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Physicist - Medical Imaging


Department Description: HOURS:: 40 hours (day shift); occasionally will cover evenings and weekends.

The Medical Imaging Physics group supports all diagnostic modalities - CT, mammography, fluoroscopy, radiography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and MR - at our main campus facilities, off-site affiliates and community clinics. Physicists in the group support hospital clinical operations and research endeavors and participate in the education of medical trainees. Experience in CT physics strongly preferred.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 34341BR


Job Summary: The Medical Imaging Physicist is responsible for assuring the safe, effective, and compliant use of medical imaging equipment within the Department of Radiology, throughout the medical center and in affiliated community practice sites. Responsibilities include acceptance testing, participation in quality assurance programs, conducting calibration measurements, specification and evaluation of new equipment, image quality assurance, involvement in radiological protection programs for patients and staff and participation in educational programs for staff and trainees. This role works closely and collaboratively with other members of the physics group and Radiology staff including modality managers, technologists, radiologists, informatics professionals and other staff. The Physics group serves as primary liaison to regulatory and accreditation bodies that define and audit BIDMC quality control programs relevant to medical imaging.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Conducts annual and periodic inspection, calibration, and testing of medical imaging equipment in accordance with regulatory and accreditation specifications and guidelines.
  2. Develops shielding designs for new facilities, renovations and accommodation of new equipment. Performs prospective dosimetry calculations to support research protocols that involve the use of ionizing radiation. Performs retrospective dosimetry analysis of radiological procedures when required for follow up relevant to patient care.
  3. Participates in Radiology quality assurance programs, including the development or modification of protocols to optimize image quality and reduce radiation dose.
  4. Provides support to regulatory bodies during compliance visits and develops responses as needed.
  5. Provides support to Radiology sections in the acquisition and maintenance of accreditation programs administered by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology
Required Qualifications:
  1. Master's degree in Medical Physics, Physics, Engineering or related discipline required. Doctoral degree preferred.
  2. License American Board of Radiology required., or DPH RAD Required
  3. 1-3 years related work experience required in Medical Physics.
  4. Completed either a fellowship in Medical Physics or at least two years of employment experience as a medical physicist.
  5. Advanced technical computer skills and thorough understanding of modern electronic infrastructures relevant to radiological imaging such as DICOM, PACS, RIS/HIS frameworks, IHE models, Web and database servers, client/server architectures, CAD, image processing and advanced visualization.
  6. Advanced technical computer skills as required for technical support specific to functional area and related systems.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Additional certification or experience in other branches of medical physics, for example Medical Nuclear Physics (ABR) or Magnetic Resonance Medical Physics (ABMP).
  2. Record of participation in graduate-level educational programs, particularly radiology resident education programs.
  3. board eligibility or possession of an alternate ABR certificate will be considered with the expectation that the candidate complete certificate requirements within two years
Competencies:
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

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