Mary Ellen Smajo, Ph.D., DABR

Clinical Coordinator & Instructor, Physician Assistant Department

Acting Director & Instructor, Medical Radiation Physics Department              

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
College of Health Professions, Physician Assistant Department
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
Phone: 847.578.8513
Fax: 847.576.8690
Mary Ellen.Smajo@rosalindfranklin.edu

Biography

Education:
PhD: Medical Physics, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago IL- June 1995
Dissertation: “The Feasibility of Quantitative Ferrous Sulfate / Agarose Gel Dosimetry: Comparison with Ionization Chamber Measurements for Photons and Electrons”

MS: Physics, Northwestern University, Evanston IL- June 1987

BS: Honors Program, Magna cum Laude: Physics, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL- June 1985

Board Certification:
Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology (D.A.B.R.) in Therapeutic Radiologic Physics - June 2005

Registration:
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Division of Nuclear Safety: Therapeutic Radiation Physicist #1184, 2006-present

Academic Appointments:
Instructor, Medical Radiation Physics Department, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago, IL; 2010-present

Lecturer, Medical Radiation Physics Department, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago, IL; 2008-2010

Recent Work Experience:
Coordinator of Clinical Education , College of Health Professions, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; June 2012-February 2013

Acting Director, Medical Radiation Physics Department, College of Health Professions, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; March 2012 – present

Director of Clinical Education, Medical Radiation Physics Department, College of Health Professions, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; July 2008 – June 2012

Medical Physicist: Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC), Oak Lawn, IL; Mar. 2001 – July 2008

Medical Physicist, Consultant: Therapy Physics, Inc., Skokie, IL; Sept. 1998 – Feb. 2001

Professional Affiliations:
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Full Member 1999 – present

Midwest Chapter, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, member since 1988;
Board-Member-At-Large, fall 2005 - December 31, 2009;
Secretary, January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2011
President-elect, January 1, 2012 – late December, 2012

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, 2004 – present

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1990 – present

Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, 1985 – present

Honors and Awards:
American Association of Physicists in Medicine website access to the Rosalind Franklin University Medical Physics Clinical Skills Workbook for Therapy Physics, 2013

Invited paper requested for “Medical Physics International”, 2013

Invited paper requested for “Electronic Medical Physics World”, 2010

American Association of Physicists in Medicine Award for Excellence in Educational Innovation, AAPM Annual Meeting, 2010

Innovations in Medical Physics Education Symposium Presenter, American Association of Physicists in Medicine National Meeting, 2010

American Association of Physicists in Medicine Summer School Scholarship, 2002

Young Investigator’s Symposium Presenter, American Association of Physicists in Medicine National Meeting, 1992

Outstanding Rush Student Nominee, Rush Allied Health Week, 1992

Rush Graduate College Council Representative, 1998-1990

Father Gerst Award for Excellence in Physics, Loyola University, 1983

Loyola University Honors Program, 1981-1985

Grants:
Principle Investigator, Rush University Committee on Research Grant, 1992

Principle Investigator, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Grant, 1990

Peer-reviewed Presentations, Posters, and Abstracts:
Presentation, Poster, and Abstract: Innovations in Medical Physics Education Symposium Presenter: 2010 AAPM National Meeting: M.E. Smajo, A. Markovic. One Model for Teaching Clinical Skills to Medical Physics Master's Degree Students: Employing a Clinical Skills Workbook as Part of a Structured Clinical Practicum Course (WE-E-203-1). Abstract in Medical Physics 37, No. 6, 3434; June 2010; poster displayed during the meeting.

Presentation, Poster, and Abstract: Young Investigator Symposium Presenter: 1992 AAPM National Meeting: M.E. Smajo, J.C.H. Chu, J.A. Urbon, F.R. Hendrickson. Three-Dimensional Mapping of Radiation Dose Distributions Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (YIS4). Abstract in Medical Physics 19, 782; July/August 1992; poster displayed during the meeting.

Abstract: I.R. Marshall, M.E. Smajo. The Influence of Bolus Temperature on Tumor Heating. Radiation Research: A Twentienth-Century Perspective; Volume 1: Congress Abstracts. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego: 1991.

Non-peer-reviewed Publications, Posters, and Abstracts:
Invited paper: M.E. Smajo. Free Educational Resource: Medical Physics Clinical Skills Workbook for Therapy Physics. Medical Physics International: March 2013, Vol. 1, No. 1. http://mpijournal.org/pdf/2013-01/MPI-2013-01-p041.pdf

Invited paper: M.E. Smajo, A. Markovic. One Model for Teaching Clinical Skills to Medical Physics Master's Degree Students: Employing a Clinical Skills Workbook as Part of a Structured Clinical Practicum Course. Electronic Medical Physics World; December 2010, Vol. 1, No. 2.
http://www.iomp.org/sites/default/files/mp_world_vol_1_number_2.pdf

Poster: RFUMS “Creating a Culture of Educational Excellence” Symposium Poster Session: M.E. Smajo, A. Markovic. One Model for Teaching Clinical Skills to Medical Physics Master's Degree Students: Employing a Clinical Skills Workbook as Part of a Structured Clinical Practicum Course; August 2012.

