MEDICAL PHYSICIST

  • Duke Health
  • Durham, NC, USA
  • Mar 11, 2020
Research

Job Description

School of Medicine:

 

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

 

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

 

Occupational Summary

Provide technical support in the design of treatment facility, the selection of treatment devices, and the development of treatment plans for patients undergoing radiation therapy; implement and monitor the technical processes for patient imaging, planning, quality assurance, delivery, and assessment; develop and maintain established policies, procedures, objectives, quality measurement, and safety; perform clinical research as required.

 

Responsibilities

  • Perform calibration and QA for treatment machines and other supporting equipment/devices
  • Perform IMRT/VMAT, SRS/SBRT, and 3-D conformal treatment planning and perform patient specific QA
  • Perform treatment planning and QAs for brachytherapy and other treatment procedures
  • Consult physicians for the optimization of treatment planning
  • Work and consult with other physics, physician, dosimetry, therapist, and administrative staff in the implementation of new QA and treatment procedures and protocols
  • Provide support for institutional and national clinical trials
  • Participate in chart checking, chart rounds, as well as implementation of electronic medical record
  • Develop and implement QA procedures for all aspects of treatment devices and procedures
  • Assist in radiation safety programs at designated facilities and perform accelerator radiation safety officer duties as assigned
  • Provide support for shielding calculation and AU license applications, etc.
  • Participate in all medical physics related clinical training activities
  • Facilitate and implement physics activities for any new initiatives as assigned
  • Participate in the education of physicians, physics residents and medical students, and medical physics graduate students
  • Set up onsite and remote educational/training programs for staff (physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, and therapists) continuing education and teaching patient cases and treatment planning together with physician faculty
  • Provide consultation related to equipment selection, implementation, and quality assurance
  • Develop clinical and technical procedures, and/or standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Implement new technologies and new treatment procedures
  • Perform acceptance testing, commissioning of treatment machines and measurement devices
  • Supervise technical aspects of dosimetrist's and technician's activities as required
  • Investigate equipment performance, organize quality control practices, design radiation installations, and implement controls for medical radiation hazards
  • Maintain required electronic medical records, reports and files; collect necessary statistics. Assist in State accelerator and radioactive materials inspections
  • Provide support to clinical and academic missions
  • Provide guidance to graduate students and medical physics and physician residents

 

Education/Training

  • Minimum of Master’s degree from a CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program, Inc.) certified medical physics program OR PhD degree in Physics, Engineering, Biosciences, Radiological Sciences, or related field with certification from a CAMPEP certified program for therapeutic medical physics.

 

Experience/Skills

  • Successful completion of two-year clinical residency training in radiation therapy physics from a CAMPEP certified program.
  • Knowledge and experience of using 2D x-ray imaging, CT, MRI, and US and image fusion using both rigid and deformable techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience of 4D imaging, motion management techniques and their applications in treatment planning and delivery
  • Knowledge and practical applications of using radiation biology and protection
  • Knowledge and experience of using major treatment planning systems and patient information systems for all kinds of treatment planning
  • Knowledge and experience of performing all aspects of therapy physics QAs
  • Knowledge and experience of acceptance testing and commissioning for treatment machines and measurement devices
  • Experience in supervising/teaching trainees
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of software development is preferred
  • Research and publication experience is a plus

 

 

Other Requirements

Board certification in the field of therapeutic medical physics by American Board of Radiology, or equivalent as defined by American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) within 3 years after completing the residency training

Ability to work flexible hours and travel

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

 

Education

Minimum of Master's degree from a CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program, Inc.) certified medical physics program OR PhD degree in Physics, Engineering, Biosciences, Radiological Sciences, or related field with certification from a CAMPEP certified program for therapeutic medical physics.

 

Experience

 

Board certification in the field of therapeutic medical physics by American Board of Radiology, or equivalent as defined by American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) within 3 years after completing the residency training Ability to work flexible hours and travel OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

 

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

 

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

 

Employment Type

50000939