Work-Life Expectations

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.

Fellows' Perspectives on the Program

“What Richmond and its surrounding counties have to offer is matched by few others in the country. From countless state parks and trails in and around the city limits, water sports on the James River, international sporting events such as cycling's World Championships, hundreds of restaurants and festivals, not to mention a rich soil for families to bury their roots and begin their lives together. Young professionals can rest assured that while they enjoy Richmond's abundant resources, their futures are on sure-footing.”

Bo Vaughan, MD

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.