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HIV Care Training Curriculum

The Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, under the Directorship of Dr. Ladan Ahmadi, offers a track for training Internal Medicine Residents interested in specialized HIV care. Successful care of HIV patients requires physicians with specific medical knowledge, a compassionate approach, and a capacity for managing a complex myriad of medical and social issues. This program will allow specialized clinical training for this generation of physicians who will take the lead in shaping the care for HIV-infected patients.

This training program is ideal for a physician who is dedicated to providing longitudinal clinical care of HIV-infected persons and educating those caring for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Program Goals

The principal goals of the program are to:

  • Provide systematic clinical and didactic training in HIV primary prevention, secondary prevention, post and pre exposure prophylaxis, other harm reduction measures, HIV diagnosis and management both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, including management of opportunistic infections and ARV management.
  • Provide training in updated, state of the art  Primary Care to HIV infected adults.
  • Develop skills in research methodologies and statistical analysis relevant to research in HIV prevention and management.
  • Cultivate the experience of collaborating with a multidisciplinary team involving social work, nutrition as well as subspecialty medicine in order to provide comprehensive health care uniquely essential to the HIV population.

We accomplish these goals by providing a rich didactic program as well as inpatient and outpatient clinical responsibilities in a multidisciplinary envirorment, working with an extensive array of specialists and disciplines to provide the highest quality HIV care to our patients. Trainees are assigned to a minimum of one clinic session/week at HIV outpatient center (Retroviral Disease Center) to develop a continuity of care panel of at least 20 HIV infected patients. Trainees are also an integral part of in-patient HIV/RDC consultation team where they obtain the important experience of management of opportunistic infections and acute care of HIV patients.

These assignment are started at PGY-2 or 3 level of Internal medicine Residency for a minimum of one and maximum of  two years and are to be scheduled as to augment but not distract from the other training goals and needs of the resident.
Trainees actively participate and help organize a variety of conferences, Journal clubs, case presentations and lectures geared towards HIV Care both within and without the organization with guidance from the faculty. Trainees participate in CME programs in New York geared towards the HIV care, including but not limited to PRN monthly lecture series, IAS-USA  ( International AIDS Society-USA) CME activities and other local meetings and online CME and trainings as designated by the faculty.

Trainees will participate in development and implementation of a research project under the supervision of their preceptor.

Eligibility

Trainees must be in the second or third PGY level of internal medicine residency program at Lenox Hill Hospital, demonstrate a commitment to and an interest in a career in HIV or Infectious Diseases care, and have a record of academic excellence.

Certification

Trainees who successfully finish the program  will meet the criteria and are eligible to be registered as an HIV specialist by the HIV- Medical Association and also are eligible to participate in the American Academy of HIV Medicine certification examination.

See the AAHIVM website at http://www.aahivm.org/about or HIV-MA website at http://www.hivma.org for definition and consideration for an HIV specialist and for further clarification.