The HIVMA Clinical Fellowship program supports newly trained physicians with gaining HIV clinical experience working with medically underserved patient populations. The goal of the program is to boost the population of HIV physicians and strengthen the commitment to provide clinical care to HIV-infected patients. HIVMA awards grants to support one-year of HIV clinical training to up to two fellows per year. Grants are made to the institution to support a stipend of $65,000 plus additional funding to cover fringe benefits for one year. Malpractice insurance is not covered by this grant. An additional $10,000 is paid to the institution to offset administrative costs and to provide for additional educational opportunities. The 2019-2020 application cycle has closed. The 2020-2021 application cycle will open in Fall 2019.
Fellowship Eligibility & Criteria
- Identify an HIV clinical program associated with an academic institution. Please contact HIVMA for help identifying a training site.
- Identify a mentor to oversee your clinical experience. Your mentor must be an HIVMA member and must complete the sponsor registration form. Please contact HIVMA to check your mentor’s membership status or for help identifying a mentor.
- Submit the online application and a current curriculum vitae or resume.
- Provide contact details for two professional references.
- Submit a training curriculum developed with their mentor.
Eligible candidates must be:
- Board eligible or DO designated.
- Third year residents or within the first five years of practice.
- Legal U.S. residents (HIVMA does not sponsor visas. Please check with your host institution regarding their visa policies)
In addition, applicants must demonstrate their intent to establish their practice in the U.S. and to provide care to underserved populations. Applicants must also have completed their residencies prior to the start of the Fellowship and be within the first five years of clinical practice. Candidates must not have completed, be currently enrolled, or plan to enroll in an infectious diseases fellowship program. Strong preference will be given to African American and Latino candidates and to applicants pursuing training in the Southeastern U.S..
Fellowship Training Requirements
During the fellowship year, fellows must:
- Work in a clinical setting with a large minority patient population in the US.
- Manage at least 30 HIV patients over the course of their clinical training experience, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.*
- Engage in a mix of didactic and clinical experiences designed to provide the fellow with expertise in the longitudinal care of HIV-infected patients and treatment of common co-morbidities and co-infections, such as hepatitis C, substance use and mental illness.
- Attend the 2019 IDWeek conference that will take place October 3 to 7 in Washington, DC (HIVMA will cover all expenses).
- Complete a survey prior to the start of the fellowship and a post-program survey at the completion of the training year.
*Fellows may elect to spend up to 2 months of their Fellowship at another approved institution, clinic or practice to supplement their clinical experience. Sponsoring institutions must have an adequate census of HIV patients to ensure an adequate clinical experience.
Fellowship Completion Requirements
At the completion of the program, fellows are required to complete a survey that includes:
- A personal statement describing the Fellowship experience.
- Information on the quality and breadth of clinical competency gained during the Fellowship.
- Any publications and/or abstract presentations produced as a result of the Fellowship.