September 21, 2022

Meet the New Amis Fellows for Quality and Safety

Sponsored by the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety, the E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellowship in Quality and Safety provides an opportunity for up to three radiology or radiation oncology residents to discover insights and gain experience with the ACR Department of Quality and Safety.

Here are some insights from our newly selected 2022 Amis Fellows:

Temilola Akinola, MD, MBBS, MPH
Radiology Residency Program, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA

My desire has always been to provide the highest quality of care for all patients that I encounter, but I learned early on that it went beyond any individual physician and that system factors were essential for accomplishing sustained improvement. This led to my search for opportunities, additional training and exposure in quality improvement to augment my clinical training curriculum for a more wholesome approach to patient care.

My goal is to become a physician leader who drives initiatives that improve patients’ experiences during their interactions with the healthcare imaging system. I believe that participating in the Amis Fellowship is the launch required to learn from and understand the expansive and exceptional radiology quality improvement network such that I can participate and leverage its resources in the future. I know the opportunity to interact with a diversity of human and intellectual/informational resources will provide a strong foundation for a very productive and resourceful career in quality improvement. I hope that I can contribute to building awareness among trainees as well as demystify and foster interest in quality improvement work in radiology.

C. Michael Hood Jr., MD
Radiology Resident, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Much has been written about the concept of burnout, and for good reason. We’ve all experienced it to some degree — especially after the pandemic. Radiology faces higher volumes and more staffing shortages than ever before. Burnout can be insidious, creeping into the psyche and causing the individual to turn inward. This frame of mind makes us more prone to mistakes, particularly when the work is complex.

How does this relate to the concept of quality? We can define quality as achieving consistent, excellent outcomes. Burnout is a relevant example of one of many factors that can threaten the quality of our work. A primary goal, then, is to develop and adhere to practice standards in order to minimize unnecessary variation. As I near the end of residency at Wake Forest, this has been a major interest for me.

I’m grateful for this fellowship to grant me the opportunity to further develop my interests in quality and safety. I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Radiology Leadership Institute and previous ACR meetings, and I can attest to their value in my professional development. The material is important, and it comes from inspiring leaders who have big ideas for our field’s future. I’m looking forward to diving in and broadening my knowledge, so that I can one day be a better leader.

Jung H. Yun, MD
Integrated Diagnostic/Interventional Radiology Resident, Einstein Medical Center, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA

Throughout my training in diagnostic and interventional radiology, I have discovered various interests that expand beyond the traditional clinical training curriculum, including a deep passion for projects in quality improvement and safety. Particularly with the emerging role of AI, I have always been curious and interested in learning about how AI will be integrated into our radiology workflow and how it will both improve and challenge our radiology specialty long-term to optimize efficiency and patient care.

The E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellowship in Quality and Safety will provide me with an invaluable opportunity to learn about the various quality and safety issues affecting radiologists, form lasting relationships with radiologists from all different parts of the country, hear new ideas and perspectives in addressing challenges, and explore ways to expand my contribution to patient care, which I hope will inspire others around me to do the same.