Under general supervision of the Chief of Physics, performs all aspects of therapeutic medical physics support services for the Department of Radiation Oncology in an academic setting in accordance with established professional and departmental standards.
Provides medical physics coverage for a wide range of radiotherapy activities including external beam (photon and electron), IMRT, brachytherapy and radiosurgery and associated equipment, software and technologies.
Responsible for quality assurance tasks of all equipment and software including, but not limited to, daily, monthly and annual quality assurance testing (QA). Appropriately documents and tracks quality assurance requirements per national standards and departmental policies. Maintains and documents QA compliance of assigned treatment equipment/software as set forth by the BMC, manufacturer, state and federal government as well as national organizations such as AAPM, ASTRO and ACR.
Contributes to academic mission of the department via actively participating in scholarly activities demonstrated by clinical research and development, integration of novel technique and technologies, presentation in national conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Takes an active role in current and future educational programs and teaches/mentors students, residents and fellows as requested. Performs in-service education sessions for any members of the team related to specific treatment procedures and techniques.
Initiates and participates in departmental and hospital quality improvement activities. Designs new Quality Assurance programs for new technologies incorporated into clinical practice for their safe and effective utilization. Develops necessary documentation for appropriate policy and procedures.
Provides medical physics consultation to physicians in target volume definition, treatment planning and treatment techniques, and special requests (such as re-treatment, pacemaker and diode measurements, operative brachytherapy, and clinical trial).
Provides technical consultation to dosimetrist's and treatment planners for treatment techniques, dosimetry considerations, etc.
Actively participates and leads acceptance and commissioning efforts for new or updated radiation treatment equipment and software, as designated by the Chief Physicist.
Participates in weekly patient Chart Rounds, weekly physics’ meetings, and other committee and staff meetings as deemed necessary.
Works with the Chief and Vendor to maintain the treatment equipment and software quality and reliability.
Responsible for patient-specific QA tasks including plan checks, chart checks, dose verification measurements.
Designs treatment plans that will deliver prescribed radiation dose, considering dose-limiting structures, and document dose and field placement technique in accordance with the radiation oncologist’s prescription.
Coordinates treatment simulations and tumor localization on dedicated devices, including CT, MRI, and PET when indicated for radiation oncology treatment planning.
Performs or assists in the planning of the production of molds, casts and other immobilization devices.
Instructs the therapist staffing the implementation of the treatment plan including the correct use of compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment variables (such as structure for cone beam).
Supports clinical research projects including clinical trial protocol development and implementation.
Provides prompt and timely completion of Cooperative Group Research credentialing, as needed, and subsequent submission of data.
Contributes, upon request, to radiation safety measurements and verification, new treatment facility design and shielding calculations.
Participates in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques, and advances in medical dosimetry/physics. If PhD and American Board of Radiology (ABR) certified, participates in Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
Follows hospital and departmental infection control and safety procedures.
Observes the general rules, regulations and requirements of the hospital and department.
Responsible for the maintenance of own board certification in therapeutic medical physics as well as any applicable governmental qualified medical physicist, authorized medical physicist status and/or medical physics licensure.
A Ph.D./D.Sc. Degree in Physics, Medical Physics or Physical Sciences is required.
Must be certified by the American Board of Radiology for Therapeutic Physics at hire.
Must have successfully graduated from a CAMPEP approved residency/post-graduate program at hire AND passed at least Part I in the board exam on track to be certified within 3 years of hire.
The candidate must have a solid foundation in physics at the graduate level and an understanding of therapeutic physics in a hospital setting.
Ability to function independently and understand the technical aspects of radiation oncology and medical physics.
Ability to pursue academic/scholarly activities.
Working knowledge of radiation safety and current regulations of the governmental bodies including federal agencies and Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Attention to detail and to clarity in documentation.
Ability to work collaboratively and to build and sustain collegial working relationships.
About Boston Medical Center
At Boston Medical Center, all are welcome and treated equally. The best and brightest physicians, representing virtually every medical specialty, choose to work here for the opportunity to make a difference in their community and beyond.
Unwavering in its commitment to the community, BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End. The primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine, BMC is the largest safety net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England.
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