Job Description

Job Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1587901 (Include # on all documents)

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.

VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second largest and most complex VA system in the nation, comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic. VANTHCS includes five Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations as well as an annex clinic located three miles from Dallas VAMC. A Fisher House is located on campus at Dallas VAMC. VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 5,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. Through these four facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers health care services to approximately 500,000 veterans. 

Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. The Research Program operates $8.7 million in grants. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the first in bed days of care, the second in unique Veterans served, and the second in outpatient visits. Dallas provides a variety of cultural and educational opportunities, affordable housing and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Duties

VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas VA Medical Center is actively recruiting for an ABR board certified  Therapeutic Medical Physicist. The service treats 50 to 60 patients per day using Varian 23EX equipment, soon to be replaced with True Beam. A Philips Large bore 4D CT simulator is housed within the department and PET CT Simulation is frequently performed. Treatment planning options include both Pinnacle and Eclipse systems, with deformable registration using MIM software. The service is fully paperless. Clinical support is provided by 2 full time nurse-coordinators, 2 full time dosimetrists, and 1 full time physicist, along with administrative and therapy staff.

The employee will participate in activities necessary to maintain accreditation by the ACR and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Under the direction of the Supervisory Therapeutic Medical Physicist, oversees the chain of events from image acquisition to treatment verification and delivery to assure consistent geometry and optimal treatment delivery.
  • Performs the clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics in its entirety with considerable discretion and independent judgment. 
  • Provides assessments and monitoring of image quality throughout this chain of events.
  • Acquires and stores data for treatment plans such that the information is secure and retrievable.
  • Designs and/or oversees the design, and fabrication of treatment aids and beam modifiers as needed. 
  • Calculates and/or supervises the calculation of dose distributions and machine settings for patient treatments. 
  • Establishes protocols to ensure high quality patient dosimetry and determination of actual delivered dose.
  • Performs the following actions to oversee radiation therapy treatment planning: monitors and improves treatment processes; evaluates treatment plans for conformance to department standards, ensures the accuracy of treatments, and integrity of data recorded in the patient's medical records; performs patient specific treatment validation measurements; and documents medical physics policies and procedures for the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment procedures such as intensity modulated radiation therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy. 
  • Provides direct assessment of the patient in order to render clinical physics judgment for radiation planning and delivery.
  • Evaluates the program to protect the patient and others from potentially harmful or excessive radiation.
  • Exercises sound judgment in the evaluation of the quality, safety, and accuracy of radiation treatments planned and delivered to patients, thus ensuring that correct radiation dose is delivered as prescribed.
  • Measures and characterizes radiation used for radiotherapy using the appropriate procedures necessary to ensure delivered dose integrity.
  • Provides assistance to other health care professionals in optimizing the balance between the beneficial and deleterious effects of radiation.
  • Performs the following actions to assist in the implementation of new equipment and processes: assesses radiation therapy equipment needs; performs acceptance testing and commissioning of new radiation therapy equipment; evaluates the adequacy of room shielding; performs radiation surveys; and develops and implements treatment processes.
  • Maintains compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.
  • Applies federal regulations as they relate to medical use of ionizing radiation.
  • Familiar with and applies nationally recognized practice guidelines.
  • Provides other technical or professional services as required by regulatory or advisory bodies.
  • Is a qualified user of the treatment planning systems, delivery systems and QA equipment and software currently in use in the service.
  • Uses Radiation Oncology management software (MOSAIQ) to execute office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files, activating printers; formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VISTA) and the Computerized Patient Records System (CPRS) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. Utilizes the PACS system, treatment planning system, record and verify software, treatment delivery system, and image guidance platform.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, Subject to On-Call
Functional Statement Title/#: Therapeutic Medical Physicist/GS-601

Relocation/Recruitment incentive IS authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation/Recruitment incentive IS authorized for this position