Academic Medical Dosimetrist - Radiation Oncology, Full-Time, Days

  • 245 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • Full-time
  • Job Shift: Day Job (1st)

Company Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Job Description

The Academic Medical Dosimetrist (AMD) reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

Under direct supervision of Manager of Dosimetry, as well as the Director of Medical Physics & Dosimetry, this role provides optimum, accurate, and meaningful treatment plans for the radiation oncology patients under guidance of Radiation Oncologist’s prescription. The AMD should have creative ideas for treatment planning options, innovative techniques and methodology for optimization of the plan that is best for the radiation treatment.

The AMD should be able to coordinate with Radiation Oncologist, Medical Physicist, Nursing and Therapists regarding proper patient care. The AMD should coordinate and provide learning opportunity to trainee and residents as well as should participate in clinical trials, clinical research and educational mission of the department.  The AMD provides integrated clinical care and supports treatment planning, dosimetry in every aspect of the radiation treatment modalities such as 3DCRT, IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, SBRT, IORT, LDR, HDR brachytherapy, Gamma knife, MR-Linac and any future new technologies that may be acquired.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating with nursing and therapists for treatment simulation by creating processes for better patient care
  • Understanding and implication of imaging artifacts either due to motion or prosthesis
  • A very good understanding of anatomy for contouring normal structures in coordination with residents and Radiation Oncologists
  • In depth understanding of imaging parameters and image fusion for contouring in MIM software
  • Expertise in treatment planning, especially Pinnacle, and should know all modules of the software
  • Understanding of dose calculation algorithms and Monitor Unit (MU) calculation accuracy in photon and electron beam
  • Communicates the radiation oncology team regarding treatment plan implementation, including: patient setup, immobilization devices, bolus, compensators, wedges, and field arrangements
  • Provides support to therapists for DRR, kV and portal images and other imaging parameters
  • Clear understanding of advance treatment planning including beam modulation (FIF, IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, MR-Linac, etc), smart plan, and futuristic innovative plans
  • Participate in special procedures, TBI, TSEI, HDR, etc in terms of dosimetry and technical resource
  • Preparation of treatment plan documentation and transfer of treatment fields to record and verify system
  • Knowledge of making photon and electron blocks, bolus and treatment aids
  • Active participation in clinical and didactic teaching of radiation therapy students, medical dosimetry students, medical physics residents, radiation oncology medical residents, and other trainees
  • Active participation in clinical research and assisting radiation oncology faculties for research
  • Serves as a resource for clinical trials, as well as planning and submissions per protocol guidelines
  • Accurate billing of patient codes per planning/procedures

Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in physical or biological sciences
  • Certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) or board eligible but must be board certified (CMD) within one years of hire
  • Strong knowledge of physics, math, dosimetry and computer
  • Good communication skills, initiative, and team spirit

Preferred:

  • Master of Science degree in physics, radiological physics, dosimetry, math
  • Experience with Pinnacle, RadCalc, MOSAIQ, CRAD, MIM, IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, IGRT, brachytherapy
  • Clinical teaching experience
  • Publications and conference presentation
  • Aptitude of learning with other software

Additional Information

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.