Covenant Health

Job Title
Med Physicist
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
Department Name




Medical Physicist

Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Day Shift


The Thompson Cancer Survival Center (TCSC) is looking for an outstanding medical physicist to join the radiation oncology team at Covenant Health, which is the largest nonprofit provider of radiation therapy services in the state of Tennessee.  This opening is for a new position that was created due to growth in treatment volumes at the TCSC main campus, which is located immediately adjacent to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


The successful candidate will join a senior ABR medical physicist and two medical dosimetrists that report directly to Covenant Health’s Chief Medical Physicist. The Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (FSRMC) campus treats approximately 40 patients per day on a TrueBeam, a C-Series linac (scheduled to be replaced), a GammaKnife Icon, and a GE RT16 4DCT simulator. HDR brachytherapy (primarily GYN) is performed using a Flexitron afterloader with Oncentra treatment planning. The department uses Eclipse, Velocity, Mosaiq, RadCalc, Radformation products, and has a generous supply of medical physics equipment.


Clinical modalities at the FSRMC campus include external beam, SBRT, HDR Brachytherapy, and GammaKnife. Primary clinical responsibilities include supporting all aspects of external beam treatment (e.g. VMAT/SBRT), HDR planning and delivery, performing QA on radiation therapy equipment, conducting patient chart checks, and serving as a backup for the GammaKnife service.


The Thompson Cancer Survival Center has a long history of conducting original clinical research and training of medical physicists. The Department of Radiation Oncology is the primary clinical site for a CAMPEP accredited Medical Physics Graduate program and houses a CAMPEP accredited Medical Physics residency program. Educational/research responsibilities include instructing medical physics graduate students, training medical physics residents, and participating in clinical research.


The larger Covenant Health Medical Physics Team includes 12 ABR physicists, 2 physics assistants, 11 certified dosimetrists, 2 medical physics residents, and numerous graduate students from the CAMPEP program at the University of Tennessee. Covenant Health currently has 5 Varian linacs, 4 Elekta linacs, 3 Flexitron HDR systems, a GammaKnife Icon, an IBA Proteus Plus three-room proton therapy clinic (2 gantries and 1 fixed beam), and a separate ProNova 230 MeV cyclotron with a non-clinical research beam-line that has been used for space radiation effects testing.


This large medical physics group gives you the benefits of a large, experienced, and diverse medical physics team, while working day-to-day in a small group environment at FSRMC.  Our broad range of equipment and services will enable you to expand your skill sets in all aspect of radiation oncology. Most importantly, you will have a great work-life balance with time to spend at home or enjoying the local attractions.


Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. Knoxville offers abundant recreational attractions (e.g. lakes, mountains, rivers), cultural attractions, low cost of living, and high-quality residential neighborhoods. Knoxville is located within 11-hours of dive time of 49.4% of the U.S. population, and within easy driving distance to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville, Lexington, and the Great Smoky Mountains.



Recruiter: Kimberlin Woods || || 865-374-5403


  • Development of procedures for the initial and continuing evaluation of radiation therapy treatment, brachytherapy, simulation, and radiation detection equipment
  • Provision of evidence of compliance of equipment for radiation therapy treatment, brachytherapy, simulation, and radiation detection, with regulatory and accreditation agency rules and recommendations
  • Development and management of a comprehensive Quality Management Program that monitors, evaluates, and optimizes radiation oncology processes
  • Review of radiation oncology dosimetry information noted in patient records
  • Development and/or evaluation, with the medical practitioner, of the dosimetric component of patients’ treatment plans
  • Assurance of the accuracy of treatment unit parameters and settings used for a patient's treatment, including the correct transfer of parameters from between simulation, treatment planning, the electronic chart, the paper chart, and the treatment unit.
  • Supervision of source preparation and handling during brachytherapy, and the continual maintenance of the brachytherapy source inventory. 
  • Provision of radiation oncology physics and radiation dosimetry training for medical practitioners and other health-care providers.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.


Minimum Education:

Masters’ degree in Medical Physics (or related field) plus formal training in Dosimetry, radiation physics, radiation therapy, and radiation protection. M.S. or Ph.D. in medical physics or a related field is preferred. Graduates of CAMPEP-approved residency programs pursuing board-certification will also be considered. 


Minimum Experience:

Three (3) years of clinical experience in Radiation Therapy Physics to include: External Beam Treatment Planning, Radiation Therapy Quality Assurance, Equipment Calibrations, Dosimetry, and Brachytherapy. ABR or ABMP certification in radiation oncology physics is preferred.


Licensure Requirement:

None. Must be capable of becoming an Authorized Medical Physicist in the State of Tennessee. ABR certified.


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