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  • HIVMA Medical Students 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, 2018:

        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 Students Program Committee. Notifications will be made in April 2018. 

    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 Students Program will be notified in April.

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

    Can award funding be applied to tuition expenses?
    No, award funding may not be applied to tuition expenses.

    Am I eligible to apply if I have already received (or expect to receive) other sources of funding for my research project?
    Unfortunately, you would not be eligible to apply. We aim to support high quality research projects that do not have other sources of funding.

    2017 Medical Student Award Winners

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

    Afkera Daniel. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Understanding Unprotected Sex Among Adolescent Girls in Kenya: Epidemiologic and Qualitative Research to Plan PreP Services.” MENTOR: Alison C. Roxby MD, M.Sc.

    Shane Falcinelli. University of North Carolina School of Medicine. “Clinical Trials for an HIV Cure: Accurately Monitoring the Status of the Latent Reservoir in Antiretroviral Suppressed Patients.” MENTOR: David Margolis, MD 

    Olivia Fankuchen. Tulane University School of Medicine. “Building a protocol for street-based HIV screening, treatment, and follow-up for long-term homeless populations in New Orleans.” MENTOR: Jeffrey M. Percak, MD

    Celia Fung. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. “HIV Vaccine Development: A Look at Molecular and Social Challenges.” MENTOR: Michael C. Keefer, MD

    David Gootenberg. Harvard Medical School. “The role of the enteric microbiome in chronic HIV pathogenesis and cardiovascular disease in HIV-infected individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa.” MENTOR: Douglas S. Kwon, MD, PhD

    Ryan Handoko. Yale School of Medicine. “Genetic signatures and pathogenesis of CNS-reservoir HIV.” MENTOR: Serena Spudich, MD, MA

    Lee Hufstedler. University of California Berkeley-University of California San Francisco Joint Medical Program. “Transgender youth homelessness and HIV: An exploration of structural determinants of health in a vulnerable urban population.” MENTOR: Sheri Weiser, MD

    Gregory Karelas. Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. “AIDS Mortality as a Sentinel Event.” MENTOR: Bruce Agins, MD, MPH 

    Joshua Niforatos. Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. “The Relationship of Clinical Knowledge of HIV/STIs and Sexual History Documentation with HIV Screening Patterns Among Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care Providers.” MENTOR: Justin Yax, DO, DTMH 

    Sean O'Keefe. Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Recombinant HSV-2 ΔgD constructs expressing HIV-1 gp140 as a novel HIV vaccine strategy.” William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D. 

    Justin Rice. Harvard Medical School. “The Cervicovaginal Microbiome's Influence on HIV Susceptibility: An Investigation of Mechanisms and Potential Interventions.” MENTOR: Douglas S. Kwon, MD, PhD 

    David Roberts. University of Washington School of Medicine. “Modeling the Cost-Effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Delivery through Maternal and Child Health Clinics in Western Kenya.” MENTOR: Ruanne V Barnabas, MD, DPhil 

    Tim Walsh. Florida State University College of Medicine. “Goal-Setting in a Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) intervention among young Black men who have sex with men.” MENTOR: Moira McNulty, MD 

    Alex Warr. University of Washington School of Medicine. “Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific T-cell Responses in Breast Milk and Peripheral Blood of HIV Positive Mothers.” MENTOR: Thomas Hawn, MD, PhD 

    Program Evaluation Results from Year One

    2017 Evaluation Results

  • 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

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