Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology Dosimetry, Medical Physics: Radiological Physics - General
The Medical Physicist assists the Director of Medical Physics with duties pertaining to the operation of California Protons Cancer Therapy Center. This position ensures a safe environment for staff and accurate delivery of radiation to patients as directed by the physician orders. This includes complex PBS treatment plan optimization, patient immobilization, evaluation and implementation, radiation protection, safety and survey, machine and patient specific quality assurance. The Medical Physicist will also work closely in collaboration with both internal and external partners including therapists, physicians, physicists, dosimetrists and machine vendors to facilitate the operation of the Center. The Medical Physicists are primarily responsible for the patient-specific and general QA aspects of the treatment processes and the equipment. At the discretion of the Director of Medical Physics, the Medical Physicist will also participate in the acceptance and commissioning of all proton therapy equipment.
Operates with proficiency dosimetric and treatment planning equipment including, measurement instruments to calibrate all proton treatment equipment and monitoring devices, computerized proton treatment planning systems, computerized water phantom systems with appropriate ionization chambers and diodes.
Measures and analyzes proton radiation data in accordance with the Center’s mission of clinical services and clinical research. Utilizes treatment planning computer software and data analysis programs to assist in the Center’s clinical operation.
Advises and consults with physicians to provide advice or direction to technical staff when patients are being planned or treated.
Develops protocols for performing and checking proton treatment plans to ensure patient safety and dosimetric accuracy. Participates in chart rounds.
Performs daily, monthly and annual calibrations for all proton therapy equipment following the international standard of IAEA TRS-398 protocol as outlined in the Center’s Medical Physics QA procedures and policies.
Performs daily, monthly and annual quality control tests of proton beam characteristics and mechanical characteristics of all proton therapy equipment.
Ensure patient safety and staff safety for all radiation services and adhere to safety protocols as appropriate and required federal/state regulations and accrediting agencies and maintain records appropriately.
Performs patient-specific radiation measurements and calculations and assists in the selection, specification, and optimization of any complex proton PBS beam definitions required for patient treatment.
Performs monthly and annual quality control tests of x-ray simulation equipment.
Assists the Center’s Radiation Safety Officer in maintaining the compliance with local, State, and federal agencies regulatory requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, annual surveys, radiation dosage records, and radiation safety lectures.
Participates in the Center’s research and development projects, including all efforts related to clinical trials.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Medical Physics.
Additional Skills and Abilities:
Strong technical problem-solving skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to manage time and prioritize work flow.
Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
Teaching and coaching skills.
Knowledge of Electronic Medical Records and TPS, such as Aria and Eclipse preferred.
Education: Masters or Ph.D. in Physics, Health Physics, Radiological Physics, Biophysics or Medical Physics.
Center medical physics residency completed from CAMPEP-accredited residency program, or minimum three (3) to five (5) years experience in proton radiation physics preferred.
Board eligible or certified by the American Board of Radiology or the American College of Medical Physics.
Must maintain certification and continuing education requirements outlined by American Board of Radiology.
Medical Physics Residents who are board-eligible are encouraged to apply.
California License as Therapeutic Radiological Physics or Radiation Oncology Physics.
About California Protons Cancer Therapy Center
California Protons Cancer Therapy Center is the first Varian ProBeam proton system installed in the United States. The center utilizes pencil-beam scanning in five rooms: three gantry rooms (equipped with CBCT & KV for IGRT) and two fixed beam rooms (KV imaging). The on-site imaging center is fully equipped with a GE large bore 4D CT scanner, a GE 1.5 T wide bore MRI unit and a GE PET/CT system. The facility has a full pediatric recovery suite to manage patients under anesthesia in partnership with Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego. The Physics Department has assorted ion chambers, 3D (PTW) water phantom, 2D ion chamber matrix (PTW Octavius 729 XDR), SunNuclear Daily QA3, 2D (Lynx) imaging system and Logos XRV2020 Beam Profiler. We use SDX for gating/breath-hold treatments. We treated our first patient in February 2014 and hosted the PTCOG 54 meeting in 2015.
California Protons is a facility that provides state-of-the-art cancer treatments to patients with varying diagnosis that travel here from all over the world. From our world-renowned Radiation Oncologists, highly trained Registered Nurses, Medical Physicists, Dosimetrists, and Radiation Therapists, and everyone in-betw...een, our team of professionals works collaboratively to bring hope and healing to even the most aggressive cancer cases. We employ over 60 employees, and offer a rich benefit package which includes Medical (HMO or PPO), Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Savings Account (FSA), an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and access to voluntary/supplemental benefits, including Accident, and Critical Illness, as well as a 401(k) plan with an employer match.
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