Radiation Dosimetrist

Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facility: Wenatchee Valley Hospital
Department:
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours: 8-5

Job Description

This position will be split between Radiation Dosimetrist and Radiation Therapy

Position Summary:

  • This person will be responsible for organizing and coordinating the treatment planning activities, producing treatment plans, transferring planning data to the IMPAC information system and posting charges for those services. With minimal supervision the dosimetrist will carry out treatment planning activities under the direction of a Radiation Oncologist. With appropriate supervision from a Medical Physicist, the dosimetrist will produce irregular field calculations, external beam treatment plans and brachytherapy planning in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the Radiation Oncologist. This person must maintain the skills of treatment planning, including conformal treatment methods and intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning techniques. Strict observation and adherence to radiation safety regulations must be maintained for the benefit of both patients and clinical personnel. The dosimetrist must have the ability to independently assess situations, make decisions and produce positive outcomes.
Essential Functions:
  • Essential Functions:
    • Virtual simulations and production of digital reconstructed radiographs.
    • Coordination of treatment planning activities with the appropriate staff members.
    • Conventional simulation coverage is required for vacation/relief staffing.
    • Attendance at patient chart rounds and new patient conference.
    • Coordination with other departments, i.e., CT / MRI / PET/Medical Oncology, on the studies and timing of the procedures needed to ensure good throughput.
    • Coordination and scheduling of patients for the pre-treatment process, including localization, simulation, treatment planning, device preparation, and IMPAC computer data entry of treatment setup parameters and dose action points.
    • Posting of treatment planning related charges and field modification charges.
    • Ordering supplies related to treatment planning activities.
    • Assisting with the prostate seed implantation procedures and thyroid ablation procedures at Cascade Surgical Center as well as GYN implant procedures.
    • Assisting the physicist with isotope calibrations and Linear Accelerator calibrations.
    • Appropriate written documentation of field set up index points and coordinates.
    • Appropriate documentation of instructions necessary to deliver accurate treatments.
    • Assisting with secondary verification of treatment plans by monitor unit calculation.
    • Assisting with dosimetry instruction and training of therapists in current dosimetry techniques.
    • Participation in quality review program to minimize risks and maximize quality of care.
  • Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
Qualifications:
  • Required:
    • Graduation from an approved medical dosimetry training program or at least 5 years of on the job training in dosimetry under the supervision of a board-certified physicist.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of patient information.
    • Ability to get along well with patients and co-workers.
    • A working knowledge of treatment planning methods and techniques as well as proficiency in recognizing potential radiation dose toxicity problems.
    • A demonstrated proficiency in the operation of linear accelerators, simulators, treatment-planning equipment, verify and record systems, block fabricating equipment and numerous computer software programs.
    • A demonstrated proficiency in communication skills, both written and oral.
    • A working knowledge of medical coding including both ICD-9 and CPT.
    • Good organizational, leadership and analytical skills as well as the ability to make independent judgments and recommendations regarding treatment methods.
    • The ability to play an emotionally supportive role in working with patients and their families to introduce them to the radiation treatment process.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with cancer patients and families, departmental staff, physicians and associates in the health care field.
  • Desired:
    • Certified or board eligible C.M.D. or equivalent.
Additional Information

About Confluence Health: Confluence Health is an integrated, rural healthcare delivery system with two hospitals, multi-specialty care in 30+ service lines and primary care in 11 communities across north central Washington State. Our 270 physicians and 130 advanced practice clinicians serve an area of approximately 12,000 square miles and cover nearly every corner of this region through specialty outreach. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost effective manner. Our Setting and Lifestyle: We are located in the heart of Washington State and just 2.5 hours east of Seattle. Our region offers a diverse array of recreational opportunities in breathtaking landscapes, from alpine country to the high desert, orchards to vineyards, cross country skiing to fly fishing and everything in between. Cycling, mountain biking, rafting, hiking; it is all right here. The region also offers a family friendly environment with excellent schools and cultural and art activities for the entire family.

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