Our Experience Leading a Large Medical Physics Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Apr 2;100683. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2021.100683. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

COVID-19 has presented Radiation Oncology with unique challenges. This article presents suggestions from our large Radiation Oncology practice on how to provide Physics coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our facility encompasses 4 smaller Houston Area Locations (HALs), a main campus with 8 distinct services based on treatment site (ie. Thoracic, Head and Neck, Breast, Gastrointestinal, Gynecology, Genitourinary, Hematologic Malignancies, Melanoma and Sarcoma and Central Nervous System/Pediatrics), a Proton Center facility, an MR-Linac, a Gamma Knife clinic and an array of brachytherapy services. Due to the scope of our services, we have gained experience in dealing with the rapidly changing pandemic effects on our clinical practice. The goal of this paper is to provide a resource to other Medical Physics practices in search of workflows that have been resilient during these challenging times.

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