In the News
Virtual Reality Experience in Waiting Area
In August, a virtual reality relaxation station was installed to the waiting area to help reduce stress and anxiety of patients and caregivers during treatment. You can read about the launch of the virtual reality experience in the Philly Voice, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Applied Radiation Oncology, and the Daily Pennsylvanian! You can also try it out for yourself: an identical virtual relaxation station to the one in the waiting room was installed in the touchdown space across from Proton Room 4 in PCAM for all staff to use.
Press Ganey High Scores for FY18
Press Ganey Patient Survey responses for FY2018 (7/1/17 through 6/30/18) indicate high marks that deserve recognition. From the survey sent to patients once they have completed treatment at Network locations and at PCAM, these questions scored a mean at or above 95%.
Thank you for all you do every day to maintain our high standards for quality and safety.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Helps Relieve Radiation Side Effects
After receiving radiation therapy over a decade ago, David Wolf began experiencing pain in his lower spine, legs, and hips. At the suggestion of Dr. James Metz, David tried hyperbaric oxygen to relieve his symptoms - and it worked. Please read the entire story describing how the hyperbaric medicine chamber at Penn Medicine was used to treat David's side effects in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
ASTRO Reception - October 22, 2018
Alamo Beer Company, San Antonio, TX
A fun time was had by all! Even though the weather didn't cooperate, the warmth of our department's friends and family was on tap!
5th Annual Course on Proton Therapy - November 16-18, 2018
"Charting New Frontiers in Proton Therapy: The Penn Experience"
This year's Proton Course was another success! In partnership with IBA and OncoLink, Radiation Oncology hosted over 100 attendees representing 10 countries. This year's course highlighted the patient experience. in particular. Alumni patient Arianne Missimer was the keynote speaker during lunch on Saturday, and shared her story of training and competing on American Ninja Warrior after receiving proton therapy. There was also an opportunity for attendees to view a new department virtual capabilities video, which will be used as a patient education tool. And in addition to Department staff volunteers, alumni patients Marvin Weizer, Tracy Krug, and Martha Gordon assisted with guiding attendees on a tour of the CN Level at PCAM.
Join the Rewards and Recognition Committee!
The Rewards and Recognition Committee is looking for new members as we begin to plan events for 2019. Membership is open to the entire department, including network locations! If you are interested in joining as a member or co-chair, or know a colleague who would be a great addition to the committee, please submit your name or your colleague's name to Committee Co-Chairs Andrea Rycroft (Andrea.Rycroft@uphs.upenn.edu) and Mary Callahan (Mary.Callahan@uphs.upenn.edu).
Visiting Professor Lecture Series
Every year, the medical residency program invites nationally and internationally recognized leaders in radiation oncology to speak to the residents as well as meet with department faculty. Each Visiting Professor gives an lecture at 8:00am at the ACC grand rounds at PCAM, which is then followed by a lecture at 12:00pm in Conference Room TRC-2 on the second floor. Please mark your calendars for the following lectures:
- December 5, 2018: Akila Viswanathan, Johns Hopkins University
- January 15, 2019: Phillip Devlin, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
- April 10, 2019: Jeffrey Bradley, Washington University School of Medicine
Breakthrough Bike Challenge
Thank you to alumni patients Rich Towson and Bill Barbour who represented Radiation Oncology's Beam of Life Team at the Breakthrough Bike Challenge on September 16, 2018!
Have You Recognized Someone Lately?
Have you noticed a colleague going the extra mile? Someone whose attitude makes the workplace better? A job well done or a problem solved? We want to know!
In Radiation Oncology, "Excellence is Standard" - so please take a moment to nominate a colleague who you think deserves recognition for embodying our department's mission and vision through his or her work.
Meet the Newest Members of Our Team!
