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  • HIVMA Medical Student Program

    The HIV Medical Students program awards grants for up to three years to medical student and mentor pairs to support a longitudinal HIV-related clinical learning and/or research project and mentor relationship during medical school.  First, second or third year medical students are eligible to apply.

    Students and mentors have the flexibility in designing their curriculum to complement the school’s curriculum and training requirements. Mentors must be HIVMA/IDSA members and are required to demonstrate a commitment to student mentorship through the duration of the grant.

    Medical students receive a $3,500 stipend per year with an additional $1,000 for the mentor/institution for incidental expenses, such as supplies, conference registration, etc. Students will submit a brief report at the end of each year. Students also will receive a free HIVMA/IDSA membership.

    A brief evaluation will be conducted annually to assess the program and ongoing student interest and level of commitment. Funding for years two and three will be dependent on successfully meeting annual milestones set by the student and mentor. 

    The IDSA Foundation Medical Scholars Program provides a limited number of scholarships to medical students interested in ID to complete a summer research project. Information on that program can be found here.  

    This program is supported by independent grants from ViiV Healthcare and the Gilead Foundation.

    How to Apply

    Please ensure the following items are submitted by February 15, 2017:

        1) The online application

        2) An updated CV (email to

        3) A letter of support from your HIVMA/IDSA mentor (email to  

    A limited number of medical student awards will be granted.  Applications will be reviewed and scored by members of the HIVMA Medical Student Committee. Notifications will be made in April 2017. 

    Questions and Answers

    Who can Apply?
    Applicants must be medical students (first, second or third year) from an accredited medical school in the US. Students pursuing an MD/PhD are eligible to apply.

    I would like to do a joint research project, is that possible?
    Yes, but each participant must apply separately.

    How long does my personal statement need to be?
    The personal statement on the online application should not exceed 500 words. There is no minimum.

    How long does the letter of support need to be?
    The letter of support should not exceed two pages. There is no minimum.

    When will recipients be notified?
    Recipients of the Medical Scholars Program will be notified in April.

    Can my research have an international focus?
    Yes, as long as it has an HIV focus. 

    2016 Medical Student Award Winners

    The selected students, their mentors, institutions, and project titles are:

    Colleen Walsh Lang, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. "Children Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda: Managing Biomedical and Social Consequences." MENTOR: Bradley Stoner, MD, PhD, FIDSA

    Jesús Luévano, Harvard Medical School. "Impact of HIV-Associated Changes in the Gut Microbiome on Disease Progression."MENTOR: Douglas S. Kwon, MD, PhD

    Sarah Rutstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Cost-effectiveness of Treating Depression to Improve HIV Care Outcomes in Malawi."MENTOR: Mina C. Hosseinipour, MD, MPH

    Sunaina Kapoor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Development and Implementation of an Interactive Decision Support Tool for Anti-retroviral Therapy Selection (ART) in HIV Patients." MENTOR: Maunank Shah, MD, PhD

    Andrew Flynn, University of Minnesota. "Determinants of HIV Prevalence Changes in Uganda 2004-2011." MENTOR: David Boulware, MD, MPH, CTropMed

    Carlos Rodriguez-Russo, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. "The Impact of Enrollment in Targeted Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services on Hospitalization and Institutional Care Use among Aging HIV+ Patients." MENTOR: Ira Wilson, MD, MSc

    Clara Van Ommen, University of British Columbia. "Exploring the Triad of Telomeres, HIV and Ovarian Aging." MENTOR: Melanie Murray, MD, PhD

    Nishant Munugala, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine."The Impact of Health Numeracy on Attitudes toward PrEP for HIV Prevention." MENTOR: Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, MD

    Rustin Zomorodi, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "Increasing PrEP Uptake in High-Risk MSM through Community- and Provider-Focused Interventions." MENTOR: Ann Avery, MD

    Vanessa Kung, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Leveraging HIV Surveillance Data to Inform PrEP Implementation among Young, Black Men who Have Sex with Men." MENTOR: Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH

    Bryna Harrington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Perinatal Depression, Retention in HIV Care, and Viral Load Suppression among Malawian Women Enrolled in Option B+." MENTOR: Mina C. Hosseinipour, MD, MPH

    Gregory Damhorst, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana. "Calculation of Community Viral Load as an Indicator for HIV Programs in Champaign County Illinois." MENTOR: Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH

    Hazar Khidir, Harvard Medical School. "HIV Risk and Harm Reduction in the Periconception Period for Serodiscordant Couples in Durban, South Africa." MENTOR: Lynn Matthews, MD, MPH

    Maya Koretzky, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Bedside Ethics, Provider Burnout, and Subsequent Career Trajectories: An Oral History of Interns and Residents at HIV Centers at the Height of the American Epidemic (1982-1986)." MENTOR: Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD

    Michael Scolarici, Saint Louis University School of Medicine. "Use of a Validated Risk Assessment Tool to Assess Additional Variables in the Risk of Progression to Active TB in Patients with HIV and Latent TB Infection." MENTOR: Soumya Chatterjee, MD

    Yanni Chang, University of Washington. "Focus Groups to Analyze Acceptability of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and Self-Testing among Female Sex Workers in Pune, India." MENTOR: Ann Duerr, MD, PhD, MPH

    Program Evaluation Results from Year One

    2017 Evaluation Results

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