The Medical Physicist (Therapy) provides clinical medical physics support to the Radiation Oncology Division. This support consists of providing technical expertise in the safe and efficacious use of radiation in the treatment of disease. This includes consultation with the Radiation Oncologists on patient set up, planning and treatment,
Involvement in facility design, implementation of new treatment equipment and techniques, and assuring the accuracy of patient treatment planning and delivery in accordance with the recommendations and requirements of the NYSDOH, ACRO, and The Joint Commission. The Medical Physicist (Therapy), along with the other members of the Medical Physics Division, ensures that ionizing radiation is used in a safe manner throughout the hospital.
The Medical Physicist (Therapy) is responsible for overseeing a program to satisfy the radiation physics requirements of NYS Department of Health 10 NYCRR 16. The Medical Physicist (Therapy) works in conjuction with the Radiation Safety Officer to develop/maintain the Radiation Safety Program. Directly supervises the technical staff and clinical function of the section of Radiation Oncology. Collaborates with the Regional Oncology Services Director to meet the established goals related to budget, staffing, regulatory agency requirements as well as staff, patient and physician satisfaction.
Actively participates in the clinical aspects of radiation therapy which includes medical physics support for radiation dosimetry, treatment planning and calculation of dose distribution. This also includes intracavitary/interstitial brachytherapy, weekly physics review of charts and review of daily QA on acclerators.
Provides functional guidance to radiation therapy technologists, dosimetrist, block cutter, and linear accelerator service engineer.
Acts as a resource and mentor to the dosimetrist in relation to all aspects of treatment planning and dose verification.
Oversees a program to ensure accurate delivery of the prescribed treatment.
Collaborates with the director and the radiation oncologist in planning of equipment selection for and implementation of radiation oncology programming.
Provides input in the purchase of radiation equipment by:
Providing input in the design and specification development process for Radiation Therapy providing recommendations for purchase;
Providing recommendation for purchase after equipment bids have been received, reviews specifications.
Participates in the Radiation Oncology QA Program.
Collaborates with the Senior Physicist in the implementation of the Quality Control Program for all ionizing radiation producing equipment. Maintains related records.
Participates in the maintenance of radiation therapy treatment equipment by:
Determination of performance characteristics of the radiation producing machines;
Performance and calibrations on machines to maintain accuracy of all radiation producing equipment;
Oversees acceptance testing of new radiation producing equipment;
Works in collaboration with biomedical engineering in the maintenance of all radiation therapy treatment machines.
Maintains radioisotope inventory records per the program established by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
Conducts leak tests on sealed radiation sources under quidance of the RSO.
Conducts or supervises the required surveys for radiation contamination.
Maintains and upgrades, as necessary, operational guidelines/procedures to assure compliance for Radiation Safety Program according to The Joint Commision (TJC), NYSDOH, and ACRO requirements.
Participates in the preparation, monitoring, after loading, and removal of sources for brachytherapy according to New York State Bureau of Radioactive Materials Licensure and CVPH Medical Center guidelines.
Assists in the provision of patient instruction for permanent brachytherapy implants, injections and PO
Assists RSO in providing annual radiation safety training to staff.
Participates in the strategic plan acquisition of radiation therapy equipment which provides appropriate state of the art radiation therapy services.
Provides radiation therapy physics support to other UVM Network hospitals in New York as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Board certified or eligible in therapeutic medical physics by the American Board of Radiology or Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine. If board-eligible, must be board-certified within 3 years of hire date.
New York State Licensure required.
Required education: minimum of MS in medical physics, physics, or other basic or applied science. Preferred education: MS, DMP, or PhD from CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program. Preferred training: CAMPEP accredited residency program in therapeutic medical physics
Knowledge and experience in a wide range of clinical therapeutic medical physics, specifically including accelerator and treatment planning commissioning, all aspects of accelerator QA consistent with the recommendations of the AAPM/COMP.
Preferred specific experience in SABR/SBRT program development and management, 4D CT simulation, and Y90 radionuclide procedures.
Preferred experience in radiation safety.
Travel to support other New York UVM Health Network sites may be required.
As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of the patients for which care is being provided.
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