OAMRS Virtual Radiation Therapy Symposium 2021

Nov 20, 2021 08:30AM to Nov 20, 2021 04:00PM

Join us on Saturday, November 20,  2021 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) for a day filled with an opportunity to learn, connect and build skills in Radiation Therapy.

The day will focus on the future of Radiation Therapy as we come out of the pandemic and what we can do moving forward.


Member FREE
Non-member Regular  $125.00


8:30 A.M. ET

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Searle Schonewille

Director, Professional Services, OAMRS 

 Session 1: Lessons from a Pandemic - Future-Proofing Radiation Therapy

8:40 A.M. ET

Radiation Therapy During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Innovation, Education and Future Impacts

Natalie Rozanec RTT

CSRT, Palliative Care

Southlake Regional Cancer Centre, Newmarket

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a permanent impact globally, vastly changing how we practice in our respected fields. Rapidly changing conditions and safety concerns have resulted in several changes which have required immediate response and fast-paced implementation strategies.


  1. To learn about changes which have occurred in the field radiation therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. To discuss implementation strategies for promotion of safe, urgent changes in a team-based health care setting.
  3. To understand patient concerns and challenges in providing patient-centered care amidst pandemic conditions.
  4. To discuss lasting changes in the field of Radiation Therapy as we move towards the post-pandemic era.


9:15 A.M. ET

Understanding Virtual Care And Opportunities For Clinical Practice

Allyson Nowell

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Odette Cancer Centre

Regional Palliative Care Co-Lead TCLHIN, Toronto

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the history and definition of virtual care. It will discuss the rapid transition for health care environments with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, how virtual care is integrated now and goals for the future in cancer care.

  • Understanding the fast transition to a concept that had trouble getting traction pre-pandemic
  • Appreciating the impact of virtual care on patients and families and strategies to support
  • Understanding the pros and cons of virtual care at present
  • Discussion of impact on future workflows, patient experience

9:50 A.M. ET

Equity and Access - A Small Centre's Reflections On The Impacts Of The Pandemic

Andrea Docherty

Director, Regional Cancer Program

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay

Serving the Northwest Region, Thunder Bay is home to the only Cancer Centre and the only Radiation Treatment facility east of Winnipeg Manitoba and West of Sudbury. Our vast geography is only one barrier to access that patients in the Northwest face. The pandemic highlighted and exacerbated inequities in access to care.


  • Learn about pandemic impacts to care in a small centre
  • Recognize the down-stream effects from decisions to close screening and surgeries on access to Radiation Therapy
  • Learn about innovations and limitations of a small centre



10:25 A.M. ET 

Morning Break

 Session 2: Harnessing the Future

10:40 A.M. ET

Proton Beam Therapy - A Positive Future Ahead

Brian Liszewski RTT

Sr Specialist, System and Infrastructure Planning

Cancer Care Ontario / Ontario Health


  • Highlight the growing body of evidence for proton beam therapy (PBT)
  • Describe the current state of PBT at the international and pan-Canadian level
  • Explore the potential impact of PBT on future practice

11:15 A.M. ET

MR in Radiation Therapy

Laura D’Alimonte RTT

Clinical Practice Manager, Radiation Therapy

Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor

There have been major technological advances with imaging and the therapeutic delivery of radiation over the last two decades. The shift from 2D to CT volumetric imaging has allowed for the safe delivery of higher dose of radiation to the target while minimizing dose to normal surrounding tissue. Currently, the integration of MRI represents the next evolution of imaged guided radiation therapy. The seamless integration of MRI into Radiation Therapy requires forward planning of the knowledge, skills and training needed to ensure safe practice and successful implementation.

After participating in this session, the attendees will be able to:

  • Review the evidence to support MRI in Radiation Therapy
  • Describe the key elements required for the safe implementation of MRI into a radiation therapy department
  • Discuss the learning opportunities available for the safe implementation of MRI into Radiation Therapy practice



11:50 A.M. ET

Lunch Break


12:30 P.M. ET

Artificial Intelligence in Radiation Therapy Practice

Caitlin Gillan RTT

Manager, Education & Practice

Joint Dept of Medical Imaging (UHN/WCH/Sinai), Toronto

Artificial intelligence is positioned to have a significant impact on radiation therapy practice; in some settings it is already being integrated clinically. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to appreciate the basic characteristics of AI, the scope of its potential applications, and the associated ethical, legal, and professional considerations that may bring to bear on how radiation therapists practice in an AI-enabled environment.


1:05 P.M. ET

Advanced Practice in Medical Radiation Sciences

Nicole Harnett RTT

Director, Accelerated Education Program

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto

Advanced practice in radiation therapy has been proven to be an effective strategy in addressing health human resource pressures that can impact access to and quality of care for our patients. In this presentation, we will examine the development of advanced practice in Ontario as well as discuss opportunities for and challenges to expanding the concept more widely, especially in the face of the many important practice innovations impacting the radiation oncology domain.
By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be able to describe current advanced practice initiatives in Ontario
  • Be able to describe how advanced practice can be harnessed to add effectiveness and efficiency to the current model of care
  • be able to outline the key stages of developing a local advanced practice position
  1:40 P.M. ET

Afternoon Break

Session 3: Bringing it all Together: Reflecting on What is To Come



1:55 P.M. ET

Introduction of Panel 

Moderator: Caitlin Gillan

Julie Renaud RTT, Director, Regional Cancer Care, The Ottawa Hospital

Tracey Hill RTT, Interprofessional Educator, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 

Darby Erler RTT, Professional Practice Leader, Radiation Therapy, Odette Cancer Centre

Marcia Smoke RTT, (Retired) Head & Manager of Radiation Therapy, Juravinski & Walker Family Cancer Centres

Christine Hill RTT, (Interim) Director, Radiation Therapy, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Carrie Lavergne RTT, CSRT, RS McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre

Gunita Mitera RTT, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA)





2:05 P.M. ET

Fireside Chat: 

Envisioning, Equipping, & Enacting our Future as MRT(T)s


3:05 P.M. ET

Conversations for the Future

Panel Q&A


3:45 P.M. ET

Concluding Remarks

Searle Schonewille

Director, Professional Services, OAMRS


Complimentary pricing for OAMRS members has been made possible with the support of:




Scheduling is subject to change.

Be Social With Us


Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS)

Medical Imaging Ed is a division of OAMRS providing CPD and Sonography PLI across Canada. 
415A - 175 Longwood Rd S,
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
Phone: 289-674-0034
Fax: 289-674-0037
Toll-Free: 1-800-387-4674

Regular Business hours
9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST - Monday to Friday
 Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Non-Members - stay updated on industry and association news, events, education, and special offers