Mission Statement

The mission of the American College of Medical Quality is to provide leadership and education in healthcare quality management.


To accomplish our mission the objectives are four-fold:

  • To educate and provide a forum for healthcare professionals, government agencies, and other regulatory bodies involved in medical quality management;
  • To provide a core body of knowledge to healthcare professionals in the field of medical quality management;
  • To elevate the standards of medical schools and post-graduate education in medical quality management;
  • To conduct and sponsor on-going research and evaluation in the various fields of medical quality.


ACMQ is the organization for healthcare professionals responsible for providing leadership in quality and safety outcomes, who want or need the tools, experience and expertise to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

Membership in ACMQ provides you with a gateway to resources, programs, professional development opportunities and a greater recognition of quality issues by the entire healthcare field.

We do this by supplying members with our peer reviewed Journal; access to a network of the top minds in the field; and the premier annual conference for the quality community. Unlike other specialty organizations, we focus exclusively on your quality team and its success; as shown by ACMQ‘s 40-year legacy of pioneering support for the implementation and innovation of quality based medicine.

  • ACMQ is the only medical specialty society for practitioners of medical quality management, recognized by the American Medical Association with a seat in the AMA House of Delegates.

  • ACMQ is an active member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), with several nationally recognized ACMQ quality experts who sit on key NQF Committees and Technical Expert Panels.

  • ACMQ is the owner and founder of the oldest peer-reviewed internationally renowned Quality journal in the world. The American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ) was founded in 1985 and is edited by David Nash, MD, Dean of the Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health, along with an illustrious Editorial Board consisting of the “who’s who” of international quality and patient safety experts.

  • Certification in Medical Quality (CMQ) is available through the American Board of Medical Quality (ABMQ).


The American College of Medical Quality was founded in Pennsylvania in 1973 as the American College of Utilization Review Physicians. In 1991 the name was changed to the American College of Medical Quality to reflect the evolving changes in the specialty. Annual Founders Award winners have included such influential contributors to the specialty as Avedis Donabedian, Paul Batalden, Robert Brook, Margaret O'Kane, and Kenneth Kizer.

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