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17th Annual Dr. Karl Prado Radiobiology and Physics Review Course

2020 Radiobiology & Physics Review Course

NEW DATE: Friday, October 23, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM EST

The University of Maryland and the Department of Radiation Oncology have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, staying up to date on the latest guidance from the CDC, and proactively implementing measures to keep our University of Maryland community safe.

In response to the rapidly evolving health situation posed by the coronavirus and in adherence to the University of Maryland policies, the Radiobiology and Physics Review course will be rescheduled with a VIRTUAL format for Friday, October 23 (rescheduled from the original dates of April 23-25, 2020). 

The University of Maryland and the Department of Radiation Oncology are continuing to monitor the updates on the coronavirus. The safety and health of our patients, colleagues, and visitors remains the number one priority of our institution, and we thank you for your understanding.

About the Course

The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Dr. Karl Prado Radiobiology and Physics Review Course. The event will include a virtual live question and answer session with the speakers on October 23, 2020. Full pre-recorded video and audio materials from the 2019 course as well as updated speaker slides will be shared upon registration.

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive review of radiobiology and physics for senior radiation oncology residents who are taking the board exam for the first time and radiation oncologists already in practice who are preparing for their re-certification exams. Dosimetrists will also benefit and are encouraged to attend. The instructors for this course include a combination of invited nationally recognized faculty and our own top-ranked faculty in the departments of radiobiology and physics.

This premier review course will provide participants with an overview of current concepts in radiation biology, physics, and dosimetry and will be conducted in an interactive workshop format with lectures and questions and answers sessions.

During the radiobiology portion, participants will have an overview of current concepts in radiation biology, be provided an update of changes that may impact radiation therapy, gain an understanding of molecular biology principles and techniques, and learn about new radiation modalities being utilized or in development.

The physics segment of the program is intended to provide a comprehensive review of physics and dosimetry topics related to radiation oncology.

Itineraries will be sent to registrants once they have been finalized.

University of Maryland faculty, staff and residents, please do not register on-line.  Please contact Jessica White at or 410-328-7618 to register.

2020 Agenda for Virtual Radiobiology & Physics Review


The cost of the virtual course is $200.00 (reduced from the standard registration cost of $525.00). We are also offering the opportunity to take one portion of the course (either Radiobiology or Physics) for $150.00. The registration fee is payable by Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, and advanced registration is required.

Registration is now closed.

Course Sponsors

The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.‌


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to describe and discuss:

  • Current molecular and cellular biology and its impact on modern radiobiology
  • Biological basis of current and upcoming treatment modalities
  • Physical principles of radiation therapy, including planning and setup for external beam therapy, brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Imaging application to radiation therapy, such as in treatment simulation and target definitions
  • Methods of measurement of radiation quantity and quality, and the system of dose calculation
  • Principles of radiation safety and radiation protection

Meet Our Course Directors

Target audience includes Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Oncology Residents, Dosimetrists and Medical Physics Residents preparing for certification

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Director, Division of Translational Radiation Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director, Maryland Proton Alliance

...a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of radiation related normal tissue injury. Many future clinical care protocols, new novel therapies and future drug development will stem directly from the result of Dr. Vujaskovic’s research/patent work and lead to improvement in radiation therapy and quality of life for cancer patients.

Amit Sawant, PhD

Amit Sawant, PhD, Associate Professor, Chief of Medical Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

...research interests focus on developing and translating novel forms of image-guidance in radiation therapy, specifically in the area of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SAbR), also known as SBRT.  Dr. Sawant's overall goal of research is to fundamentally improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer through pre-clinical and clinical investigations and translation of novel forms of cancer imaging, radiobiologic agents and precision radiotherapy.


All ​presentations ​that ​are ​available ​online ​through ​our ​17th ​Annual ​Radiobiology ​and ​Physics ​Review ​website ​are ​subject to change up ​until ​the ​day ​of ​the ​event. ​ ​ 

Your ​user ​name ​and ​password ​to ​access ​the ​online ​materials ​will ​be ​emailed ​upon course registration. ​Please ​be ​advised ​that ​if ​you ​are ​printing ​out ​documents ​prior ​to ​the ​course, ​some ​content ​may ​change. ​ ​Access to online materials (slides and videos) ​will ​be ​available ​until ​December ​15, ​2020.

Refund Policy

Once a registration is submitted, you will have 24 hours to submit a request for refund.  After that time, no refund will be provided for any reason; however, the registrant will have access to all course content, including video of the lectures.  Video of the lectures will be available online only.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions concerning the course, please contact course coordinator Jessica White, 410-328-7618 or