Beth Ann Yakes

Associate Director, VWell Physician Support

Beth Ann Yakes, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and is a General Internist in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Dr. Yakes serves as the Associate Director of the VWell Support Team facilitating systems interventions across multiple departments at VUMC for the purpose of empowering physician well-being. As a member of the VUMC Task Force for Empowerment and Well-Being, she helped develop a set of recommendations adopted by VUMC leadership to encourage systems interventions to address well-being at the medical center.

At Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Yakes has served as a faculty mentor in the "Colleges" program where she mentors one-quarter of each matriculating class longitudinally until graduation.  She is the Course Director of the Learning Communities, a four-year longitudinal course focused on the professional development of undergraduate medical students. As an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program, Dr. Yakes leads an Intern Ambulatory Clinic Didactics series focused on the needs of medical interns and hosts a quarterly Morbidity, Mortality and Improvement Conference which provides an opportunity to discuss adverse outcomes and provide opportunity for systems-based quality improvement initiatives.  Additionally, she has developed a comprehensive Resident Remediation program to provide structured coaching for struggling learners. Additionally, Dr. Yakes precepts residents in clinic and serves as an attending on the general Internal Medicine inpatient services at VUMC.

Dr. Yakes completed her undergraduate medical education at the University of Florida.  She subsequently completed her Internal Medicine residency training and a chief medical resident position at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.  As a clinician-educator, she has focused on mentoring, teaching, learner remediation, physician well-being, curriculum development and medical education research throughout the course of her career.