My QI Story: Jeff Kott, MD
Monday, September 30, 2019
Finding Inspiration for Quality Improvement
Jeff Kott, MD
Having completed medical school in Israel and two years of residency practicing medicine in Long Island, I’ve had the benefit of seeing two vastly different healthcare systems, each with their own complexities and challenges. However, while navigating through these systems, the insufficiencies and unintended gaps in patient care became exceedingly clear. These realizations led me to believe that in order to ensure excellent patient care, we need to address those insufficiencies and gaps through quality improvement.
Early on in my residency, I was fortunate enough to be elected to the Residency Patient Safety Quality Council - a group with a goal to conduct group-based quality improvement projects and create improved process outcomes. Over the past two years, I have been able to witness improvements to my hospital system.
During my second year of residency, I discovered the American College of Medical Quality and was lucky enough to be selected as an ACMQ Quality Scholar, through which I was granted attendance to the 2019 Annual Meeting, Medical Quality, in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, I was able to meet and learn from leaders in the quality field whose words only furthered my knowledge and passion for quality improvement and inspired me to look broader. The ACMQ has provided amazing support through both mentorship and collegiality, furthering my hopes of becoming a future physician leader in quality and patient safety. I am grateful and look forward to continuing to be a part of an organization which provides a welcoming environment to all who share the passion for reducing healthcare disparities.
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