Abstract: M.E. Smajo. The Feasibility of Quantitative Ferrous Sulfate / Agarose Gel Dosimetry: Comparison with Ionization Chamber Measurements for Photons and Electrons. Abstracts of Recent Ph.D. Theses Pertinent to Medical Physics. Medical Physics 23, 1468; August 1996.

Abstract: M.E. Smajo, J.C.H. Chu, J.A. Urbon, F.R. Hendrickson. 3-D Mapping of Radiation Dose Distributions Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Rush University Research Week Abstracts; April 1993.

Abstract: M.E. Smajo, J.C.H. Chu, J.A. Urbon, F.R. Hendrickson. Three-Dimensional Mapping of Radiation Dose Distributions Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Rush University Research Week Program Abstracts; April 1992.

Article: M.E. Smajo, M.W. Groch, A. Ali. Vesico-Ureteral Reflux Quantification: A MicroDELTA Program. Siemens Dialogos; Spring/Summer 1990.

Book:
M.E. Smajo, author; A. Markovic, editor. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Medical Physics Clinical Skills Workbook for Therapy Physics. October 2012. This workbook may be accessed free of charge for nonprofit educational purposes from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine website: http://www.aapm.org/education/ERG/GRADED/ or via the following link: http://www.rosalindfranklin.edu/chp/MRP/ClinicalSkillsWorkbook.aspx
The workbook may also be accessed from the Rosalind Franklin University website: under "College of Health Professions", select "Medical Radiation Physics"; under "Department Links", select "Clinical Skills Workbook". 

Service to the University/College/Department/Community:
University Service:
2012-15 Strategic Plan Change Agent for Critical Success Factors 1B/3A and 3C
Rosalind Franklin University Inter-professional Academic Committee
Poster Judge, RFUMS All-School Research Consortium, 2009 and 2010

College Service:
College of Health Professions Awards Committee
College of Health Professions Directors of Clinical Training Group
Helped coordinate RFUMS CHP participation in the UIC Graduate and Professional Fair Fall 2009
Participated in various Professional Affairs Committees

Departmental Service:
Medical Radiation Physics Recruitment Committee
Medical Radiation Physics CAMPEP Self-Study Committee
Medical Radiation Physics Curriculum Committee
Dissertation Committee Member for 2 doctoral students
Prelim Exam Committee for 2 doctoral students
Recruitment visits to Loyola, Elmhurst, and Benedictine Universities 2009
Participation in a career panel and a career fair at Loyola University 2009

Community Service:
Midwest Chapter American Association of Physicists in Medicine board member/officer 2005-12
Served as Unit Council Chair for Advocate Christ Medical Center Radiation Oncology: Dec. 2006 – Dec. 2007 (unit council member since the council’s inception in 2004 until Feb. 2008);
Hosted and coordinated logistics for the semi-annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine , Spring 2007;
Liturgical Guitarist

Teaching Experience:
RFUMS HHPE516 Clinical Instruction and Mentoring (3 qh): Guest lecturer (the RFUMS Medical Physics Clinical Skills Workbook for Therapy Physics was used by students in this course as a model) - January 2013

RFUMS HMRP 616 Medical Physics Clinical Practicum (5-7qh): Course Director (included one-on-one review and discussion of various medical physics skills with each Medical Physics MS student every 4-6 weeks) – Fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Winter 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Spring 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, Summer 2009, 2010, 2011

RFUMS HMTD 500-501 Inter-professional Healthcare Teams / Culture in Healthcare: guest presenter on Medical Physics: 2011 & 2012; mentor/facilitator Fall 2008, 2009; Winter 2008, 2009

Guest lecturer on Medical Physics, RFUMS Biomedical Sciences Class, September 2010

Documentation and formal and informal presentations of clinical procedures and technology usage for radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, clinical engineering, and information systems staff, Advocate Christ Medical Center, 2001-2008

Formal and informal training of hospital staff, patients and patient’s family members in radiation safety procedures, Advocate Christ Medical Center, 2001-2008

Presentations for the Advocate Christ Prostate Cancer Support Group, Advocate Christ Medical Center, 2001-2008

Medical Physics Journal Club presenter, Rush University, 1987-1995

Guest Lecturer, Nuclear Medicine, Rush University, Spring 1988

Tutor, Mechanics and Optics; Grader, Mechanics; Northwestern University, 1986

Teaching Assistant, Physics Laboratory Course, Northwestern University, 1985-1986

Tutor, Physics, Loyola University, 1984-1985

Teaching Assistant, College Physics Laboratory, Loyola University, 1984-1985

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