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Clinical Medical Physicist
Reporting to the Vice President of Ambulatory Services, the Clinical Medical Physicist will also have a functional reporting to Medical Director of Radiation Oncology. The Clinical Medical Physicist functions as an integral member of the Radiation Oncology team. The Physicist is thoroughly familiar with geometric characteristics of the radiation equipment, radioactive sources commonly employed, and has training and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and calculations and works to design and calculate plans ordered by the Radiation Oncologist.
Medical Physicists use their knowledge of physics to improve medical equipment and technology in order to help diagnose and treat patients. Medical Physicists must earn an advanced degree and complete an experiential training program in a medical setting. Other qualifications may include board certification and meeting individual state requirements. The Clinical Medical Physicist performs other related duties as assigned. Employees providing direct patient care must demonstrate competencies specific to the population served.
Master’s degree in Medical Physics or Doctorate in Medical Physics preferred
By agreement with the American Board of Radiology in 2001, the American Board of Medical Physics discontinued new examinations in two Medical Physics subdisciplines-Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging Physics.
All medical physicists possess or are eligible for board certification in Radiation Therapy Physics by the American Board of Radiology,or the American Board of Medical Physics prior to 2001, or the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine if a Canadian resident. Effective in 2017, all employed physicists not currently board certified, must take their board certifications at the earliest possibility. Board eligible physicists or those physicists who have lost their eligibility must submit to their immediate supervisor a plan showing the timeline and steps to be achieved leading to their board certification. Physicists not currently boarded, will have a period of six years to obtain board certification from date of hire. Physicists hired prior to 2017 will have until 12/31/2023 to complete their board certifications or be subject to disciplinary action with possible termination of services.
Algebra, Calculus, Geometry
While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in a clean, well-lighted & temperature controlled environment. The Medical Physicist must understand and accept the possibility of exposure to inside environmental conditions, such as, moderate noise, infectious/communicable diseases, radiation, chemicals and/or chemical fumes, odors, gases and dusts.
Ability to stand for long periods of time
Ability to lift 35 pounds
High degree of manual dexterity
Ability to perform repetitive tasks
Ability to reach above shoulder level
Ability to distinguish colors
Customer Relations skills
Ability to concentrate
High degree of flexibility
Ability to cope with a high level of stress
Ability to make fast decisions under pressure
Ability to cope with the anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner
Ability to cope with confrontation
Ability to handle multiple priorities in a stressful situation
Ability to assist with problem resolution
Ability to work alone
Ability to demonstrate a high degree of patience
Work which is constantly and exceptionally tiring mentally and/or visually. Conditions exist more than 90% of the work time. Involves considerable standing or walking, regular lifting of light-weight objects (i.e., 20 pounds or less) and assisting with heavier tasks such as assisting in lifting and moving patients. Minor straining or fatiguing positions must be assumed, and some fatiguing physical motions are required.
Design a treatment plan by means of computer and/or manual computation that will deliver a prescribed radiation dose and field placement technique in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist's prescription to a defined tumor volume.
Consider dose-limiting structures in the design of treatment plans and document dose in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist's prescription.
Coordinate treatment simulations and tumor localization on dedicated devices, including CT, MRI, and PET when indicated, for radiation oncology treatment planning.
Supervise, perform, or assist in the planning of the fabrication of compensation filters, custom shields, wedges, and other beam modifying devices.
Supervise, perform, or assist in the planning of the production of molds, casts, and other immobilization devices.
Supervise the therapist staff in the implementation of the treatment plan including: the correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment variables.
Perform calculations for the accurate delivery of the Radiation Oncologist's prescribed dose, document all pertinent information in the patient record, and verify the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist.
Supervise, perform, or assist in the application of specific methods of dosimetry including ion chamber, TLD, or film measurement.
Assist in intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy procedures and in the subsequent manual and/or computer calculation of the dose distributions of these treatments.
Teach applied aspects of medical dosimetry to students and residents, as assigned.
