Medical Quality Management and Patient Safety

Focus: To teach the fundamentals, practice the application, and prepare the fellow for practice and/or leadership in medical quality management and patient safety. Ultimately the curriculum will lead to board certification in Medical Quality (CMQ) through the American College of Medical Quality.

Content: This is a one or two year flexible fellowship that will include the completion of a master’s degree in business administration (two year program), completion of a publishable project, certification in medical quality management, and the practice of clinical medicine and teaching.


Core Topics:

Career Pathways in Medical Quality Management and Patient Safety

Fundamentals of Quality Improvement

Quality Measurement

Patient Safety

Organization Design and Management

Medical Informatics

Variation in Medical Practice and Implications for Quality

Economics and Finance in Medical Quality Management

Utilization Management

Patient Satisfaction

Implementing Healthcare Quality Improvement: Changing Clinician Behavior

External Quality Improvement: Accreditation, Quality Improvement Education, and Certification

Interfaces Between Quality Improvement, Law, and Medical Ethics

Leadership for Quality


1. Medical Quality Management: Theory and Practice; Editor: Prathibha Varkey

2. The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy, and Tools: Editors: Ranson, Joshi, and Nash

Other Assigned Readings:

American Journal of Medical Quality as well as other selected peer reviewed journal articles.

Research/Quality Improvement Project:

Minimum completion of one major project with publication/national presentation.

Conference Attendance:

American College of Medical Quality: Medical Quality Meeting

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

Memberships in Organized Medicine:

American College of Medical Quality

American College of Physician Executives

American College of Healthcare Executives

Funding: Funding for the fellow’s salary and tuition comes from working half time clinically at Regions Hospital and/or affiliated outlying facilities, CME and membership funds, and tuition reimbursement.

Current Fellow:

Alex Asp, MD: July 2018 – June 2020

Past Fellows:

Jacqueline Kelly Hegarty: July 2017 – June 2018
Ryan Bourdon, MD: July 2014 – June 2016
Kara Sellung Tomlinson, MD: July 2011 – June 2012

Andrew Zinkel, MD
Fellowship Co-Director
Associate Medical Director for Health Plan Quality