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Medical Dosimetry

Overview

Medical Dosimetry is part of radiation oncology. Medical Dosimetrists use treatment planning computers to generate the radiation plans used to treat cancer. They work closely with the radiation therapist.

Tasks

  • plan and calculate the use of ionizing radiation for cancer treatment, under the direction of a medical physicist
  • may assist in the fabrication modifying devices

Technology

  • utilize a CT scanner to generate data which will be used in the treatment planning system
  • produce treatment plans based on physician and physicist input using a treatment planning computer

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact
  • critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics

Work Conditions

  • work at a console with highly specialized computer
  • typical work hours are 8am-5pm

Mission

The Mission of the Medical Dosimetry Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into medical dosimetry, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning.  Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving theses skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire the knowledge, insight and skills necessary to perform competently as an entry-level dosimetrist

Student Learning Outcomes:
1-A. Students will demonstrate understanding of basic science concepts
1-B. Demonstrate the ability to develop precise Prostate IMRT Treatment Plans
1-C. Demonstrate the ability to develop precise Head and Neck IMRT Treatment Plans

 

Students will apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in making decisions about treatment planning/calculations for the care of the radiation oncology patients.

Student Learning Outcomes:
2-A. Students will adequately critique their treatment plans and modify to develop an optimal treatment plan
2-B. Evaluation of critical thinking scenarios for different modalities

Students will communicate effectively when interacting with patients and members of the radiation oncology team

Student Learning Outcomes:
3-A. Students will demonstrate written communication skills
3-B. Communicate with communities of interest

Students will demonstrate professionalism and a commitment to life-long learning

Student Learning Outcomes:
4-A. Prior to graduation, students will attend and evaluate the efficacy of Physics residents’ journal meetings.
4-B. Prior to graduation, the students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
4-C. After graduation, the alumni will continue to demonstrate ethical and professional manners

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program

 

5 Year Average (2009 -2013)

Number

Pass Rates

Took

Passed

JSHP

National

Medical Dosimetry

29

25

86%

57%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program

5 Year Average (2009 - 2013)

Number of Students

Job Placement Rate

Seeking Job

Employed in 1 year

JSHP

Medical Dosimetry

33

30

91%

JOB PLACEMENT rates are within ONE year post graduation re: revised 2014 JRCERT Standard.

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program

5 Year Average (2009 - 2013)

Number of Students

Program Completion Rate

Entered

Grad.

JSHP

Medical Dosimetry

35

33

94%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data shared May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Accreditation

The Medical Dosimetry program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT can be contacted at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, (312) 704-5304 (fax) or mail@jrcert.org. Visit jrcert.org for more information.

Certification Exams

All BS graduates are eligible to take the associated certification examinations of the organizations that oversee the modality of study. Multicompetency students may not be able to take board exams until the BS is awarded at the completion of the 2-year program. Students who pass these examinations receive national certification.

Visit the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) website for more information.

According to Mark Reid, past president of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD), the demand for medical dosimetrists grows every time a new cancer center opens, making dosimetry a stable, well-compensated career.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School   2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program in Radiation Therapy or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits    1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
are certified in medical dosimetry
and do not have a bachelor’s degree
  Part-time Advanced Placement BS
Medical Dosimetry

Acceptance into the second year program of choice is not guaranteed.

First Year

Second Year

Radiation Therapy

Medical Dosimetry

(Medical Dosimetry may not be taken in the first year of a two-year program. Radiation Therapy is the only first year option for students who wish to study medical dosimetry.)