2019 Annual Conference

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Welcome

Welcome

The 80th Annual Conference will be held on Sunday, October 20th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

For 80 years, the radiologic community in California has come together to connect with their peers to learn about the latest trends in medical imaging. Attendees can earn up to 8.75 Category A Continuing Education Credits designed for California CRT license renewal.

We are excited to announce we will have a Radiation Therapy track with six presentations focusing on various topics such as CBD, Pediatric Patients, Vision RT and more.

2019 Annual Conference Registration Fees

Attendee Type

Early Bird
(ends 07/31/19)

Regular
(ends 8/31/19)

General
(ends 9/30/19)

At the Door
(After 10/1/19)

Member Technologist Professional

$149.00

$179.00

$209.00

$249.00

Non-member Technologist

$199.00

$229.00

$269.00

$299.00

Member Student

$59.00

$79.00

$99.00

$119.00

Non-member Student

$99.00

$119.00

$139.00

$159.00

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles this fall!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing on or before Friday, September 20, 2019 to receive a full refund minus a $25 administration fee.

No refunds will be issued for cancellation received less than thirty days prior to the conference.

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Schedule

Schedule

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time Topic Speaker Location
6:45am – 7:45am Registration Open & Breakfast   Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 4-6
7:45am – 8:00am Opening Remarks & Welcome Cheryl Young, CSRT President Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
8:00am – 8:50am VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA -Medicine and Medical Imaging at FameAfrica Patti Smithson, CRT (R) Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
8:00am – 8:50am Clinical Expectations of Radiation Therapy Instructors and Students Maureen Sigafoos, CMD, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
8:50am – 9:40am LGBTQ in Healthcare Corey Hidalgo Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3

8:50am – 9:40am

Pediatrics in Radiation Oncology Kristine Bowlin, BS, RT(T) & Alisha Chlebik, BS, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
9:40am – 10:00am Break – Exhibit Hall Open   Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 4-6
10:00am – 10:50am Radiation Safety in Fluoroscopy - Technical Considerations Jimmy Zhou, PhD, DABR Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
10:00am – 10:50am Cannabinoids and Cancer - " Clearing the Smoke" Damian Holman, BS, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
10:50am – 11:40am Applications of AI in Radiology Boris Geyzer Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
10:50am – 11:40am Oncology Health Care Providers & Burnout Risk Gina Passmore, Ed. D, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
11:40am – 12:10pm Lunch - Exhibit Hall Open   Open Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 4-6
12:10pm – 12:40pm CSRT Members Meeting, Scholarship Announcement & Board Installation Cheryl Young, CSRT President & Mike Odgren, ASRT President-elect Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
12:40pm – 1:30pm CQR Requirements Barbara Smith, MS, RT(R)(QM)FASRT, FAEIRS Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
12:40pm – 1:30pm History of Proton Therapy - Past & Present Edward Dickey, MHA, BS, RT(T)& Marybeth Sullivan-Dickey, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
1:30pm – 2:20pm MRI Safety & Patient Management Frank Shellock, Ph.D., FACR, FISMRM, FACC, FACSM Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
1:30pm – 2:20pm Vision RT: Improving Patient Experience and Outcomes Jotsna Singh, BS, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
2:20pm – 2:40pm Break – Exhibit Hall Open   Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 4-6
2:40pm – 3:30pm Digital Imaging - Optimizing Each Exam for Each Patient Will Edmunds, M.Ed., R.T.(R) Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
2:40pm – 3:30pm DIBH Kristine Bowlin, BS, RT(T) & Alisha Chlebik, BS, RT(T) Pavilion Education Center 4-7
3:30pm – 5:00pm Student Bowl Competition   Pavilion Education Center 4-7
3:30pm – 5:00pm ECG Gating in Cardiac CT Mark Hyun, CNMT, CRT ARRT (R)(CT) & William Paz, CRT, ARRT (R), (CT) Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3
5:00pm – 5:15pm Closing Remarks, Prizes & CE Certificates Cheryl Young, CSRT President Harvey Morse Conference Center Auditorium 1-3

Check back as we continue to update the schedule as the 2019 topics and speakers are confirmed. As a reminder, the 2019 conference schedule is subject to change.

