Welcome Letter - PTCOG
Dear PTCOG Friends,
On behalf of the PTCOG Executive Committee I am happily anticipating welcoming you to PTCOG 59 in Taipei, Taiwan. As Chair of PTCOG, it is my great pleasure to acknowledge the hard work of the Taiwanese local organizing committee and together with our PTCOG conference organization team from C-IN we are planning a truly unique and memorable meeting. PTCOG is always a multidisciplinary meeting, but it is also a multi-cultural and highly diverse meeting. The growth of particle therapy has brought with it a growing interest and collaboration from all corners of the globe and increased responsibility for PTCOG as an organization to do its part to help ensure the highest standards of particle radiation therapy. PTCOG has grown from a meeting of chatting in the corridors to helping to identify consensus standards, education and development. Indeed, it is our shared Vision to provide better care for patients worldwide.
On a more personal note, having served as your Chair for almost 5 years now, as I mentioned during PTCOG 58, it is time to begin another transition as we will vote for a Chair-elect in Taiwan to whom the Chairs responsibilities will transition in the following months. This causes me to pause and consider what we’ve accomplished together in the last few years. We have grown the topical subcommittees to about 14 now with all the disease sites covered and with productive and valuable contributions from these committees. We have transitioned to a PTCOG managed annual meeting with the help of a professional conference organizer C-IN. We have grown our budget to begin modest funding of some research projects, outreach educational sessions and began our contributions to the credentialing process. We have grown the Educational subcommittee and the growth of the Publications subcommittee has begun. This growth reflects the broadening of PTCOG with over 3000 members and the expansion of Particle Therapy and increased need for professional discourse and dissemination of information. The role of our sponsors continues to evolve, and we have tried to provide a consistent and useful experience for both vendor and all attendees. I don’t have the space to provide a full account of the accomplishments of our various committees, subcommittees and dedicated membership, but it fills my heart with pride to have been part of this.
I look forward to your participation and spending time with you in Taiwan and hope you grow from the meeting, will take time to enjoy the local flavor and hospitality.