Oregon Health & Sciences University is seeking a Chief Therapeutic Medical Physicist in the Department of Radiation Medicine. Faculty appointment and academic rank will be commensurate with experience.
The Chief Physicist is responsible for the overall clinical operations regarding physicist and dosimetry planning and reviews, in addition to support of the academic mission of OHSU. The Chief Physicist will also generate and review patient treatment plans, patient-specific clinical calculations, patient and therapeutic equipment related measurements, routine calibration of department’s therapy equipment, quality assurance, minor maintenance and adjustment of equipment. In addition, this position will oversee and manage a team of physicists, dosimetrists, and IT staff. This position is responsible for implementing new clinical technologies and other software implementations (inclusive of all departmental needs) and training of departmental staff. Leads all capital requests and the internal technology planning team, inclusive of all technology requests, clinical devices, and software enhancement requests. Investigates departmental radiation safety issues and is a member of the radiation safety committee. Responsibilities extend to all locations where OHSU provides medical physics and/or dosimetry services, as well as collaborating with other partner sites in the region and state.
Responsibilities include: radiation beam calibration and characterization; equipment quality assurance and radiological operations quality management; instrument and device specification; acceptance testing and commissioning; image quality assessment and optimization of imaging systems and processes; development and maintenance of imaging procedures as they pertain to the simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery; shielding design and protection analysis on radiation-emitting equipment and radiopharmaceuticals; determination of dose delivered to patients and others exposed to radiation; consultation and treatment planning with practitioners to determine dose to be delivered; consultation with practitioners to assure accurate radiation dose to a specific patient; and consultation intended to provide patient, staff, and /or general public radiation safety. Includes the actual performance of the activities or their establishment and supervision of others, as applicable.
This position serves as a member of the departmental leadership team and is responsible for continuous improvements in process, productivity, and the success of the Department. The incumbent must have a strong critical analysis, strategic planning, collaboration, communication, and orientation toward providing a high level of service to the Department’s clinical and administrative leaders. Involvement in continuous improvements in process, productivity, and the success of the Department is a key responsibility of this position, as well as sound and appropriate leadership and management of direct and indirect reports.
Candidates who will succeed in this position will exemplify the following leadership attributes:
· A solid leader with exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, who manages work groups by inspiring and advising team members, facilitating goal accomplishment. Has effective time management skills, the ability to prioritize projects for self and teams. Evaluates performance of self and others to ensure success.
· A collaborator and consensus builder capable of maintaining and cultivating successful working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. A person who proactively establishes/develops strong relationships with key stakeholders across the organization.
· A resourceful professional who stays current with information, technology, trends, and developments in the field and implements applicable and reasonable policy and process changes as a result of industry trends.
· A well-organized leader with the ability to manage a variety of complex projects while charting a course of action that effectively and efficiently assists the organization and department in fulfilling goals and objectives.
· An educator and lifelong learner, whom respects the importance of training and research for the both the present as well as the future of radiation therapy.
Clinically Related Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:
· Certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Therapeutic Radiological Physics or Medical Physics, or certified by the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) in Radiation Oncology Physics.
· General knowledge of medical radiation physics, medical radiation safety and pertinent regulations.
· Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring quality assurance programs in the therapeutic radiological physics subspecialty.
· Experience performing calibration of radiation therapy equipment (high energy accelerators - electrons and photons).
· Brachytherapy experience- both HDR and LDR.
· Treatment planning experience – 2-D, 3-D , IMRT, SRS and SBRT; Pinnacle, Monaco, and BrainLab.
· Experience in linear accelerator commissioning, high dose rate delivery systems.
· General knowledge of computers, radiation EMRs, and their applications in radiation oncology
· Proven critical analytical skills, demonstrated evidence of superior written, verbal and technology skills; excellent collaborative and customer service oriented skills; ability to make sound decisions and creatively and promptly problem solve.
Personality Traits & Leadership Styles of the Ideal Candidate:
· Demonstrated ability to affect change within groups.
· Strong communication skills
· Ability to interact in a positive, productive manner with providers, administrators and leadership (demonstrating sensitivity, tact, and professionalism).
· Ability to deal effectively with difficult situations.
· Ability to analyze information and construct an action plan to resolve issues
· Ability to collaborate effectively and work both independently and in a team environment.
· Effective organizational abilities, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
· Ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting multiple deadlines and completing projects simultaneously
· Good communication skills, demonstrated customer service skills and willingness to be part of a team.
MS Required. PhD Preferred in Medical Physics or a closely related discipline.
Board certification and clinical physics experience is required.
Academic Mission at OHSU: OHSU trains medical professionals and researchers across a wide array of disciplines. Within the Department of Radiation Medicine, faculty medical physicists train physician and physics residents, and students in both the Medical Physics graduate program and the Radiation Therapy undergraduate program. The Oregon Medical Physics Program is a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program in medical physics, which graduates both MS and PhDs, in both therapeutic and diagnostic imaging physics. The JRCERT-accredited Radiation Therapy Program offers a BS in Radiation Therapy, and has been a part of OHSU since 1971. The Chief Physicist plays an instrumental role in the balance of the clinical and academic missions of OHSU.
Clinical Mission at OHSU: Oregon Health & Science University is Oregon's only public academic health center and provides leading-edge patient care, community service and biomedical research to patients from around the world. The Department of Radiation Medicine provides radiation oncology and medical physics services to OHSU and two off-campus sites. The main Marquam Hill campus department opened in June 2007 and has four vaults. Two of the four vaults were recently equipped with a Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator (2014) with onboard imaging, 4D cone-beam CT capability, robotic table top and flattening filter free high-dose rate photon beams. A third dedicated stereotactic linear accelerator has been commissioned for clinical service since early in 2008. The department also commissioned a Tomotherapy HD treatment unit in 2011. Additional technology includes Calypso 4D, VisionRT, the Active-Breathing Control (ABC) device and the BrainLab Exactrac.
The Department also features a Intrabeam unit, a Mobetron device, an HDR (high-dose rate) brachytherapy system, a 16-slice Philips simulator with 4DCT (four-dimensional computed tomography) capability, and a TOF CT-PET (time-of-flight computed tomography-Positron emission tomography) scanner. One of the two satellite facilities is equipped with a newly upgraded Elekta Infinity linear accelerator, the other with the new Elekta Infinity linear accelerator, both with 4D cone-beam CT capability. Treatment modalities include 3D-CRT (three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy), IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy), IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy), SRS (stereotactic radiosurgery), SRT (stereotactic radiotherapy) SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy), total body irradiation, total skin electron, hyperthermia and intra-operative radiotherapy. Treatment planning systems include Eclipse, Pinnacle, BrachyVision, Variseed, BrainLab’s iPlan, TomoPlan and Elekta Monaco.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Academic Rank commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance.
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