The Radiation Oncology Physicist position is primary involved with the evaluation, delivery, and optimization of radiation plans for therapy. The position provides a high standard of clinical physics service and supervision, and ensures regulatory compliant with all state requirements governing the therapeutic uses of radiation.
Responsibilities/Essential Functions (other duties as assigned):
Ensure treatment machines and radiation sources are correctly calibrated according to accepted protocols.
Assumes responsibility for acceptance testing, commissioning, calibration, and periodic QA of therapy equipment and treatment planning systems. Certifies therapy units and planning systems are performing according to specifications, and general beam data
Ensures required QA is performed on all accelerators, CT stimulator, treatment planning systems, (e.g., electrometer and chamber systems), and related equipment (e.g., film processor, block cutting machine) in an accurate and timely fashion.
Generates beam data for all energies, modes and isotope sources. Evaluates the quality of the data and its appropriateness for treatment of difference disease sites.
Ensures beam and source data are correctly entered into the treatment planning system. Beam data should be tabulated in a form that is usable by the therapist, dosimetrist, and radiation oncologist.
Assists in the development of policies and procedures, and along with Radiation Medical Director and other members of the treatment planning team, ensures adherence regarding treatment planning and treatment processes.
Performs and oversees the determination of radiation does distributions in patients undergoing treatment (i.e., computerized treatment planning or direct radiation measurements). Consults with radiation oncologist on the evaluation and optimization of radiation therapy for specific patients
Conducts and documents appropriate QA checks for the administration of IMRT including hands-on IMRT treatment planning with high dose rate brachytherapy QA treatment planning and delivery.
Ensures policies and procedures are available, appropriate, followed, and “contain proper elements of good radiation oncology proactive, delivery of treatment, radiation safety, quality control, and regulatory compliance”. Performs a yearly review of the appropriate sections of the policies/procedures manual, and provides recommendations for improvement to executive leadership.
Determines the release of a treatment machine into clinical service after maintenance has been performed, and document appropriately that any alteration caused by maintenance and repair does not affect the accelerator performance or calibration
Provides education and training in QA, radiation safety, the QMP, and regulatory compliance for radiation oncologists, therapists, dosimetrists, nurses, medical technical assistants, middle management and technical staff.
M.S. or Ph.D. in Medical Physics from accredited college or university with a valid license in the State of California
Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Medical Physics.
Minimum of three years direct supervision as a medical physicist with experience in treatment delivery, calibration and equipment QA/QC.
cCare conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates.
About California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence
California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence (cCARE) is the largest full-service, private oncology and hematology practice in California. With offices in San Diego and Fresno, California, we offer extensive services and care for every step of patient cancer treatment, including oncology, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, infusion and imaging. cCARE’s research division offers a high number of clinical trials for qualifying patients. At cCARE we believe that cancer treatment is more than just medicine. It’s also about compassion, prevention, research and wellness. Even though cancer treatment requires medical intervention, it’s our belief that a strong will and a solid support group play a vital role in the healing process.
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