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Team Lead Physicist

Fairfax Medical Campus 615274 Full Time 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA, 22042, US

Job Description

The Inova Department of Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy is seeking a full-time Team Lead Radiation Physicist in Fairfax, Virginia. The successful candidate will join a dedicated team of 21 Physicists, 19 Dosimetrists and 1 Physicist Assistant to provide clinical physics services and promote department research/education outputs.

Job Responsibilities
  • Confers and communicates effectively (orally & written) with Physicians and staff involved in the treatment of patients using ionizing radiation.
  • Attends and is an active participant in hospital assigned committees, working groups and clinical rounds. (i.e. Radiation Safety Committee, Chart Review).
  • Promotes and adheres to established clinical standards (ACR, ASTRO, JCAHO) in subject specialty.
  • Promotes and effects process improvement practices/policies/procedures in the subject specialty.
  • Provides consultation/education with patients and staff in subject specialty.
  • For external beam therapy, performs Medical Physics duties correctly, accurately and follows the national standards in the performance those duties.
  • Duties include periodic testing and calibrations of linear accelerators, treatment planning systems, patient treatment documentation accuracy, treatment QA and clinical consultation.
  • Provides direction, consultation and evaluation services for the installation, commissioning , maintenance and repair as the physicist for all equipment and systems in the department of the subject specialty.
  • For Brachytherapy, performs Medical Physics duties correctly, accurately and following national standards.
  • Duties include periodic testing and calibrations Brachytherapy sources, treatment planning, patient treatment documentation accuracy, treatment QA and clinical consultation.
  • For imaging systems, performs Medical Physics duties correctly, accurately and following national standards.
  • Duties include periodic testing and calibrations of any imaging devices used for image guidance and simulation leading to the treatment of Oncology patients.
  • Performs radiation safety functions and procedures in accordance with Federal, State and hospital regulations/instructions.
  • Cooperate and adhere to regulatory agencies (state and federal) in demonstrating compliance with applicable rules and recommendations.
  • System Standards TRUST Professionalism:
    • ' We wear ID badges properly at all times.
    • ' We follow all Inova Health System policies regarding dress codes, personal hygiene and jewelry.
    • ' We do not gossip. ' We eat and drink only in designated areas.
    • ' We are ambassadors of the organization, promoting a positive image of Inova in the community.
  • Confidentiality and Privacy:
    • ' We protect a customer's privacy by preventing the disclosure of patient information to any individual not involved in the patient's care. '
    • ' We protect our employees' confidentiality by preventing the disclosure of their personal information to any unauthorized parties.
    • ' We do not discuss personal matters in the presence of a customer.
    • ' We knock on doors and wait for a response before entering.
  • Empowerment Sense of Ownership:
    • ' We never say, "It's not my job."
    • ' We own any customer complaints received and take appropriate service recovery actions.
    • ' We will ensure that all equipment is maintained and returned to its proper place.
    • ' We pick up and dispose of any litter we come across and clean up spills appropriately.
    • ' We keep our workplace clean and clutter free. Commitment to Colleagues
    • ' We honor our commitments to each other and to those we serve.
    • ' We anticipate and offer support, guidance and encouragement to each other.
    • ' We respectfully inform and include our partners when changes are expected or required.
    • ' We recognize the value of a diverse workforce and remain open to new viewpoints, ideas, and talents.
    • ' We treat each other with courtesy and respect at all times.
  • Safety:
    • ' We follow "Red Rules" 100 percent of the time.
    • ' We practice error prevention techniques and use S.T.A.R. (Stop, Think, Act, and Review).
    • ' We communicate clearly and completely.
    • ' We raise the "red flag" in the face of uncertainty.
    • ' We report all safety hazards, accidents and incidents promptly and completely.
  • Communication:
    • ' We greet everyone with "hello", a smile and eye contact and use "please and thank you".
    • ' We address and refer to customers as Mr., Mrs., Ms, or Dr., and inquire how they would like to be addressed.
    • ' We tell the patient our name, skill set and professional training prior to performing or administering a procedure.
    • ' We provide regular updates based on the individual needs of patients and families.
  • Telephone and E-Mail Etiquette:
    • ' We answer all phone calls: "Hello, department, name, how I may help you?"
    • ' We respond to phone messages and e-mails in a timely fashion.
    • ' We leave "out-of-office" reply messages when away.
    • ' We ask permission before putting a caller into voicemail or on hold and thank callers for holding when we return.
  • Stewardship:
    • ' We explore process improvement opportunities to improve quality, service and cost.
    • ' We protect the assets of the organization.
    • ' We consistently assess and adopt new technology to improve our performance.
  • Caring Relationships:
    • ' We seek to offer assistance to those we meet and escort people where they need to go, or find someone who can.
    • ' We respond promptly to patient needs and acknowledge call lights immediately with "Hello, patient's name, how may I help you?"
    • ' When leaving a customer, we ask, "Is there anything else I can do for you? I have the time".
    • ' We let others off before getting on the elevator and hold the elevator for boarding passengers.
    • ' We take actions to provide comfort and support to our patients and families.
    • ' We seek to understand and respond to the diverse needs of the people we serve.
  • Team Lead organizes work assignments for Dosimetry.
    • Monitors and controls Dosimetrist workload throughput and timeliness.
    • Monitors and controls Dosimetrist workload quality (calculation accuracy, documentation clarity, documentation comprehensiveness).
    • Provides mentoring to Dosimetrist in treatment planning, simulation processes and use of new equipment & software.
    • Assists the Chief of Medical Physics in maintaining the department procedure manual up to date for planning and dosimetry processes.
    • Provides input to the Chief of Medical Physics on the performance of the Dosimetrist for employee appraisals.


About Inova Department of Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy

Inova Department of Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy is an international center for advanced cancer care and research, serving Northern Virginia, the Washington, DC metro area, and beyond. With locations across Northern Virginia, the Department can treat patients at Alexandria, Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Loudoun and Woodbridge, wherever it is most convenient for patients. Across our System, our equipment includes IBA Proteus Plus Proton (2 treatment gantries), 5 TrueBeams with HyperArc, 4 Trilogys, 1 M6 CyberKnife, 3 HDR units, 2 IORT units, 1 3T MRI and 6 simulation CTs, including one 256 channel dual-energy CT. External planning is done with Eclipse and RayStation while using Aria for patient data management.

The Team Lead Physicist will report to the Director, System Chief of Medical Physics. The ideal candidate will be energetic and well-trained, possess excellent communication and collaboration skills, and have interest in potential career advancement within Inova Health system.

Inova supports research and education efforts. The Department of Advanced Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy is working with the University of Wisconsin-LaCross for the master level dosimetry program to provide clinical training. The department is also in process to start a Medical Physics residency program. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply for faculty appointment from the University of Virginia (PhD-level Physicist) and/or the University of Wisconsin-LaCross (Master or PhD-level Physicist).

Inova offers a competitive salary/benefits package and an excellent work environment. There is high growth potential in this position as Inova continues to grow proton therapy and open new facilities across the System.  

About Inova Health System

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 20,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes.

Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.

Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at

Inova is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.