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Speakers

Speakers

Dr. Frank Shellock, Ph.D., FACR, FISMRM, FACC, FACSM
Presenting on: MRI Safety & Patient Management

Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D. is a physiologist with more than 30 years of experience conducting laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California and the Director of MRI Studies at the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, National Science Foundation (NSF) - Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California, and the Founder of the Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research (www.IMRSER.org).

Dr. Shellock has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and is a member of the Sub-Committee on MRI safety issues for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International. Additionally, he serves in advisory roles to government, industry, and other policy-making organizations. Recently, the American College of Radiology appointed him to the ACR Subcommittee on MR Safety and The Joint Commission (TJC) appointed him to the Diagnostic Ionizing Radiation and Magnetic Resonance Expert Panel.

In 1994, Dr. Shellock received the Kressel and Crues Educational Award for exceptional educational contributions to the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT). The American College of Radiology awarded him a Distinguished Committee Service Award for years of dedicated service to the Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee – Body MRI. Dr. Shellock is a recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and has received numerous grants from governmental agencies, private organizations, and medical device companies. Dr. Shellock has lectured both nationally and internationally and has provided plenary lectures to numerous organizations including the Radiological Society of North America, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Dr. Shellock’s company, Magnetic Resonance Safety Testing Services, specializes in the assessment of MRI issues for implants and devices, as well as the evaluation of electromagnetic field-related bioeffects (www.MagneticResonanceSafetyTesting.com).

William Paz, CRT, ARRT (R), (CT)
Presenting on: ECG Gating in Cardiac CT

William Paz is a cardiac CT technologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He received his education and clinical training as a Radiology Technologist from Pasadena City College. William joined Cedars-Sinai in 1993 as an x-ray technologist and transitioned into a CT technologist, where he excelled and thus promoted to lead CT technologist. Recruited as a cardiac CT technologist 12 years ago, Paz has dedicated himself to improving cardiac CT existing protocols, as well, as build new ones. He teaches and mentors CT technologists in gated/cardiac related exams to meet cardiologist standards. William also works closely with cardiologist, assisting in research projects aimed to improve cardiac health.

Mark Hyun, CNMT, NCT, RS, RT (N,R,CT), FASNC
Presenting on: ECG Gating in Cardiac CT

Mr. Hyun is currently a nuclear medicine/nuclear cardiology research specialist & cardiac CT technologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California since 2010. Prior to returning to Cedars, he was a chief nuclear medicine technologist at an outpatient imaging center for nearly 10 years. He formerly served as a technical manager of nuclear medicine department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center over 15 years.

Kristine Bowlin, BS, RT(T)
Presenting on: Pediatrics in Radiation Oncology

Kristine Bowlin, Manager of Radiation Oncology at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, is a seasoned radiation therapist who has experience treating both adult and pediatric patient populations. She honed her skills as a therapist at UCLA where she was exposed to a myriad of treatment methods, and disease types. She is actively engaged with research and the radiation therapy trade, having contributed to multiple articles and presented at the Radiation Therapist Symposium in 2018. In addition, she has guest lectured to radiation therapy students enrolled at National University. She is spearheading her department’s accreditation drive and enjoys being part of a close knit team that is pushing the boundaries of quality in radiation therapy and pediatric care. Outside of the clinic, Kristine enjoys hiking, gardening, and has recently taken up roller hockey.

Alisha Chlebik, BS, RT(T)
Presenting on: Pediatrics in Radiation Oncology

Alisha Chlebik, a radiation therapist, has spent the last decade treating pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She graduated from California State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. She has lent her expertise in this special patient population to academic and clinical research in the form of published articles and conference presentations. In addition, she is a clinical preceptor and has appeared as a guest lecturer at National University. In the rare instance she isn’t participating in research or clinical care of patients, Alisha can be found traveling or prepping for the annual Malibu Triathlon.

Gina Passmore, Ed. D, RT(T)
Presenting on: Oncology Health Care Providers & Burnout Risk

Dr. Gina Passmore is the Program Manager for Oncology Quality and Outcomes for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, California. Prior to her role as Program manager, Gina has held positions as Department Manager of Radiation Oncology in both San Diego and Maine, Program Director of Medical Sciences programs at Suffolk University in Boston and Lead Radiation Therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Gina obtained an Undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, prior to receiving her certification in radiation therapy from the Hamilton Regional Cancer Center/ McMaster University program. She achieved her Master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Learning at Suffolk University in Boston, and her Doctorate of Education in Transformative Leadership at the University of New England.

Gina continues to be active as adjunct faculty for both University of Wisconsin La Crosse’s Medical Dosimetry program and National University’s Radiation Therapy program, whenever possible.

Jotsna Singh, BS, RT(T)
Presenting on: Vision RT: Improving Patient Experience and Outcomes

Jotsna Singh is a Clinical Sales Support Manager for VisionRT. She travels with the sales team to share her clinical experience with utilizing SGRT.

Prior to joining the VisionRT team, Jotsna worked as a lead therapist at UCSD for 7 years and then a chief therapist at UCSD for 4 years. Through those years she served as a patient and therapist advocate, helping to ensure her patient received the highest standard of care and that her therapist are always striving to achieve more. While at UCSD she also served as a clinical coordinator for students and new therapists.

Jotsna’s educational background includes a bachelor’s of science degree in radiation therapy. She is currently a board certified radiation therapist.

Jotsna has lectured at numerous local, state, regional, national and international conferences during her career.

Ed Dickey, MHA, RT(T)
Presenting on: History of Proton Therapy - Past & Present

Ed Dickey had over 30 years of experience within the medical field, focused on radiation therapy and specifically proton therapy, with more than 17 years in leadership positions including vice president, director, and chief positions. His experience as help provide him with the technical expertise to oversee all aspects of radiation oncology care.

He has overseen the opening of two radiation therapy centers in both the not-for-profit freestanding and hospital sectors. His unique experience has helped him to successfully design multiple facilities to be more responsive to an anticipated increasing patient demand.

Ed Dickey is committed to the highest standards of excellence to ensure all patients receive quality care and has served as an independent consultant on over five major proton projects with the aim of bringing each project to the highest standards in patient flow, staff output, and safety.

He is one of five tasked to review and test a Japanese proton system for FDA clearance within the United States.

He has taught on radiation therapy for close to 20 years and has a Master's degree from Capella University and a BS degree from Siena Heights University.

MaryBeth Sullivan-Dickey, RT(T)
Presenting on: History of Proton Therapy - Past & Present

Marybeth Sullivan-Dickey is a highly skilled manager and Radiation Therapist with more than 28 years of experience in day-to-day quality radiation therapy treatments and staff management in both photon and proton facilities.

Marybeth is the Director of Clinic Operations at California Protons. She is one of the most experienced Proton Radiation Therapist in the industry today, proactively assists physicians in managing treatment and quality assurance. Marybeth serves as liaison between the therapy team and medical dosimetry. Her extensive background in proton therapy allows the ability to foresee complications with setup and delivery, enhancing the safety, quality and practice of precise therapy.

Damien Holman, B.S., R.T.T
Presenting on: Cannabinoids and Cancer - " Clearing the Smoke"

Damien Holman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy from Cal State University Long Beach. He has held positions for Radiation Medical Group in San Diego, UCLA Health, and most recently for City of Hope in his hometown of Torrance. Damien began looking into CBD and THC’s role in cancer care after hearing from patients and neighbors about its role in symptom management, and its even curative properties. The results may surprise you.

Patti Smithson, CRT (R)
Presenting on: VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA -Medicine and Medical Imaging at FameAfrica

Patti moved to Northern California in 2003 from British Columbia, Canada where she raised her family and worked in accounting. In 2005, she enrolled at the Santa Rosa Junior College, one day after establishing her US Permanent Residency, and soon embarked on her pathway to become a Radiologic Technologist. She graduated as Class Valedictorian in 2009 at the age of 50.

Patti has worked for Sutter Lakeside Hospital since then. After becoming Lead Tech and learning CT, she was offered her current position of Imaging Coordinator in 2015.

Since 2009, Patti dreamed of volunteering overseas in a medical capacity. In November 2018, she achieved her goal by traveling solo over 10,000 miles to Karatu, Tanzania to volunteer at FameAfrica. Her future plans are to volunteer in other developing countries every other year and share her experiences with her peers.

