ACMQ Quality Scholars

ACMQ congratulates our 2022 Quality 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 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 2022 Recipients:

ACMQ Quality Scholars

Patrick Buckley, MD, MBA

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Resident Representative: A Peer-Led Approach to Increase Residents’ Knowledge and Comfort with Root Cause Analyses

Pat Buckley is a consultation-liaison psychiatry fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He worked as a consultant with IBM Global Business Services before earning his MD and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia. He then completed his residency at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, where he was the chief resident of education. During residency, he led several initiatives to teach his peers about patient safety and quality improvement topics. He is interested in developing high-quality and scalable models of mental health service delivery.

Kushinga Bvute, MD

Eliminate the Stigma: An Analysis of Hospital and Provider Related Factors of Discharges Against Medical Advice

Dr. Kushinga M. Bvute is a PGY-3 Internal Medicine Resident at Florida Atlantic University. She has over fifteen years of experience in clinical medicine and business administration. She graduated from the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine, holds an MPH in Health Policy and Leadership from Loma Linda University, and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, The Alpha Omega Alpha, and the Delta Omega Societies. Her work in the patient experience and quality improvement led to the 2022 National Young Scholars in General Internal Medicine Scholarship, the Young Achiever Award at the 2022 National American College of Physician Conference, and media coverage through Medscape. Dr. Bvute is a scientific author, grant recipient, and publisher who will start her career in Academic Medicine with the goal of becoming a medical executive.

Sabrina Gordon, MD

The Implementation of a Process for Continuous 7-day Readmission Review

Sabrina Gordon is an Internal Medicine resident at Cooper University Hospital. She received her MD from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She plans to pursue a career in Hospital Medicine with a strong focus on academic medicine and quality improvement.  During residency, she has been a member of the Bioethics Commitee, PEIC and QI committee. Her interests include bioethics, utilization management, patient safety and quality improvement. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, son and dog.

Cameron O'Connor

Research Initiative Essay

Cameron O’Connor is a second-year medical student at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine and is currently living in central Connecticut. He has lived his entire life in Connecticut and obtained his Bachelor’s in Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut. He worked as an ED medical scribe as well as a swabber, registrar, and quality lead at a COVID-19 testing tent prior to starting medical school. Both positions exposed him to healthcare quality, as he worked with physicians and coworkers to improve daily efficiency. His interest in quality improvement projects started shortly after exploring literature on quality metrics for head and neck cancer survivorship. With mentorship from professors and physicians, he is currently working with an ENT oncologist on his first quality improvement project in Providence, RI.

Tehreem Rehman, MD, MPH

Research Aims

Tehreem is a physician and clinical instructor at CU Anschutz Department of Emergency Medicine. She is also an American College of Emergency Physicians Informatics Fellow and a section editor for the ED Administration, Quality and Safety section of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Tehreem has over a decade of experience in health innovation, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. She has worked on health policy with Dr. Howard Haft, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services at the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene, and with U.S. Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz.

Tehreem received her MD from Yale School of Medicine where she had an annual activism award named after her and a colleague. She received her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a fully-funded Sommer Scholar and completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University as a John Jay and Gates Millennium Scholar.

Mission-driven, self-starter, and data-oriented. Tehreem is currently invested in the application of machine learning and population health frameworks to develop high-impact and equitable interventions in healthcare. Her work has been published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, Global Mental Health, and the Journal of the National Medical Association.

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