Bill Fera MD is a family medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory Health Care practice. With a personal interest in health care quality improvement, he has more than a decade of clinical and information technology leadership experience at academic, community and ambulatory medical centers prior to joining EY. In this interview, Dr. Fera discusses the motivations behind his career path, as well as his views on the importance of implementing and optimizing electronic medical records (EMRs) for quality improvement.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where did you go for your undergraduate studies and what did you major in?
I went to undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. I was in the Wharton School as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, and received dual degrees in economics and biochemistry.
Why did you choose to go to medical school? Did you have any unique experiences during your medical school that influenced your current career path?
I thought that my first career would actually be in business but I had a series of personal and family health-related crises. As a result, I had a lot of exposure to the medical community and started to develop a passion for medicine. However, I wanted to take the discipline and learning that I got in business school, and apply it to medicine, especially in terms of total quality management and continual quality improvement. [Read more…]