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Under general direction, the medical physicist in radiation oncology is responsible for providing radiation oncologists with all the physical data required for the delivery of radiation treatments; developing methods and devices that facilitate the accomplishment of treatment prescriptions; providing medical dosimetrists with physical data required for treatment planning; and teaching physics of radiation therapy to resident physicians, medical physics residents, dosimetry and radiation therapy students.
- 1. Equipment calibration and maintenance.
- 1.1 Perform calibrations on all radiation therapy equipment on a routine basis and prepare 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.
- 2. Radiation dosimetry and characterization
- 2.1 Perform radiation dosimetry characterization of new radiation treatment equipments and techniques.
- 3. Treatment planning and evaluation
- 3.1 Manage treatment-planning computer systems which include maintaining and updating data base, development of new software, and implementing and overseeing quality assurance programs.
- 4. Special treatment procedure and medical physics consult
- 4.1 Design and assist the construction of specialized devices and instruments for new clinical techniques and evaluate such equipment to assure proper operation
- 5. Facility design and radiation protection.
- 5.1 Calculate room shielding requirements based on regulations
- 6. Quality assurance
- 6.1 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.
- 7. Teaching and professional development
- 7.1 Present lectures and laboratory demonstrations to resident physicians, medical radiation dosimetry students, and radiation therapy students on physics of radiation therapy
- 8. Performs other job-related duties as required.
- 9. The above-listed duties and responsibilities also apply to Backus Hospital, Norwich; Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London; Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport; Shoreline Medical Center, Guilford, and to other clinics that have contractual agreement(s) with Yale-New Haven Hospital.
A Ph.D. in physics, medical physics, or a closely related discipline or M.S. in physics, medical physics, or a closely related discipline with board certification.
The ideal candidate should have completed a clinical residency or should have post-doctoral training with a minimum of two (2) years of experience in a clinical environment performing Radiation Therapy Physics. Certified in therapeutic radiological physics by the American Board of Radiology or equivalent board is required.
Competent in theory and practice of radiation dosimetry; 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; and familiar with current radiation safety standards