Medical Dosimetry Program

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The medical dosimetrist, in collaboration with the radiation oncologist and medical physicist, performs calculations and designs treatment plans that maximize dose to the target, while minimizing dose to nearby healthy tissues. Medical dosimetrists must be knowledgeable of radiation oncology simulators, treatment machines, and brachytherapy. The medical dosimetrist coordinates tumor localization CT, MRI, and/or PET when indicated. The dosimetrist performs in-vivo dosimetry, supervises radiation therapists, and assists with brachytherapy procedures.

Cleveland Clinic's Medical Dosimetry Program offers a one-year training program to meet the demand for qualified dosimetrists. Graduates receive certificates, which qualify them to apply for the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB) examination. The Medical Dosimetry Program is a hospital-based program; therefore, college credit is not earned for participation in this program.

Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

The Mission of the Medical Dosimetry Program is to prepare students to provide accurate, state of the art planning for the radiation oncology patient's treatment. The goal of the program is to provide the profession and community with qualified medical dosimetrists. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Goal 1
    Perform competently as an entry level medical dosimetrist in a variety of clinical settings.
    • Student Learning Outcome
      Students will rotate between the main campus, community hospitals, and Family Health Centers Students will rotate though a variety of treatment modalities, including 3DCRT, IMRT, SBRT, SRS, and Brachytherapy.
  • Goal 2
    Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills utilized in the practice of medical dosimetry.
    • Student Learning Outcome
      Students will apply didactic coursework to treatment planning. Students will optimize patient treatment plans to conform to each individual patient.
  • Goal 3
    Communicate effectively with oncology patients and professional staff.
    • Student Learning Outcome
      Students will effectively communicate treatment planning goals with professional staff. Students will accurately document treatment planning parameters in patient’s charts.
  • Goal 4
    Demonstrate professional development and growth
    • Student Learning Outcome
      Students will be prepared to step into an entry level dosimetrist job. Students will be prepared to pass their board exam.

Accreditation

Program Effectiveness Data

  • Five-year average MDCB examination pass rate on first attempt: 2007 to 2012 – 9 out of 10 graduates passed on first attempt (90%)
  • Five-year average job (Dosimetrist) placement rate within six months of graduation: 2008 to 2013 – 10 out of 12(83%)
  • Program completion rate: 2007 to 2013 – 13 out of 13 students have enrolled/completed program
  • Most recent class (2012-2013): 3 students enrolled – 3 students graduated

Minimum Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission the applicant must have a:

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy

Must have completed the following college level prerequisite courses with a grade of ‘C' or above:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Physics
  • Introductory or Pre-Calculus

How to Apply

Application Information:
Please Note:
  • Submit official transcripts from college(s) and the radiation therapy program
  • Submit a copy of your resume
  • Obtain at least three reference (see applicant letter of recommendation)
  • Interview with the Department of Radiation Oncology Admissions Committee
  • Pass a criminal background check – prior conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may prevent you from being eligible for the MDCB examination
  • Pass Cleveland Clinic's health screening which includes substance abuse testing

Contact Information

Marsha Griffith

Program Coordinator
Radiation Oncology (T28)
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: 216.444.8783
Email: griffim2@ccf.org

Matthew Kolar, MS

Program Director, Medical Dosimetry Program
Radiation Oncology (T28)
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195

Application period: September 1 through January 31
Program start date: July 30, 2014

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