GS02-1731 - Medical Physics Seminar

Schedule - Fall 2017
last revised 11/01/2017



Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Class Structure:


Dr George Starkschall, course coordinator
(713) 563-2537


The class will be graded on a pass/fail basis. To pass, you must do the following:


Presentation Guidelines:

Each student will present to the class a 20-minute oral presentation on any topic of his/her choosing in medical physics.  The presentation must include information from at least two articles in the peer-reviewed literature.  Such journals may include, but are not limited to, Medical Physics, Physics in Medicine and Biology, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, etc. Students are encouraged to seek a faculty mentor for guidance.

Once you have selected a topic, relevant papers, and a faculty consultant, e-mail that information to me no later than 9/16/16. Please email me a copy of the papers you have chosen.  Topics will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Although highly unlikely, you will be asked to select another topic if your topic has already been selected.  Second-year students should pick a topic related to their research project.  First-year students should schedule an appointment with me if you have difficulty getting started. E-mail me to schedule an appointment. I am typically in the office (FCT6.5056) on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I am in my office on Fridays if I am giving a Med Phys I class on Friday.

Remember that in your presentation you should give an introduction to the area of medical physics your papers address, as the material will likely be new to most students. Prepare a short abstract (approximately 300 words) of your presentation to be handed out before you start your presentation. This abstract cannot be a copy of the abstracts of papers you are reviewing! Excerpts of the papers reviewed and/or background material can also be provided to classmates (5-page maximum), if desirable.

In addition to presenting the information in the papers, your presentation should include a critique of the work, and an indication of how the papers are related.

The following slide describes a format for your presentation: [link]

Hints on Presentation:

There are many resources that provide guidance to making a good presentation. Some of these resources even agree with one another. Here are links to a few of them:

Public Speaking Review [link] - This was prepared by Dr Almond, my predecessor in teaching this course.

Guidelines for Oral Presentations [link] - Ohio Wesleyan University

Oral Presentation Advice [link] - University of Wisconsin-Madison

15 Strategies for Giving Oral Presentations [link] - US News and World Report

ADA and PowerPoint [link] - I prepared this one a few years ago, after attending a short course on teaching, and one of the participants advised our group how difficult it is for color-blind people to view many PowerPoint presentations.

Top 10 Do's and Don't's for Effective Presentations [link] - in the style of David Letterman (remember him?)

Great cartoon related to oral presentations [link]

Course Schedule
Presenter Topic
Monday, 9/11


Course Introduction
Monday, 9/18

1. Gates

2. Thompson

1. Diffusion MRI in prognostic models for glioma [link to evaluation form]

2. pH imaging using CEST MRI [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 9/25

1. McDonald

2. Baltz

1. Dosimetric validation of MRI-guided IMRT [link to evaluation form]

2. Use of bolus with total scalp irradiation [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/2

1. Peters


1. Characterization of cell irradiators [link to evaluation form]

2. [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/9



1. [link to evaluation form]

2.[link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/16

1. Edward

2. Bareketain

1. The Need for Radiation Therapy in Low & Middle Income Countries (LMICs) [link to evaluation form]

2. Blinking Nanometer-Size Contrast Agents for Ultrasound Imaging [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/23

1. Netherton

2. Sanders

1. Palliative care and radiotherapy [link to evaluation form]

2. Auto-calibrating parallel imaging and compressed sensing with SPIRiT and ESPIRiT [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/30

1. Rhee

2. He

1. Geant4 Monte Carlo simulation [link to evaluation form]

2.TOPAS Monte Carlo Platform for Proton Therapy [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/6

1. Luckett

2. Hartzell

1. Real-time MRI for guided radiation therapy [link to evaluation form]

2. Applications of fMRI in understanding brain activity [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/13



1. [link to evaluation form]

2. [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/20



1. [link to evaluation form]

2. [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/27

No class - RSNA meeting


Monday, 12/4





  Final Examination You are to take the on-line final examination during the week of November 13 (earlier if you wish). Final examinations are due at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 15. You need to complete the final in order to pass this course. Here is a link to the final examination: [link to final examination]