WIST First Friday Forum: ‘Striving for Equity: Women in Medical Physics’
The Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program will host a First Friday Forum Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Building 202, Room B169.
This month’s First Friday Forum features Jean Moran, professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Radiation Oncology, who will present “Striving for Equity: Women in Medical Physics.”
Light refreshments will be provided. The First Friday Forum is open to all Argonne employees; everyone whose schedule permits is encouraged to participate.
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is the primary organization for medical physicists. Women represent approximately 20 percent of the membership in the AAPM. Medical physicists work in research, clinical and regulatory settings and can be employed in hospitals, research laboratories, industry and the government. The history and goals of the AAPM Women’s Professional Subcommittee will be shared along with efforts to grow future women leaders in the field. In some areas of the association, there is still a lack of women in both the highest leadership positions and as awardees. A lower presence of women is evident as well in the receipt of grants to pursue medical physics research. Constructive activities which are being pursued to improve opportunities for women in different parts of the AAPM will be presented. Additional opportunities to improve equity will be discussed.
Jean Moran is a professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Radiation Oncology. As associate division director of Clinical Physics, she directs the clinic physics effort in the department. Her research focuses on the safe and appropriate adoption of advanced technologies, including for breast cancer, and use of collective experience to improve patient care. She has expertise in dosimetry and application of automation for improvements in clinical care. She is also actively working on the application of formal risk analysis techniques to guide quality assurance efforts in Radiation Oncology.
Moran is the assistant director of the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium which consists of 25 centers throughout Michigan. She leads research on automated quality assurance techniques for linear accelerators in an international consortium. She is a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and has authored guidance documents related to quality assurance for both the AAPM and the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).