Diagnostic Medical Physicist - Greenville, NC

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928547

Vidant Medical Center

Full Time

Regular

Vidant Health

About Vidant Medical Center

Vidant Medical Center is a 900+ bed Level-1 Trauma Center, regional referral hospital and is the flagship hospital for Vidant Health. We serve as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Vidant Medical Center provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient services to more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties. But it's in our work environment that you'll find our sense of family and closeness that permeates everything we do.

Position Summary

The Diagnostic Medical Physicist is a professional position that will be utilized to extend the Radiation Safety and Diagnostic Medical Physics capabilities of the Radiation Safety Office at Vidant Medical Center as well as Vidant Health facilities and contracts.

Responsibilities

  • Patient-Family Centered Care: Employee actions reflect a commitment to patient-family centered care through demonstrating the belief that patient and family needs and wishes must be actively solicited and engaged and that their preferences must be at the center of all services.
  • Provides physics oversight and support for Vidant Health personnel radiation monitoring programs.
    • Investigates and reports incidents, noncompliance situations, and overexposures involving ionizing radiation, radioactive materials, or radiation sources to the Medical Physicist/RSO.
    • Counsels pregnant workers and their supervisors regarding radiation safety and ALARA practices during the term of declared pregnancy.
    • Administers special dosimetry program for declared pregnant workers, ensuring timely reporting and review of monitoring results.
  • Provides physics oversight and support for Vidant Health patient dose monitoring programs.
    • Calculates fetal dose from patient imaging procedures upon physician request.
    • Provides education and counseling to pregnant patients and referring physicians as appropriate.
    • Calculates patient doses upon physician request (Nuclear Medicine, PET, CT, and Diagnostic Radiology).
    • Performs CT protocol review and optimization in conjunction with the Medical Physicist/RSO, medical staff, and CT technical staff.
    • Utilize dose management tools to improve patient safety and image quality optimization.
  • Performs and completes radiation shielding calculations and shielding plan review reports for diagnostic radiology installations, including radiographic, fluoroscopic, CT, Dental, Nuclear Medicine, PET, and other diagnostic modalities.
    • Completes shielding plan review calculations according to NCRP guidance, AAPM technical reports, and state and federal regulations.
    • Completes shielding evaluation surveys upon installation of diagnostic radiology equipment.
    • Completes physics acceptance testing of new equipment as required.
  • Provides oversight and medical physics support to Vidant Health including radiology equipment quality assurance programs.
    • Performs quality assurance and compliance test procedures in Vidant Health & contracted facilities following the relevant guidelines, accreditation standards, and/or regulations (i.e. TJC, AAPM, ACR, FDA, IAC, NCDHHS).
    • Performs equipment acceptance testing of advanced modality imaging systems, including, but not limited to, CT, MRI, PET, Nuclear Medicine, Mammographic, Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Catheterization, and Ultrasound systems, in accordance with the relevant guidelines, accreditation standards, and/or regulations (i.e. TJC, AAPM, ACR, FDA, IAC, NCDHHS).
    • Provides medical physics services for MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, PET, Ultrasound, Mammography, and Ultrasound accreditation programs.
  • Provides physics services to Nuclear Medicine and PET imaging departments.
    • Performs quarterly audits and quality assurance testing for Nuclear
      Medicine and PET equipment.
    • Performs annual physics evaluations and testing of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT imaging systems.
  • Conducts Radiation Safety training/inservices for departments using ionizing radiation and radioactive material as prescribed or as requested/needed. Maintains documentation of training as required.
  • Assist in the performance of clinical procedures or research projects:
    • Assists the Radiation Safety Office or Radiation Oncology personnel in radioisotope therapy procedures.  Determines radiation safety restrictions and provides instruction for nursing staff and family members.
    • Assists the Radiation Safety Office or Nuclear Medicine personnel with radiation safety services required to augment therapeutic or diagnostic procedures both inside and outside of the Radiology department.  Provides instructions to family members and medical staff.
    • Assists the Radiation Safety Office or Interventional Procedures personnel with radiation safety services required to augment therapeutic procedures using radioactive materials and radiation sources.  Provides radiation safety instructions to family members.  Surveys the IR room following the procedure and determines release status of the room.
    • Organizes paperwork and files related to clinical procedures if regulatory compliance issues are involved.
    • Assists in clinical or technical staff throughout Vidant Health as directed by the Medical Physicist/RSO to support the radiation safety aspect of the procedure.
    • Maintains regulatory files for clinical research protocols at VMC and/or Vidant Health facilities. Record management is restricted to documents required for radiation safety issues or requirements.
  • Provides support for regulatory inspections from a number of different agencies:
    • Provides information and resources for regulatory agencies as directed by the Medical Physicist/RSO.
    • Assists or performs duties required for safety drills or exercises directed by VMC Police Department, Pitt County Emergency Management or any other institution requiring a readiness plan on the part of the healthcare system.
    • Provides information or support to Radiology or hospital administration as it relates to the provision of radiation safety record-keeping or tasks.
  • Other duties and responsibilities:
    • Develops and submits Radiation Safety Policies and Procedures as requested.
    • Executes policies established by the Radiation Safety Committee and ensures compliance with the applicable Federal and State regulations.
    • Prepares routine and special reports and projects for the Radiation Safety Committee.
    • Recommends appropriate changes in policy and/or regulations to the Radiation Safety Committee.
    • Participates on Departmental and Hospital Committees as requested.
    • Manage special projects or other duties as assigned by the Medical Physicist/RSO.

Minimum Requirements

  • Masters degree in Medical Physics, Health Physics or Radiological Physics, or closely-related field.
  • Board Certification Eligible by the American Board of Radiology or American Board of Medical Physics. Registration with the NCDHHS in the following classes:  Class III, IV, V, VI and XI.
  • Minimum two (2) years of clinical experience in Medical Physics is required.
  • Specific clinical experience in Diagnostic Radiology, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, MRI, Ultrasound and Hospital Radiation Safety is required.
  • Proficiency in computer-based word processing, spreadsheets, and database management
  • Understanding and support of the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Radiology, Vidant Medical Center, and Vidant Health.

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.   Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

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