Physicist
Department Radiation Oncology-H
Contact Wood, Brent A.
Location La Crosse
Schedule/Shift Days
FTE 1 FTE
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

The Radiation Oncology Physicist works with a treatment team of 2 other physicists, 4 Radiation Oncologists, 2 Dosimetrists, and 11 Radiation Therapists providing high-quality care at an ACRaccredited Radiation Oncology Facility.  Duties include machine calibration & QC, IMRT QC, HDR & LDR brachytherapy, departmental radiation safety, education to Dosimetry and Radiation Therapy Interns.  Gundersen is in the process of opening a satellite Radiation Oncology department in Tomah, Wisconsin.  Physics coverage of that facility will be rotated amongst the group.

The La Crosse site includes a Varian Clinac 21EX and 2 True Beams, Varian HDR, and GE Light Speed scanner. We have an active SRS/SBRT program and utilize respiratory gating.   The Tomah site has a new Varian True Beam.

Physics QA Platform: Sun Nuclear scanning system, MapCheck, ArcCheck, Profiler, and SunCheck software.

Dosimetry software includes: Eclipse and ARIA version 13 systems (Version 15.5 upgrade scheduled), MIM image fusion system, VariSeed prostate seed and BrachyVision HDR planning systems.


The Physicist provides physics and radiation safety to all areas of diagnostic imaging or radiation oncology.

Job Responsibilities
  • Responsible for implementation of patient services within the department.

  • Responsible for maintaining documentation as required for federal and state agencies and other accreditation bodies.

  • Acts as a consultant for all technical aspects within the department.

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities as requested.

  • Major Responsibilities For Diagnostic Physics:

    • Responsible for conducting annually required radiation safety/regulatory compliance/performance evaluation of diagnostic imaging and ACR accreditation testing.
    • Assists the Radiation Safety Officer in maintaining oversight of all uses of ionizing radiation. Ensures that federal and state regulations are followed and appropriate radiation safety practices are followed.
    • Perform shielding designs and barrier protection surveys.
    • Conducts acceptance test on new equipment.
    • Provides consultation on patient or personnel radiation exposure and radiation risk assessment, including fetal dose evaluation. Uses CWS (clinical workstation) for post radiation exposure monitoring of patents with potential for radiation injury.
    • Provides diagnostic physics radiation services on a contractual basis to healthcare organizations.
  • Major Responsibilities for the Radiation Oncology Department will also include:

    • Calibration of external beam treatment machines, radioactive sources and simulation equipment to maintain compliance with national standards.
    • Responsible for the implementation of all aspects of patient dosimetry.
    • Responsible for all aspects of Radiation Oncology Department radiation safety practices, including personnel exposure monitoring and reduction, equipment monitoring room shielding, brachytherapy source ordering, shipping, receiving and inventory, patient surveys, and regulatory compliance.
    • Assures physics presence at all brachytherapy patient treatments.
    • Performs patient specific radiation physics consultations as requested by the Radiation Oncologists.
  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Nonage Specific (N/A)
    OSHA Category Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.
    Position Qualifications
    Education and Experience:
    Required Master's degree in   Medical Physics 
    Desired  

    Work Experience:
    Required 2 years of experience or CAMPEP accredited residency
    Desired  
    Skills:
    Required Ability to...
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications business computer applications
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications operate computer
    Communication make a persuasive, clear presentation of ideas or facts, to both large and small groups of internal and external audiences
    Communication communicate with ease on a professional level
    Communication excellent oral and written communication skills
    General - All Positions have professional attitude in regard to motivation, cooperation, flexibility, confidentiality, ethics and personal development
    General - All Positions work cooperatively with a wide variety of people
    General - All Positions provide excellent customer service to people both inside and outside the organization
    General - All Positions effectively get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish a task
    Leadership change management
    Leadership problem solve - evaluate, analyze, negotiate and recommend alternatives
    Leadership plan, organize, execute assignments to meet deadlines
    Leadership work independently: self-disciplined
    Leadership establish priorities in accordance with organizational strategic plans and management objectives while meeting deadlines
    Leadership build teams
    Leadership company/organization goals, policies, procedures
    Leadership legal and regulatory standards
    Reasoning/Decision Making develop additional knowledge by attending workshops and seminars
    Reasoning/Decision Making be professional, honest and have personal integrity
    Reasoning/Decision Making develop new skills and keep abreast of new knowledge
    Desired Ability to...
    License and Certifications
    Required For Diagnostic Physics - Passed Part I of the American Board of Radiology Certification exams in Diagnostic Medical Physics (ABRC DIAG1). Must pass parts II and III within one year of meeting ABR minimum experience requirements (ABRC TEST2 and ABRC TEST3). and 
    For Radiation Oncology - Passed Part I of the American Board of Radiology Certification exams in Diagnostic Medical Physics or Therapeutic Medical Physics (ABRC THER1). Must pass parts II and III within one year of meeting ABR minimum experience requirements. 
    Desired American Board of Radiology certified in Medical Physics (ABMP) 
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Static Standing Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Walking/Standing Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Driving Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Stooping/Bending Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Squatting Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Kneeling/Half Kneel Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Climbing Stair Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Climbing Ladder
    Reaching - Shoulder Level Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Reaching - Below Shoulder Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Reaching - Above Shoulder Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Repetitive Actions - Pinch Forces Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours) Pounds of force: 0-25
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    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
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    Environmental Conditions
    Subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.
    Exposed to infectious diseases.
    Frequently in close quarters.

    Physicist

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