Diagnostic Medical Physics Resident

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New Haven, CT
Jan 15, 2019

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Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our
Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion -
must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.
EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

SUMMARY
Under the direction of the Director of Radiological Physics and the supervising faculties of the Medical Physics
Residency program, the resident will participate in structured learning and assist medical physicists in providing
clinical medical physics services to all aspects of radiation therapy treatments at Yale -New Haven Hospital and its
satellite facilities, which include, but not limited to, treatment simulation, treatment planning, patient dosage
calculation, equipment calibration, in vivo dosimetry, quality assurance, and other physical and technical tasks
performed routinely by clinical physics staff.
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RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Equipment calibration and maintenance.
Assist in performing calibrations on all radiation therapy equipment on a routine basis and preparing
calibration reports that include all of the data necessary for the safe and accurate application of the
equipment to radiation therapy. Treatment equipment includes linear accelerators and the associated
imaging devices, orthovoltage x-ray units, CT simulators, gamma knife, high-dose-rate afterloading units,
and a host of radioactive sources.
1 .1
Assist in performing constancy and integrity check of all instrumentations used in radiation
measurements to ensure accurate and reliable calibration results. Instrumentations include ionization
chambers, diode detectors, thermal luminescent detectors, optical stimulated luminescent detectors,
radiographic films, electrometers, barometers, thermometers, and related accessories and devices.
1 .2
1 .3 Assist Radiological Engineers in equipment repair and post-repair performance verification.
2. Radiation dosimetry and characterization
2 .1 Assist in performing dosimetry characterization of new radiation treatment equipments.
Assist in performing dosimetry measurements needed to verify the performance of treatment planning
systems
2 .2
2 .3 Assist in performing dosimetry characterization of radiation modifying devices such as electron cutout
Assist in performing in vivo dosimetry needed for assessing dose delivered to specific regions of interest
requested by attending physicians
2 .4
Design and perform investigative dosimetry measurements to address questions arising in daily clinical
practice
2 .5
3. Learning of treatment planning and evaluation methods
3 .1 Anatomy modeling and normal tissue delineation in computerized treatment planning systems
3 .2 Image fusion of MR/PET and CT for treatment planning
3 .3 Proficient in properties of clinical photon and electron beams for optimal treatment plan design
3 .4 Proficient in dosimetric and model based tools for treatment plan evaluation

3 .5
3 .6 Perform MU hand calculations for photon and electron beams as second check
3 .7 Perform initial and periodic chart checks
3 .8 Develop working relationships with dosimetrists, physician residents, and attending physicians
4. Special treatment procedures
Design and assist in the construction of specialized devices and instruments for new clinical techniques
and evaluate such equipment to assure proper operation
4 .1
Assist in the planning and in vivo verification of total body irradiation (TBI) and total skin electron therapy
(TSET)
4 .2
4 .3 Assist in the planning and treatment oversight of high-dose-rate brachytherapy treatments
4 .4 Assist in the planning and treatment oversight of stereotactic cranial and body radiosurgery/radiotherapy
5. Learning facility design and radiation protection.
5 .1 Calculate room shielding requirements based on regulations
5 .2 Inspect shielding installation to ensure it is done according to the specifications
5 .3 Measure radiation leakage to ensure the facility shielding meets federal, state and local requirements
6. Assist Radiological Physicists in routine quality assurance
Develop and assist the implementation of quality assurance programs, and test these programs for
conformance with specifications established by the JCAHO, NRC and other regulatory agencies.
6 .1
6 .2 Perform biweekly, monthly, and quarterly QA of Linacs and orthovoltage x-ray units
6 .3 Participate in annual Linac QA checks
6 .4 Identify safety issues with Linacs and other treatment equipments
6 .5 Perform IMRT and special procedure plan verification measurements
6 .6 Perform charts check and independent MU verification calculation
7. Professional development
7 .1 Develop abilities to function in the roles and responsibilities of an independent medical physicist
7 .2 Develop abilities to solve daily clinical problems and answer physics questions independently.
Develop abilities to interact with and educate as necessary radiation oncologists, medical residents,
dosimetrists and therapists.
7 .3
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments in radiological physics, and introduces new
developments into Yale-New Haven Hospital through membership in scientific organizations, attendance
at scientific meetings, and reading of scientific journals

EDUCATION
A Ph.D. in physics, medical physics, or a closely related discipline.

EXPERIENCE A candidate with a Ph.D. in Physics or in a closely related discipline should have a minimum of one (1) year of
post-doctoral training in Radiation Therapy Physics. A candidate with a Ph.D. in Medical Physics should have
completed graduate course work and thesis subject in Radiation Therapy Physics or one (1) year of post-doctoral
training in Radiation Therapy Physics.

SPECIAL SKILLS:
Demonstrable knowledge of fundamental physics, advanced mathematics, advanced atomic and nuclear physics ,
basic anatomy, computer operation, and network basics. Strong analytic skills in analyzing and solving problems
encountered in the design and execution of radiation therapy. Good verbal and written communication skills.

ACCOUNTABILITY
The performance of the resident will be evaluated on a quarterly basis by the director of residency program and by
the supervising faculty of each clinical rotation. The objectives of each clinical rotation and the performance of the
resident toward achieving these objectives will be carefully evaluated and documented. Corrective measures, if
needed, will be communicated to the resident by the program director and follow -up evaluation will be performed by
the program director and supervising faculty.

COMPLEXITY
In personal and job-related decisions and actions, consistently demonstrates the values of integrity (doing the right
thing), patient-centered (putting patients and families first), respect (valuing all people and embracing all differences),
accountability (being responsible and taking action), and compassion (being empathetic).
This is a training position and most of the work is performed under the supervision of radiological physicists on the
staff. The goal is that by the end of two year training period the candidate will have acquired enough knowledge and
experience to exercise discretion and independent judgment in developing methods and devices that facilitate the
accomplishment of treatment prescriptions in radiation oncology physics
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Job Info

Job: 3625

Department: Radiology Physicist
Category: Technologist/tech
Sub Category: DIAG IMAGING
Shift: DAYS
Hours: 40.00

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