Chief Clinical Physicist - Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
ChristianaCare Health System
Location: Newark, Delaware
Internal Number: JR63418
The Division of Medical Physics within The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute's (HFGCCRI) Department of Radiation Oncology is searching for a Chief Clinical Physicist. This clinical leader will lead a team of approximately 20 highly trained medical physicists and Dosimetrists to provide high quality medical physics service to patients requiring radiation therapy. In addition, they will direct all clinical physics activity in the Radiation Oncology Department; and assures compliance with existing state, federal, NRC, ASTRO and JCAHO regulations pertaining to the use of radiation within the department. The Chief also, has responsibility for developing and maintaining departmental policies and the quality assurance program on clinical physics services as well as supporting the implementation of new programs, treatments and therapies which offer effective, innovative radiation treatment options to patients within our regional service area.
PhD preferred, M.S. accepted in Medical Physics or related field. Five (5) years of experience working as a clinical physicist in a large community hospital. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Board Certification by the American Board of Radiology and Therapeutic Radiological Physics, Diagnostic Radiological Physics, and Medical Nuclear Physics is preferred, with a minimum of board certification in Therapeutic Radiological Physics and board eligibility in other areas.
This role offers:
Robust benefit package including full medical, dental and vision
Management Incentive Plan
403(b) with a company match
Generous paid time off
Incredible Work/Life benefits including annual membership to care.com, access to backup care services for dependents through Care@Work, retirement planning services, financial coaching, fitness and wellness reimbursement, and great discounts through several vendors for hotels, rental cars, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets and much more!
In this role you will:
Conduct regular and periodic staff meetings for areas of accountability to discuss problems, procedures and new policies and is accountable for the implementation of polices/ procedures.
Supervise clinical physicists in daily tasks. Provides direct oversight and provides strong leadership while mentoring and developing team members. Manages and coordinates coaching and disciplinary actions.
Ensure medical physics systems, processes, and people maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of areas of accountability. Develop and maintain performance dashboards for physics and dosimetry workflows. Analyzes, forecasts, and presents key metrics for evaluation.
Support Chief of Radiation Oncology in development of business plans for related radiation oncology growth strategies.
Work closely with physician champions, sponsors, stakeholders, and frontline staff to create strategy and timeline for projects, new technologies and programs, focusing on clinical process improvements or regulatory requirements.
Supervise dosimetry and mold room technicians, assigning work tasks and prioritizing and scheduling jobs.
Review and critique all external beam treatment plans, the use of beam modifiers and immobilization techniques for patients receiving photon and electron radiation therapy.
Develop instrumentation, assist in data acquisition and analysis, and other activities related to clinical physics research projects.
Supervise the maintenance of an inventory log of all radiation sources used in brachytherapy. Performs periodic wipe testing of sources. Supervise the maintenance of all dosimetry systems to include ionization chambers, (TLD) dosimeters, and film devices.
Serve as member of Radiation Safety Committee.
Provide lectures to house staff, technical, and nursing for personnel.
Maintain a liaison with the Radiation Safety Officer of the Medical Center.
Calibrate and monitor in a timely manner performance of linear accelerators, orthovoltage unit, radiotherapy simulator. Oversee/perform repair and maintenance of linear accelerators, orthovoltage unit, radiotherapy simulator, and treatment planning computer systems.
Evaluate radiation therapy purchases to devise and implement new treatment methods and devices.
Manage resources within the established budget.
Help to resolve barriers and conflicts (resource, timing, financial, sequencing) between multiple projects and project teams. Resolves issues before they become barriers to successful project implementations.
About The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute:
The HFGCCRI, a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, is part of ChristianaCare, one of the country's largest health care systems, with 52,339 admissions, 37,634 surgeries, and 195,998 emergency department visits. With more than 248,000 patient visits, The Graham Cancer Center is recognized as a national model for multidisciplinary cancer care and a top enroller in U.S. clinical research trials (29% accrual rate).
Annually there are 3,266 newly diagnosed cancer patients. Its Cawley Center for Translational Cancer Research, Tissue Procurement Center, Gene Editing Institute and Statewide High-Risk Family Cancer Registry with eight full time genetic counselors, and collaborations with world- renowned scientists at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, are all opening new avenues to more quickly translate cancer science into cancer medicine! The 240,000 sq. foot outpatient cancer center has 12 multidisciplinary disease site centers allowing patients to see three disciplines of surgical, medical and radiation oncology, including subspecialists and support service teams in one visit.
ChristianaCare is one of the country's most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,300 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women's health. We rank 21st in the nation for hospital admissions and 6th for admission of stroke patients.
Benefits of living in the Delaware Valley:
You have your choice or housing options in DE, PA, NJ or MD and enjoy reasonable commutes.
Connected by Amtrak and I95, this region is a hub for excellent restaurants, entertainment and sporting venues, cultural events and some of the nation's best colleges and universities.
Within 1-3 hours from four international airports.
Easy drives or a short train ride to Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City.
Two hours from beautiful beaches in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey and popular skiing resorts in the Pocono Mountains.
Reasonable cost of living and no DE state sales tax.
EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.
ChristianaCare Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are ...positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.