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Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
(The position hours are up to 20 hours per week)
General Description of the Job Class
A member of the radiation therapy treatment planning team who is thoroughly familiar with the physical and geometric characteristics of the radiation equipment and radioactive sources commonly employed and has the training and expertise necessary to measure and generate radiation dose distributions and calculations for adult and pediatric patients under the direction of the Radiation Therapy Physicist and the Radiation Oncologist.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Obtain patient contours and assist in outlining of anatomical structures and the target volume in three dimensions.
Discuss with the physician the aim of the treatment, including planned tumor dose and maximum acceptable doses to normal tissue.
Generate isodose distributions via computer and performs calculations for the accurate delivery of the prescribed dose.
Presents these to the physician and discusses alternatives.
Label plans with anatomical directions.
Participate in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques and advances in medical dosimetry.
Calculate required treatment time or monitor setting for delivery of prescribed dose.
Prepare treatment aids and beam modifying devices, including head holders, molds, shields, cradles, compensators, and others as needed.
Assist in verification of treatment plans through treatment simulation using CT or conventional radiographic techniques. Assist the therapist staff in the implementation of treatment plans.
Enter treatment parameters in record/verify system.
Assist in routine quality control program to include weekly chart checks, chart rounds, etc.
Participate in clinical research for the development and implementation of new treatment techniques.
Provide treatment-planning instruction to staff, residents, and students as required.
Assist in record keeping and documentation of treatment parameters for all patients undergoing radiation therapy. Maintain inventory of radioactive substances.
Document and perform patient billing information accurately and in a timely manner.
Incorporate compliance with department, hospital, and state policies and procedures into patient care and treatment planning.
Required Qualifications at this Level
A graduate of an accredited Medical Dosimetry program. Board eligible with certification by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) within two years of graduation from the program. Bachelor's degree preferred.
A Certified Medical Dosimetrist with two years of dosimetry experience. Bachelor's degree preferred.
Please see Education Qualifications above
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Certified as Medical Dosimetrist (C.M.D.)
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