Years ago, health care quality management was a narrow field owned primarily by the rare physicians and researchers who specialized in medical quality. Now, professionals from many health care fields are focusing on medical quality, says Mark Lyles, M.D., MBA, FACMQ, Chief Strategic Officer, MUSC Health, and president-elect of the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ). “What used to be a niche field has now gone mainstream,” he says. In 2014, the ACMQ opened its membership to include clinicians, administrators, and other professionals who focus on all areas of medical quality. Any health care professional who holds a master’s degree or higher – or who is training in such a program – may become a member of the ACMQ.
Therefore, in collaboration with MUSC’s College of Health Professions, the ACMQ sponsored a workshop on “The Art of Leadership” as part of the 2015 MUSC Health Care Leadership Conference on October 23, 2015 in Charleston, SC. The conference was attended by more than 190 administrators, executives, clinicians, information technologists, leaders, faculty, and students in the health care industry.
As follow-up to this successful meeting, Lyles is now working closely with Sydney Ramsey, a second-year medical student at MUSC, to establish an ACMQ interprofessional and interdisciplinary chapter at MUSC. The first of its kind in the country, the ACMQ chapter at MUSC will be open to students from all of its six colleges; faculty advisors will work closely with these trainees to educate them about the important roles that medical quality now plays in all aspects of the health care professions.