Another year has come and gone… from social gatherings to all the fantastic educational sessions this year has proven yet again to be one for the books. The 2017 CAMRT-OAMRS Annual general Conference (AGC) ran from April 27th to the 30th in Ottawa, Ontario.
Thursday April 27th
It started off on a crisp Thursday morning and transitioned into a beautiful warm sunny afternoon in Canada’s capital. CAMRT and OAMRS members started to flood into the Westin Hotel, bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to start the AGC and eager to learn something new within their professions and catch up and socialize with old and new friends.
The day was filled with an array of workshops, and capped by the OAMRS AGM. A Welcome Reception was held at 6:00PM in the exhibit hall, and was filled with vendors showing off amazing displays. You could feel the buzz in the air as everyone got together. CAMRT President, Karren Fader and OAMRS Chair of the Board, Robert Mahon kicked off the AGC with the official welcome to all attendees. Eager to keep the socializing going, members marched on towards the Heart & Crown in the Byward market for the annual CAMRT Foundation Pub Night.
Friday April 28th
Friday brought exceptional plenary sessions and lectures in the various streams from Creating a Just Culture in Healthcare, 3D Printing Techniques to Improve Radiation Treatment and Patient Care, to The Quest for Hakuna Matata – My Journey into Community Global Outreach. We also had a very enriching Welch Memorial Lecture by Lisa Di Prospero, were she discussed the importance of Being Comfortable with Uncomfortable. Friday finished off with the CAMRT AGM and some follow up discussion about the CAMRT at the Just Ask! CAMRT President’s Town Hall.
Saturday morning started off with the annual Roentgen Ramble run/walk at 7:00AM. What followed was a day filled to the brim with lectures across an exciting educational program. There were talks on varied topics like mobile imaging to human factors in radiotherapy, digital breast tomosynthesis, and many more.
The day then eased into the CAMRT Celebration of Excellence Reception where the annual awards ceremony took place. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were given out as Roentgen made the rounds. The annual CAMRT Foundation raffle took place at the same time (and into the night) with fantastic prizes to be had for all. After the awards, the participants moved into the grand hall for the Presidents’ dinner where great food and laughs were shared all evening, not to mention an absolutely hypnotizing performance from CAMRT member Joyce Warren.
As the weekend and AGC came to a close, we listened to insightful and engaging presentations from the remainin plenary speakers about: legal and liability issues facing MRTs, technostress, and the importance of humour in the management of cancer. The OAMRS honorary Mary F. Cameron Lecture was given by Debbie Havill, she spoke about The Power of One
Then, after the talks, and four action-packed days, everyone bit adieu and made their way home.
We thank everyone who attended and thank all of our wonderful volunteers. Keep following the conversations on our newsfeed on Facebook and also on our Twitter feed with #camrt_oamrs17. All presentation slides and images can also be found at camrt.ca/agc.
Check out the CAMRT history section of our website as we celebrate 75 years of history.