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Medical Dosimetrist

  • Job ID: 220001B0
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Daylight shift
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: ONC00-UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • Department: 61029 ONCOL RO Physicists
  • Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour

Description

Description

We are seeking a clinically excellent medical dosimetrist to join our team in the Southwest Region of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Network.   The dosimetrist in this position will be based out of UPMC Magee Womens Hospital and support the four radiation oncology departments in the Southwest Region.  This position joins a team of seven other dosimetrists in the region and a larger team of 30+ dosimetrists across the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Network.  Remote support is facilitated by our integrated ARIA/Eclipse and Citrix-based IT infrastructure, as well as standardized policies, procedures, and care pathways across UPMC.

UPMC Magee Womens Hospital is a nationally renowned hospital specializing in women’s health.  The radiation oncology department treats men and women with two Varian linear accelerators supported by an integrated ARIA/Eclipse infrastructure.  Magee also has a very busy HDR brachytherapy program where treatment planning is performed with the Oncentra TPS. 

Job Summary

The medical dosimetrist is responsible for generating clinically optimal treatment plans for radiation therapy patients in collaboration with radiation oncologists, radiation therapy technologists, and medical physicists.  This includes participating in CT simulation, radiation treatment planning, quality management for radiation oncology patients, and communicating with the clinical team during treatment planning and treatment plan implementation.  Treatment techniques at UPMC Magee Womens Hospital include 3DCRT, IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, motion management (e.g., respiratory gating and DIBH), and MR-guided HDR brachytherapy. Medical dosimetrists at Magee also participate in clinical research as well as the education of residents and medical dosimetry trainees. 

Responsibilities:

  • Traditional Treatment Planning: Input patient data and use beam data to generate 2D treatment plans.
  • Chart Preparation and Record & Verification: Prepare and check treatment plans based on dose prescription by radiation oncologist. Consult with radiation oncologists on treatment.
  • Perform point dose calculations when needed. Perform calculations for non-standard treatment situations (irregular fields, extended distances, gaps, tissue compensators, TDF, etc.).
  • Participate in the training of new staff members in coordination with the responsible Medical Physicist/s.
  • 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.
  • 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 D3 Radiation Planning. Review IMRT plans from D3 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Billing: Participates in charging process in the record & verify system (ARIA and Mosaiq).
  • Participate in the use of in-vivo dosimetry systems such as thermo luminescent dosimeters (TLD), diodes, and MOSFET.
  • Participate in the implementation of new clinical and research procedures and technologies.
  • Completion and review of patient charts (electronic and paper).
  • Participate in quality assurance in particular, backing up patient data and QA on equipment.
  • Maintain an atmosphere of caring, concern, and support for patients ranging from pediatrics through geriatrics, visitors, medical staff, and co-workers on a consistent basis.
  • 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.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as directed by supervising Medical Physicists.
  • Weekly Chart Review.

 

Qualifications

  • Board certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB).  Board eligible candidates must become board certified within two attempts in the first two consecutive years of employment.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

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

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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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