Vancouver Coastal Health

Medical Imaging - Medical Imaging Resident - Nuclear Medicine Stream

Job Description

Job Title: Medical Imaging - Medical Imaging Resident - Nuclear Medicine Stream
Work Site: VGH 12th & Oak

Status:

Start Date:

Hours:

 

Temporary Full Time 

As soon as possible

0800-1600

Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays

Salary: $39.77 - $57.17 per hour
Reference#: 168750-cmc


Come work as a Medical Imaging - Medical Imaging Resident - Nuclear Medicine Stream with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Reporting to the Medical Physics Lead, the Medical Physics Resident provides physics and other specialized skills to support the technical requirements of Medical Imaging.  Medical Physicists at this level are trainees and operate under the direction of certified medical physicists.  Medical Physics Residents are trained under 2 separate streams: 1) Diagnostic Imaging, and 2) Nuclear Medicine.

Responsibilities are to: assist clinical and technical staff in the provision of high quality imaging; evaluate and troubleshoot the performance of all imaging systems; participate in the investigation of unusual or accidental exposures; participate in ensuring the safety of patients with respect to radiation; perform specification and comparative assessment of equipment at acquisition; teach aspects of x-ray physics and radiation protection to appropriate staff; maintain awareness of related computer technology and developments in software; and participate in the design and setup of new facilities or imaging rooms as required.

 

As a Medical Imaging - Medical Imaging Resident - Nuclear Medicine Stream with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Clinical Support

The Medical Physic Resident assists clinical and technical staff in the provision of high-quality imaging.

  1. Consultation with physicians and technologists regarding imaging protocols,
  2. Assists in clinical trials and development as necessary. 
  • Quality Control

The Medical Physics Resident will learn all aspects of imaging including:

  1. Routine evaluation of the performance of all imaging systems as listed in the Resident Handbook,
  2. Routine evaluation of ancillary equipment used to measure and/or quantify radioactivity,
  3. Routine evaluation of personal protective equipment used in medical imaging and nuclear medicine,
  4. Regulatory requirements for equipment performance as specified variously by Health Canada Safety Codes, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (Diagnostic Accreditation Program), Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and WorkSafe BC,
  5. Helping service personnel trouble-shoot difficult or unusual system problems,
  6. Assist qualified medical physicists develop QC related tools. 
  • Staff Radiation Safety

Under the direction of the Radiation Safety Officer the Resident will participate in the following to ensure the radiation safety of staff and patients:

  1. Routine monitoring of hospital staff who are exposed to ionizing radiation in their work,
  2. Supervision of the personnel dosimetry service,
  3. Investigation of unusual or accidental exposures,
  4. Monitoring of radiation levels e.g. surveys of imaging and therapy facilities,
  5. Providing training in radiation safety to all appropriate staff,
  6. Assurance that all aspects of license compliance are met including Safety Code 35, CNSC and WorkSafe BC.
  • Radiation Safety of Patients

       In keeping with the goal of the Region to optimize patient doses the Resident will be expected to gain knowledge and participate in the following to ensure the radiation safety of patients:

  1. Routine testing of accuracy of dose display systems in radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, and Nuclear Medicine,
  2. In collaboration with the radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians, will ensure that new techniques meet the dose goals of the region (subject to selected stream),
  3. Assessment of any accidental or unusual radiation exposures. 
  •  Equipment Evaluation, Selection and Commissioning

The Resident will learn and then be responsible for ensuring that equipment used in the region meets the needs of the program and that complete and accurate data are measured and available for all equipment.

  1. Remaining up-to-date on all imaging equipment and new technologies.
  2. Carrying out acceptance testing of new equipment under the guidance of a certified medical physicist.
  3. Commissioning equipment for clinical use including the measurement of all relevant parameters, the preparation of tables and other documents required for clinical implementation, and searching for unusual or unexpected behaviour, under the guidance of a certified medical physicist. 
  • Education

        Medical Physicists are responsible for teaching aspects of imaging physics and radiation protection to hospital staff in the region.  Residents will acquire skills to allow them to be involved in the following              activities:

  1. Teaching and training of technologists,
  2. Teaching of radiation protection to ancillary staff and nursing staff. 
  • Computer Technology and Communication

Computer technology is progressively playing a more central role in clinical care.  Residents will acquire the knowledge and may be assigned responsibility for the computers and software used in the practice of medicine.

  1. Keeping up-to-date on latest computer technology and developments in software; assisting in selection of systems,
  2. Programming for specific requirements,
  3. Setting up communications between computer systems ,
  4. Training users.
  • Facility Design (other than radiation protection)

       New facility design requires many considerations such as equipment siting and physical layout, and many other factors that require the participation of a Medical Physicist. Residents will acquire the                     knowledge for:

  1. Assisting in designing x-ray facilities,
  2. Specification of shielding requirements for imaging and other rooms using radionuclides.
  • Carries out responsibilities in accordance with health and safety requirements.  Immediately reports unsafe situations by notifying supervisor or other appropriate personnel.
  • Responsible for other tasks as required by the Medical Physics Lead.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education & Experience

  • Master's of Science in Medical Physics or Doctoral degree in Medical Physics or Biophysics from a recognized program, or an equivalent degree accepted by the American Board of Radiology or Canadian College of Physics in Medicine as equivalent.
  • Mode of transport is required. Travel within Lower Mainland Medical Imaging may require the use of a vehicle for which mileage and parking will be reimbursed in accordance with the organization's current Terms and Conditions.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to provide a high standard of medical physics services.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, analytical, verbal and written communication and teaching skills.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

 

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

WHY JOIN VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH?

 

VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.


Please note: The duration of this temporary position is for two years from the hire date.

Please note that a resume is required to apply to this posting.

Hours of Work may vary due to project requirements.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.


***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

 

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