The Medical Physicist is responsible for performing all medical physics tasks necessary for the safe and accurate delivery of therapeutic ionizing radiation in collaboration with the radiation oncologists and staff of UnityPoint – St. Luke’s and Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center (HGNCCC). The Medical Physicist is responsible for maintaining state and federal regulatory requirements specific to the practice of radiation therapy at UnityPoint – St. Luke’s. Creates and monitors clinical quality indicators and collaborates with physicians to ensure appropriate treatment guidelines are utilized and/or developed and monitored. Completes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs working closely with HGNCCC Director, Radiation Oncology Manager and Medical Director to advance clinical outcomes, efficiency and services offered through St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Program. Supports the mission of the HGNCC and collaboratively works with team members of HGNCCC to provide quality, compassionate care across the continuum.
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· Develops, implements, and reviews the policies and procedures that assure proper functioning of all therapeutic equipment including accelerators, and brachytherapy equipment, insuring smooth and safe operation.
· Participates in IOeRT treatments and assures machine performance thru QA procedures prior to performing treatments.
· Assists dosimetry in treatment planning for External Beam, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Brachytherapy
· Assures performance of an annual output check of each beam to verify their consistency with national standards, and prepares a report on this process and its results.
· Assures that the daily output and quality assessment checks of radiation producing equipment are performed and that equipment is in proper working order.
· Maintains proper output checks on accelerators, simulation, and other radiation therapy associated equipment.
· Prepares coordinates and effectively collaborates with the radiation oncologists and technical staff on optimal treatment plans
· Instructs and supervises dosimetrist and therapist in special treatment techniques associated with treatment plan.
· Oversees technical aspects of dosimetrist’s and therapist’s activities.
· Provides technical in-services as necessary for the demonstration of new techniques and other appropriate subjects.
· Assists radiation oncologists with brachytherapy procedures and maintains all regulatory requirements for all radioactive materials.
· Assures compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines in the acquisition, storage, and application of radioactivity used in therapeutic applications.
· Assures compliance with regulatory agencies such as IEMA, JCAHO, ACR, NRC, by adhering to the respective guidelines of each agency.
· Assures departmental compliance with outside organizations to maintain compatibility with protocol studies.
· Represents department at hospital-wide radiation safety meeting and assists in radiation safety tasks as appropriate
· Monitors and maintains documentation for radiation monitoring of departmental staff.
· Evaluates all equipment for its continued utility, appropriateness, reliability, and condition and makes recommendations on obsolescence and replacement.
· Initiates and routinely reviews all treatment equipment operational logs and service reports.
· Performs clinical QA of equipment specifications, acceptance testing, commissioning and calibrations on all new and repaired clinical equipment, and the lead shielding requirements of rooms.
· Participates in quality assurance checks and performance improvement initiatives.
· Participates in routine QA of patient treatment records.
· Evaluates and implements necessary changes and updates in treatment planning computer, radiation calculation and measurement, and record and verification software.
Basic UPH Performance Criteria
· Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
· Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
· Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
· Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
· Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.
· Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.
Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors
Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities
· Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.
· Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.
· Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.
Own The Moment:
· Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect
· Enthusiastically engage in our work.
· Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.
· Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.
· Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.
· Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.
· Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.
· Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.
· Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.
· Have the courage to challenge the status quo.
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Preferred or Specialized
Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.
• Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.
• Master's of Science degree in Medical Physics, Radiation Physics or related discipline required
• Ph. D. and 2-3 years of experience preferred
• Meets the current requirements of the Iowa Emergency Management Association, Department of Nuclear Safety for the position of Therapeutic Radiological Physicist.
• Certification by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics or the equivalent, or certification eligible, required.
Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.
• Experience with Microsoft products required.
• Ability to build positive working relationships with physicians and external agencies.
• Ability to communicate with multiple levels of organizations and community (managers, physicians, clinical, and support staff).
· Must demonstrate a cooperative, courteous, dependable working performance.
· Must possess high integrity and maintain confidentiality at all times.
· Promotes the cancer center’s philosophy of customer service and teamwork by possessing and demonstrating acceptable business etiquette.
· Must contribute to a positive workflow in the department.