Position Class Code/Title: S6025 / Supervisor, Radiation Oncology
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UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Medical Group, Inc. is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.
The UNMCCC Radiation Oncology department has the following equipment: 2 Elekta linacs, 1 Tomotherapy linac, 1 Siemens CT scanner, Varian HDR unit, (Eclipse, CMS, Tomotherapy) treatment planning, BK ultrasound unit, Mosaiq R&V. The current staffing consists of 3 Radiation Oncologists, 4 Physicists, 3 Dosimetrists, 4 Registered Nurses, 1 Medical Assistant, and 6 Radiation Therapists.
Treatment techniques consist of 2D, 3DIMRT, SRS, SBRT. We use patient indexing for all procedures with tolerances of 1 mm for SRS and 1 cm on all IMRT, 2D, 3D.
The patient volume is 70-85 patients per day. The supervisor will oversee daily treatment delivery and will be responsible for writing radiation therapy policy and procedure.
The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.
Supervises the Radiation Therapists as they provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a physician according to established standards and procedures. Performs Radiation Therapist duties as required. Serves as a backup to the Director, Radiation Oncology in his/her absence.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Directly supervises the work of radiation therapists; functions include recommendations for hiring, discipline, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
- Works with the Director in the development of policies and procedures. Implements procedures, related to continuous quality improvement objectives, safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
- Serves as a backup to the Director as needed.
- Prepares and maintains radiation therapist, technical aides and radiographers schedules and assigns and tracks overtime in manner which ensures adequate coverage and appropriate skills to meet patient needs.
- Performs the duties of a radiation therapist as required, and oversees these functions for departmental radiation therapists; ensures adherence to all policies and procedures.
- Prepares written documentation as required by the profession and the department, such as evaluation results, individualized treatment plans, progress reports, and other such reports.
- Delivers a prescribed and planned course of radiation therapy to patients; obtains patient history, answers patient questions, and explains procedure; observes patient for any unusual reactions or events during treatment.
- Checks prescription, diagnosis, chart, and patient identification, ensuring accurate treatments.
- Schedules patients for treatments; interfaces with physicist at initiation of treatment; consults with supportive care physicians, nurses, and social workers.
- Prepares room and equipment for patient; transfers immobilized patient from stretcher to treatment couch, giving special care to catheters, IVs, oxygen, respirator, chest tubes, and other life support; positions patient in prescribed anatomical positions for treatment.
- Reinforces recommendations given to patient by the physician, dietitian, or other care provider, concerning reaction to treatment and care of the irradiated area, and prevention or treatment of generalized and local side effects.
- Performs verification and port film exposures for all treated areas and makes corrections or changes to therapy as directed by physician.
- Participates in the clinical instruction and supervision of radiation therapy students.
- Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) certificate and State of New Mexico license with 3 to 5years experience supervising 5 or more employees. CPR Certified. Verification of education and licensure (if applicable) will be required if selected for hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
- Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and/or kinesiology.
- Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
- Ability to interact with students, faculty and/or staff in a team environment.
- Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
- Knowledge of the nature and treatments of oncological diseases and of reactions and side effects of related therapy methods.
- Knowledge of dosimetry and dosage standards.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
- Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
- Ability to document work in progress.
- Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
- Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques.
- Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards
- Knowledge of Varian, Elekta, TomoTherapy, ADAC, CMS, ultrasound, CT equipment and planning systems.
- Knowledge of the physical and operational characteristics of radiation equipment and facilities.
- Knowledge of radiation therapy methodology, procedures and standards.
- Ability to safely lift, and physically manipulate patients.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be employment eligible as verified by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA).
- Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
- Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, is required.
- Must provide proof of varicella & MMR immunity or obtain vaccinations within 90 days of employment.
- Must obtain annual influenza vaccination.
- If this position is assigned to a clinical area, successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-placement medical evaluation/health screen. Required N-95 mask fitting, testing, vaccinations to include annual TST, Tdap, and Hepatitis B will be determined based on location and nature of position.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
- Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment and dose badge.
- Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.