Harvard University Shield

Contact Information:
Grace Bommarito
Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Partners HealthCare
115 4th Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Tel (781) 433-3764
Fax (781) 433-3604
Harvard Medical School
Anjala Tess, M.D. - Fellowship Director
We are no longer accepting applications for fellowship to begin July 1, 2015.
Program Description

The primary goal of the HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality is to train a cadre of physician-scholars who are prepared to lead operational improvement efforts within the Harvard system and across the nation. This 2 year postgraduate program is for physicians who are in or have completed a residency or fellowship program. The program is funded by CRICO (the Harvard malpractice insurer). Partners HealthCare is responsible for the overall administration of the program.

The fellowship will be in collaboration between quality and safety leadership at the Harvard institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Partners HealthCare. Each institution has local, national, and international leaders in the field of quality and safety. This rich supply of faculty with interest/expertise will facilitate a successful fellowship experience for participants.

Fellows will each be based at one of the Harvard-affiliated sites (for a maximum of 5 fellows per year). Each fellow will be paired with at least one mentor. Each institution’s Director/VP of Quality and Safety, along with faculty from CRICO will provide program oversight and assist with developing mentor-mentee relationships and with selecting projects in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows will also rotate to affiliated community-hospitals, office practices, and clinics during the course of the program.

Fellows will participate in projects, committees, and task forces that will enable them to develop competency in understanding the complexity of health care delivery and how to effect change. They will be exposed to a wide array of tools, strategies, and methodologies in the fields of safety and quality improvement. The fellowship will have a didactic as well as an “experiential” component (see Curriculum). Fellows will be expected to participate in and then lead local improvement projects and other quality related activities. In addition, fellows will take coursework at Harvard School of Public Health, and can choose to obtain a Masters in Public Health (tuition paid) and participate in an ongoing didactic lecture series and have opportunities to share active projects with their colleagues for feedback. They will also author manuscripts describing their efforts, findings, and lessons learned for publication in peer-reviewed quality/safety or general medical journals. Furthermore, opportunities to interact with local leading patient safety organizations will be provided (including attendance at national meetings and elective rotations).

To maintain their clinical skills and to have insight into practical health care operations, fellows can maintain a small clinical practice equivalent to 10-20% effort. Fellows will be expected to dedicate at least 80% of their time to fellowship activities. This percentage may vary depending on 1) whether or not the fellow pursues an MPH degree, and 2) clinical responsibilities arranged with each fellow’s respective department. Fellows will receive a per annum stipend (using current NIH postdoctoral trainee formulas), as well as tuition payment.

Program Goals/Objectives

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