In Memoriam: Jacqueline Rosemarie Satchell, MD 1968–2020
Jacqueline Rosemarie Satchell, MD, a leading clinician educator in the Yale Section of General Internal Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Jackie was born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies where she attended Meadowbrook High School before immigrating to the United States in 1985 at the age of 17, settling in New Haven, Conn. with her mother, stepfather, and siblings. Jackie completed her senior year of high school at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven and then headed to college at the University of Connecticut.
Jackie graduated from UCONN in 1990 and subsequently received her MD degree from Temple University in 1995. We were most fortunate to recruit her to the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, which she completed in an outstanding manner in 1998. She brought great pride to the entire program as throughout residency, she was identified by her peers as a bright, caring, and supportive colleague who always brought positive energy to her work. Following residency, she worked as a general internist in a primary care group practice in Waterbury, Conn. for 3 ½ years. Jackie was then recruited to join the Yale faculty as a member of the Section of General Internal Medicine in 2001.
As a member of the faculty, she served as a clinician educator in primary care at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Conn. Her role at the VA included a mixture of educational and clinical activities, and her contributions to these programs have been highly significant. She contributed to the health and well-being of thousands of our veterans who sought her meticulous care, while at the same time serving as a wonderful teacher and role model for Yale medical students and residents. In addition to her many critical roles in the Yale Department of Internal Medicine, she remained an active and highly valued member of our education programs and an important member of the Primary Care Residency Internship Selection Committee for nearly 20 years.
Perhaps the most notable of Jackie’s leadership roles was her position as medical director of the VA Women Veterans Program since January 2018. This is an enormous leadership position and includes administration, teaching, and clinical oversight for a program that cares for nearly 5,000 female veterans. She dedicated her creativity and innovative spirit to enhancing the care of all of her patients. She expanded the multidisciplinary team caring for female veterans, championed trauma-informed care, and participated in innovative programs to recognize and treat cardiovascular disease in women. She also devised local, regional, and national educational programs, but perhaps most importantly, she built a family united in service of this deserving population. Jackie also produced important scholarship on women’s health and other topics in primary care in the form of book chapters, curricula, and commentaries.
In addition to her critical roles as a member of the Yale faculty and physician leader at the VA, Jackie was a beloved member of her community in New Haven and beyond. She participated in community-based health fairs in the New Haven community that were sponsored by local churches and community organizations, speaking on topics critical to us all including women’s health and heart disease.
Comments from her residency peers and current trainees include the following: “Jackie was such a source of positive energy and strength during our residency days. She always made me smile and laugh.” “I remember Jackie as full of life and an interior joy—someone who made everyone’s day better for her presence.” “I always remember her patience, support, knowledge, and most of all, her kindness.” “Dr. Satchell set a tone of inclusion and wellness.” “Dr. Satchell’s dedication to her patients is inspiring and I have learned so many important clinical skills from her.” “She is a stand-out clinician educator.” “She is a great listener, a great teacher, and always has something insightful to say regarding our patients in clinic.” Jackie enjoyed traveling and spending time with family, especially her two daughters, Erica Elizabeth Jones and Alissa Marie Jones with whom she made international vacations annually. In her spare time, Jackie enjoyed reading, gardening, cycling, and working out. As her family and friends have noted, she had a peaceful, calming spirit, and was quick to laugh at life. Jackie’s faith was important to her throughout her life and she began each day in a prayer session with her mother Gloria. She attended the Christian Fellowship Church of God for decades where she was a Sunday school teacher and involved in many activities such as Women’s Day, Women’s Enrichment, choir, picnics, and other church-related events.
Education & Training
- MDTemple University School of Medicine (1995)
- BSUniversity of Connecticut (1990)