Education and Support Services
Continuing Medical and Clinical Education
A total of 117 people attended; 91 percent physicians and
9 percent other healthcare professionals. Seventy-three
committee members participated. The majority of the
attendees were from out of state and out of the country. Seven
percent were Baptist Health physicians and employees.
n Course Title: Particle Therapy Co-operative Group-North
America — Sixth Annual Conference, New Frontiers in
n When: October 14-16, 2019.
n Where: Miami Dadeland Hilton.
n Program Rating: 4.7 out of 5.
n Highlights: Miami Cancer Institute was selected as the host
site for the 2019 conference, which focused on the latest
clinical applications, outcomes, and physics and biology
experiences with particle therapy. With more than 140
abstract submissions, the Institute was pleased to offer an
unprecedented number and quality of scientific contributions.
Dedicated sessions on basic science, translational research in
radiobiology and medical physics were paralleled by preclinical
and clinical results. Participants had the opportunity to expand
their expertise about best practices for proton therapy patient
selection, including maximum opportunity for toxicity reduction
and/or tumor control probability improvement. In addition,
attendees shared best practices to identify patients for clinical
trials and employ resources to overcome barriers to improve
enrollment; determined when to implement advanced treatment
planning approaches such as Monte Carlo, relative biological
effectiveness and linear energy transfer; and considered
limitations of proton therapy to distinguish when applications
of dual modality or non-proton therapy options are indicated to
achieve optimal patient outcomes.
A total of 217 people attended this symposium representing
11 countries. Ninety percent of the attendees were from the
United States (196), with 24 states represented. Twenty-one
individuals (10 percent) were from the 10 additional countries
— the majority of which came from Austria (five), followed by
Brazil (three) and Japan (three). Fifty-four Florida attendees
accounted for 25 percent of the total participants, 23 of whom
are affiliated with Miami Cancer Institute.
n Course Title: Caring for Kids With Cancer Symposium
n When: October 19, 2019.
n Where: Miami Cancer Institute.
n Program Rating: 4.6 out of 5.
n Highlights: This symposium covered a spectrum of new
developments and innovative advances in current pediatric
oncology practice. The faculty included leading experts
from the top local and national cancer care institutions who
reviewed the latest technologies and therapeutic approaches to
challenging clinical problems, and focused on evidence-based
approaches to the special physical, emotional and psychological
needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families. Working
in partnership to provide the best possible care for the
community, Miami Cancer Institute and Nicklaus Children’s
Hospital collaborated to improve healthcare through continuing
A total of 80 people attended including 29 physicians and
51 nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
Approximately 87 percent of participants came from Miami-
Dade County. Other attendees came from Michigan, New York
and Cayman Islands.
n Course Title: Miami Brain Symposium
n When: December 6, 2019.
n Where: Miami Dadeland Hilton.
n Program Rating: 4.8 out of 5.
n Highlights: This symposium focused on state-of-the-art
approaches in the management of primary and metastatic
brain and spine tumors, along with an understanding of current
standards of care and a look at future directions. Participants
were engaged as expert faculty navigated through complex
cases, novel treatment strategies and live panel discussions.
A total of 84 people attended including 30 physicians and
54 nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
Approximately 74 percent of participants came from Miami-
Dade County. Other attendees came from other U.S. states
and Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Ecuador and Colombia.