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Occ. Code 6106000




New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


          The Medical Physicist investigates, researches, and analyzes the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of new and existing technologies in radiation oncology to identify the probable or root causes of medical misadministration or error; notify licensed users of radiation equipment, provide guidance to mitigate such events, and improve quality of care and patient safety.   

          This position is non-competitive and classified in the Department of Health. 


          MEDICAL PHYSICIST: one position class; functions as a statewide expert in radiation oncology within the Center for Environmental Healths Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection. 


Radiological Health Specialists apply specialized knowledge to promote radiation reduction and the control of radiological problems impacting public health, including radiological and radiation hazards, naturally occurring radioactive isotopes, exempt devices and facility sampling, radioactive materials, X-rays, and other electronic equipment.  Incumbents promote new control and monitoring techniques, and provide related consultation and assistance to local health departments.


Researches state-of-the-art technologies in radiation oncology, evaluates the results of their implementation for patient diagnosis and treatment, and develops quality assurance regulations and guidance documents for equipment registrants and licensees to ensure patient safety and compliance with State and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Reviews medical misadministration or error reports and results from on-site investigations of medical events involving radiation; researches frequent causes and contributing factors; analyzes data on treatment planning, equipment function, and operator actions to determine the probable or root cause of such events; and notifies licensed users of radiation equipment statewide.     

Works with national organizations, such as the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, to develop materials and protocols to improve diagnostic and therapeutic uses of radiation and the quality of care and patient safety.   

Trains Radiological Health Specialists in the operation and use of technology in radiation oncology, data collection, and enforcement actions to ensure that adequate information is obtained and potential hazards are identified for corrective action during radiological health inspections. 

Inspects medical radiation sites, and evaluates complex and/or new procedures and equipment, and medical radioactive material license renewal and amendment applications when expertise in needed.    


Non-Competitive: Ph.D. in an appropriate field and board certification as a Medical Physicist from either the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Medical Physics. 

Date:  9/17

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.