HIV Clinical Leadership Program Fellow
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.
The purpose of this fellowship 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 the Fellowship
Year 1 of the fellowship will focus on gaining a strong clinical foundation in the medical management of HIV/AIDS at all disease stages, as well as building knowledge in health policy and health services research. Fellows will spend a majority of their time during the first 6 months in graduate courses and seminars offered to physicians at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in collaboration with the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. The second half of Year 1 will involve more direct HIV medicine training, as fellows expand their continuity clinic panels, rotate through a variety of clinical settings, and attend didactic sessions on treatment of multidrug resistant and opportunistic infections.
Year 2 will continue to offer diverse and intense clinical exposure to all aspects of HIV medicine. Fellows will be expected to manage patients with more independent decision-making. Fellows will spend time 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 also have opportunities for continuity care in general primary care clinics. By the end of second year, each fellow will present their scholarly work at a regional or national conference and/or will submit their work for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Mentors will work closely with fellows to identify career goals and job opportunities.
Certification and loan repayment. Fellows will be eligible for specialist certification through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. After completion of the program, fellows will be eligible for an educational loan repayment of up to $50,000 per year for three years if they continue to provide HIV-related care or service for underserved communities.
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.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact us for more information about the program and application procedures. Additional information and application forms can also be found at: www.hivmedfellowship.com