My QI Story: Kevin Hummel, MD, CMQ
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Finding Exposure to Quality Perspectives Outside of Academia
Kevin Hummel, MD, CMQ
As a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare Primary Children’s Hospital, I’ve had the opportunity to train in quality improvement theory and learn leadership skills. Additionally, I've held roles at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement where I was actively involved in multi-institutional quality improvement, clinical effectiveness collaborations, and international health outcomes research. While I have valued these experiences in the academic realm of training, I continue to seek exposure to system-wide quality perspectives, which I have found at the American College of Medical Quality.
Healthcare quality is at a time of unparalleled focus and rapid change, evolving from processing metrics to methodologically driving exceptional patient experience. Patients have greater health transparency and autonomy than ever before and applying QI tools will give us the opportunity to transform the quality of service provided to patients and families. This requires physicians committed to quality to harness unique skills in patient-centeredness, process implementation and improvement, and data transparency.
The demand for a future constructed of physicians capable of leading and educating healthcare quality inspired me to join the American College of Medical Quality. Since joining ACMQ, I have had the opportunity to work with like-minded peers as we begin to disseminate and engage fellow trainees in quality initiatives. My experiences at ACMQ's Annual Conference have catalyzed mentors and broadened my recognition of prospects involved in quality improvement outside of academics. Moving forward as a member of ACMQ, I am confident the experiences and relationships I’ve gained from the College will allow me to be a part of the continual improvement of the healthcare system.