CEL Courses

Continuing Education Lectures

All times shown below are Central Standard Time (CST). Virtual attendees must adjust for their local time.

You will be sent a link to watch the CEL virtually from home or your hotel room. There will also be a room on-site to watch the CEL.
AAHP is evaluating the number of Continuing Education Credits awarded for each of the CEL courses based on technical content. Course instructors will be able to provide this information at the time of the presentation. This information will also be made available on the AAHP recertification site after data entry is completed.

Tuesday, February 22

CEL-1: VIRTUAL – Techniques to Communicate Program Activities, Trends, and Program Drivers

Janet Gutierrez

Radiation protection professionals usually accumulate records and metrics for routine inspections by regulatory officials. In this era of constricted resources, mere regulatory compliance may not be sufficient to justify all necessary programmatic resources. Radiation protection programs can readily demonstrate how they add tangible value to the core missions of an organization by incorporating techniques such as these. This presentation provides examples of important radiation safety performance metrics in the medical and academic setting. The presentation also highlights the need to display the metrics in manners that are succinct and compelling. Additionally, this presentation illustrates possible contextual elements to enhance stakeholder understanding and appreciation of the importance of the ability to possess radiation sources within the organization. Lastly, the presentation will highlight prospectus techniques to succinctly describe program activities, trends and drivers over time. An administrative approach to these metrics may aid in an easier understanding of how the radiation use fits within the organization and may demonstrate the vital role of this radiation use. These techniques also reveal interesting trends for medical academic institutions.

CEL-2: Management of Generally Licensed Devices

Mike Lewandowski

Certain radioactive material devices within the United States are used under a general license issued by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission or an Agreement State. While this regulatory construct is designed so that the use of these devices can be managed by individuals without specialized training in radiation safety, management of these devices in full compliance with US regulations requires careful adherence to a lengthy set of requirements. This presentation will review general license requirements and offer practical tips for health physicists on managing generally licensed devices. Attendees to this CEL are encouraged to share their experiences with generally licensed devices.

Wednesday, February 23

CEL-3: VIRTUAL – Ethical Decision-Making Tools for Enhancing Organizational Radiation Safety Culture

Robert Emery

Recent investigations of several tragic events have repeatedly identified the absence of a culture of safety as a common contributing factor. An organization’s safety culture is a collective reflection of individual decisions made by its workforce, each carrying with them ethical implications. Safety culture, good or bad, is the sum product of many individual ethical decisions, yet the notion of ethical safety decision-making is not often discussed. This presentation will describe ethical dilemmas radiation safety professionals can encounter, and how the decisions that are made can impact an organization’s overall safety culture. A set of ethical decision-making tools will be presented, along with a suggested path forward for actually improving safety culture within an organization.