Assistant Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Anjala Tess, MD, SFHM, has been involved in teaching and mentoring patient safety for more than 10 years. Dr. Tess and her team created an acclaimed quality improvement rotation for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) residents that was recently awarded second place for the Duncan Neushauer Curricular Innovation Award from the Academy of Healthcare Improvement. Under her direction, this elective has become a mandatory part of training for residents. Dr. Tess’ research on this program has shown that the curriculum has affected the culture of safety in the department. In addition she founded, recruited and trained patient safety core faculty to mentor the residents and has delivered many faculty development workshops in patient safety at the local, regional and national levels. In her role as Associate Program Director for Curriculum and Patient Safety in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she has a unique responsibility to help encourage a culture of safety within the residency and link quality to educational initiatives. She was appointed Director of Quality and Safety for GME at BIDMC and is responsible for supporting QI and safety education across all trainees at the medical center. She was recently named the Program Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality. In addition Dr. Tess has a longstanding interest in curriculum development that she uses to teach hands-on workshops for faculty and residents.