What You Will Do:
At the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a designated Magnet facility, we are a team. Nurses and doctors, specialists and therapists, work shoulder-to-shoulder to give our patients the care they deserve. We take time to celebrate each other's contributions and treat each other with respect by valuing each other's ideas and opinions. Ultimately, we support each other's growth. Together, we form a world-class team dedicated to furthering the practice of patient care.
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Treating over 330,000 patients every year, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is at the vital core of Maryland's health care system and community. We're known for our prestigious expertise in innovative research and education, along with the talented staff and advanced centers that make it all possible. The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the world's first center dedicated to trauma, treats more than 7,500 critically injured patients a year with an incredible 97 percent survival rate. We also have one of the nation's largest kidney and pancreas transplant programs at The Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Division of Transplantation, home to Maryland's first steroid-free protocol and pancreas/kidney transplant.
Under general supervision, provides comprehensive treatment planning by calculating computerized isodose plans for radiation oncology patients.
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Computes dose distributions and generates isodose curves for external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy in accordance with departmental procedures and generally accepted dosimetry practices.
Calculates treatment machine settings including field arrangements and shapes (dose to be delivered from machine to patient); documents calculations and records treatment data in therapy chart.
Performs verification checks and applies quality assurance procedures to ensure accuracy of dose calculations. Evaluates patient charts to ensure that the treatment plan reflects the prescriptions, the documentation is complete and the dose calculations are accurate. Reports to physicist and physician on dose errors and changes in treatment parameters.
Assists in complex simulation and fabrication of custom treatment devices.
Assists in brachytherapy procedures.
Orders radioactive sources for permanent and/or temporary implants requested by physicians. Prepares brachytherapy procedures including preparing sources, maintaining source inventory and records and bringing the sources to where the procedure takes place.
Assists physicist in QA checks of brachytherapy devices including HDR. Generates treatment plans including the calculation of seed strengths and physical loading of seeds under the direction of a Physicist or Radiation Oncologist. Performs patient and facility radiation surveys using appropriate survey instruments.
Education and Training
Attends and participates in in-service and other relevant training courses for professional development.
Attends and participates in dosimetry treatment planning conference and patient review conference.
What You Need to Be Successful:
Education and Experience
Bachelor of Science degree in Physics or related fields plus training in radiation dosimetry required; or, graduation from an AAMD accredited dosimetry training program required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
General knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Understands physics and dosimetry principles of external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
Ability to operate radiation therapy equipment including linear accelerators, radiation therapy simulator and CT simulator. Understand the working principles of dose measurement instruments such as radiation survey instruments, diodes, ionization chambers, TLDs and film dosimetry.
Knowledge of radiation safety policies and procedures and the safe handling of radioactive materials.
Effective verbal and written communication skills are required in order to work with patients, medical and radiation personnel.
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient populations(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.
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