Christiana Care health System is currently seeking a full-time Medical Physicist to provide clinical coverage at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center (HFGCC) in Newark, Delaware and the Concord Satellite in Chadds Ford, PA. The Medical Physics section has currently 7 medical physicists and 7 dosimetrists for well-balanced coverage treating about 150 patients per day. Our clinic provides conventional 3D, IMRT, VMAT, and a robust SBRT/SRS services as well as strong HDR and LDR brachytherapy program. The practice has 4 Elekta linacs (Synergy, Infinity, and Versa) with Mosaiq R&V, and 1 True Beam with ARIA R&V, and a CyberKnife robot. For simulations, four Siemens CT scanners with 4D stations and one with dual-energy source (Siemens Edge) are available in the department. MR and PET/CT imaging is provided for simulation as needed. Pinnacle, MultiPlan, RayStation, Variseed, and Oncentra are used for treatment planning for all sites. Christiana has a busy HDR (Elekta-Nucletron) for partial breast, gynecology, and skin. We also provide LDR (prostate implant) brachytherapy at several sites using CT, MR, and TRUS for simulation. The candidate is expected to contribute to the Medical Physics residency program, which is CAMPEP approved since 2013 and is part of the Thomas Jefferson University training program.
To apply expertise in physics, radiotherapy instrumentation, computer applications, and radiotherapy clinical fundamentals to maintain the precision standards of equipment used to plan and administer radiation treatment to cancer patients.
Interacts with physician/radiotherapists to develop new treatment methods and with treatment planning staff as a consultant for current activities and new procedures development.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintains the standardization and calibration of therapy equipment in a manner suitable for accurate radiation dose delivery
Develops, implements and maintains records of safe physical use of therapy equipment
Designs, in cooperation with clinicians, the routine clinical procedures for the application of the equipment
Directs the determination of radiation dose distribution in patients undergoing treatment (i.e., computer treatment planning or direct radiation dosimetric measurement)
Develops specifications, selection recommendations, and acceptance testing of new equipment
Directs the design and construction of patient treatment aids of special devices (blocks, filters, molds, radio-isotope applications, etc.)
Directs the radiation safety program in the therapy department, including maintenance of radio-isotope inventories, and records of isotope usage for patient brachytherapy
Keeps records of therapy machine maintenance, repair, and upgrade
Stays abreast of research and technological developments of new techniques, physical methods and equipment for improved therapeutic use of radiation
Provides education and training in medical physics for physicians, nurses and therapists
Participates in equipment planning , program planning, staff review and budget preparation
Maintains proper records necessary for Joint Commission, NRC, state, or other regulatory agencies
Reviews department policies and procedures
Develops, implement and review of quality control programs for patient dosimetry
Develops, maintain and update of treatment planning software and radiation data
Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices. Reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors
Performs other related duties as required
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Required M.S. in Medical Physics, Ph.D. preferred.
Five years of related medical physics experience.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, but Master's degree in Medical Physics is required. See Special Requirements below for board certification requirements.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge of operation of various radiation detection devices
Knowledge of computer usage in medicine and/or abilities in computer programming
Knowledge and understanding of radiation physics and experimental physics
Knowledge of the operation and principles of radiation therapy equipment
Board Certification by the American Board of Radiology and Therapeutic Radiological Physics is required.
Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
About Christiana Care Health System
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. Christiana Care includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. Christiana Care is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, Christiana Care is shaping the future of health care.
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