Physicist
Location:
Palatka , Florida
Posted:
October 18, 2017
Reference:
26886-842
Putnam Community Medical Center , a 99-bed, acute care facility, located at 611 Zeagler Drive, in Palatka, provides the latest technology with the assurance of highly trained, caring professionals to the residents of Putnam County. The hospital serves North Central Florida with a full complement of quality healthcare services while maintaining cost-effectiveness.
The hospital provides individualized care directed to the specific needs of each patient. Putnam Community Medical Center offers a 10-bed Intensive/Critical Care Unit, Step-Down Care Unit, Cardiac Cath Lab, medical and surgical units, family birthplace center, and a 24-hour emergency department. We also provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the general direction of the Medical Director, the Medical Physicist is an individual who is competent to practice independently in radiation oncology physics and ensures the safe and accurate delivery of radiation dose to cancer patients. The Medical Physicist functions as an integral member of the radiation oncology team. A medical physicist is primarily and professionally engaged in the design optimization, technical evaluation, and precise and accurate delivery of treatment plans. He/she is responsible for the design and implementation of the aspects of the quality management program that involve the use of radiotherapy equipment and therapeutic radioisotopes. A medical physicist is also responsible for the radiation protection of patients and staff members.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Performance of acceptance testing, calibration, and safety surveys of imaging and radiation therapy equipment.
  • Performance of commissioning of radiation therapy equipment and setting up baseline for routine quality management program.
  • Serving as the liaison for machine maintenance and repair.
  • Supervision of radiation treatment design and planning processes.
  • Performance of patient specific quality assurance using appropriate phantom and measuring devices.
  • Performance and supervision of redundancy checks of dose calculations using manual or automated methods.
  • Performance of a holistic review of radiation treatments for each patient including initial physics checks, weekly chart checks, and end of treatment reviews.
  • Routine supervision of image registration of all applicable modalities in reference to target delineation by radiation oncologists.
  • Consultation with radiation oncologists in the development of special physics consult of treatment strategies.
  • Participates directly in the treatment planning and verification of special treatment procedures including stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, high dose rate brachytherapy, and low dose rate brachytherapy.
  • Development of purchasing and acceptance specifications for imaging and radiation therapy equipment.
  • Consultation with radiation oncologists, as required, concerning patient's doses and optimization of patient treatment plans and delivery.
  • Development, implementation and supervision of quality control programs in the radiology or radiation oncology department.
  • Supervision of the design and construction of patient treatment aids or special devices including blocks, compensators, molds, etc.
  • Supervision of brachytherapy procedures when applicable and abiding by NRC/State regulations.
  • Research and development of new devices and modalities for improved therapeutic uses of radiation.
  • Providing technical direction of radiation oncology staff as specified by the department medical director.
  • Development of policy and procedures related to radiation safety and radiation oncology physics.
  • Membership on applicable committees, such as the Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Committee, Radioactive Drug Research Committee, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee, Disaster Committee, Cancer Care Committee, and Institutional Review Board.
  • Participation in clinical and translational research.

Qualifications:
Education
Master's Degree. A medical physicist must have a graduate degree in medical physics or a related discipline. In addition to the above academic preparation, completion of a medical physics residency is preferred. As an alternative to formal residency, a qualified medical physicist must have at least two years of full-time experience in a clinical department of radiology or radiation oncology under the preceptorship of a certified medical physicist. If the physicist intends to practice more than one of the subfields of medical physics, the clinical training and experience should encompass each area.

Experience
Three (3) years' experience preferred.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration
ABR Board Certification preferred, ABR board Certification Eligible required

Other Minimum Qualifications
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of anatomy, physiology, clinical oncology, radiobiology, radiation physics, and radiation safety.
  • Expertise in the technical aspects of radiation oncology and medical physics to develop optimal treatment plans.
  • Knowledgeable in health care informatics - including the resources, devices and methods to acquire, store and retrieve data. Tools include computers as well as clinical guidelines, current medical terminology, information and communication systems.
  • Has working knowledge of radiation safety principles and practices as well as current rules and regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other regulatory agencies.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate the exchange of information with patients, family members, the radiation oncology treatment team as well as outside entities.
  • Has high-level critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Has the ability to interpret criteria and develop treatment plans as defined by relevant treatment protocols.
  • Has mathematical skills including algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus
  • Works independently, but in collaboration with the Radiation Oncologist.
  • Results driven and collaborative style to achieve defined objectives

A little about us:
HCA is the nation’s leading private provider of healthcare services. Comprised of locally managed facilities which include 230,000 employees at over 160 hospitals, over 120 surgery centers and 100 urgent care facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom

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