Trish Beck joins our Department as a Practice Administrator for Physics and Dosimetry. In her prior role, she was a Radiology Image Supervisor. Trish earned her Bachelors of Science in Education from Philadelphia University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and eating. Trish is also a USAA-trained swimming referee! Contact Trish at Patricia.Beck@uphs.upenn.edu
Charity joins our Department as a Patient Engagement Coordinator on the Patient Engagement and Business Development Team. Previously, she was a Survey Specialist. Charity received her Bachelors of Science from Villanova University and will complete her Masters of Science from Saint Joseph's University in December 2018. Her hobbies include acrylic painting, running outdoors, and yoga. Contact Charity at Charity.Calloway@uphs.upenn.edu
Will joins our Department as a Financial Analyst. He previously was a Financial Analyst at Boston Medical Center. Will is a graduate of Boston University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, music, and cooking. Contact Will at William.Cara@uphs.upenn.edu
Lisa joins our Department as a Patient Services Associate. In her prior role, she was an Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Drexel University. Contact Lisa at Lisa.Lav@uphs.upenn.edu
Phillies Day - July 25, 2018
Rita's Water Ice - August 22, 2018
Department De-Stress with Linus the Pet Therapy Dog
Dragon Boat Festival - October 6, 2018
Each year, Penn Radiation Oncology and IBA team up and compete as the Flying Protons in the Annual Dragon Boat Festival.
#WomenWhoCurie - November 7, 2018
In honor of Marie Curie's birthday, Radiation Oncology celebrated its amazing female radiation oncologists at PCAM and in the networks.
Around the Network
Cashless Copay Collections Goes Live at Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill has successfully implemented Cashless Copay Collections at their location! Great work to all who helped get this system up and running. Thanks to their hard work, Cashless Copay Collections will now be rolled out at other network locations.
Chester County Wins Team of the Year at CPUP Penn Medicine Experience Ceremonies
Congratulations to Chester County Radiation Oncology for winning the Team of the Year Award!
Pennsylvania Hospital Wins 2 CPUP Press Ganey Awards
The Pennsylvania Hospital Radiation Oncology Team was honored at the CPUP Penn Medicine Experience Ceremonies for winning 2 CPUP Press Ganey Awards. The practice won in both "Likelihood to Recommend" and "Access" Press Ganey award categories. These awards are determined by stellar Press Ganey scores and/or improvement over the course of FY18.
Winners of the 2018 MAAPE Proficiency Award
On November 7, 2018, Radiation Oncology was awarded the 2018 Proficiency Award by the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence. COO Susan Popp accepted the award on behalf of the department, saying:
"Thank you for this recognition of how far we have come on our journey. Our journey didn't start with Baldridge in mind. It started in 2008 when we were listed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as the 5th worst nuclear accident due to a weak safety culture. At that time our leadership committed to making excellence our standard and we started asking how we could become excellent. The beauty of the Baldridge criteria is that I did not simply provide a checklist or a how-to. The Baldridge criteria encourages you to ask the question, "How can we be excellent?" We've made a lot of progress since 2008 - because we asked the questions. We have made (and can show) improvements for our patients, our team, and our partners - because we asked the questions. We'll continue on our journey towards excellence as our standard because we will continue to ask the questions. On behalf of our team here tonight and 542 people who could not be here, thanks to MAAPE for your support of our journey towards excellence."
We are excited to announce that the Medical Physics Graduate Programs -- Master of Science in Medical Physics and Certificate in Medical Physics -- have relaunched within the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania and will resume admission for Fall semester of 2019.
The programs’ new administrative home in the Department of Radiation Oncology creates an ideal alignment of faculty, clinical, and research resources under one roof. Our high-quality, clinically-focused programs will meet the continued high demand for training of medical physicists. Our graduates have been quite successful, placing into highly competitive medical physics residency programs year after year. Given our depth of faculty commitment, strong educational environment, and commitment of financial and faculty support, the Medical Physics Graduate Programs have a solid foundation here.
We now seek talented applicants to apply for Fall semester of 2019. If you know of potential students who would be a good fit for our programs, please forward our website to them and refer their names to Andrea Radine, Administrative Director, at email@example.com or 215-662-3617 so that she may contact them with additional information.
2018 SUPERS Students
This summer, 14 students participated in SUPERS: Summer Undergraduate Program for Educating Radiation Scientists. They completed a 10 week research training program in the labs of 13 different PIs in Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Bioengineering. They presented their summer projects in an all-day retreat on August 8, 2018, featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Sandra Ryeom from the Department of Cancer Biology.
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