Radiation Physicist Certified

Parker, CO 80138
United States


Job Description
Known locally as the "full-service community hospital doing some big things," Parker Adventist Hospital, (located at E-470 and Parker Road), offers leading medical experts, the latest technology and a broad array of clinical services. Ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction, Parker Hospital performs complex spine and brain surgery along with weight-loss and joint-replacement surgery. We have a Level II Trauma Center and a Birthplace with a Level IIIA NICU caring for babies born as early as 28 weeks. Opened 10 years ago and still growing, the entire team is incredibly vibrant, skilled, enthusiastic, innovative and motivated. The sense of "newness" felt at Parker is a big aspect of the culture and the high patient and employee satisfaction scores speak volumes about the care and the environment. Every associate at Parker lives its culture of "relationship based care" each day - treating every patient, family and team member like WE would want to be cared for. For more information about Parker Adventist Hospital and joining the team, visit http://www.parkerhospital.org/ .

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 123144

Recruiter Contact: Tamera Hewitt, tamerahewitt@centura.org

Clinic/Department: 7339 PKR PHYSICS/DOSIMETRY


Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Position Summary

Provides the medical physics services to the radiation oncology department under the supervision of a board certified physicist to ensure the provision of high quality radiation therapy. This position also responsible to gain the insight and training required to work independently as a radiation physicist and to demonstrate this through taking the American Board of Radiology certification examination.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Medical Physics; board eligible for certification through the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics, Diagnostic Imaging Physics, or Nuclear Medicine.

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Postgraduate degree work experience in medical physics as it applies to radiation oncology and radiation safety.

  • Knowledge of radiation oncology physics, medical radiation safety and pertinent regulation.

  • Knowledge of computers and their applications in treatment planning, record and verify, and image management.

  • Experience with 3D treatment planning required - prior IMRT and IGRT experience strongly preferred.

  • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring quality assurance programs and equipment evaluation methods for radiation therapy.

  • Experience evaluating the radiation safety status of machine and radioactive materials sources of ionizing radiation.

  • Effective communication and leadership skills.



Position Duties (Essential Functions)


  • Under the supervision of another board certified physicist perform the following tasks.

  • Acceptance testing, calibration, and safety surveys of radiation therapy equipment and treatment devices.

  • Calibrate therapy equipment in a manner suitable for accurate radiation dose delivery.

  • Establish, develop, and monitor procedures for measuring the performance levels of equipment used in radiation oncology.

  • Serve as the focal point for machine maintenance and repair.

  • Provide consultation and other input regarding the purchase of new equipment. Commissioning of new equipment where applicable.


  • Plans radiation treatments for cancer patients; performs dose calculations.

  • Ensures accurate measurement of radiation output from sources employed in cancer therapy.

  • Calibrates the thermos luminescent and other dosimeters; oversees use and prepares reports.

  • Consult with the radiation oncologists, as required, concerning patient doses and optimization of patient treatment plans and delivery.

  • Direct the design and construction of patient treatment aids or special devices (blocks, compensators, molds, etc.).

  • Participates in all brachytherapy source preparation, handling and surveys.


  • Direct the radiation safety program for the radiation oncology department.

  • Maintain proper records necessary for JCAHO, NRC, state, or other regulatory agencies and communicates any changes to staff. Maintains necessary statistics.

  • Develop policies and procedures related to radiation safety and radiation oncology physics.

  • Participate in the review and approval of department policies and procedures.

  • Maintain credentialing at all centers where services are provided.

  • Meet eligibility requirements to be included on the radioactive materials license where applicable.

  • Provide information concerning construction and other input related to growth and development of existing or future radiation oncology departments.

  • Assume responsibility for all radioactive materials from the time of acceptance through disposal.


  • Consults with Physicians, Dosimetrists, Therapists and CT Technicians; provides instruction to professional staff and radiation therapists in treatment planning; assists in the development of new treatment techniques.

  • Provide continuing education lectures to staff, technologists and associated allied health personnel.

  • Provide technical direction of radiation oncology staff as specified by the department medical director.

  • Provide education or participate in educational opportunities concerning advanced treatment modalities (i.e. stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, brachytherapy, etc.)


  • Development of purchasing and acceptance specifications for radiation therapy equipment.

  • Participation in planning for future radiation oncology facilities.

  • Research and development of new devices and modalities for improved therapeutic uses of radiation.


  • Membership on applicable committees, such as the Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Committee, Radioactive Drug Research Committee, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Committee, Disaster Committee Cancer Care Committee, and Institutional Review Board.

  • Participation in clinical and basic research.


  • Development, implementation and supervision of quality control programs in the radiation oncology department.

  • Consultation with physicians and patients regarding radiation exposure and safety.

  • Be eligible to provide coverage on a system wide scale for other physicists when and where applicable. Centura Health policies in protecting that information.

Physical Requirements

  • Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs constantly.


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014:  Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does  not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014 . Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.