Chief Dosimetrist - Duke Raleigh Hospital - Full Time
Duke University Health System
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Internal Number: 227189
Duke Raleigh Hospital offers the latest in care and technology in a patient-friendly setting. It has been an important part of Duke Health since 1998 and has served Wake County for more than 35 years, employing more than 2,000 teammembers. The hospital provides 186 inpatient beds and a comprehensive array of services, including the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, Duke Raleigh Orthopedic and Spine Center, cardiovascular services, neurosciences including the Duke Raleigh Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Center, advanced digestive care, disease management and prevention, wound healing, outpatient imaging, intensive and progressive care, pain clinic, same-day surgery, emergency department and community outreach and education programs.
U.S.News & World Report ranked Duke Raleigh Hospital as high performing in orthopaedics and five adult procedures/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, and stroke.
**This position will oversee all the Dosimetrists in Wake County, who cover 3 Radiation Oncology clinics. There is a hybrid work schedule with 2-3 days in the office and 2-3 days remote per week.
General Description of the Job Class
A member of the radiation therapy treatment planning team who is thoroughly familiar with the physical and geometric characteristics of the radiation equipment and radioactive sources commonly employed, and has the training and expertise necessary to measure and generate radiation dose distributions and calculations for adult and pediatric patients under the direction of the Radiation Therapy Physicist and the Radiation Oncologist. Require supervisory responsibilities associated with other members of the dosimetry staff.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Major Supervisory Duties
Coordinate the dosimetry work flow at Duke and affiliated institutions.
Schedule work time for Dosimetrists, Special Procedures Technologists and Mould Room Technician.
Maintain records of continuing education activity for dosimetry personnel.
Maintain and update policies and procedures manuals for dosimetry.
Ensure compliance with department, hospital, and state policies and procedures.
Conduct performance appraisal for dosimetry personnel. Maintain quality assurance in routine treatment planning and treatment checks.
Supervise dosimetry staff. Maintain accurate billing procedures.
Supervise monthly film badge exchange.
Major Dosimetry Duties
Following the dose prescription specified by the radiation oncologist, plan a treatment technique by means of computer and/or manual computations that will deliver a prescribed dose to a defined tumor volume.
Coordinate treatment simulations and tumor localizations, including Computer Tomography for radiation therapy treatment planning.
Supervise or assist in planning and the fabrication of compensating filters, custom shields, wedges, and other beam modifying devices.
Supervise or assist in the planning or the production of cradles, head holders, compensators, and other immobilization devices. Supervise the technology staff in the implementation of the treatment plan (correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment parameters). Perform dosage calculations in the patient's radiation therapy chart and verify the mathematical accuracy of all calculations.
Provide technical assistance to the therapeutic radiological physicist when requested in radiation protection, qualitative and quantitative machine calibrations, and quality assurance of the radiation therapy equipment.
Assist the physician in special clinical problems, retreatments, etc.
Assist in intracavitary and interstitial sealed sources procedures and in the subsequent manual and/or computer calculations of the dose distributions of these procedures. Instruct other dosimetry staff on the proper implant procedures.
Teach applied aspects of dosimetry to students, residents, and new employees, as assigned.
May be involved in clinical research for the development and implementation of new techniques. Keep current on new treatment planning techniques, devices, and methods.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Certified Medical Dosimetrist (C.M.D.) licensure and a 2-4 year degree i.e. A.S. or B.S. plus experience requirements below.
Five years of experience in medical dosimetry, previous managerial experience preferred.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Certified Medical Dosimetrist (C.M.D.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of basic radiation safety.
Must work with Radiation Safety Officer(s) to ensure that policies are followed.
Must be able to understand the technical aspects of radiation therapy treatments and communicate these aspects to the radiation oncologist and the radiation therapy technologist.
Duties for the most part are carried out independently, but must be able to consult with the Radiation Oncologist and Physicist as required.
Must be able to understand the technical aspects of radiation therapy treatments and communicate these aspects to the Radiation Oncologist and the radiation Therapy Technologist.
Must be able to operate and perform quality assurance on the treatment planning computer.
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
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