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Infectious Diseases Fellows

1st Year Infectious Diseases Fellows

Raisa Alvarez
Raisa Alvarez
Residency: McNeal Hospital

Manubolu Devanand
Manubolu Devanand
Residency:  Carle Foundation Hospital

 

Mohammed Yussif
Mohammed Yussif
Residency: Academy Charity Teaching Hospital

 

2nd Year Infectious Diseases Fellows

Ihab Ahmed

Ihab Ahmed
Residency: North East Ohio University

Seshank Arimilli

Seshank Arimilli
Residency: MacNeal Hospital

 

Brian Medernach

Brian Medernach
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center

 

Testimonials from Previous Fellows

Andrea Norris“I was very honored to have been an infectious diseases fellow at Loyola. Having trained in Chicago I already knew Loyola had a great reputation in the ID community, especially in HIV care. The attending physicians were great educators and always made me feel comfortable asking questions. I felt like I gained a great deal of knowledge while I was a fellow at Loyola. I was well prepared for ID boards and for practice. I was able to walk in to a very busy private ID practice and hold my own. I felt like I knew what I was doing and was well prepared to take care of all aspects of ID patient care. Also, just because my fellowship has long since ended it doesn’t mean I can’t reach out for advice when I need it. I am still in communication with several of the attendings and my co-fellows. They are all an excellent source of information and support, especially Dr Reid who will always answer a text. I look forward to ID Week when we all try to get together for dinner and reminisce.”

Andrea Scott, Class of 2014


“ I graduated Loyola University Infectious Diseases Fellowship in 2017. My two years in training were very memorable. After graduating, I joined a private practice comprised of 8 physicians. Looking back at the program , it truly prepared me for the next step after fellowship. I am grateful for the wonderful attendings that were always there for me when I needed them. I would recommend the program because it offers great experience and variant of pathology that will prepare you to tackle the real world. “

- Ankur Dave, Class of 2016


“I started as an Infectious Disease fellow at Loyola University Medical Center July 1st, 2013.  For my residency I had trained at a smaller, community based hospital.  Training at Loyola would be different and I knew it right away.  I started on the general ID service.  I can’t really tell you what happened but I was suddenly in an all encompassing world of Infectious Disease.  We saw so many patients and different infections.  Everything.  MRSA, fungal infections, transplant related infections, a guy with maggots growing in a wound, necrotizing fasciitis from group A strep.  This was in the first week or two, which was intimidating, as I had never experienced anything like this.  Soon I realized how much I was learning and how quickly.  It felt like I learned more in the first 3 months of my fellowship than I did as a medical student and resident combined.

I really enjoyed how the program was set up.  You had several very distinct rotations.  General ID at Loyola.  Transplant ID at Loyola.  General ID at Hines.  All services had something to learn and takeaway that made me a better physician.  There was so many attendings present, you were able to see different styles, different ways that someone approached solving a routine to incredibly complex problem.  This was an invaluable experience to me as a physician and person. 

In addition to this, Loyola had multiple conferences a week to help further our learning.  HIV conferences and pop quizzes to learn the HIV medications.  Makes me smile just to think about it.  And in my first few months – when I got most of the medications wrong – I was somewhat relieved to know that Dr. Reid was going to make sure that I KNEW these medications and how to treat HIV by the time I finished. 

That was just one of many great thing about this program.  By the time two years was up, I had seen so many patients.  I was prepared.  I was ready.  And when I started my first job as an attending physician a month later, I realized I had a wealth of experiences already to draw upon.  When I needed help, and I did as a first year attending and occasionally beyond this, the ID staff at Loyola was still available and ready to help talk through difficult cases. 

Since that time I have really come to appreciate my training at Loyola University Medical Center.  It was hard, invigorating, tiring, fulfilling and simply great training all in one.  It provided me the foundation to provide the highest level of care to all the patients I see.  If you are someone considering Loyola for your Infectious Disease training, I highly recommend you do so.  I can’t imagine training anywhere else, with anyone else. “

- Justin Seroy, Class of 2015

Testimonials from Past Fellows

"One of the first things I noticed during the interviews for fellowship at LUMC was that staff was warm, friendly and welcoming.  This impression remained true throughout the fellowship. There was never a moment where I felt hesitant to approach a staff member to discuss patient care or to ask questions.

LUMC ID offers exposure to wide range of pathology, including complex transplant and immunocompromised cases at Loyola to challenging encounters at the VA. In addition, the day to day interaction with microbiology lab, OPAT and ID pharmacists are all very crucial to a smoother transition to independent practice. There are several optional specialty clinics that fellows can also participate in and gain additional exposure. These clinics include C. diff, Mycobacterium, and HIV clinics. I would say that one of the biggest strengths of the program is how receptive it is to taking its fellows’ feedback. During my two years, the program made several changes as a result of direct feedback from fellows which included adjusted schedule and clinic hours, and minimized after-hour calls. All of these changes led to improved experience as a fellow.   

Even after completing the fellowship, the mentors at LUMC have remained in close contact. I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of LUMC ID fellowship."

- Rehman Ukani, Class of 2020