About the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Graduates of the infectious diseases fellowship program are well qualified to pursue careers in clinical practice, academic medicine, public health or industry.  The fellowship in infectious diseases at VCU Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for a five-year period, the maximum approval possible.

Infectious Disease Top-10

Infectious diseases fellows spend seven to eight months of each year at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center rotating on infectious diseases consult services including general infectious diseases, orthopedic infectious diseases, and transplant infectious diseases.  One additional month is spent in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the beginning of the first year of fellowship.  The remaining months may be used for dedicated research time or for inpatient or outpatient clinical electives, depending on the individual fellow’s interests.

Available electives include rotations in hospital epidemiology and infection control, pediatric infectious diseases, medical education, travel medicine and global health, hepatology (viral hepatitis), specialized ICU rotations, allergy and immunology, and cystic fibrosis clinics, among others. Fellows also see outpatients one half day per week in the HIV clinic at the VCU Medical Center or at the McGuire VA Medical Center as part of their continuity clinic. During elective months, fellows also have an opportunity to see outpatients in the general infectious diseases clinics.

Welcome from the Program Director

VCUSOM Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the VCU Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program. Virginia Commonwealth University (The Medical College of Virginia) has a long tradition of excellence. VCU Health System is a busy, growing, state-of- the art health system, which is ideally located amid Virginia’s population centers. VCUHS provides state-of- the art primary, subspecialty, and tertiary care to the greater Richmond metropolitan area and to the surrounding region. Consistent with our mission to provide the best medical care regardless of financial status, we care for more than half of the state’s uninsured patients. VCUHS offers a fast-paced work environment with a remarkably diverse patient population. We are very proud to have been recognized for excellence as the #1 Hospital in the state of Virginia and in the Richmond metropolitan area by US News and World Reports and by the American Hospital Association with its prestigious AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize award designation. This diversity and recognized clinical excellence creates a rich learning environment for our fellows in Infectious Diseases.

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Curriculum

Conferences

Vacation Time
Each fellow is allowed three weeks of vacation per year. The time is generally taken as either one of the following:

  1. Three 7-day vacations
  2. One 7-day vacation and one 14-day vacation.

Additionally, each fellow is given five days off during the December holiday period.

Night Coverage
Infectious Diseases fellows do not take any in-house call. While other healthcare providers provide in-house coverage at night, the Infectious Diseases fellows take night call from home when rotating on the inpatient consultation services. At night, the fellows provide the at-home call for urgent clinical care questions. On very rare occasions, fellows come in for emergent ID consults, staffed with the on-call attending physician. Additionally, the attending physician provides back-up, supervision, and escalation for the fellow on-call.

Weekend Coverage
Fellows are given one day off in seven during the 2-week block while on the inpatient general ID consultation services (6 months per year). All other clinical rotations are weekdays only.

When on call over a weekend, the fellows see all new consults at VCU and the VA hospitals during the day, which are staffed with the attending physician on service. Additionally, the weekend on-call fellows round with the attending physician on existing consults followed at VCU as determined by the consult team at the time of weekend check-out or as warranted by changes in a patient’s condition.

GME Resident & Fellow Well-Being
Graduate Medical Education training is not easy. With the GME Physician Well-being program, we first and foremost assert our commitment to your well-being, resilience and all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. VCU and VCUHealth are dedicated to ensuring that you have the tools you need to be your best. (Learn more)

All About VCU, VCUHealth, and RVA
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Jillian Raybould, MD

Jillian Raybould, MD

Program Director

Jillian Raybould, MD

Jillian Raybould, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases

Email: jillian.raybould@vcuhealth.org

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Jane A. Cecil, MD

Jane A. Cecil, MD

Associate Program Director

Jane A. Cecil, MD

Jane A. Cecil, MD

Associate Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases

Email: jane.cecil@vcuhealth.org

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Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP

Division Chair

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases

Email: gonzalo.bearman@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2024

Dr. Mahale

Dilip Mahale, MD (combined Adult/Peds ID)
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Residency: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria

Dr. Pechacek

Joesph Pechacek, MD (combined Adult/Peds ID)
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Class of 2022

Dr. Boatman

Julie Boatman, DO
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Mount Carmel Health System Program

Class of 2021


Jacob Pierce, MD
Medical School: University of South Florida - Morsani College of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University

Class of 2020

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Jennifer Emberger, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Vidant Medical Center


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Jonathan Pan, MD
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

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Nicole Vissichelli, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University

Alumni

Eligibilty Requirements

Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems can only support J-1 visas.

How to Apply:

The Infectious Disesase fellowship training program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP match. All applications will be accepted through ERAS and follow ERAS deadlines.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • MPSE
  • A personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your program director

If applicable, please provide the following: 

  • ECFMG certificate
  • Medical School Diploma (with translation if necessary)

Application Timeline:

We will review applications from July 15 through October 15. Invitations to interview will likely be issued during this time frame.

Interviews:

Interviews are typically conducted on Mondays so that applicants can attend ID Grand Rounds. Applicants can expect to arrive shortly before 9 a.m. for a full day.

The interview day consists of the following:

  • Introduction to the program and division by the Program Director
  • Interviews with VCUHS and VA-based faculty
  • Tour of the VCUHS facilities
  • Lunch with current fellows
  • Attendance at ID Grand Rounds

Interview days typically end between 3 and 4 pm. A sample itinerary is provided to give you a general sense of how we structure the day. See sample intinerary here.

Attention:  In support of our applicants, we will be flexible in providing virtual and on-site fellowship interview opportunities.  We understand that applicants may have restrictions on travel during this time.  Our interview schedule may change as we approach the late summer and fall.  We appreciate your patience and understanding; we will absolutely work to accommodate all applicants as best possible during the COVID pandemic.

Program Director

Jillian E. Raybould, MD
Box 980049
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0049
Email: jillian.raybould@vcuhealth.org

Associate Program Director

Jane Cecil, MD
Box 980049
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0049
Phone: (804) 828-9711
Email: jane.cecil@vcuhealth.org

Fellowship Coordinator

Cesley Watkins
VCU School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0509
Phone: (804) 628-4497
Fax: (804) 828-4926
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org