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Rockford, IL 61101
The medical dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology in the management of cancer or other disease processes, with special expertise in radiation therapy treatment planning.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Design a treatment plan by means of computer and/or manual computation with optimal beam geometry to deliver a prescribed radiation dose and spare critical structures in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist’s prescription.
- Identify and contour normal and dose-limiting structures by utilizing images from one or more data sets. Assumes proficiency in image registration with various image data sets to include CT, MRI and PET.
- Create and transfer reference images and localization markers for portal verification and treatment delivery to include DRRs, CBCTs and other IGRT methods, as specified.
- Supervise, perform, or assist in simulations and tumor localization using specified imaging devices including, but not limited to CT, MRI, and PET.
- Supervise, perform, or assist in the planning and implementation of the fabrication of compensation filters, custom shields, wedges, and other beam modifying devices.
- Supervise, perform, or assist in the planning and implementation of the production of moulds, casts, and other immobilization devices.
- Communicate with the radiation therapist(s) and assume an advisory role in the implementation of the treatment plan including: the correct use of immobilization devices, compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment or imaging parameters.
- Perform calculations for the accurate delivery of the prescribed dose, document all pertinent information in the patient record, and verify the mathematical accuracy of all calculations by an approved method.
- Provide assistance and technical support to the Medical Physicist, in radiation safety and protection, qualitative machine calibrations, quality assurance of treatment plans and radiation oncology equipment.
- Operates and performs quality assurance, under the direction of the Medical Physicist, on the treatment planning computer(s).
- Supervise, perform, or assist in the application of specific methods of patient and/or beam dosimetry as directed by the Medical Physicist.
- Assist in brachytherapy procedures by performing treatment planning and dose calculations. May perform or assist in the receiving, loading, and shipping of radioactive materials.
- Utilize radiation monitoring devices to measure radioactivity and perform assays.
- Teach applied aspects of medical dosimetry to students, radiation therapists and residents.
- Participate in quality improvement processes.
CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following behavior expectations:
Quality – Follows policies and procedures; adapts to and manages changes in the environment; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness giving attention to details; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Manages time and prioritizes effectively to achieve organizational goals.
Service - Responds promptly to requests for service and assistance; Follows the Mercyhealth Critical Moments of service; Meets commitments; Abides by MH confidentiality and security agreement; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; and effectively communicates information to partners; Thinks system wide regarding processes and functions.
Partnering – Shows commitment to the Mission of Mercyhealth and Culture of Excellence through all words and actions; Exhibits objectivity and openness to other’s views; Demonstrates a high level of participation and engagement in day-to-day work; Gives and welcomes feedback; Generates suggestions for improving work: Embraces teamwork, supports and encourages positive change while giving value to individuals.
Cost – Conserves organization resources; Understands fiscal responsibility; Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Graduate of an accredited dosimetry program or a hospital training program under the supervision of a board certified medical dosimetrist and/or medical physicist
Certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board or obtain within 1 year
Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists – preferred
State licensure as required by location
Approved CPR or BLS certification required within 90 days
Passing the Driver’s License Check and/or Credit Check (for those positions requiring).
Passing the WI Caregiver Background Check and/or IL Health Care Workers Background Check.
Must be able to follow written/oral instructions.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must possess mathematical skills including algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus and be able to visualize objects in three-dimensional concepts to facilitate the treatment planning process.
Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
Strong organizational and prioritization skills
Ability to perform multiple functions with minimal direction, independent of supervision
Complex problem solving
Strong interpretive/analytical skills
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Occupational Exposure: Category A – All partners in the specified job classification have occupational exposure.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to risk of radiation.
AGE OF PATIENTS SERVED
Adolescents (13 years – 17 years)
Adult (18 years – 64 years)
Geriatric (65 years and older)
WORK CONTACT GROUP
Patients, families, physicians, service personnel, health care team members, community
SPECIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The Special Physical Demands are considered Essential Job Functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to talk and hear; stand, walk, and sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell. The employee must regularly lift and / or move 25 to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and have the ability to adjust and focus.
LEVEL OF SUPERVISION
Performs routine duties independent of supervision, but consults with the Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist as required. This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
EOE&AA/M/F/Vet/Disabled. Mercy is an equal employment opportunity employer functioning under Affirmative Action Plans.