UNM Medical Group
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Director, Medical Physicists Services
at UNM Medical Group
UNM Cancer Center - Radiation Oncology
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Job Code/Title: S8007/ Director, Medical Physicists Services
FLSA : Exempt
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
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.
The Director of Medical Physicists Services is a key management position in UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Department; responsible for the quality assurance practices needed to provide both safe and accurate patient radiotherapy treatments. Current treatment modalities include external beam radiotherapy on two Elekta linear accelerators and a Tomotherapy unit, HDR brachytherapy using a Varian HDR unit and permanent seed implants. The Department continues to provide state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments for patients, including stereotactic radiosurgery and SBRT. Overseeing medical physics' participation in national and internal protocols is required. There are active plans for expansion for additional linear accelerators along with new treatment modalities, including TBI and an internal HDR protocol using a Savi applicator. In addition, participation as an instructor and support of a Campep-approved Medical Physicist's PhD program requires collaboration with the Department of Radiology and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Responsibities also include managing safe and accurate external beam radiotherapy treatments at Gila Regional Cancer Center in Silver City NM, using a Varian Trilogy linac.
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.
Provides professional medical physics services for a principal radiation research/clinical therapy unit of the UNM Medical Group and other radiotherapy satellite facilities. Under indirect supervision, responsible for implementing and monitoring a Quality Assurance Program to provide safe and accurate patient radiotherapy treatments. Responsible for meeting state and federal regulations and for following recommendations of the AAPM for medical physics practices. Responsible for various other quality assurance practices needed to support the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center’s radiotherapy program.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient, safe and accurate patient radiotherapy treatments.
- Oversees and coordinates the activities of dosimetrists, physicists, radiation therapy technologists, students, and related specialists engaged in medical physics services.
- Provides professional program assistance in the areas of patient simulation, external beam treatments and brachytherapy treatments.
- Assists in the development of specifications for purchasing and acceptance of a wide range of advanced radiation therapy equipment.
- Oversees and responsible for acceptance testing and commissioning of new treatment equipment, treatment planning systems and new technologies in radiation oncology.
- Oversees and responsible for shielding analysis of treatment rooms.
- Performs calibration checks and safety checks of linear accelerators and other sources of radiation.
- Advises and consults with medical providers and specialists concerning various issues involving patients; coordinates and monitors radiation oncology’s participation in both national patient protocols and internal patient protocols.
- Plans and presents continuing education programs to Radiation Oncology staff members and medical students, as appropriate.
- Oversees, develops and coordinates the activities needed to support UNM medical physicist’s and/or radiation oncologist’s educational programs, as needed; collaborates as a coordinator and an instructor in this effort with the Department of Radiology and the Department of Nuclear Engineering.
- Participates in budget planning and reviews fiscal reports as required; participates in planning for future facility and equipment requirements.
- Researches and develops new devices and modalities for improved therapeutic use of radiation.
- Participates in the establishment and coordination of broadly based radiation safety programs; consults with external physicians and patients regarding radiation exposure and safety, as requested.
- Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
- Maintains statistics relevant to the radiation oncology department.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
PhD degree in Therapeutic Radiologic Physics or an equivalent field or discipline. Board Certified as Medical Physicist (ABR, ABMP, or equivalent). Five years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Verification of education and licensure will be required if selected for hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
- Ability to examine and design effective and efficient operations and procedures.
- Knowledge and understanding of the operational characteristics, usage, and safety parameters of a comprehensive range of radiation therapy equipment and facilities.
- Ability to design, develop, and modify radiation therapy devices and modalities.
- Knowledge of Varian, Elekta, TomoTherapy, ultrasound, CT equipment and current treatment planning systems.
- Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
- Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively in a team environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
- Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
- Ability to develop project budgets and projections.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of current radiation therapy principles, methods, procedures, and techniques.
- Advanced knowledge of radiation safety principles, methods, and procedures
- Knowledge of Federal, State, and local regulations, national guidelines, and standards for the provision of medical physics/radiation therapy to patients.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
- Broad product knowledge in area of specialty and ability to develop purchasing specifications.
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.