Allied Health professionals are collaborative members of our multidisciplinary healthcare teams, contributing their unique training and specialized skills to ensure standard-setting innovations in cancer care. It is this spirit of partnership that has contributed to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s (MSK) reputation for excellence. Positions in Allied Health encompass the following areas of expertise:
The Biomedical Engineering team investigates and evaluates new and evolving technologies focused on potential integration into clinical applications and the patient care environment, enhancing patient care, safety and satisfaction while optimizing workflow and the management of resources. This includes oversight of all electronic biomedical devices, instrumentation and systems utilized for patient care, laboratory and research work. A career here offers you the opportunity to specialize in Clinical Engineering, Radiological Engineering, Radiation Oncology Engineering, Biomedical Systems or Mechanical Instrumentation.
Our team of clinical dietitians translates the science of nutrition into appropriate patient-specific and population-specific care plans, using evidence-based practice. The team is comprised of registered dietitians-nutritionists (RDN) and certified dietitians-nutritionists (CDN), who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Through continued professional development, our clinical dietitians have advanced-level certifications in oncology and/or nutrition- related specialties.
Health Information Management
The MSK Clinical Information Center (CIC), one of the most highly computerized and effectively managed Clinical Information operations in the country, comprises the Clinical Coding, Data Acquisition, Optical Scanning, and Release of Information units. Working in parallel with the Center’s mission for the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer, the CIC provides accurate, reliable, and complete clinical information in a timely manner.
Here at Memorial Sloan Kettering, we’re taking bold steps to redefine what’s possible in Laboratory Medicine. Our state-of-the-art clinical laboratories provide sophisticated technology and automated equipment that allow our teams to get to answers faster and more efficiently, with a strong emphasis on applied and translational research. We are committed to the growth and advancement of the department, and fully support the active collaboration of scientists, clinicians and industry experts to develop next-generation laboratory methods. MSK is also dedicated to providing diverse educational opportunities to further develop the skills and ambitions of our medical technologists, laboratory managers, and laboratory directors. An all-new Laboratory Medicine facility is projected to open in 2015 to further accelerate exploration and discovery across various areas of excellence and innovation.
Medical Physics & Radiation Therapy
The Medical Physics team is actively developing new methods to address a wide range of imaging, radiation oncology, and engineering challenges in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. We are a collaborative group of scientists, physicians and clinical investigators dedicated to bringing the latest innovations to our patients as quickly as possible. Our areas of expertise include external beam treatment planning, brachytherapy planning, metabolic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation dosimetry, treatment verification, quality assurance, radiation safety, quality control and consultation.
Pathology guides almost every decision point in the cancer treatment process. The Department has a rich history and international reputation for the highest quality cancer diagnosis, research and education in areas that include Surgical Pathology, Cytology and Molecular Diagnostics. We process over 125,000 specimens per year in a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technologic platforms used for specimen handling and processing, digital imaging and DNA sequencing. A newly expanded facility opened in 2014 to further enhance the diagnostic and therapeutic innovations being developed for the benefit of our unique patient population and cancer patients everywhere.
Our team of cytotechnologists, histotechnologists, laboratory technicians, medical laboratory scientists, pathology assistants, pathology informatics specialists and support staff work collaboratively with our sub-specialized team of world renowned pathologists and clinicians to offer accurate testing and timely results. Individuals interested in joining our team can look forward to a dynamic, challenging and forward-thinking environment unlike any other pathology laboratory.
The Pharmacy Department utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, where the emphasis is on therapeutic efficacy and safety. We provide comprehensive, clinical and dispensing services in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings through a decentralized satellite pharmacy services model. The department has one of the most robust set of electronic clinical resources in the country and a dynamic medication safety program.
Our team reviews 1.5 million orders per year and dispenses over three million doses of medication annually. The Pharmacy Department has more than 300 employees with approximately 200 pharmacists servicing patients in 26 pharmacy satellites, including inpatient unit-based satellites in all oncological specialties.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of the only health systems in the country that provides live, onsite, accredited continuing education pharmacy courses to help keep your credentials up to date. The department will also sponsor national and state membership for pharmacy organizations and appropriate off-site educational meetings. The size and scope of our organization provides many opportunities to advance your knowledge and grow your career.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our vision is to become the premier oncologic hospital-based physician assistant program in the country. Our physician assistants collaborate with some of the brightest minds and most dedicated medical professionals in cancer care, with the goal of providing an outstanding level of patient care. When you work with us, you will play an essential role in the inpatient, outpatient, and surgical management of our cancer patients.
Our expanding program and service lines offer you as much as you are looking for in your career here: autonomy, recognition and respect; the opportunity to associate with incredibly bright, interesting and insightful colleagues; and room to grow and develop your expertise and your practice. Opportunities for physician assistants are available in the Department of Surgery, Department of Medicine, Critical Care as well as other sub-specialties systemwide.
The Radiology team here is working at the leading edge of innovation and opportunity with access to the latest equipment, technologies and procedures. Radiologic Technologists work in General Radiology, Mammography, Ultrasound, CT, MR, Interventional Radiology and Molecular Imaging and Therapy.
MSK provides patients with physical, occupational, and speech and hearing therapy services that are aimed at restoring or maximizing functions that may be affected during cancer treatment. Our therapists work collaboratively with rehabilitation medicine physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure patients achieve their rehabilitation goals. These goals may include an improved ability to walk, speak or dress independently. We also have recreational therapists who provide hospital patients with meaningful opportunities to engage in leisure activities.
As part of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Memorial Hospital, we provide support in Respiratory Care for all three missions of MSK: patient care, education and research. With leading edge technology in both invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation, fiber optic bronchoscopy and pulmonary rehabilitation, our service works collaboratively with other teams throughout the hospital to diagnose and treat a wide variety of respiratory conditions. Our therapists provide both formal and informal in-service education and training for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. Ongoing respiratory care research participation includes projects in both inhaled antibiotics and inhaled chemotherapy.
MSK offers the services of our Social Work team to every patient. We are helpers, counselors, sounding boards and trusted confidants. We work on inpatient units, facilitate support groups, and assist with discharge planning and home care. Our oncology social workers understand the many practical and psychosocial concerns of cancer diagnosis and treatment, from financial impact and employment worries to communicating with family, friends and especially young children.
Allied Health Education
In addition to The School of Cytotechnology and The School of Radiation Therapy, we also serve as the major site for the clinical nutrition and management rotations of New York University’s Dietetic Internship Program. Our Integrative Medicine Service trains postgraduate music therapy interns, while Rehabilitation Services works with Physical and Occupational Therapy graduate students.