Chief medical physicists work in the medical field in radiological departments and laboratories and often in hospitals. They must be able to work well with a team of other medical physicists and they must also be effective leaders of their department. Senior medical physicists work closely with and report to chief medical physicists, so the chief physicist must be able to direct others and supervise effective and safe use of laboratory equipment and radiological materials.
This is also a very mentally intense field. Chief medical physicists must ensure that all materials and services meet all standards for safety, as well as all state and federal regulations. This part of being a chief medical physicist requires an extremely responsible person. In addition to maintaining a safe working environment, they must also be able to develop a budget for the department and oversee all other staff operations. They also have the responsibility of both planning and directing the medical physics program, and overseeing the inventory, processing of orders and the distribution of both products and services.
This is a fast-paced and challenging career with many responsibilities. Chief medical physicists are very important to the functioning of laboratories and therefore to the advancement of science. They must be well educated, having a master's, or doctoral degree in a related field, such as biophysics or medical physics. They must also gain certification in a specific concentration of medical health physics.
Chief Medical Physicist Tasks
- Directs the physics staff in effective and efficient use of laboratory equipment and radiologic materials.
- Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
- Plan and direct the medical physics program.
- Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional and safety standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.