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Physicist

CHI Memorial Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Requisition ID 2021-181284 Employment Type Full Time Department Cancer Center Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Standard Hours Days Remote No
Overview

CHI Memorial Hospital, now part of CommonSpirit Health formed between Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health, is once again the only hospital in the Chattanooga area to be named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be the regional referral center of choice providing health care throughout Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia.

CHI Memorial Hospital provides you with the same level of care you provide for others. We care about our employees well-being and offer benefits that complement work/life balance.

We offer the following benefits to support you and your family:

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identify Theft
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Free Premium Membership to Care.com with preloaded credits for children and/or dependent adults
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development
  • Matching 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Programs
  • Wellness Program

We invite you to join CHI Memorial Hospital today!

Important Note: Nicotine is part of our pre-employment drug screen


Responsibilities

 The CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute, Department of Radiation Oncology is an ASTRO APEx accredited facility. The department   provides a full range of radiation therapy procedures, including SRS, SBRT, HDR, and LDR (prostate seed implants). Equipment in use at the department includes Varian TrueBeam (2), Novalis NTx, VariSource HDR unit, VariSeed for Prostate Brachy, Aria 15.5 & Eclipse 15.6. We are looking for a 4th physicist to join an existing team of 3 other physicists. Flexible work hours with an option of work from home once a week is available.

Under the supervision of the Lead Medical Physicist, the Medical Physicist provides physics and other specialized skills to
support the technical requirements of planning and treating radiation therapy patients in the department of radiation
oncology; assists in managing the radiation safety program and assures that radioisotopes and radiation generating
equipment are used and operated safely and effectively.

1. Essential functions:
A. Assisting in the interviewing and selection process of physicists, dosimetrist, and therapists.
B. Assisting in the evaluation and purchase of equipment and the implementation of service
contracts and coordinating service and maintenance with Bio-Med and the vendors.
C. Measuring machine outputs and calibrating to ensure compliance with standards of good practice and
applicable state and federal regulations relating to radiation phenomena.
D. Assists in the radiation safety program for external beam therapy and brachytherapy and ensure
compliance with relevant state and federal guidelines and licensing requirements.
E. Receiving, logging, registering, and assuming responsibility for radioactive materials from receipt of
materials through decay and disposal of materials as per established protocols of the Nuclear Regulatory
Committee.
H. Performing room surveys or additional measurements as needed, instructing nursing and other hospital
employees on radiation precautions and self-protection, settings rules and posting regulations for
personnel and visitors.
I. Participating in medical conferences and attending meetings were patient and methods are discussed
and participating on committees as directed.
J. Assist with the development and evaluation of new devices, protocols, or design of equipment, change in
treatment, planning, research, treatment policies, etc.
K. Adheres to and supports established department policies, procedures, objectives, quality assurance,
safety, environmental and infection control and assists in the implementation of quality assurance
programs.
L. Adhere to Joint Commission and American College of Radiology standards of care.
2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A. Demonstrate the necessary skills to teach junior physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, and students, both
formally and informally.
B. Demonstrates analytical and organizational skills to enable one to implement necessary safety programs
and regulations.
C. Requires a high level of knowledge in radiotherapy and its application combined with the knowledge and
its application combined with the knowledge of state/federal agencies regulating the use of radioactive
materials.
D. Demonstrates a high level of communication skills to effectively communicate via written reports and
through personal contact with staff, physicians, regional institutions, and patients.
E. Requires advanced mathematical skills necessary to compute radiotherapy levels, calibrations of
equipment and research new radiation devices and methodologies.

3. Working Conditions:
A. Exposure to radioactive isotopes during the set up and administration of patient treatment.
B. High level of mental/visual demands while performing calculations of radiotherapy dosage.
4. Other duties as assigned by management.


Qualifications

MS in Medical physics or related field. Ph.D. in Medical Physics

is preferred.

Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or
the American Board of Medical Physics in Radiation Physics or
the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine.
Board eligible candidates as defined by the American Board of
Radiology (ABR) must attain certification in therapeutic
medical physics within three years from the date of hire as
physicist

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