Chief Dosimetrist - Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Job Requisition #: JR63847

End Date: 7/30/2022

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Clinical (non-nursing), Imaging/Radiology, Laboratory, Technician (Clinical)

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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ChristianaCare is searching for a Chief Dosimetrist to join Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and & Research Institute's Department of Radiation Oncology. In this role, you will provide clinical expertise in radiation therapy treatment planning applications and tools. In addition, the Chief Dosimetrist will manage a team who assist radiation oncologists in performing simulation patient treatment planning and dose calculation as critical components to radiation therapy treatments for cancer patients.

In this role you will:

  • Coordinate workflow and treatment planning activities in the dosimetry section.

  • Supervision of dosimetry staff.

  • Assist with the clinical training; complete evaluations and provide other assistance as needed

  • Participates and directs orientation of new staff

  • Provides performance review, evaluation of clinical practice, and management of section personnel.

  • Identifies system issues to facilitate improvements in section operations.

  • Assist department in achieving and maintaining compliance with organizational and regulatory requirements

  • Provides technical support to staff as needed

  • Performs dosimetric calculations for patients under therapy treatments using manual and computer techniques for: external stationary photon and electron beams, moving photon and electron beams, and interstitial and intracavitary implants.

  • Assists in planning of treatment by preparing custom blocks, compensation filters, immobilization devices, and merging of radiation fields.

  • Assists oncologist during simulation to acquire all information to develop the optimum treatment plan.

  • Monitors operation of radiation therapy equipment and performs minor calibrations and checks.

  • Assists physicist in major calibrations and checks.

  • Assists physicist in the preparation and care of radioactive sources and applicators for interstitial and intracavitary procedures.

  • Performs radiation survey and implements radiation protection guidelines in reference to implant procedures.

  • Assures proper implementation of treatment plan during initial patient setup for treatment.

  • Prepares weekly review and final summary of patient treatment records to verify that all entries and functions conform to the prescription ordered by the Radiation Oncologist.

  • Informs Radiation Physicist, Oncologist, and Chief Therapist of any discrepancies.

  • Selects appropriate billing codes for all physics and simulation services provided by the department to the patient.

  • Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices. Reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.

  • Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, including knowledge of growth and development, the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs, and to provide the care needed.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of a dosimetrist training program and or a bachelor's degree in physical, mathematical or computer science from an accredited university.

  • Minimum of two years working experience as a staff radiation therapist desired.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted

Special requirements:

  • Current AAMD Board Certification

About The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute:

The HFGCCRI, a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, is part of ChristianaCare, one of the country's largest health care systems, with 52,339 admissions, 37,634 surgeries, and 195,998 emergency department visits. With more than 248,000 patient visits, The Graham Cancer Center is recognized as a national model for multidisciplinary cancer care and a top enroller in U.S. clinical research trials (29% accrual rate).

Annually there are 3,266 newly diagnosed cancer patients. Its Cawley Center for Translational Cancer Research, Tissue Procurement Center, Gene Editing Institute and Statewide High-Risk Family Cancer Registry with eight full time genetic counselors, and collaborations with world- renowned scientists at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, are all opening new avenues to more quickly translate cancer science into cancer medicine! The 240,000 sq. foot outpatient cancer center has 12 multidisciplinary disease site centers allowing patients to see three disciplines of surgical, medical and radiation oncology, including subspecialists and support service teams in one visit.

About ChristianaCare:

ChristianaCare is one of the country's most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,300 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women's health. We rank 21st in the nation for hospital admissions and 6th for admission of stroke patients.

Benefits of living in the Delaware Valley:

  • You have your choice or housing options in DE, PA, NJ or MD and enjoy reasonable commutes.

  • Connected by Amtrak and I95, this region is a hub for excellent restaurants, entertainment and sporting venues, cultural events and some of the nation's best colleges and universities.

  • Within 1-3 hours from four international airports.

  • Easy drives or a short train ride to Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City.

  • Two hours from beautiful beaches in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey and popular skiing resorts in the Pocono Mountains.

  • Reasonable cost of living and no DE state sales tax.

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.


UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

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