Chief Therapeutic Medical Physicist (CTMP), Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Location: Hines, IL, United States
Date Posted: 01-31-2018
Available Position(s):  Board-Certified Physicist - Chief Therapeutic Medical Physicist (CTMP) - Senior Medical Physicist

Work to be performed at: The Radiotherapy Department of the Edward J. Hines, Jr. VA Hospital located at 5000 South 5th Avenue, Hines, Illinois, 60141. 
All work performed under this task order will be completed at the VA. The VA Radiotherapy (Oncology) Services are accredited by American College of Radiology (ACR) and follow the standards and guidelines set forth by ACR.

Work Schedule: Services are required 8 hours per day per physicist, Monday through Friday. Exact work hours will be mutually agreed upon by the Hines VAH and the physicists, typically between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Services will not be required on weekends or Federal Holidays.
 
Scope of Work: Therapeutic Medical Physicist duties include, but are not limited to: support for technical questions regarding, patient’s treatment, equipment planning, support, calibration (equipment and treatment units) and maintenance, quality control and quality assurance related activities, physics chart reviews and consultations. Contractor staff shall attend service staff meetings, chart rounds, and quality assurance or peer review meetings as directed by the VA Chief, Radiotherapy Service. The Hines VAH Chief of Staff will provide administrative direction and/or professional guidance to the contractor and its providers. Contractor is responsible for providing services, unless a state of emergency has been declared. The estimated workload volume could be up to 75 patients at a time. Contractor’s care shall cover the range of services as would be provided in a state-of-the-art civilian medical treatment facility. 
Contract CTMP will oversee all physics and dosimetry operations.
  1. Contract CTMP shall manage all radiation safety operations including the submission of Quality Assurance reports upon request by VA for the Quality Assurance Committee and Radiation Safety Committee.
  2. Contract CTMP will attend all Radiation Safety meetings.  
  3. Contract CTMP shall track, evaluate, and document all equipment-related quality assurance data including TLD and credentialing measurements for independent 3rd party analyses. 
  4. Contract CTMP shall also provide shielding surveys and reports as required by the National Health Physics Program of (NHPP) VA.
  5. Contract CTMP shall also be responsible to ensure licenses are current for radioactive sources at the VA facility. Contract CTMP will ensure Radiation Oncology Service has appropriate licenses for users the VA’s all our software applications.
  6. Contract CTMP shall also be responsible for ensuring continuity of medical physics operations including communication among key personnel.
  7. Contract CTMP shall develop/design, implement, oversee, and periodically review all Quality Management Program (QMP) policies and procedures that pertain to or involve the use of radiation therapy equipment, dosimetry system(s) and all applications pertinent thereto.
  8. Contract CTMP will oversee and support the technical activities of all other physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, and other staff members assigned to the unit; directs the technical aspect and answers technical questions relative to treatment procedures or treatment of any specific patient.
  9. Contract CTMP will not perform administrative oversight of federal employees.
  10. When newly published techniques or procedures are being implemented for the first time within the facility, the Contract CTMP shall undertake a systematic literature review, make appropriate site visits, observe procedures, develop standard operating procedures, implement the technique or procedure in clinic, and oversee the training of colleagues who are not familiar with the procedure. The QMP associated with any new procedure should be periodically reviewed and updated. 
  11. Contract CTMP directs the radiation therapy treatment planning team through oversight of the following activities: designs and approves treatment plans; monitors the accuracy of treatment data recorded in the patient’s medical records; provides consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases. 
  12. Contract CTMP shall also be responsible for optimizing technical infrastructure and workflow for streamlined operations in the department of radiation oncology through the mastery and application of techniques such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).  
  13. Contract CTMP shall be responsible for training and educating radiotherapy team members in safe operations in Radiation Oncology. 
  14. Contract CTMP shall assist with the develop policies and procedures for continuous quality improvement that involve the use of radiotherapy equipment.

Period of Performance: The anticipated period of performance is from February 12, 2018 through May 11, 2018. 

Position Requirements/Qualifications: ​

Chief Therapeutic Medical Physicist (CTMP) Qualifications: 
1. Education in medical physics: Hold a Master's degree or higher (PhD is preferred) in a physics, science, or engineering discipline recognized by an accredited college or university with at least 30 semester hours in medical physics, health physics, radiological science, physics, engineering, chemistry, or biology; or an equivalent foreign degree and coursework substantiated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
2. CTMPs must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a clinical radiation therapy department.  It is preferred that candidates have prior VA experience, have experience working in an academic environment, and have publication records of scientific research.  
3. Physicists assigned by the Contractor to perform the services covered by this task order shall have a full and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia, if applicable. Contract physicist(s) who have current, full and unrestricted licenses in one or more states, but who have, or ever had, a license restricted, suspended, revoked, voluntarily revoked, voluntarily surrendered pending action or denied upon application will not be considered for the purposes of this task order.
4. Be Board-Certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body. This board certificate must be current and the candidate must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education to maintain certification. Documentation verifying current certification shall be provided to the VA COR.
The three approved certifying bodies are as follows:
(a) The American Board of Radiology (ABR) in any of the following field titles:
1. Therapeutic Medical Physics,
2. Therapeutic Radiologic or Therapeutic Radiological Physics, or
3. Radiologic Physics or Radiological Physics.
(b) The American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) in the subfield of Radiation
Oncology Physics.
(c) The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) in the subfield of
Radiation Oncology Physics.
5. Have thorough knowledge and experience complying with the most current version of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Technical Standard for the Performance of Radiation Oncology Physics for External Beam Therapy.

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