Jimmy Zhou, PhD, DABR
Presenting on: Radiation Safety in Fluoroscopy - Technical Considerations

Yifang "Jimmy" Zhou, PhD is chief diagnostic medical physicist at Cedars-Sinai. His team covers clinical imaging physics service for Cedars-Sinai Health System, from diagnostic X-ray, fluoroscopy, mammography, CT, MRI to nuclear medicine. The work focuses on analytical approaches to improvement of clinical practice. He lectured imaging physics for diagnostic radiology residents for many years. He is a member of Radiation Safety Committee and Laser Safety Officer at Cedars-Sinai. His clinical research includes quantitative CT dose optimization, digital mammography, and cardiac CT. He served as the course co-director for the International Symposium on Pancreatic & Biliary Endoscopy on “Radiation Safety in Fluoroscopy”.

Dr. Zhou has numerous peer-reviewed and conference publications and holds a US patent on CT dose optimization. His has been a medical physicist for 20 years. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Radiological Sciences from UC- Irvine.

Corey Hidalgo
Presenting on: LGBTQ+ in Healthcare

Corey is a Radiologic Technologist at his alma mater California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he has managed and supervised the Radiology Department for the past eight years. He graduated from the Bachelors of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) Program at CSUN in 2010 and has since been involved in the program in many positions.

From taking diagnostic images to teaching radiation physics and regulations, Corey has always found himself between the patient care field and the education field and loves every minute of it. He is currently the President of the Radiologic Sciences Alumni Chapter at CSUN, whose goal is to support and encourage Radiologic Technology students in a multi-platform approach. An advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and equity, Corey strives to seek equitable healthcare for all persons.

Maureen Sigafoos, CMD, RT(T)
Presenting on: Clinical Expectations of Radiation Therapy Instructors and Students

Maureen Sigafoos is a Clinical Assistant Professor and a Clinical Coordinator for the Radiation Therapy Program at National University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the CSU Long Beach Radiation Therapy Program and is currently working on her Masters in Organizational Leadership. She is not only licensed in Radiation Therapy but also Medical Dosimetry. She is dedicated to assisting students reach their full potential and ensuring they are well prepared for the radiation therapy profession upon graduating.

Barbara Smith, MS, RT(R)(QM)FASRT, FAEIRS
Presenting on: CQR Requirements

Barbara Smith was an instructor in the Radiologic Technology program at Portland Community College for 34 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Education from Oregon State University, later she completed an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography from Portland Community College and her Master’s degree in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education from Portland State University. She has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics.

Currently she is co-editor of “Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiologic Procedures”. Professionally she has worked on committees for many organizations and is a life member of the Oregon Society, a fellow of the ASRT (2002) and AEIRS (2010) and an ARRT Trustee.

Boris Geyzer
Presenting on: Applications of AI in Radiology

Boris Geyzer is the Digital Radiography Product Manager for Neurologica, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics which is the USA headquarters for Samsung’s medical business consisting of DR, ultrasound, and mobile CT products. Boris has been in the medical imaging field since 2002 working in the commercial space with high technology companies including Canon Medical Systems, Varian Medical Systems, Trixell, and Siemens. Throughout his tenure Boris has gained expertise in digital radiography, digital fluoroscopy, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology, and interventional radiology and has launched dozens of new products in the marketplace. Boris is a member of the Association of Hospital Radiology Administrators (AHRA) and sits as a member representative with MITA, the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance. Boris was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY but now resides in South Florida with his wife April and son Elijah.

William Edmunds, M.Ed., R.T.(R)
Presenting on: Digital Imaging - Optimizing Each Exam for Each Patient

Will Edmunds is an alumnus of the Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) medical radiography program, class of 2008. Today, he is an assistant professor in the SAHP and director of the medical radiography program at LLU.

Will’s research interests include student success and transformative learning in higher education. Will is currently an Ed.D. doctoral candidate at Concordia University-Portland working on his emphasis on Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation (PLIT). In addition, he holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Chico and an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in higher education from The University of Redlands. Before a career change into higher education, Will worked in telecommunications as a technical support engineer.

Will keeps up his 10+ years as a staff radiologic technologist for the LLU Medical Center Radiology Department by working per diem once a week at the Surgical Hospital to keep up on the latest technology and maintaining his skill set to be a better educator to his students. He also is a director-at-large on the board on the California Society of Radiologic Technologists (CSRT) 2017-2019 and the 2020 President-elect.

