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The Medical Physicist is responsible for performing all medical physics tasks necessary for the safe and accurate delivery of therapeutic ionizing radiation in collaboration with the radiation oncologists and staff of UnityPoint – Dubuque. The Medical Physicist will be responsible for maintaining state and federal regulatory requirements specific to the practice of radiation therapy at UnityPoint – Dubuque. Creates and monitors clinical quality indicators and collaborates with physicians to ensure appropriate treatment guidelines are utilized and/or developed and monitored. Completes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs working closely with HGNCCC Director, Radiation Oncology Manager and Medical Director to advance clinical outcomes, efficiency and services offered through Finley's Wendt Cancer Program.


  • Is knowledgeable of hospital and HGNCCC compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (eg. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the HGNCCC and hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.


  • Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and unit specific competencies.


  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills with patients, families, healthcare team members and other customers.  Verbal communication is clear and precise.  Written communication is legible, if handwritten, and done in a timely manner using approved abbreviations.


  • Computer documentation is done in accordance with hospital policies.


  • Assures compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines in the acquisition, storage, and application of radioactivity used in therapeutic applications.


  • Assures compliance with regulatory agencies such as IEMA, JCAHO, ACR, NRC, by adhering to the respective guidelines of each agency.


  • Assures departmental compliance with outside organizations to maintain compatibility with protocol studies.


  • Develops, implements, and reviews the policies and procedures that assure proper functioning of all therapeutic equipment including accelerators, and brachytherapy equipment, insuring smooth and safe operation.


  • Participates in departmental and radiation safety meetings.


  • Participates in strategic planning for the needs of the radiation oncology department.


  • Monitors and maintains documentation for radiation monitoring of departmental staff.


  • Evaluates all equipment for its continued utility, appropriateness, reliability, and condition and makes recommendations on obsolescence and replacement.
  • Participates in or leads physics projects
  • Participates in regulatory compliance tasks
  • Assists dosimetry in treatment planning for External Beam, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Brachytherapy
  • Assists in radiation safety tasks
  • Assures performance of an annual output check of each beam to verify their consistency with national standards, and prepares a report on this process and its results.


  • Assures that the daily output and quality assessment checks of radiation producing equipment are performed and that equipment is in proper working order.


  • Maintains proper output checks on accelerators, simulation, and other radiation therapy associated equipment.
  • Initiates and routinely reviews all treatment equipment operational logs and service reports.


  • Performs clinical QA of equipment specifications, acceptance testing, commissioning and calibrations on all new and repaired clinical equipment, and the lead shielding requirements of rooms.


  • Participates in quality assurance checks and performance improvement initiatives.


  • Participates in routine QA of patient treatment records.


  • Develops and performs departmental physics QA program


  • Evaluates and implements necessary changes and updates in treatment planning computer, radiation calculation and measurement, and record and verification software.


  • Prepares coordinates and effectively collaborates with the radiation oncologists and technical staff on optimal treatment plans.


  • Instructs and supervises dosimetrist and technologist in special treatment techniques associated with treatment plan.


  • Oversees technical aspects of dosimetrist’s and technologist’s activities.


  • Provides technical in-services as necessary for the demonstration of new techniques and other appropriate subjects.


  • Assumes responsibility of maintaining proficiency in job skills and seeks opportunities for continued growth.


  • Assists radiation oncologists with brachytherapy procedures and maintains all regulatory requirements for all radioactive materials.


  • Maintains and documents the inventory of all radioactive materials and returns used materials in a timely manner.


  • Develops and implements new radiation oncology projects in coordination with the department manager, as directed by the radiation oncologists.


  • Maintains and organizes required records, reports and files, and collects necessary statistics.


  • Assists with orientation of new employees and students.


  • Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein



  • A minimum of a Master's of Science degree in Medical Physics, Radiation Physics or related discipline required
  • Ph. D. and 2-3 years of experience preferred


  1. Qualifications/Experience
  • Meets the current requirements of the Iowa Emergency Management Association, Department of   Nuclear Safety for the position of Therapeutic Radiological Physicist.
  • Certification by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics or the equivalent, or certification eligible, required.
  • Experience organizing multiple tasks, working with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work independently and self-direct work activities
  • Detailed oriented and able to meet established deadlines


  1. Special Skills/Knowledge
  • Knowledge and performance of comprehensive radiation therapy QA programs for linear accelerators, CT simulation, US localization equipment, treatment planning systems and radioactive implant procedures, and competence with computer functions and skills relevant to radiation therapy departments.
  • Experience with 3D conformal therapy; IMRT and SMS/SBRT equipment and procedures. Must possess a working knowledge of the process of applying ionizing radiation for patient treatment, treatment planning and calculation activities and the evaluation of treatment records.
  • Must possess mathematical skills and the ability to visualize objects in three-dimensional concepts to facilitate the treatment planning process.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a computer and EMR course(s) through in-hospital training
  • Must successfully complete in-hospital orientation and competencies
  • Demonstrates skill, organization, and efficiency in performing required activities


  1. Communication/Working Relationships
  • Collaboratively interacts with physicians, patients, families and the community in a professional manner.
  • Respects patient confidentiality in all communications and maintains the confidentiality and security of patient data stored at St. Luke’s Hospital and HGNCCC.
  • Maintains friendly, courteous and responsible interpersonal communication patterns.
  • Verbally presents factual, concise and timely information as indicated.
  • Able to analyze written, spoken, visual and other sensory stimuli.
  • Able to communicate effectively with people of diverse organizations, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Possesses creative thinking, analytical problem solving and decision making abilities; self-direction; theoretical implementation and evaluation.
  • Respects patient confidentiality in all communication; fully adheres to St. Luke’s Standards of Excellence and Code of Conduct
  • Verbally presents factual, concise, and timely information to the healthcare team and physician, as appropriate 
  • Exercises sound judgment, seeking advice when appropriate


  1. Behavior Demands
  • Must be able to work well with all customers, co-workers and multidisciplinary team members 
  • Must demonstrate a cooperative, courteous and dependable working performance
  • Must possess high integrity and maintain confidentiality at all times


  1. Physical Demands
  • Sit, walk, stand: may spend up to 50 percent of working time standing/walking
  • Lift, carry, push, pull:  must be able to lift, carry, push, pull objects weighing at least 25 pounds, utilizing good body mechanics
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, reach: occasional bending, stooping, kneeling and reaching
  • Manual dexterity:  good manual and finger dexterity is needed for computer documentation
  • Speaking and hearing:  essential to the communication needs of this position


  1. Environmental Conditions
  • Standard precautions must be followed when working in any clinical area; workers are exposed to biologic and chemical hazards and must use appropriate personal protective equipment as trained
  • Work is performed in a well-lighted, temperature-controlled, and humidity-controlled environment     



  1. OSHA Risk Factor (Check one)

                       Category I - Normal job related task involve an inherent potential for membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues.  Use of protective measures should be used under normal conditions.

                       Category II - Normal work routine does not involve exposure, but exposure may be required as a condition of employment.  Protective measures should be readily available.

                       Category III - No exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues is expected in the work routine.


  1. Age Specific Requirements


Considers the special needs and behaviors of specific patient age groups served when performing his/her job duties.  (See addendum and/or competency assessment for specific age group served.)


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