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Medical Dosimetry

Overview

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

Tasks

  • plan and calculate 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

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will calculate accurate treatment plans.

1-B. Students will demonstrate knowledge of normal tissue tolerance doses.

1-C. Students will utilize basic science concepts required to calculate radiation dosage.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will be able to critique treatment plans for strengths and weaknesses.

2-B. Students will be able to assess the dosimetric effect of clinical errors.

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills.

3-B. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3-C. Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with the interprofessional health care team.

 

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice.

4-B. Students will function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team.

4-C. Students will participate in professional growth development.

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average(2008-2012)
Number Pass Rates
Took Passed JSHP National
Medical Dosimetry 28 25 89% 58%

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

Click here to view data for class of 2010-2012

 

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2008- 2012)
Number of Students Job Placement Rate
Seeking Job Employed in 6 months JSHP
Medical Dosimetry 32 27 84%

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

Click here to view data for class of 2010-2012

 

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2008 - 2012)
Number of Students Program Completion Rate
Entered Grad. JSHP
Medical Dosimetry 32 31 97%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data collected August 19, 2013

Click here to view data for class of 2010-2012

 

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
Radiologic Sciences 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.)