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Scientific Display

Scientific Display

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Annual Conference Scientific Display Competition. Below you will find the competition guidelines and application process. Failure to comply with the competition rules will be grounds for disqualification.

Please read the rules governing the competition guidelines thoroughly and submit the application below no later than 11:59pm September 20, 2019.

Scientific Display Awards

First place $300.00
Second place $200.00
Third place $100.00

Objectives:

  1. Provide an opportunity to radiologic science students, enrolled in approved California schools, to participate in the professional society.
  2. Provide a monetary award for creativity while learning and educating the public of topics related to radiologic sciences.
  3. Gain recognition of CSRT within the State of California as a leader in radiologic technology education.
  4. Promote student interest and motivation in CSRT.

Student Eligibility Criteria (applies to each student):

  1. A CSRT member or applying for membership at the time of application (visit csrt.org/join to become a member).
  2. Enrolled full-time RT student in a California Department of Public Health approved and JRCERT recognized education program of Radiologic Sciences.
  3. All participants may submit only one exhibit at an annual conference.
  4. No more than three participants per exhibit.
  5. Responsible for requesting his/her own student application forms (one application per display)

Exhibit Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Former awarded exhibit may not be re-submitted.
  2. Exhibit may not have been displayed previously at a CSRT annual conference.
  3. Displays must be the original work of the exhibitor and may not have been commercially prepared. Courtesy recognition will not be allowed.
  4. Proof of referencing must be provided on the display. Adequate referencing is required to avoid any copyright infringement or plagiarism. Projects that fail to submit appropriate referencing will be disqualified.
  5. The author's name(s) and institution must not appear any place on the exhibit (this would include faculty/student photos, institution logos or pictures, etc.). If slides or illustrations are used, the names of the institution, logos, faculty/student photos, etc., or any identifying marks must not appear in the exhibit.
  6. Exhibits in their entirety must fit in a 6’ X 4’ table that will be provided by the CSRT. Electrical power will not be provided.
  7. Exhibits must be turned in during the registration time of the annual conference and picked up when the conference adjourns.
  8. Exhibits will be displayed by 7:45AM the day of the conference and removed when the conference has adjourned. Scientific displays that are left behind will be discarded.

Grant Procedures:

  1. Complete the online application below no later than 11:59pm September 20, 2019
  2. The Board reserves the right to perform the selection procedures or assign the duties to the Education Committee.
  3. The winning recipients will be announced and given the award at the Annual Conference. The winner, or at least one person from the winning group must be present in order to receive the monetary award.

Annual Conference Scientific Display Award Application

I/We acknowledge and comprehend the requirements governing this award. I/We fully attest that the scientific display submitted is solely mine/ours and was not prepared by another individual, nor was it prepared commercially.

Venue Information

Venue Information

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

8700 Beverly, Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90048

Check back for more information on the 2019 Annual Conference Venue such as parking information and much more.

Accommodations

Accommodations

We are excited to announce we have reserved room blocks at the following hotels near Cedars Sinai. Reservations at the discounted rates below are based on availability for October 19th, 20th and/or 21st. Please find additional information on each hotel below:


The Elan Hotel - Los Angeles
8345 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90048

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Rates/Room Types

$205 - Executive King Room (1 king bed)
$215 - Deluxe Double (2 double beds)
$239 - Junior Suite (1 king bed + pullout sofa)

Rates above will be held until September 19, 2019 based on availability.

Additional Information

7 minute walk to Cedars
$35 - Valet parking

Reservations

To reserve your room emaill dhofilena@elanhotel.com or call (323) 658-6663.
Please quote 'CSRT' when booking by email or over the phone.


Ramada Plaza - West Hollywood
8585 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA. 90069

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Rates/Room Types

$189 - Standard King Room
$189 - Double Bedroom

Rates above will be held until October 5, 2019 based on availability.

Additional Information

1 mile from Cedars
$30 - Daily parking

Reservations

To reserve your room online click here


Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90048

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Rates/Room Types

$229 - Luxury King Room
$249 - Superior Double

Rates above will be held until September 27, 2019 based on availability.

Additional Information

5 minute walk to Cedars
$45 - Daily parking with in and out privileges

Reservations

To reserve your room online click here
For instructions on reserving your room online click here

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