The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, a division of the department, created one of the first HIV Fellowships open to primary care physicians in 2001. Now in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest municipal safety net system in the United States, offers a unique HIV fellowship training program for physicians committed to improving primary care for people living with HIV in underserved communities. This program brings together the unique strengths of DHS, USC Keck School of Medicine’s AIDS Education Training Center, UCLA’s National Clinician Scholars Program and ViiV Healthcare.
There are two fellowship tracks: a two-year clinician scholar track and a one-year clinician track. The purpose of these fellowships is to train physicians in the knowledge and skills necessary to provide expert HIV care, to be health systems leaders, and to be successful community partners in patient-centered and community-specific HIV interventions.
Overview of Fellowships
Two-Year Clinician Scholar: This program focuses on training physicians to enter leadership positions in HIV healthcare.
Year 1 The first 6 months is focused on academic course work in partnership with the UCLA National Clinician Scholars program. Fellows will gain knowledge in health policy, research methods, community-based participatory research, pressing issues in healthcare, and pathways to leadership. Fellows will rotate through various HIV clinics, consult in the emergency department on HIV cases that require specialty care, and begin to build their continuity clinic. Fellows will participate in regular case-based learning other didactic sessions on major HIV medicine topics, including multidrug resistance and opportunistic infections. The second half the year, begins a greater focus on clinical HIV care while the fellows begin to develop/research innovative community intervention projects while
Year 2: Fellows will be expected to manage patients with more independent decision-making in specialty or elective rotations, as well as maintaining their continuity care clinic panels and precepting first-year fellows, residents, and students. Second-year fellows will spend a significant amount of time implementing their chosen scholarly project which will be presented at a regional/national conference and/or will be submitted to publication in a peer-review journal.
One-Year Advanced Clinician: A one-year intensive clinical experience that includes rotations in safety net clinics, the jail system, and community-based clinics to gain exposure to all aspects of general and subspecialty HIV care for patients of all ages. Didactic training is weaved into the track and includes treatment of multidrug resistant and opportunistic infections. Fellows are required to complete a focused research and/or quality improvement project related to a topic of interest in HIV care. At the end of the Clinician track, fellows will be fully prepared to provide comprehensive HIV Clinical care to a variety of populations.
Certification and loan repayment. Fellows will be eligible for specialist certification through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Fellows who complete the two-year program are eligible for loan repayment up to $150,000 over three years, and fellows who complete the one-year program are eligible for loan repayment up to $50,000 over three years.
Applications will be accepted from September 1 through November 15th. The fellowship program may accept up to four qualified candidates per year and new cohorts begin on July 1 of each year. Ideal candidates are board-certified or board-eligible graduates of a residency program in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Medicine-Pediatrics with a strong interest in HIV medicine and an interest in building community programs to improve access to quality HIV care.
Please see the brochure for a detailed description and application information.