We are actively recruiting to fill a Dosimetrist position. This is a highly professional physics service related position in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University Health in Shreveport. The medical dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team with knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist. Responsibilities will require independent judgment, initiative, and direct working relationship with physicist and physician. Incumbent will provide physics activities within the department pertaining to treatment planning to support radiation therapy procedures. Incumbent will render treatment plans on a daily basis, coordinate all patient treatment protocols, perform hand calculation for treatment times, work with outside vendor regarding trouble shooting treatment planning system, and provided documentation of plans to outside organizations according to hospital policies. Incumbent will assist with training staff on complex treatment procedures, CT simulations, basic calculations and treatment planning. Individual must maintain communication between physicians, physicist, radiation therapist, nurses and other clinical staff pertaining to all physics and clinical related issues. Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, are required. Responsibilities include but not limited to: Treatment Planning and Related Physics Responsibilities • Design treatment plans by computer and/or manual computation that will deliver a prescribed radiation dose and field placement technique in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist's prescription to a defined tumor volume. • Consider dose-limiting structures in the design of treatment plans and document dose in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist's prescription. • Coordinate treatment simulations and tumor localization on dedicated devices, including CT, MRI, and PET when indicated for radiation oncology treatment planning. • Supervise, perform, or assist in the planning of the fabrication of compensation filters, custom shields, wedges, and other beam modifying devices. • Supervise, perform, or assist in the planning of the production of immobilization devices. • Supervise the therapist staff in the implementation of the treatment plan including: the correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment variables. • Perform calculations for the accurate delivery of the Radiation Oncologist's prescribed dose, document all pertinent information in the patient record, and verify the mathematical accuracy of all calculations using a system established by the Medical Physicist. • Provide physics and technical support to the Medical Physicist, in radiation protection, qualitative machine calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation oncology equipment. • Perform and assist in the application of specific methods of dosimetry including ion chamber, TLD, or film measurement as directed by the Medical Physicist. • Assist with Brachytherapy clinical procedures. • Assist Physicist with Brachytherapy treatment plans by computer and/or manual computation for proper dose distributions in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist's prescription to a defined tumor volume if needed. • Performs routine duties independently, but consults with the Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist as required. • Operates and performs quality assurance, under the direction of the Medical Physicist, on the treatment planning computer. • Perform procedures according to radiation safety and current rules and regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State Regulatory Agency. • Interpret and execute treatment plans according to defined specifications relevant treatment protocols. • Construct plan in a three-dimensional conformal visualizing critical structures. • Teach Medical Dosimetry aspects to students and residents, as assigned. • Participate in clinical research for the development and implementation of new techniques. • Participate in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques, and advances in medical dosimetry.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Board Certified Medical Dosimetrist, or board eligible. Must pass board certification within 2 years of hire.
2 years experience in Medical Dosimetry
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
University Health System is the proud hospital partner of the distinguished LSU Shreveport School of Medicine. University Health has two acute care hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, and offers the latest developments in medical care in North Louisiana. Our academic teaching hospital maintains a strong commitment to state-of-the art treatment, clinical research, community education and prevention... programs.
Both hospital campuses combined offer over 700 licensed beds, 28,000 annual admissions, 468,000 annual outpatient clinic visits and combined revenue of over $480 million. Specialty services include regional trauma centers, burn center, Feist-Weiller cancer center, St. Jude affiliation and a Children’s Hospital.
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