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The UW Department of Radiology is internationally recognized as dynamic, progressive, with high impact on the present and future of the field of Diagnostic Imaging. As a Top Ten Radiology Department in a US News and World Report Top Ten Hospital, the academic Radiology enterprise complements the clinical, teaching and research activities of one of the nation's leading Medical Schools. The broad strength of the University of Washington is reflected in its recurring rank among the top two recipients of federal research grants.
The Department of Radiology currently has an outstanding opportunity for a MEDICAL PHYSICIST.
The Medical Physicist contributes to the growth and success of the Department of Radiology by executing the mission and vision and will perform duties under the Director of Diagnostic Physics. This position works with University of Washington Medical Center staff , faculty, vendors, and suppliers and will also frequently interact with other departments and sites.
The person appointed to this position must be a fully competent medical physicist. He/she plans and conducts work in the technical aspects of medical physics applied to the diagnostic radiology clinical environment: (1) develop and oversee diagnostic medical physics quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) programs to assure proper medical care is provided to patients according to the ALARA principle (as low as reasonable achievable) for radiological imaging modalities utilizing ionizing radiation, (2) provide diagnostic medical physics compliance with various regulatory agency requirements, including measurement of radiation dosimetry and image quality data for radiological imaging equipment, and (3) promote cost-effective operations through radiological imaging equipment specification, evaluation, selection and utilization review.
The qualified medical physicist is a highly skilled and trained individual who performs his/her clinical duties directly under the Director, Diagnostic Physics. Services the medical physicist shall perform include: dosimetry measurement, provision of in-service education, QA/QC activities, compliance with regulating and certifying agencies, equipment acceptance testing, interface with maintenance operations, development of policy and procedures documentation, shielding calculations and optimization of imaging protocols.
The Medical Physicist position plans and conducts work in the technical aspects of medical physics applied to the diagnostic radiology clinical environment. This includes developing and overseeing diagnostic medical physics quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) programs to assure proper medical care is provided to patients according to the ALARA principle (as low as reasonable achievable) for radiological imaging modalities utilizing ionizing radiation. S/he will also provide diagnostic medical physics compliance with various regulatory agency requirements, including measurement of radiation dosimetry and image quality data for radiological imaging equipment. Additionally the Medical Physicist will promote cost-effective operations through radiological imaging equipment specification, evaluation, selection, and utilization review.
1. Preparation for regulating and certifying agency inspections (e.g., TJC and the State of Washington). This includes, but is not limited to radiological dosimetry measurements and image quality measurements required for the drafting of summary physics reports for each diagnostic imaging system. After checking and signature, these physics reports are submitted to the regulation agencies for inspection.
2. Measurement of patient radiation dosimetry, comparison of these dosimetry measurements to published surveys for similar examinations, and calculation of specific organ dosimetry (or fetal dose) for diagnostic radiographic examinations.
3. Provide residents and attending faculty in-service education on radiation safety practices and policies.
4. Develop and oversee quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) programs for radiological imaging modalities utilizing ionizing radiation and to support American College of Radiology (ACR) modality accreditation efforts.
5. Facilitate medical centers compliance with all regulating agency requirements for radiological imaging utilizing ionizing radiation. This includes, but is not limited to the State of Washington and the Federal government. Perform and record periodic dose and image quality measurements to meet Federal and State requirements.
6. Facilitate medical centers compliance with all certifying agencies for radiological imaging utilizing ionizing radiation. This includes, but is not limited to TJC and the State of Washington.
7. Perform and record periodic dose and image quality measurements to meet Federal and State requirements.
8. Acceptance testing of new and reconditioned radiological imaging equipment to ensure that the equipment meets or exceeds vendor technical specifications and any specifications developed as part of the purchasing process (e.g., RFP specifications).
9. Development of radiographic technique charts. Radiology technologists utilize these charts for manual radiographic technique support when imaging patients.
10. Interface with maintenance operations (in-house biomedical engineers and vendor service representatives), including dosimetry and image quality measurements of equipment after major changes in the imaging chain to ensure that radiological imaging equipment is working within normal parameters.
11. Development of technical equipment selection specifications (e.g., requests for proposal RFP) and evaluation of vendor proposals in support of the radiological equipment purchasing process.
12. Develop and review policies and procedures related to radiation safety and action levels for radiological procedures.
13. Review with imaging physicians and technologists the radiological (e.g., technique factors) and radiobiological (manifest biological affects of radiation exposure) aspects of current and proposed patient examination procedures.
14. Development of optimal imaging procedures, radiographic techniques, technologist activities and utilization of imaging equipment.
15. Implementation of clinical instrumentation, and quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) procedures (e.g., PACS, soft-copy diagnostic workstations and digital radiography) for new radiographic procedures and modalities.
16. Calculation of shielding requirements for ionizing radiation in new or renovated radiographic equipment rooms.
III. RELATED DUTIES
1. Participate in radiation safety operations as required.
2. Participation in the institutional radiation safety committee and other committees as required.
3. Utilize the Diagnostic Physics section's computer server hardware and software (e.g., Excel and Access) to enter data, analyze trends and generate reports. Utilize UW Medicine's Radiation Dose Management System.
4. Prepare technical reports in formats suitable for in-house documentation and for publication in scientific journals.
5. Assist with the Department's training programs.
6. Participate in on-going clinical research.
| MS from a Medical Physics graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) |
Two years post-graduate diagnostic medical physics clinical practice experience. However, residents graduating from a CAMPEP accredited program or completing their residency are also encouraged to apply.
Working experience and knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, databases and interface specifications
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