Job Description

Job Title: Medical Dosimetrist
Job ID: 56562341
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight shifts
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: 61029 ONCOL RO Physicists
Location: 1020 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh PA 15243

Description

 

Purpose/Employment Environment:

 

Perform all aspects of the Medical Dosimetrist including the training of new staff members in coordination with the supervising physicist.  Oversee the calculations for the more complex clinical procedures and assists as requested with research and development projects.

    

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is a leading organization in the nation in conducting academic research and clinical implementation of various state of the art technologies in radiation therapy. The network’s Cancer Centers are equipped predominantly with Varian linear accelerators with on board kV imaging and cone beam CT capabilities and also with Elekta Linear accelerators, EPID imaging is available for all the linear accelerators. Other equipment includes Philips and GE CT units and PET/CT simulators (with 4D capability), Gamma Knife units, Cyberknife, Eclipse treatment planning systems, Nucletron HDR systems, and ARiA and Mosaiq information management systems. Treatment planning is integrated at most sites allowing for connectivity and remote planning.

   

Responsibilities:

 

  • Perform all aspects of the Medical Dosimetry, including the training of new staff members in coordination with the supervising physicist.  Involve in all aspects of patient care including extracting patient data for dosimetric determination of dose delivery.  Assist with research and development projects as requested. 
  • Simulation: Determine the appropriate immobilization and other treatment devices for patient setup.  During simulation, assist in patient setup, immobilization, alignment, marking, and necessary data acquisition on simulator or CT-Sim scanner. 
  • Traditional Treatment Planning: Input patient data and use beam data to generate 2D treatment plans. Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning:  Assist in patient setup, data acquisition, data transfer to the treatment planning system.  Perform image fusion, anatomical contouring, beam placement, isodose calculations and generate treatment plans. 
  • Preparation of IMRT Planning and IMRT planning: Assist in patient setup, data acquisition, data transfer to the treatment planning system.  Perform image fusion, anatomical contouring, and isocenter placement.  (1) Ensure proper dose constraints and transfer to CTSI Radiation Planning.  Review IMRT plans from CTSI with radiation oncologist. (2) If required, perform beam placement, isodose calculations and generate IMRT treatment plans.  After approval transfer machine delivery parameters to the Record and Verification System such as ARIA and Mosaiq and Linear Accelerator. 
  • Perform point dose calculations when needed. Perform calculations for non-standard treatment situations (irregular fields, extended distances, gaps, tissue compensators, TDF, etc.). 
  • Chart Preparation and Record & Verification: Prepare and check treatment plans based on dose prescription by radiation oncologist.  Consult with radiation oncologists on treatment. 
  • Completion and review of patient charts (electronic and paper). 
  • Billing:  Participates in charging process in the record & verify system (ARIA and Mosaiq). 
  • Participate in the implementation of new clinical and research procedures and technologies.  Participate in the use of in-vivo dosimetry systems such as thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD), diodes, and MOSFET.  Participate in quality assurance in particular, backing up patient data and QA on equipment. 
  • Participate in the training of new staff members in coordination with the responsible Medical Physicist/s. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as directed by supervising Medical Physicists. 
  • Facility Limited: HDR Brachytherapy: Assist in the performance of HDR procedure including patient setup, simulation, dose calculations, and dose delivery. Brachytherapy:  Assists in the performance of brachytherapy procedure including patient setup, simulation, dose calculations and dose delivery.  Special Procedures:  Participate in special dosimetric procedures such as stereotactic radiosurgery, total body irradiation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred.A graduate of an accredited Medical Dosimetry program and certification by American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (A.A.M.D.) or eligibility to sit for AAMD certification exam is required.
  • Additional training through on-the-job experience or through a recognized program in medical dosimetry required.
  • Board eligible with certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) with two attempts within two consecutive years of employment.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Completion of a formal dosimetry program.Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD) or Board Eligibility required.Must maintain adequate CE credits to retain certification.CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

     

    Salary Range: $34.96 to $59.20 / hour

    Union Position: No

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