Christiana Care health System is currently seeking a full-time Medical Physicist to provide clinical coverage at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center (HFGCC) in Newark, Delaware and the Concord Satellite in Chadds Ford, PA. The Medical Physics section has currently 7 medical physicists and 7 dosimetrists for well-balanced coverage treating about 150 patients per day. Our clinic provides conventional 3D, IMRT, VMAT, and a robust SBRT/SRS services as well as strong HDR and LDR brachytherapy program. The practice has 4 Elekta linacs (Synergy, Infinity, and Versa) with Mosaiq R&V, and 1 True Beam with ARIA R&V, and a CyberKnife robot. For simulations, four Siemens CT scanners with 4D stations and one with dual-energy source (Siemens Edge) are available in the department. MR and PET/CT imaging is provided for simulation as needed. Pinnacle, MultiPlan, RayStation, Variseed, and Oncentra are used for treatment planning for all sites. Christiana has a busy HDR (Elekta-Nucletron) for partial breast, gynecology, and skin. We also provide LDR (prostate implant) brachytherapy at several sites using CT, MR, and TRUS for simulation. The candidate is expected to contribute to the Medical Physics residency program, which is CAMPEP approved since 2013 and is part of the Thomas Jefferson University training program.
To apply expertise in physics, radiotherapy instrumentation, computer applications, and radiotherapy clinical fundamentals to maintain the precision standards of equipment used to plan and administer radiation treatment to cancer patients.
Interacts with physician/radiotherapists to develop new treatment methods and with treatment planning staff as a consultant for current activities and new procedures development.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintains the standardization and calibration of therapy equipment in a manner suitable for accurate radiation dose delivery
Develops, implements and maintains records of safe physical use of therapy equipment
Designs, in cooperation with clinicians, the routine clinical procedures for the application of the equipment
Directs the determination of radiation dose distribution in patients undergoing treatment (i.e., computer treatment planning or direct radiation dosimetric measurement)
Develops specifications, selection recommendations, and acceptance testing of new equipment
Directs the design and construction of patient treatment aids of special devices (blocks, filters, molds, radio-isotope applications, etc.)
Directs the radiation safety program in the therapy department, including maintenance of radio-isotope inventories, and records of isotope usage for patient brachytherapy
Keeps records of therapy machine maintenance, repair, and upgrade
Stays abreast of research and technological developments of new techniques, physical methods and equipment for improved therapeutic use of radiation
Provides education and training in medical physics for physicians, nurses and therapists
Participates in equipment planning , program planning, staff review and budget preparation
Maintains proper records necessary for Joint Commission, NRC, state, or other regulatory agencies
Reviews department policies and procedures
Develops, implement and review of quality control programs for patient dosimetry
Develops, maintain and update of treatment planning software and radiation data
Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices. Reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors
Performs other related duties as required
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Required M.S. in Medical Physics, Ph.D. preferred.
Five years of related medical physics experience.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, but Master's degree in Medical Physics is required. See Special Requirements below for board certification requirements.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge of operation of various radiation detection devices
Knowledge of computer usage in medicine and/or abilities in computer programming
Knowledge and understanding of radiation physics and experimental physics
Knowledge of the operation and principles of radiation therapy equipment
Board Certification by the American Board of Radiology and Therapeutic Radiological Physics is required.
Internal Number: JR50756
About Christiana Care Health System
Christiana Care Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are... positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.