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Annual Dr. Karl Prado Physics & Radiobiology Review Course

2023 dates coming soon
Held 100% Virtually

About the Course

The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Virtual Dr. Karl Prado Physics & Radiobiology Review Course. For this virtual event, participants are expected to review pre-recorded lectures prior to the date of the event which will be shared upon registration. On the day of the event, participants will attend a virtual, live question and answer session with speakers.

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 question and answer 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.

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

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Physics & Radiobiology Review Course Agenda 2022

Commercial Support

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of this important educational activity.

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Registration & Cost

The cost of the virtual course is $200.00. 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.



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

The target audience includes Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Oncology Medical Residents, Dosimetrists, and Medical Physics Residents preparing for certification.

Meet Our Course Directors

France Carrier

France Carrier, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Interim TSSL (Translational Shared Services Laboratory) Director, Director of Tumor Biology, Division of Translational Radiation Sciences (DTRS), Co-Leader of the Program of Molecular and Structural Biology, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) internationally renowned basic and translational cancer researcher, with specific training and expertise in genotoxic stress response and cancer progression. Dr. Carrier's research has continually been supported by different agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the VA. Her translational cancer research includes her pioneered work on demonstrating the efficiency of a new class of anticancer drugs, histone deacetylase inhibitors, in combination with conventional anticancer drugs.

Amit Sawant, PhD

Amit Sawant, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Vice Chair of Medical Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology

...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.


Pre-recorded, on-demand presentations and ​online ​materials ​will ​be ​shared with participants prior to the course, and participants are expected to watch the presentations on their own prior to attending the live portion. Presentations and online materials are subject to change up until the day of the event. Please ​be ​advised ​that ​if ​you ​are ​printing ​out ​documents ​prior ​to ​the ​course, ​some ​content ​may ​change. All presentations and course materials are considered proprietary and are strictly for the sole use of the registered attendee. Any unauthorized use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. ​​Access to online materials (slides and videos) ​will ​be ​available ​until ​July 8, 2022.

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 at 410-328-7618 or

A gift to the Dr. Karl L. Prado Endowment for Radiation Oncology Trainees will support the next generation of cancer treatment specialists.

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Dr. Karl L. Prado served as a faculty member and invaluable medical physics educator to trainees and staff from 2009 to 2017 at the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology. He dedicated himself to clinical program development and the advancement of new technologies and safety protocols in radiation oncology, so that every treatment could be tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

In 2018, the first-ever department Golden Apple Educator of the Year Award was established, and Dr. Prado unanimously received the distinguished award from the department’s medical and physics residents for his earnest contributions to their education. In 2019, the Physics and Radiobiology Review Course, which helps prepare medical residents for their biology and physics qualifying exams, was renamed to honor the memory and unmatched teaching abilities of Dr. Karl L. Prado.

This endowment was named for Dr. Prado to honor his remarkable influence. The Department of Radiation Oncology seeks to fundraise $1 million and will invest $1 million in matching funds. This fund advances education and training in radiation oncology for talented and compassionate healers and innovators who will aggressively pursue dramatic advances in radiation therapy.

The Dr. Prado endowment helps support our educational mission by funding medical and physics residents for a number of intiatives including:

  • Supporting social, physical and mental wellness activities.
  • Contributing to peer-reviewed publication fees, attendance at research conferences, and elective rotations.
  • Supporting annual University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology continuing educational events, including the Mock Orals Course for graduated medical residents, the "Best of Symposium" led by radiation oncology faculty, and the Physics and Radiobiology Review Course.

We save lives through our work. Your support of the Dr. Karl L. Prado Endowment for Radiation Oncology captures your dedication to all facets of training and continuing education to help others.

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