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POST DATE 9/15/2016
END DATE 7/19/2017
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare
JOB DESCRIPTIONPhysics I (also known as Medical Dosimetrist Trainee, Medical Physicist PhD, or Medical Physicist- Masters) reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Memorial, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards. Physics I will learn to develop and accurately document radiation treatment plans, as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist, to assure the delivery of quality patient care on a daily basis. Physics I collaborates and assists in quality and treatment planning aspects related to the physics section of Radiosurgery/Radiation Oncology/Prentice Radiation Oncology (hereafter referred to as "departments").
Under the tutelage of the certified physics and dosimetry staff over the course of a two year period Physics I learns to: Develop the prescribed radiation treatment plan for patients in consultation with a Radiation Oncologist for both external beam and low dose rate brachytherapy procedures. Develop CT manual contours or irregular field based plans. Produce digitally reconstructed radiographs from the CT simulator to provide documentation of the shape and placement of the radiation field. Determine and implement optimal method for field shaping as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist, utilizing custom blocks or the multi-leaf collimators. Perform and verify accuracy of treatment calculations. Accurately prepare patient chart (paper and electronic) for initial physics check before treatment delivery. Complete electronic and paper documentation in a thorough and accurate manner to ensure proper treatment delivery. Construct immobilization devices, treatment aids and shielding blocks which may include the lifting of objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Manage daily workflow to ensure that all patient charts will be available in the necessary timeframe prior to the initiation of treatment. Communicate with other staff in a timely manner regarding any delay or wait time that may impact smooth patient flow through the department. Assess in vivo dosage using TLDs, diodes, mosfets, film, etc., and records the results appropriately. Informs physicists and physicians of the results and takes appropriate action when necessary. Perform and record weekly physics quality control and quality assurance processes. Complete proper documentation to ensure accurate patient charging. Assist with special procedures as needed (e.g. TBI, Brachytherapy, Gamma Knife, HDR, etc.). Adheres to all radiation safety polices and procedures, ensuring the safety of patients, visitors and staff at all times. Maintains equipment and monitors supply levels in assigned area. Reports any problems or supply needs to appropriate person. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff throughout the department. Promotes a positive work environment. This position requires the assessment and treatment of patients of all ages, including pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric. AA/EOE.
Required: Minimum Bachelors Degree in Radiological Science or equivalent. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Strong problem solving and organizational skills.
Desired: IEMA Licensure in Radiation Therapy. ARRT Certification. Medical Physics experience. Computer and/or engineering experience. Sufficient clinical experience as a Radiation Therapist.