Allied Health Careers in Radiation Oncology at Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine's Department of Radiation Oncology, a national leader in clinical care, research, and education and one of the largest and most respected clinical services in the Philadelphia region, takes the same care and consideration for its employees as it does for its patients. Employees find an atmosphere of camaraderie working together toward the same goal to deliver the very best care to patients and their families.
At Penn Medicine, employees have the ability to expand their skills and professionally develop in several radiation oncology specialty areas including fluoroscopy, computerized dosimetry, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), positron emission therapy (PET), conformal radiation therapy and proton therapy. As part of the commitment to providing top-notch care with the most advanced technology available, the department has recently installed a method for monitoring treatment beam accuracy through TV displays of tumor sites as they are being irradiated.
Penn Medicine radiation therapists are part of a collaborative team that prides itself on being on the forefront of medical technology and advancing the field of radiation oncology. Their perspective is valued as they work alongside renowned health care teams to facilitate the coordination of care. They have the opportunity to provide direct care to patients and educate them and their families on a course of therapy that includes a prescribed dose of irradiation.
Allied health careers in radiation oncology are available at the following Penn Medicine entities:
Whichever entity they choose, employees find teamwork and collaboration with the entire radiation oncology team and other health care professionals as they enjoy an outstanding compensation and benefits package that includes prepaid tuition assistance that is among the best in the region, the opportunity for professional development, and a career that offers flexibility and variety.
The leadership of radiation oncology is comprised of some of the most renowned professionals in their field and the department is a highly respected national leader in clinical care, research and education..
Imaging procedures for treatment planning include X-ray filming and fluoroscopy, and CT linkage with computerized dosimetry. Treatment options include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), positron emission therapy (PET) and conformal radiation therapy. The department has also installed a method for monitoring treatment beam accuracy through TV displays of tumor sites as they are being irradiated.
The Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine is the largest proton therapy center in the world associated with an academic medical center and one of only seven such centers in the country. The center offers the unique ability to fully integrate conventional radiation treatment with proton radiation. The radiation dose that is given through protons is more precise, and the undesirable dose to normal tissues is considerably less. Because of this special quality of protons, the radiation oncologist can increase the dose to the tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding normal tissues. This in turn may allow the dose to be increased beyond that which conventional radiation will allow, resulting in a higher probability of cure and with fewer harmful side effects.
In addition, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is one of only a few hospitals in the Philadelphia region to treat cancer patients with the Calypso® 4D Localization System. Utilizing miniature electromagnetic sensors (transponder technology), Calypso accurately pinpoints a tumor's location prior to a patient's radiation therapy treatments. In the future, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania anticipates using the localization system to target tumor sites within other parts of the body, which may significantly decrease the damage to healthy tissues surrounding the tumor.
Pennsylvania Hospital's Department of Radiation Oncology is a national leader in clinical care, research, and education. Radiation Oncology at Penn is one of the largest and most respected clinical services in the region.
A wide range of radiation oncology services are available, including many that combine radiation therapy with chemotherapy and/or surgery. From conventional treatments and brachytherapy to IMRT and the Gamma Knife, the staff takes pride in delivering the quality care for which Pennsylvania Hospital is noted. Always at the forefront of medicine and research, the patient care is backed by a nationally recognized research and teaching program. The department conducts basic research to better understand tumor response to radiation and to increase that response, enabling it to develop new treatment approaches.
This department's exceptional staff enjoys working in a professional and friendly environment. And while it is a renowned institution in an urban setting, it enjoys the camaraderie of a smaller community hospital that recognizes employees for their contributions to quality care. Part of that recognition includes a career ladder that is designed to build skills and confidence by providing a depth and breadth of knowledge that enables employees to practice with increasing confidence and growing autonomy in a supportive environment.