Event! This is a research communication competition that will be judged on April 27 LIVE on the day of the Norm Baily Award. Presenters have 3 minutes to give the what, how, and why of their research or clinical project and convince a panel of judges that their work is impactful and important. The first-place winner will be determined for the Slam event that day and will represent our chapter at the National MedPhys Slam Competition to be held at the 2024 AAPM Annual meeting in Los Angeles. The second-place winner will serve as a back-up. Award certificates and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

To enter into the events:
Norm Baily contestants must submit a 300-word abstract of their work with an optional 2 pages of supporting documents (up to 750 kBytes) no later than midnight on Sunday April 21, 2024.  All submissions should be e-mailed to Steve Goetsch at: steven@sdradiotherapy.com.

MedPhys Slam participants should e-mail Steve Goetsch at: steven@sdradiotherapy.com to indicate their participation.

We encourage all students, postdocs, and residents in Southern California to participate in these events. Note: you may enter one or both events as a contestant.


President: Chengyu Shi, PhD
President-Elect: Zhilei Liu Shen, PhD
Past President: Jessica Clements, MS
Secretary: David Hoffman, PhD
Treasurer:  Talon Thompson, MS, MSc
National Board Representative: Tyler Fisher, MS 
Educational Co-Chairs:  Steven Goetsch, PhD and Marianne Plunkett, MS
Educational Committee Members: Maryam Bostani, PhD and Xiaoyu Liu, PhD 

Jessica Clements, MS
University of Vermont Medical Center
Tyler Fisher, MS
National Board Representative
Therapy Physics, Inc.
David Hoffman, PhD
California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence
Zhilei Liu Shen, PhD
University of Southern California
Chengyu Shi, PhD
City of Hope
Talon Thompson
Medical Imaging Technology and Informatics

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