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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.
- 1. Equipment calibration and maintenance.
- 1.1 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.
- 2. Radiation dosimetry and characterization
- 2.1 Assist in performing dosimetry characterization of new radiation treatment equipments.
- 3. Learning of treatment planning and evaluation methods
- 3.1 Anatomy modeling and normal tissue delineation in computerized treatment planning systems
- 4. Special treatment procedures
- 4.1 Design and assist in the construction of specialized devices and instruments for new clinical techniques and evaluate such equipment to assure proper operation
- 5. Learning facility design and radiation protection.
- 5.1 Calculate room shielding requirements based on regulations
- 6. Assist Radiological Physicists in routine 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. Professional development
- 7.1 Develop abilities to function in the roles and responsibilities of an independent medical physicist
A Ph.D. in physics, medical physics, or a closely related discipline.
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.
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.