Emory's Distinction in HIV Medicine
Emory University Department of Medicine's Distinction in HIV Medicine offers residents the training and expertise to provide comprehensive care for patients living with HIV/AIDS. Participating residents engage in a longitudinal curriculum to develop and refine their skills in HIV care. In particular, residents will rotate through the Grady Ponce Center for Infectious Diseases (known locally as “IDP”), one of the largest HIV clinics in the country, which provides primary care and specialty services to more than 5,000 patients living with HIV/AIDS.
At IDP, the mission is to serve those in greatest need, focusing on those patients who have progressed to AIDS or face significant comorbidities. Residents train extensively at the Ponce Center during the HIV Primary Care Rotation, which typically occurs in the PGY-2 year. Residents repeatedly return to same core set of clinical mentors. In addition, there is a flexible curriculum for knowledge development, including HIV-related CME from conferences and web-based resources, the inpatient AIDS rotation at Grady Memorial Hospital, and the potential for HIV-related teaching and scholarship.
Currently, eight residents from two different resident classes are actively engaged in the program. The structure of the program prepares residents for certification as an HIV Specialist via the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), an option that residents may pursue during their PGY-3 year.
The requirements for completing the Distinction in HIV Medicine are:
- The HIV Primary Care Rotation (typically in October of the PGY-2 year)
- Fifty (50)-total half-days of HIV outpatient care (~20 are achieved during the elective month above)
- Knowledge Development (5 points necessary)
- 1 point for every 10-hours of HIV-related CME (via conferences or web-based material)
- 1 point for the SIS rotation (inpatient AIDS service at Grady)
- 1 point for the Social Medicine elective
- 1 point for HIV-related didactic and scholarly activities (e.g. case reports, senior grand rounds, clinic conference, QI, etc.)
Schuyler Livingston, MD, AAHIVS
Emory University School of Medicine
Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics
Medical Director, Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center
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