Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist (Dosimetrist) in Decatur, Georgia
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
- Decatur, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Monday 4/25/2016 (184 day(s) ago)
** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1688385
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
VA Atlanta is actively recruiting for a Certified Therapeutic Medical Dosimetrist
Duties include, but are not limited to:
The incumbent provides a wide array of complex duties of a critical nature. The employee uses a computerized treatment planning system, creates radiation treatment plans with radiation doses and treatment field sizes as prescribed by radiation oncologists.
Treatment plans are designed using input from computerized tomography (CT) scans, PET/CT scans, patient contours, ultrasound images, and simulation film.
The incumbent must apply initiative and technical knowledge of medical terminology and procedures.
The incumbent works closely with the Radiation Oncology Department Staff and Medical Center Staff to effectively and efficiently accomplish the goals of the radiation therapy department.
The service treats 50to 60 patients per day using Varian Systems, soon to be upgraded with TrueBeam. A GE CT simulator is housed within the department.
Treatment planning options include ARIA , Eclipse.
*PREFERRED SKILLS: *
The successful candidate will need to have prepared a reasonable number of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) plans, such that proficiency in these techniques is evident and performs the skills below:
Supports the physician's therapeutic goals for the patient and assists the physician to realize these goals for the patient
Schedules, plans, and organizes work for the radiation treatment of patients. This includes preparing calendars for the therapy staff and keeping physicians and physics staff informed on start dates and boost dates
Coordinates emergency patient treatments with radiation oncologists.
Calculates the number of treatment deliveries and/or monitor units for all new patients requiring radiation therapy. Understands expected values for dose/monitor units, results and consults with the medical physicist should any monitor unit values appear to be out of range.
Under the guidance of the Radiation Oncologist and Medical Physicist, develops complex treatment plans using various dose calculating software packages utilized by the service.
Has a working understanding of normal cross-section anatomy and should be able to identify, and contour basic normal structures.
Has a general understanding of common dose fractionation schemes in use by the service.
Validates the information provided from simulation and correctly transfers calculated treatment plans into the record and verify system used by the service.
Appropriately indicates the dosimetry and treatment planning charges for services provided to patients.
Maintains all dosimetry records, charts, files, calibration records, and treatment planning records necessary for compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), VA National Health Physics Program (NHPP), American College of Radiology guidelines and regulations.
Documents all parameters involved in the planned treatment of each patient, including daily and accumulated doses, field size, beam modifiers, beam directions, and choice of machine used in the delivery of radiation treatment.
Participates in weekly chart rounds as part of the quality assurance (QA) program.
Under the direction of the radiation oncologist, performs or assists in simulation of complex patients for treatment planning.
Shares responsibility with radiation therapists in preparing reference imaging, treatment devices, and ancillary equipment for patient use during treatment.
Works with Radiation Oncologists, department nurse, radiation therapists, and clerical staff as a member of the radiation therapy team to effectively and efficiently accomplish the goals of the radiation therapy department. Maintains a professional demeanor.
Maintains knowledge of new developments in the field of radiation therapy and is able to utilize new technologies as they come available.
Follows established safety practices and posted OSHA regulations and reports unsafe conditions, unsafe practices, or any occupational illness or injury sustained to Supervisor as promptly as possible. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices, and uses proper protective equipment as required.
Salary to be determined by the Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Professional Standards Board. Recruitment/Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.
Duty Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, subject to on-call
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
VA Handbook 5005/22, Part II, Appendix G26, THERAPEUTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTQUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 14, 2008, http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/DirectHand.htm.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:All applicants must meet the following requirements:
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Certification: All applicants must be certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T).
c.* Experience or Education.* Completion of a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology. JRCERT is the accrediting agency for the radiation therapy programs recognized by the US Department of Education.
(1) Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified (registered) as radiation therapists in their field.
* *(2) Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT (T) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate TRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
* (a) Knowledge of Current Therapeutic Radiologic Technology Practice. *To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current therapeutic radiologic technology practice including Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), digital imaging, and Computed Radiography (CR) readers.
(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified in paragraph 2.b. above. Experience as a graduate TRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a TRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
(b) *Certification. *For employees in adosimetrist position at this level, certification in medical dosimetry (CMD) is required.
(c)* Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.* KSAs are defined in the assignments which follow.
(d)* Assignment.* For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. TRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments.
1.* Staff TRT (Dosimetrist).* Employees at this level are fully functional as a dosimetrist with the knowledge and experience to apply an advanced level of treatment planning and dosimetry procedures. Employees will have an in depth knowledge of computer programs and operations, and methodologies of data transfer and reconstruction. Performs complex 2D-3D treatment plans and presents to radiation oncologists for review and acceptance. Serves as an integral team member for brachytherapy procedures, utilizing ultrasound to determine volumetric data, positioning of templates for insertion of radioactive sources, and transfer of data from ultrasound equipment to treatment planning computers for generation of dose volume histograms (DVH).
*a. Ability to perform quality assurance procedures for brachytherapy procedures and oversee brachytherapy planning;
*b. Ability to develop and update policy and procedures for the dosimetry area with the oversight of the medical physicist;
c. Ability to work with the medical physicist to perform monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual testing of equipment. Verifies accuracy of machine setting, output, congruence, and other mandated measurements, recording them accurately for review;
d. Extensive knowledge level of human anatomy, physiology, malignant tumors, routes of spread, critical structures, and tolerance levels of all sites of the body to plan complex, multi-field treatment plans; and
*e. Skill to oversee initial set-ups of complex treatment plans, giving assistance as needed to make any modifications needed prior to any treatment being administered.
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FINAL JOB OFFER IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A PHYSICAL (IF REQUIRED), AND RECEIPT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM LIST OF EXCLUDED INDIVIDUALS/ENTITIES (LEIE), HEALTHCARE INTEGRITY AND PROTECTION DATA BANK (HIPDB) FINGERPRINT CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting; heavy carrying; reaching above shoulders use of fingers, both hands required; walking (4+ hours); standing (up to 8 hours); repeated bending (2+ hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision corrected at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eye required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors include dust; fumes, smoke or gases; radiant energy; working closely with others.
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It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $74,260.00 to $101,488.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0648-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 436944900
Job Announcement Number: JV-16-TMH-1688385