Quality Scholars and Katims Scholars

ACMQ congratulates our 2020 Quality Scholars and Katims Scholars! These individuals represent the bright future of medical quality. All scholars participate in ACMQ through active membership. They also submit a statement of interest; an essay, opinion paper, or abstract of a research initiative that highlights academic interests or personal experiences in medical quality; and a CV.

ACMQ Quality and Katims Scholars receive professional mentorship from physician leaders in medical quality, the opportunity to share their work at a national level through participation in an ACMQ conference, and complementary educational materials and educational event registration.

Meet the 2020 Recipients:

ACMQ Quality Scholars

Vaidehi Ambai, DO

Vaidehi Ambai is a PGY3 Family Medicine Resident from the metro Atlanta, Georgia area; she takes great pride in her interactions with her patients and her practice as a physician. Her commitment to quality of care has driven her to take initiatives in many aspects of her career, ranging from clinic-based projects to multidisciplinary team projects within the inpatient setting. She is excited about the next chapter in her training as she pursues a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship and appreciates the support of the ACMQ Quality Scholars Program through this journey.

Steven Jin

Steven Jin is a PharmD candidate at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Ever since he was inspired by his father, a senior pharmaceutical researcher developing Pfizer's Tumenba vaccine, Steven decided to become part of the medical process that would significantly improve the quality of life for others. This journey eventually led him to ACMQ where he resolves to use his free time between studies to work on quality improvement projects with like-minded individuals to advance the scope of medical science and promote his clinical mastery. In the future, he wishes to take his place on the medical frontier and utilize his obtained knowledge to open an oncology pharmacy for advanced cancer care.

Lauren J. Miller, MJ, CHC, MLS(ASCP)

Lauren J. Miller earned her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Clinical Laboratory Science and is currently attending medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As part of her MD/Master’s track, she recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law and Certificate in Compliance Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Lauren is an aspiring Cytogeneticist, and her research interests focus on issues in medical quality and healthcare compliance. Lauren serves as Social Media Chair for the SRF, President of the Virtual Pathology Student Interest Group, and Chair of the Wisconsin Medical Society Medical Student Section. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking and remodeling her home with her husband.

Tuyet-Anh Thi Nguyen, MD

Anh’s family immigrated to Texas from Viet Nam under the US government-sponsored Humanitarian Operation refugee program when she was nine years old, which opened educational and work opportunities that enabled her to seek a better life. Texas remains her home state where she grew up, completed college, medical school, and a family practice internship, as well as where she practiced clinical medicine for approximately seven years as a primary care physician within the state government system before leaving for Stony Brook University in New York to pursue her MPH and residency training in Preventive Medicine. Anh is very grateful for the intellectual stimulation, life-long learning, and work opportunities that her career in medicine has afforded her, and looks forward to continued professional growth such as through the pursuit of certification in the foundational field of Medical Quality that has cross-cutting importance and application in all fields of medical practice. Outside of medicine, she likes to re-energize and relax by spending time outdoors such as jogging, hiking a nature trail, playing games with my dog, going on a mountain climbing trip or a multi-day destination trek, and swimming in the ocean.

Joanna Sajdlowska

Joanna Sajdlowska is a third year medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is currently living in coastal Maine. Joanna grew up in the Bronx, New York and later in Connecticut where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in pre-medical sciences as well as a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion at the University of Connecticut. She completed 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service through the Connecticut Area Health Education Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and delivering community outreach initiatives. Applying previously learned lessons, she worked at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to address health disparities in the identification of children with autism, work that she continues today. Joanna is now excited to combine her passions for research, organizational leadership and quality improvement to a career in medicine.

Bogdana Schmidt, MD, MPH

Bogdana Schmidt was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and came to this country in 1990s. She completed her undergraduate studies in Physiological Science at UCLA and went on to pursue an MPH at UCLA School of Public Health prior to attending UCSF Medical School. She completed her urologic surgery residency at UCSF and joined Stanford University for urologic oncology fellowship. During her training she worked on research projects applying her public health background to evaluating practice patterns and analyzing costs in healthcare delivery, and clinical and quality of life outcomes in patients with prostate cancer. She has a passion for improving quality of care and is determined to ensure urological cancer care reaches the highest levels.

Wilson Andres Vasconez, MD

Wilson Andres Vasconez is from Quito, Ecuador. He completed his medical fellow research training at the University of Virginia. He is a third-year resident at the University of Miami Pediatric program at Holtz Children's Hospital/Jackson Health System. He is currently applying for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship. His main hobbies are going to the beach, swimming, and going on a hike to enjoy the views. He loves spending quality time with his family and friends.

Catherine Wang, MD

Catherine grew up in the Bronx, NY. She studied nutritional science at Cornell University, and she is currently a fourth-year medical student at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / Northwell. Her research interests include medical education and quality improvement. Catherine is committed to becoming a competent internal medicine physician and a thoughtful teacher for her future students. She looks forward to empowering patients to live their meaningful lives through collaboration and education. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her cat and exploring nearby parks.

Ulweena Sethi, MD

Ulweena Sethi is an Internal Medicine Chief Resident at Stony Brook University Hospital. She received her B.A. in Biochemistry from Barnard College of Columbia University and her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has served on the Internal Medicine Patient Safety Quality Council throughout her residency training and hopes to participate in quality improvement and patient safety research during fellowship training and beyond. Her interests include Cardiology and medical education, and she has been awarded Resident Teacher of the Year.

Amber Whitley

Amber Whitley was raised in New Jersey but has lived in North Carolina since attending NC State University where she earned a B.S in Biology and a B.A in Psychology. She is currently a 4th year medical student at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina. Her devotion to preventative care, academic medicine, medical education, serving disadvantaged populations and quality improvement has fostered my pursuit of a lifelong career in general internal medicine. After working on her first quality improvement project, she learned that quality improvement improves patient outcomes, efficiency, accessibility to care and reduces waste. She believes every patient regardless of ethnicity, location or socioeconomic status deserves access to quality, effective and evidence-based medical care. She is passionate about improving patient outcomes and will continue to advocate for change in residency and my future practice.

Michael Gross, MD

Dr. Michael Gross is from Huntington, New York and received his MD degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. He is a current resident in the department of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic. His research interests in quality have focused on evaluation of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment efficacy, complications, and disparities using large population-based data sets.

Samuel Katims Scholars in Medical Humanism

Shaikh Muneeb Afaq, MD

Dr. Afaq is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine from 2015. He is currently a Preventive Medicine Resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is also an MPH student in Epidemiology. Prior to preventive medicine residency, Dr. Afaq did his internship in Surgery at McGovern Medical School in Houston. He also works in the Endocrinology division at the Veterans Health Hospital in Baltimore where his major focus is on Diabetes prevention and reducing Diabetic complications.

Adeola O. Fakolade, MD, MPH

Adeola O. Fakolade MD, MPH currently practices as a Family Physician at Ashtabula County Medical Center. She recently completed a fellowship in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Case Western Reserve University. She served as Chief Resident during her residency in Family Medicine and at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport Hospital, where she was also in the global health track. Her interests are the intersection of clinical medicine and public health, health equity, global public health, the use of AI in healthcare, and cancer detection in under-resourced populations. She has worked in both clinical medicine and public health in African, Central American, and North American contexts. She won the inaugural American College of Preventive Medicine Hackathon, which led to the development of an AI-powered tool designed to increase early cancer diagnosis in Sub-Saharan Africa.