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Radiation therapy as practiced at the Washington University’s Department of Radiation Oncology is very personnel-intensive and can be highly customized and individualized for each patient, requiring extensive quality assurance (QA) and constant oversight to prevent catastrophic treatment delivery errors. It is subject to extensive and time consuming documentation imposed by current standards of practice and regulatory bodies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Chief Staff Physicist provides leadership and the essential administrative, organizational and technical expertise that keeps the clinic functioning smoothly, safely, and at a state-of-the-art technical and clinical level in a technically complex environment.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
basic calibration and quality assurance monitoring of any medical accelerator, superficial/contrast x-ray machines, x-ray simulator, CT simulator, and brachytherapy;
determination of the radiation dosimetry parameters for the treatment units, simulators and brachytherapy radiation sources;
calculation of radiation dose distribution of patients undergoing treatment;
monitoring or measuring of the dose delivered to selected patients;
maintaining dosimetry standards pertaining to radiation dosimetry systems;
space planning and radiation shielding design for new facilities, modalities, and equipment;
radiation safety surveys for facilities and personnel;
clinical oversight of technical personnel (dosimetrist);
consultation to radiation oncologists regarding special clinical physics considerations for individual patients;
development, maintenance and implementation of calibration and quality assurance programs for all external beam treatment machines, simulators, treatment planning systems and brachytherapy equipment/sources;
development, maintenance and implementation of quality control procedures;
development, maintenance and implementation of physics and dosimetry protocols;
responsibility for the release of treatment machines into clinical services after maintenance, and for documenting that any alterations caused by the maintenance and repair schedule do not affect the treatment unit vis a vis standards promulgated in the AAPM code of practice;
serving as liaison to equipment manufactures for installation, acceptance testing and verification testing, and making recommendations concerning new equipment acquisitions and upgrades of hardware and software;
interpreting of test results and advising clinical staff on optimal equipment use;
overseeing compliance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, licensing and other regulatory requirements governing personnel and general public safety and other issues; and attending Radiation Safety Committee meetings.
On-site contouring or normal anatomy and processing of multimodality imaging, including image registration, deformations, processing of respiratory motion correlated images.
On-site treatment planning for linac based treatments with the Varian Eclipse system to include 2D, 3D. IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, brachytherapy, and SRS planning.
May assume the role of Radiation Safety Officer and the associated responsibilities as defined by state and federal regulations.
PhD or doctoral degree in Physics or related science is required.
Minimum of five years of clinical experience.
Certified by the American Board of Radiology or equivalent in Therapeutic Medical Physics.
Summary: The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine has an exceptional opportunity for a clinical radiation therapy medical physicist to join our practice and lead a team of four other physicists at our newly created affiliation with CoxHealth. This is a unique opportunity to become a member of one of the most established academic medical physics groups while working and leading in a very progressive community center. Washington University has fully integrated medical physics operations and this position offers benefits of practicing in a diverse community radiation therapy practice with support of a broader team across a network of community and academic practices.
Environment: The medical physics division currently has 33 other medical physicists for support of our clinical operations, research, educational, and outreach activates. The division has over 50 other members consisting of medical physics assistants, QA technicians, residents, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, programmers, and staff. This position is located at CoxHealth in Springfield Missouri and consists of two clinics, four linear accelerators, comprehensive brachytherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, and a host of other procedures and equipment. This radiation oncology practice is led by a group of advanced and supportive radiation oncologists and administrators dedicated to excellence in clinical care and operations (https://vimeo.com/209294801). Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri and offers great quality of life and very attractive environment.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University has developed an exceedingly integrated network of academic and community practices with a mission of advancing the field through research, education, and state of the art clinical practices. The department supports several education programs, including the longest-standing CAMPEP accredited medical physics residency. All our affiliate clinical facilities are dedicated to promotion of best practices and our clinical operations are designed to leverage the size and scope of resources to advance all practices jointly.
The chief of physics at CoxHealth would be responsible for leading the local medical physics team while actively interfacing with the broader team and supporting development and deployment of best clinical practices. Depending on interests, there are multiple opportunities for participation in clinical trials, education, and research efforts.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Radiation Oncology. This position is located at CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri.
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.
This position is eligible for full-time benefits.� Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.
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