Participate in clinical research for the development and implementation of new techniques.
Participate in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques, and advances in medical dosimetry.
Performance specification, acceptance testing and commissioning of new equipment.
Calibration of the sources and maintenance of all information necessary for their appropriate use.
Development and maintenance of a quality assurance program for all treatment modalities, localization procedures, and computational equipment programs to assure that patients receive prescribed doses and dose distributions within acceptable degrees of accuracy.
Maintenance of all instrumentation required for calibration of sources, measurement of radiation, and calculation of doses, and First-Order maintenance of treatment units (In conjunction with an equipment field service engineer).
Development and administration of the radiation safety program, including compliance with all regulating and certifying agencies (e.g., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and appropriate state and local agencies).
Administration of personnel radiation monitoring program.
Supervision of source preparation and handling during brachytherapy, and the continual maintenance of the brachytherapy source inventory.
Calculation of shielding required for new or renovated treatment rooms, radioactive-source storage and handling facilities, and brachytherapy patient rooms.
Consultation if requested, with the Radiation Oncologist on the physical and radiobiological aspects of patients’ treatments, and the development of treatment plans.
Acquisition and storage of data for treatment plans.
Calculation of dose distributions and machine settings for patient treatments.
Design and fabrication of treatment aids and treatment-beam modifiers.
Assurance of the accuracy of treatment unit parameters and settings used for a patient’s treatment, including correct transfer of parameters between the simulator, treatment plan and the treatment unit, and periodic review of each patient’s chart.
In-Vivo measurement to verify the dose delivered to a patient.
Assisting the Radiation Oncologist in statistical analysis for evaluation of treatment efficacy, and participation in clinical trials.
Development of techniques (hardware, software, or procedure) to improve the delivery of radiation treatments.
Participation at patient-discussion conferences.
Continuing education of the radiation oncology staff.
Participation in Peer-Review.
Employee must operate within their licensed or educational scope of practice.
The Clinical Medical Physicist must operate within the scope or standards of their Board Certification or education.
Must be able to understand the technical aspects of radiation oncology and medical physics to derive computerized treatment plans, and communicate these aspects to the Radiation Oncologist for plan approval, and to the Radiation Therapist for plan implementation.
Performs routine duties independent of supervision, but consults with the Radiation Oncologist.
Operates and performs quality assurance on the treatment planning computer.
Has expert knowledge of radiation safety and current rules and regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Has the ability to interpret and execute treatment plans as defined in relevant treatment protocols.
Must possess mathematical skills including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and be able to visualize objects in three-dimensional concepts to facilitate the treatment planning process.
Medical Physicist is responsible for verification that equipment used for Radiation Therapy is calibrated and comply with state and federal operational guidelines.
With the Radiation Oncologist, Administrators and Technologist, performs planning for resource allocation including but not limited to
Equipment usage, selection and replacement.
Staff requirements, assignments and recruitment.
Review of the programs Policies and Procedures.
Because of the training received in analytical processes and scientific principles, the physicist plays a principal role in development of systems and policies, and review of consistency between plans and their execution and problem-solving. After the development and testing of a procedure, a physicist may delegate to other appropriately trained personnel the routine performance, while maintaining the responsibility and supervising as required. After the development and testing of a procedure, a physicist may delegate to other appropriately trained personnel the routine performance, while maintaining the responsibility and supervising as required. Because of the complexity and regulatory specifications, the performance of calibrations cannot be delegated.
Bronson Healthcare Group is a not-for-profit organization that serves patients and families throughout southwest and south central Michigan. We offer a full range of services from primary care to advanced critical care at more than 60 locations and three hospital facilities. Locally owned and governed, we are the region's leading healthcare system and one of the area's largest employers. Our physi...cians and staff are nationally recognized for many exceptional achievements in quality, safety and service. Additionally, we have been ranked as one of West Michigan's "Best and Brightest" companies to work for and are recognized as the area's Most Preferred Hospital.