Radiation Oncology Dosimetrist Supplemental

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Job ID: 57290
Area of Interest: Allied Health
Location: Baltimore, MD US
Hours of Work: 7-1900
Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center
Employment Type: Supplemental/Per Diem
Shift: DAY
What You Will Do:

General Summary

Under general supervision, provides comprehensive treatment planning by calculating computerized isodose plans for radiation oncology patients.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified. 

  1. Computes dose distributions and generates isodose curves for external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy in accordance with departmental procedures and generally accepted dosimetry practices.
    1. Calculates treatment machine settings including field arrangements and shapes (dose to be delivered from machine to patient); documents calculations and records treatment data in therapy chart.
  2. Performs verification checks and applies quality assurance procedures to ensure accuracy of dose calculations.  Evaluates patient charts to ensure that the treatment plan reflects the prescriptions, the documentation is complete and the dose calculations are accurate.  Reports to physicist and physician on dose errors and changes in treatment parameters.
  3. Assists in complex simulation and fabrication of custom treatment devices.
  4. Assists in brachytherapy procedures.
    1. Orders radioactive sources for permanent and/or temporary implants requested by physicians.  Prepares brachytherapy procedures including preparing sources, maintaining source inventory and records and bringing the sources to where the procedure takes place.
    2. Assists physicist in QA checks of brachytherapy devices including HDR.  Generates treatment plans including the calculation of seed strengths and physical loading of seeds under the direction of a Physicist or Radiation Oncologist.  Performs patient and facility radiation surveys using appropriate survey instruments.
  5. Education and Training
    1. Attends and participates in in-service and other relevant training courses for professional development.
    2. Attends and participates in dosimetry treatment planning conference and patient review conference.

 



What You Need to Be Successful:

Education and Experience

Bachelor of Science degree in Physics or related fields plus training in radiation dosimetry required; or, graduation from an AAMD accredited dosimetry training program required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. General knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  Understands physics and dosimetry principles of external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
  2. Ability to operate radiation therapy equipment including linear accelerators, radiation therapy simulator and CT simulator.  Understand the working principles of dose measurement instruments such as radiation survey instruments, diodes, ionization chambers, TLDs and film dosimetry.
  3. Knowledge of radiation safety policies and procedures and the safe handling of radioactive materials.
  4. Effective verbal and written communication skills are required in order to work with patients, medical and radiation personnel.
  5. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient populations(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs. 

 


We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
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