At UCHC this class is a member of the radiation oncology treatment team who provides the knowledge of oncology treatment machines and equipment and the expertise to generate radiation dose distribution and dose calculations in collaboration with the Medical Physicist and Radiation Oncologist.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of theories, principles and concepts of Physics; knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment and cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy; working knowledge of radiation safety and current rules and regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; knowledge of all pertinent State, Federal and agencies’ regulations; excellent interpersonal skills; must possess mathematical skills including algebra and trigonometry, and be able to visualize objects in three-dimensional concepts to facilitate the treatment planning process; good interpersonal skills; ability to interpret and execute treatment plans as defined in relevant treatment protocol; ability to communicate effectively, oral and written; analytical ability to collect information from diverse source and apply professional principles in performing various analysis; ability to solve problems or design relatively complex systems and programs; ability to provide patient care to various age specific patients.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Registered Radiation Therapy Technologist with at least four (4) years dosimetry experience.
Bachelor’s degree with a major in the physical or biological sciences and two (2) years medical dosimetry experience under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist or Medical Physicist, or
Associate of Science with demonstrated on-the job training in medical dosimetry under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist or Medical Physicist and subsequent four (4) years of supervised medical dosimetry work experience.
Incumbents in this class is required to be a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD) by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) and maintain this certification. If not certified must be eligible at the time of hire and obtain certification within six months of hire.
Works in an area which requires use of established safety guidelines, may be exposed to radioactive sources and vapors. Ability to bend and lift heavy material.
Works under the general direction of Medical Physicist, Oncologist or an employee of higher grade.
May Lead/supervise Radiation Therapy Technologist or other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Works collaboratively with the Radiation Oncologist, Physicist and Radiation Therapist to develop effective treatment plans; designs treatment plans by means of computer and/or manual computation that will deliver a prescribed radiation dose and field placement techniques in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist’s prescription to a defined tumor volume; selects beams energy, optimum multiple beam arrangements, beam modifying devices; measures and calculates radiation dose and develops optimum arrangement of radiation fields and exposures to treat patient based upon field size, depth of tumor, treatment unit, beam modifying devices, and other information; documents all pertinent information on patients’ records; verifies the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist; performs and/or assists in the application of specific methods of radiation measurements including ion chamber, thermo luminescent dosimeters (TLD), or film measurement as directed by the Medical Physicist; supervises the therapist in the implementation of treatment plan including, the correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment variables; assists in the planning of intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy procedures and in the subsequent manual and or/computer calculation of the dose distributions of these treatments; provide physics and technical support to the Medical Physicist, in radiation protection, qualitative machine calibrations and quality assurance of the radiation oncology equipment; may simulate treatment procedure to assist in planning treatment; actively participates in the department’s quality assurance program and in the identification of opportunities for organizational performance improvement; assures compliance with the principles of radiation protection for
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patient, self and others and adheres to all patient safety and environmental guidelines; may teach applied aspects of medical dosimetry to students, resident or radiation therapy technologist, or as assigned; participates in clinical research for the development and implementation of new techniques; maintains professional knowledge of current treatment planning techniques and advances in medical dosimetry; performs quality check on equipment; performs other related duties as required.
SCHEDULE: 40 hour work week, primarily Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm, may require OT; flexibility to meet needs of department.
FULL TIME EQUIVALENT MINIMUM SALARY: $77,343
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