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  • 2016 HIVMA Medical Student Program Award Winners


    HIVMA Medical Student Program to support learning and research across spectrum of HIV care

    HIVMA is pleased to announce the selection of 16 medical students from across the US and Canada who will receive funding for clinical learning and research projects through the HIVMA Medical Student Program. The program will support work in local and overseas settings that includes projects as diverse as an evaluation of risk factors for tuberculosis among HIV patients, an analysis of microeconomic benefits of treating HIV, and the development of a decision making tool to guide clinicians through treatment choices in patients with HIV drug-resistance. The students will receive mentorship from HIVMA members at their institutions, free membership to HIVMA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a stipend of $3,500 per year for up to three years.

    “We’re proud to support the work of these students whose commitment to improved care and understanding of HIV will be critical to continuing progress in controlling the impacts of the epidemic and helping patients live long and healthy lives,” said HIVMA Chair Dr. Carlos Del Rio. “These medical students represent the future of the HIV/ID workforce, and we are excited by the talents and enthusiasm they bring to the field of HIV/ID.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Carlos Rodriguez-Russo
    MENTOR: Ira Wilson, MD, MSc
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Maya Koretzky
    MENTOR: Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD
    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)

    Michael Scolarici
    MENTOR: Soumya Chatterjee, MD
    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

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

    The HIVMA Medical Student Program is supported by independent grants from ViiV Healthcare and the Gilead Foundation.  More information is available online.

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