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Facility: Heart Hospital Building
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Shift: 8 Hours - Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
The Diagnostic Medical Physicist is responsible for developing, maintaining and overseeing Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) programs to include but limited to nuclear medicine, radiology, radiation oncology and other departments utilizing ionizing radiation related to radiation producing equipment. The Diagnostic Medical Physicist will work under the delegation of authority of the Sanford USD Medical Center Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Will work in collaboration with staff, Department Managers, Directors, and Executive Management. Will be an active participating member of the Sanford USD Medical Center Radiation Safety Committee. The Diagnostic Medical Physicist is responsible for participating in the compliance of all regulations set forth by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and The Joint Commission (TJC). Duties and Responsibilities
Work in collaboration with the Radiation Oncology Therapy Physicist to ensure all treatment machines and radiation sources are correctly calibrated according to approved protocols.
Performs radiation safety inspections for hospital radiation areas to ensure regulatory compliance and adherence to department policies.
Ensure compliance and acceptance testing of radiographic and other imaging equipment.
Performs dose calculations to include patients, staff, physicians, public and fetus to ensure safe and effective use of radiation.
Participate in developing, implementing and evaluating policies and procedures for proper elements of safe radiation practice, delivery of treatment, radiation safety, quality control, and regulatory compliance.
Work in collaboration with the Radiation Oncology Therapy Physicist to release treatment machines into clinical service after maintenance, and document that any alteration caused by the maintenance and repair schedule does not affect the performance or calibration.
Perform under the official Delegation of Authority from the Sanford Medical Center Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The duties include:
a) Ensure that Sanford USD Medical Center operates in compliance with procedures and regulations imposed by law with regard to the safe use of radiation and radioactive materials.
b) Participate in quarterly Radiation Safety Committee meetings
c) Ensure proper maintenance of records associated with the radiation protection program for internal and external review.
Oversee the quality assurance of all radiation-producing equipment throughout the Medical Center to ensure compliance of established standards with the State of South Dakota, The Joint Commission, ACR, IAC, NRC, CMS and other regulatory and accreditation organizations.
Perform physics surveys on radiographic equipment in radiology, surgery, cardiac cath lab and other locations. Provide report for regulatory agencies.
Maintain certification and continuing education as required.
Perform radiation shielding designs for all radiation-producing equipment and radioactive materials throughout the Medical Center. Work with architects and construction to coordinate the facility, and with manufacturers during acceptance testing of equipment.
Prepare documentation reports and forms related to the quality management program including but not limited to inspections, audits and testing.
Provide education when requested to ensure fundamental understanding of radiation, equipment and regulatory compliance. Participate in educational drills.
Perform nuclear medicine quarterly and annual audits in accordance with NRC NUREG 1556, volume 9, revision 2, Appendix L. This audit will include but is not limited to radiation exposure badge review, sealed source leak testing and inventory, airflow calculations, review of sewer disposal records, review of employee bioassays, and review of radioactive material use for therapies, review of recordable and reportable events.
Maintain thorough understanding and expectations of NRC regulations.
Promptly communicate accreditation standards and regulatory requirements related to radiation.
Ensure compliance of The Joint Commission standards related to Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services
Full-time, 40 hours per week. Monday-Friday day shifts. Primarily 8:00am-5:00pm, however, can vary.
Master’s degree in physics, biophysics, medical physics or radiological physics. Two years’ experience working in diagnostic radiology/nuclear medicine department responsible for equipment testing and quality control/quality assurance preferred.
Board certified required upon hire.
Acceptable certifications are: the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Physics, Diagnostic Medical Physics, or Diagnostic Radiologic Physics, American Board of Medical Physics, Canadian College of Physicist in Medicine or related certification board.
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Job Function: Allied Health
Req Number: R-31152