Under general supervision of the Chief of Physics, performs all aspects of therapeutic medical physics support services for the Department of Radiation Oncology in an academic setting in accordance with established professional and departmental standards.
Provides medical physics coverage for a wide range of radiotherapy activities including external beam (photon and electron), IMRT, brachytherapy and radiosurgery and associated equipment, software and technologies.
Responsible for quality assurance tasks of all equipment and software including, but not limited to, daily, monthly and annual quality assurance testing (QA). Appropriately documents and tracks quality assurance requirements per national standards and departmental policies. Maintains and documents QA compliance of assigned treatment equipment/software as set forth by the BMC, manufacturer, state and federal government as well as national organizations such as AAPM, ASTRO and ACR.
Contributes to academic mission of the department via actively participating in scholarly activities demonstrated by clinical research and development, integration of novel technique and technologies, presentation in national conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Takes an active role in current and future educational programs and teaches/mentors students, residents and fellows as requested. Performs in-service education sessions for any members of the team related to specific treatment procedures and techniques.
Initiates and participates in departmental and hospital quality improvement activities. Designs new Quality Assurance programs for new technologies incorporated into clinical practice for their safe and effective utilization. Develops necessary documentation for appropriate policy and procedures.
Provides medical physics consultation to physicians in target volume definition, treatment planning and treatment techniques, and special requests (such as re-treatment, pacemaker and diode measurements, operative brachytherapy, and clinical trial).
Provides technical consultation to dosimetrists and treatment planners for treatment techniques, dosimetry considerations, etc.
Actively participates and leads acceptance and commissioning efforts for new or updated radiation treatment equipment and software, as designated by the Chief Physicist.
Participates in weekly patient Chart Rounds, weekly physics’ meetings, and other committee and staff meetings as deemed necessary.
Works with the Chief and Vendor to maintain the treatment equipment and software quality and reliability.
Responsible for patient-specific QA tasks including plan checks, chart checks, dose verification measurements.
Designs treatment plans that will deliver prescribed radiation dose, considering dose-limiting structures, and document dose and field placement technique in accordance with the radiation oncologist’s prescription.
Coordinates treatment simulations and tumor localization on dedicated devices, including CT, MRI, and PET when indicated for radiation oncology treatment planning.
Performs or assists in the planning of the production of molds, casts and other immobilization devices.
Instructs the therapist staffing the implementation of the treatment plan including the correct use of compensators, wedges, field arrangement, and other treatment variables (such as structure for cone beam).
Supports clinical research projects including clinical trial protocol development and implementation.
Provides prompt and timely completion of Cooperative Group Research credentialing, as needed, and subsequent submission of data.
Contributes, upon request, to radiation safety measurements and verification, new treatment facility design and shielding calculations.
Participates in continuing education in the area of current treatment planning techniques, and advances in medical dosimetry/physics. If PhD and American Board of Radiology (ABR) certified, participates in Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
Follows hospital and departmental infection control and safety procedures.
Observes the general rules, regulations and requirements of the hospital and department.
Responsible for the maintenance of own board certification in therapeutic medical physics as well as any applicable governmental qualified medical physicist, authorized medical physicist status and/or medical physics licensure.
About Boston Medical Center
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a private, not-for-profit, 514-bed, academic medical center located in Boston’s Historic South End and is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). BMC is the largest safety net hospital in New England.
The Department of Radiation Oncology offers a wide range of high-quality radiotherapy services in the setting of a multi-disciplinary cancer care, supported by a strong collaborative team with well-established expertise in 3DCRT, IMRT and VMAT, DIBH, robotic SRS/SBRT, linac-based SBRT, and HDR brachytherapy. The department actively participates in NRG Oncology and NCI-sponsored multi-center clinical trials and has implemented – and will continue to implement – new protocols for state-of-the-art SRS/SBRT treatments across disease sites including CNS/spine, prostate, lung, and liver. The department is also active in clinical research, in training and mentoring for radiation oncology residents and medical students in both a clinical and research capacity, and in outreach efforts to pre-med undergraduate students.
The department’s oncology and medical physics staff includes 4 faculty radiation oncologists, 3 fu...ll-time clinical physicists (including the Clinical Chief Medical Physicist) and 3 full-time dosimetrists. Our equipment includes 2 Varian linacs (a Trilogy and TrueBeam), both with on-board kV imaging and cone-beam CT; a CyberKnife G4 system with Iris variable aperture collimator and a clinically commissioned Monte Carlo algorithm for lung SBRT; and a VariSource iX HDR afterloader system. In addition, the department has a Philips Brilliance large-bore CT-Simulator with 4D-CT acquisition capabilities, Varian Eclipse and BrachVision TPS, Accuray Multiplan TPS, MIMvista imaging and contouring software, and ARIA as the record and verify system. We also have a close relationship with our diagnostic radiology department, allowing for direct access to 64-slice fast CT scanner for CyberKnife-based lung SBRT with synchronized tumor tracking, as well PET-CT and MRI imaging to aid in treatment planning.