Format and Objectives
ASTRO’S Annual Meeting is the premier radiation oncology scientific event in the world and draws more than 11,000 attendees each year. During the 2021 Annual Meeting we will focus on the need to embrace change so that we can provide better care for our patients. We will also highlight the importance of person centered care, where we will not lose sight that the patient was first a person remembering to always take their perspective into consideration. Additionally we will also highlight the importance of ensuring a focus on the well-being of healthcare workers, who need to take care of themselves in order to care properly for their patients. We will emphasize new scientific discoveries and how to translate new findings into clinical applications, and opportunities for cure. The meeting program will continue to spotlight the importance of safety, quality, palliation and supportive care.
At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
- Examine the advances in radiation oncology technology that help improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
- Employ quality and safety measures in the delivery of radiation therapy.
- Demonstrate the value of radiation oncology to patients, referring physicians and the public.
Elements of Competence
The Annual Meeting program has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of patient/patient-centered care, medical knowledge, evidence-based practice, interpersonal skills and communication, practice-based learning and improvement, work in interdisciplinary teams, quality improvement, professionalism, professional standing and commitment to lifelong learning, eleven of the fifteen core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Institute of Medicine.
This continuing medical education activity is designed to meet the interests of radiation oncologists, radiation oncology residents, radiation biologists, radiation physicists, dosimetrists, oncologists working in related specialties, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses, radiation oncology administrators, diagnostic radiologists and all other health professionals involved in the field of radiation oncology.
Disclosure of Vested Interest
ASTRO is an accredited provider of continuing medical education. Since our accreditation is important to us, we plan activities that are compliant with the ACCME and the content or format of CME activities and related materials will promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest or commercial bias. Planning Committee members and speakers are required to disclose the existence of any financial or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) or provider(s) of any commercial services discussed in an educational presentation.
Any conflicts of interest are resolved prior to participation. In addition to written disclosure, presenters will disclose any vested interest or their intention to discuss off-label use of pharmaceuticals or devices, if applicable, to the audience at the beginning of their presentation and in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education standards and the Food and Drug Administration requirements.
In an effort to increase transparency and easy access to all disclosures, faculty, committee and planner disclosure information will be available online for the 2021 Annual Meeting. In addition, disclosure slides will be shown at the beginning of each session and in the Online Conference Planner and MyASTROapp. Disclosure information will not be printed in paper versions of the meeting materials.
ASTRO is committed to the free exchange of medical education. Inclusion of any presentation in this program, including presentations of off-label uses, does not imply an endorsement by ASTRO of the uses, products or techniques presented.