JOB ANALYST: Cancer Services Health Service Line Leader
JOB SUMMARY: The Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist, working under the general supervision of the Radiation Oncologist and Radiation Oncology Clinical Leader, provides clinical services in connection with the calibration, planning, and delivery of Radiation Therapy. Treatments may involve the external application of beams of radiation produced by linear accelerators to a patient’s body (Teletherapy) or the insertion of radioactive sources into body cavities or into the tumor itself with seeds and/or catheters (Brachytherapy). The Physicist keeps records of calibration, maintenance, and operation of all therapy equipment. The Physicist also maintains quality assurance of patients under treatment. In addition, the Physicist assists in the development and implementation of new or highly specialized treatments.
In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, 1991, all responsibilities are identified as ‘essential’ except for those denoted with an asterisk (*) which are ‘marginal’.
Understand the technical aspects of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics in order to perform Radiotherapy Medical Physics and Medical Dosimetry and communicate these aspects to the Radiation Oncologist, Medical Dosimetrist, and Radiation Therapists as needed.
Perform routine duties independent of supervision but consults with the Radiation Oncologist, Medical Dosimetrist, and Radiation Therapists as needed.
Possess working knowledge of radiation safety principles and current rules and regulations of the State of Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Department of Radiological Health (TDECDRH) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Possess mathematical skills including algebra, trigonometry, introductory calculus, and ability to visualize objects in three-dimensional concepts to facilitate the Radiotherapy treatment planning process.
Masters Degree in Medical Physics (Radiotherapy)
Certification or Board eligible in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by either/or
American Board of Medical Physics
American Board of Radiology
Varian Clinac Linear Accelerators
Varian Ximatron Simulator
GE CT HiSpeed Performix CT/i Simulator
BrainLAB ExacTrac IGRT equipment
ADAC Pinnacle3 Treatment Planning System
Impac Multi-Access/Viewstation Information Management System
Radionics Stereotactic Radiosurgery Hardware
Kodak 2000RT Computed Radiography System
RF/IVD Patient Dosimetry System & Isorad-p Detectors
Sun Nuclear Profiler
Sun Nuclear MapCheck
Victoreen Double Check 7200 Daily Meter
RIT Film Dosimetry Software
Vidar VXR-16 DP Film Scanner
CIRS IMRT Phantom
RadCalc Dosimetry Check Software
Radiation Ion Chamber Measuring Devices and Meters
Windows 98/NT/2000/XP Operating System Computers and Printers
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintain all Radiotherapy Medical Physics responsibilities at Physician’s Regional Medical Center Radiation Oncology and North Knoxville Medical Center Radiation Oncology facilities.
Provide quality control on a daily basis for output constancy of the linear accelerators and absolute output calibrations annually.
Perform quality assurance on all accessories used with the linear accelerators and take corrective action as needed.
Record calibrations of linear accelerators and quality assurance data as required by TDECDRH and/or NRC
Commission linear accelerators and treatment planning systems in a timely manner as needed.
Perform patient Medical Dosimetry. including IMRT, 3D Conformal, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, regular External Beam, Irregular Field, and Brachytherapy treatment planning in an accurate, efficient manner in accordance with the prescribed planned course of therapy.
Manage, review, and maintain IMRT quality assurance program.
Perform independent physics checks on treatment plans and hand calculations.
Advise and consult with the Radiation Oncologists, Medical Dosimetrists, and Radiation Therapists regarding Medical Physics aspects of patient treatments.
Provide and overview weekly continuing Medical Physics (quality assurance) on all patients under treatment.
Construct, review, and/or revise all department policies and procedures pertaining to Medical Physics.
Assist Impac System Administrator in properly maintaining and managing all Impac programs.
Assure that all facilities are in congruence with all TDECDRH and/or NRC regulatory requirements.
Submit, maintain, or amend all Radioactive Material licenses to TDECDRH as needed or required.
Respond as required to all official correspondence from TDECDRH concerning any requests or results from departmental inspections.
Serve and present as needed as an active member of Tennova’s Radiation Safety Committee.
Assure that all department Medical Physics practices adhere to JCAHO requirements.
Assist in maintaining and developing Radiation Oncology’s strategic plan for new and current technologies.
Assist in researching and determining equipment selection and vendor using the following criteria of most patient benefit, Tennova’s mission, and sound financial analysis.
Provide in-service training/education to Radiation Therapists on issues related to Medical Radiation Physics and radiation safety.
Interact in an open, cooperative fashion as a team member with leadership and co-workers to create a positive work climate and promote professionalism in delivering patient care.
Maintain technical knowledge and works to continue development of professional skills through continuing education.
Maintain physical and mental health through self-evaluation/control and fitness to meet job related demands and maintains an effective schedule.
Understand and strive to achieve the goals/objectives and standards of the hospital, department, and section.
One level above immediate supervisor: SVP/CNO
Immediate Supervisor: Cancer Services HSL Leader
Direct Subordinates: None
“The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
About Turkey Creek Medical Center
Working together, Tennova Healthcare brings quality, innovative healthcare to your community with comprehensive medical services and an experienced team of physicians and caregivers. We are committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of our doctors and patients by investing in modern technology and expanding the medical services we provide.
Tennova Healthcare encompasses 12 hospitals and numerous health care service facilities. Offering a full range of medical services and procedures to patients in the state, Tennova Healthcare brings quality health care to a community near you with comprehensive services and an experienced team of physicians and caregivers.
Spread across Tennessee, Tennova Healthcare is one of the State's largest health networks.
Turkey Creek Medical Center is conveniently located on Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek. Turkey Creek Medical Center offers a full range of services in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee. Our Knoxville hospital features a 24/7 Emergency Room, ICU, advanced surgical suites, a dedicated heart hospital, cancer care services, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, Sleep Center, Center for Surgical Weight Loss, digital mammography and much more. The hospital offers private patient rooms, dining on request and free parking.
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