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Medical Dosimetrist Trainee

  • Job ID: 111771824
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Flex
  • Hours: Various daylight shifts
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: ONC00-UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • Department: 61029 ONCOL RO Physicists
  • Location: 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $32.01 to $54.03 / hour

Description

Purpose:

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is internationally recognized for its leadership in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and is the region's only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute.

As the preeminent institution in western Pennsylvania for the delivery of cancer care, the performance of basic, translational, and clinical research, and the education of the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is exceptionally well-positioned to contribute to the global effort to reduce the burden of cancer.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is currently hiring and enrolling a Flex Full-Time Medical Dosimetrist Trainee to work/train within the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Radiation Oncology program/network.  This position will work a variable daylight schedule Monday through Friday.

The medical dosimetrist trainee is actively participating in a medical dosimetry graduate program and receives supplementary clinical training at UPMC's JCERT-accredited dosimetrist training departments. The trainee is responsible for obtaining the competencies required to become a medical dosimetrist at UPMC. This includes participating in patient data acquisition, radiation treatment planning, quality management for radiation oncology patients, and communicating with the clinical team during treatment planning and treatment plan implementation. The trainee works under the supervision of certified medical dosimetrists at each department and progressively expands clinical capabilities throughout the program.

Responsibilities:

  • The medical dosimetrist trainee must attend and successfully complete a formal degree-granting medical dosimetry program. In addition, the trainee, under the supervision of the certified medical dosimetrist:
  • Generates clinically optimal treatment plans utilizing knowledge of anatomy and physiology, radiation biology and oncology, radiation safety and protection, mathematics, radiation therapy techniques, physics, and technology.
  • Communicates with the radiation oncologist during the treatment planning process and participate in communicating the plan to the medical physicist and radiation therapy technologists for plan implementation.
  • Maintains a commitment to a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, and safety.
  • Utilizes critical thinking skills when performing radiation treatment planning, plan evaluation, and recognizing and resolving equipment problems and treatment discrepancies.
  • Ensures accurate data transfer of patient and treatment plan information to clinical systems including but not limited to record and verify systems, imaging guidance systems, surface guidance systems, treatment delivery systems, and electronic medical record systems.
  • Participates in the acquisition of patient data via computer-generated data sets from medical imaging devices such as CT, PET, MR, etc., or manual methods such as physical measurements and wire contours, and incorporation of these data into radiation treatment plans, calculations, and treatment devices.
  • Assists the RTT in the treatment simulation process including the use or necessity of ancillary treatment devices, patient immobilization techniques, and other patient positioning techniques as needed for simulation and treatment. Assists in fabrication of these ancillary treatment devices.
  • Contours and delineates clearly discernable normal critical structures and expanded planning structures using different imaging modalities.
  • Performs rigid and deformable image registration for multi-modality image sets.
  • Applies the principles and concepts of radiation physics in radiation treatment planning, which includes, but is not limited to: 2D treatment planning, 3D conformal treatment planning, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment planning, 4D treatment planning, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) planning, and brachytherapy treatment planning.
  • Applies knowledge of radiobiology with respect to dose tolerances, time dose fractionation calculations, hypofractionation, BED and EQD2 calculations, and other applications of radiobiology to the radiation therapy treatment process.
  • ? Accurately performs radiation dose calculations, both manual and computer generated, for treatment delivery including the effects of beam modifying devices, irregular fields, gaps for adjacent fields, and off-axis calculations.
  • ? Participates in special treatment procedures including, but not limited to, total body irradiation (TBI), total skin electron irradiation (TSEI), and intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT).
  • Assists with quality assurance procedures as directed by a qualified medical physicist.
  • Performs or assists with patient-specific radiation measurement including, but not limited to diodes, optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters (OSLD), ion chambers, thermo-luminescent dosimeters (TLD), or film measurements as directed by the MP.
  • Assists with high-dose rate (HDR) and low dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy procedures including patient set up, simulation, and treatment planning.
  • Participates in quality management in accordance with departmental policies, national guidelines, and accreditation standards.
  • Performs routine chart checks per departmental policy.
  • Participates in charge capture and generates documentation for billing in accordance with departmental policies.
  • Participates in clinical research for the development and implementation of new techniques in radiation therapy.
  • Participates in educational activities such as providing instruction and training to new staff members, physician residents, physicist residents, RTT trainees, and medical dosimetrist trainees.
  • Maintains an atmosphere of caring, concern, and support for patients, visitors, medical staff, and colleagues.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as directed by supervising medical physicists.
  • Adheres to high ethical standards in relation to patients, students, trainees, and colleagues.

 

Qualifications

  • Associate degree and at least one (1) year of work experience as a radiation therapist.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Registered through ARRT in radiation therapy
 

  • ARRT Certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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