- University of Washington
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Category: Admin-Health and Medical Services
- Posting Date: 11/18/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
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The Department of Radiation Oncology of the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Seattle, WA invites applications for a position as a staff Medical Physicist with an intended start date in early 2022. The successful candidate will contribute to the clinical mission of the department in a vibrant group that includes 26 medical physicists, 30 physicians, and 14 residents in radiation oncology and medical physics. The medical physicist will report to the Director of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology with clinical service primarily at the sites of practice at UWMC-Northwest and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) South Lake Union locations. At the University of Washington, equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to excellence. A core value of the institution mission is to honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote equity and inclusion.
Based in Seattle, WA, the UW Department of Radiation Oncology treats over 2,800 patients annually from a multi-state catchment area that covers 25% of the U.S. geography. The U.S. News & World Report recognizes UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as #5 among the best hospitals for cancer in the United States. The department has 30 physician faculty, 26 physicist faculty and staff, 4 research faculty, 8 advanced practitioner faculty, 10 radiation oncology residents, and 4 medical physics residents with additional postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. In addition to UWMC, radiation therapy services are distributed to 7 sites: University of Washington Medical Center-Montlake (UWMC-Montlake); Harborview Medical Center (HMC); Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA); UWMC-Northwest; SCCA Proton Therapy Center; Seattle Puget Sound VA Medical Center, and SCCA Peninsula Cancer Center. The department is also involved in pediatric cancer services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The department operates a two-year Therapeutic Medical Physics Residency program accredited by CAMPEP and trains other postdoctoral researchers.
The UW Department of Radiation Oncology offers a complement of state-of-the-art technology from major vendors for the planning and delivery of radiotherapy with techniques including IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, SGRT, SRS, SBRT, IORT, TBI, HDR and LDR brachytherapy, GammaKnife, neutron, and proton therapy. Equipment additions in 2022 include the Ethos system (Varian Inc.) to enable advanced IGRT and adaptive radiotherapy.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Primary responsibilities of the current position are to support the planning and delivery of radiotherapy including external beam, HDR brachytherapy, treatment planning, dosimetry, treatment verification, quality assurance, staff training and consults with other providers and patients.
Specific duties include:
-quality assurance of linear accelerators (20%),
-imaging equipment and brachytherapy equipment (10%),
-HDR brachytherapy procedures (10%),
-plan and chart review (30%), routine clinical support (20%),
-and commissioning, maintaining, and improving equipment (10%).
The Medical Physicist must work in a team environment in support of radiotherapy resources of the department that includes proton, neutron, photon and electron modalities, stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, brachytherapy and intraoperative radiotherapy.