Dr. Kevin Hua completed his undergraduate osteopathic medical training at Touro University California in 2002. He then went to a combined Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital and is dual board certified by the AOBFP and AOBEM. Afterwards, he moved to Nevada, and worked in an Emergency Department in Las Vegas. From there, he moved back to California and is the Assistant Medical Director at his current facility in Ventura County, CA . He also remains a part-time emergency medicine physician at Boulder City Hospital in Nevada.
How did your background lead you to medical school and eventually an attending in both California and Nevada?
I spent most of my childhood moving from place to place since immigrating to the United States when I was 5. My family moved around frequently throughout Southern California, so the concept of traveling back and forth was not new. The one main constant was my family physician. She was caring, passionate, and encouraging. She left an indelible mark on my childhood. As a result, I have always wanted to become a physician and never imagine myself entering any other profession.
After high school, I worked part-time and enrolled in a nearby community college to pay my way through college. After obtaining enough credits, I transferred to UCLA and earned my Bachelors in Biology. Afterwards, I was accepted to Touro University, California. While entering Touro, I thought I wanted to specialize in Family Medicine, but after rotating through several clerkships, I was fascinated by the speed and the variety of cases in the Emergency Medicine. I matched into a combined Family Medicine/ Emergency Medicine residency program at POH Medical Center in Michigan. During my training, I thoroughly enjoyed the hands on training, the quality of clinicians, and opportunities to work independently. The time sensitive nature, innovations, and the schedule motivated me to focus in Emergency Medicine. After residency, I moved to Nevada and worked full-time. In 2011, I relocated back to Southern California.
What are your likes and dislikes in the ED?
As a current Assistant Medical Director, I am actively involved with Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation process, schedule shifts for my colleagues, attend administrative meetings, and assist in monthly department meeting. Aside from my administrative duties, I continue to work around 18 clinical shifts per month.
EHR has been touted as the way of the future as it will save time and improve quality of care for patients and physicians by increasing patient safety and improving quality measures. Patients will be able to follow their own care and providers will have increased access to medical tests, consultations, and electronic reminders at their fingertips.
EHR, however, is still in its early stages and comes with its many challenges. The initial implementation has slowed down the overall speed, patient satisfaction, and the previous productivity achieved in the emergency room in the past. I am currently working with my colleagues and hospital staff to find ways to improve these measures in the Emergency Department.
How do you see medicine changing in the future?
I see medicine becoming more technologically advanced with more innovations. I see providers potentially doing more work from home and possibly incorporating telemedicine. The overall care delivered will be timely and utilizing best practice model hopefully resulting in cost savings and increased patient satisfaction.
Any last words for those going into Family and/or Emergency Medicine?
Keep an open mind. Internship and residency is an excellent time to develop your style of practice and a time to shine. You can always learn something new from a provider of a different specialty, nurses or any ancillary staff. Try to learn from mistakes of others or your own so you don’t repeat it.
Interviewed and Written by:
Victor Wang OMS I