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The Canadian Organization of Medical Physics is pleased to announce Quality Matters – Travaillons Ensemble! the 5th Canadian Winter School on Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology - a multidisciplinary radiation oncology continuing education event where participants learn in real time how to improve quality and safety in radiotherapy.

This year’s Winter School will be held at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City-- January 26th to 30th, 2014. The Winter School brings together experts in human and team performance, software design, law and ethics, error disclosure and patient relations, quality management.  Participants will then apply the quality tools learned in their home programs. 

Whether you are returning or are a first-time attendee, the 5th Winter School is the place to gain new insights on how to promote quality and safety throughout your program. With new faculty and new topics in 2014, this course will engage all radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and medical physicists. 

Program (as of 14 January 2014)

Expanded Interactive Content

In order to build upon the success of past Winter Schools, we have increased the interactive content in this year’s curriculum. We believe the most effective way of learning is by doing.  Workshops supplement each didactic session.

Inter-disciplinary sessions on error disclosure, and related legal and ethical questions

We all know that mistakes still happen despite our best efforts to perform safely. In our culture error disclosure has always been a sensitive topic. When errors happen, the legal, ethical and public relations impact is rarely experienced by frontline workers. For the first time, the Winter School is featuring an inter-disciplinary session where experts from healthcare law, bioethics, patient and public relations, and radiation oncology come together for a joint discussion about error disclosure. Case studies based on recent radiotherapy incidents will be included to stimulate discussion. This session promises to be an exciting and eye-opening education experience for all of us.

Learn from Your Peers

As reflected in our new title, we truly believe the only way to improve quality and safety is working together towards the same goal. Our faculty includes leading experts from within and outside the field of radiation oncology who will share their experience and insight. We keep the Winter School audience small, so you can connect informally with the faculty. You can pose questions to the faculty, and hear their opinions in our interactive Faculty Fishbowl at the end of the meeting. More importantly we rely on you - the participant - to share learning opportunities with your peers. Whether it is presenting your work and ideas in project galleries or the proffered oral session, or sharing over breakfast, coffee breaks, or at the course banquet, the Winter School provides all attendees with great opportunities to share best practices for the benefit of our patients.

Themes for Abstract Submission

We welcome all abstracts related to quality and safety in radiation oncology for the project gallery and proffered oral presentations. In particular, we would like to invite you to share your experience in the topics below: public and caregiver safety, incident reporting, human factors, error disclosure, and quality tools (e.g., process mapping, root cause analysis, and process control).


CAMPEP, CAMRT, MDCB and RCPSC Accreditations are in progress

Information on Proferred Presentations

Abstract Submission Instructions


Dates to Remember

Registration open : October 1, 2013, early bird deadline ends December 20, 2013

Abstract Submission 

Abstract submission extended to November 18, 2013


Keynote Speaker: Pat Croskerry, PhD, MD, Dalhousie University

Kerry Bowman, PhD, University of Toronto
Derek Brown, PhD, FCCPM, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Cindy Clarke, L.L.B., Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Suzanne Evans, MD, M.P.H., Yale University
Jean-Yves Fiset, Eng, PhD, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Marie-Andrée Fortin, MD, FRCP (C), Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Laval
Todd Pawlicki, PhD, University of California at San Diego
Sharon Rogers, MHSc, BA, University Health Network
Svetlena Taneva-Metzger, PhD, Toronto General Hospital
Mona Udowicz, MRT(T), MA(Leadership in Health), Alberta Health Services
Alan Wassyng, PhD, P. Eng, McMaster University

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Endorsed by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine