Job Code/Title: T6017/ Medical Radiation Dosimetrist
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UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Medical Group, Inc. is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.
Under general supervision, provides dosimetry support to develop a patient's treatment plan to deliver a radiotherapy dose based on a Physician's written directive. The ability to calculate and interpret treatment plans and evaluate the dose delivered to critical organs while spating normal tissues is a critical component of the position. UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center participates in multiple clinical protocols, both national and internal protocols, which are required to keep our Comprehensive Cancer Center designation. This position requires interpretation and application of protocol standards, In addition, participation in both teaching and research is a component of this position, as expected in a typical University setting.
The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.
Under indirect supervision, performs a variety of treatment planning and quality assurance services related to radiation therapy. Participates in related research and the development of new radiation therapy procedures.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assists in the development of policy and procedures for treatment planning in an effort to improve both accuracy and efficiency in our treatment planning process
- Participates in departmental performance quality improvement (PQI) studies in order to improve various aspects of clinical operations.
- Ensures all regulatory guidelines are followed, for example, protocol guidelines.
- Generates patient treatment plans for all available treatment planning systems; views imaging data for positions and size of lesions, develops patient contours, creates and calculates a patient's treatment plan, evaluates the treatment plan’s adherence to prescribed dose constraints.
- Evaluates treatment plans for potential errors using established QA checklists. Evaluates existing QA checklists for applicability, accuracy and efficiency.
- Prepares sealed radioactive sources and operates specialized equipment to assist in brachytherapy treatments of patients.
- Assists in the training and education of a variety of students, including radiation therapy students, physics students and medical students.
- Participates in a patient’s treatment planning simulation; helping to determine necessary immobilization devices and other treatment needs.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Participates in clinical and departmental research, including the development of new radiation therapy procedures, protocol adherence and submission, physics, retrospective studies, etc.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's degree required. Current Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD) accreditation or eligibility required. Candidates who have been eligible but are not certified for three or more years will not be considered. One year clinical dosimetry experience is preferred. Verification of education and licensure will be required if selected for hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
Ability to train assigned staff.
Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
Ability to read and interpret imaging data, and utilize image management systems.
Ability to generate patient treatment plans using all available treatment planning systems.
Ability to calibrate and operate radiation detection instruments.
Knowledge of patient immobilization devices and related treatment needs for radiation patients.
Ability to handle sealed radioactive sources
Knowledge of radiation therapy methodology, procedures and standards.
Ability to collect, maintain and utilize statistics in order to help monitor and improve clinical processes.
Conditions of Employment
Must be employment eligible as verified by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA).
Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, is required.
Must provide proof of varicella & MMR immunity or obtain vaccinations within 90 days of employment.
Must obtain annual influenza vaccination.
If this position is assigned to a clinical area, successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-placement medical evaluation/health screen. Required N-95 mask fitting, testing, vaccinations to include annual TST, Tdap, and Hepatitis B will be determined based on location and nature of position.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 50 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.