My QI Story: Assim AlAbdulKader
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
How ACMQ Enhanced My Quality Improvement Skills
My name is Assim AlAbdulKader, a family and preventive medicine physician. During my residency training and public health course work, I have had the opportunity to learn the theory of quality improvement and practice in an academic healthcare setting. I have led and was actively involved in several QI projects related to improving children's oral health practices among residents, addressing disparities in opioid prescribing, and improving cervical cancer screening among refugee women. While I have appreciated these experiences during my formal training, I continue to seek learning opportunities at a larger scale. It was then I joined the American College of Medical Quality and was eventually selected as one of the ACMQ National Quality Scholars in 2019.
In a complex healthcare system that is rapidly evolving toward patient-centered outcomes, there is a growing demand for healthcare professionals qualified in medical quality. Learning and applying QI tools gives us more leverage in transforming healthcare services and lead the efforts in delivering high-quality care. Attending ACMQ's annual conference Medical Quality has opened more doors to learning and connecting with like-minded peers and field experts. I am confident the experiences I have gained from the College will help me contribute to the continual improvement of healthcare.
As a Geriatric Medicine fellow at the Case Western Reserve University and Metro Health Medical Center, I am excited to put my QI skills into practice and advance my leadership skills. I am currently involved in a system-wide initiative to improve colon cancer screening rates among elderly patients. We work as a team on process implementation and improvement as well as outcome measurement. Moving forward, I am excited to continue advancing my QI skills with the ACMQ.
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