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HIV is not an ACGME accredited fellowship and therefore does not have a true board certification. However, the American Academy of HIV Medicine (http://www.AAHIVM.org) does offer a certificate for HIV Specialists. This does have HIV CME and patient care activity requirements, however does not require fellowship training. Further, since these fellowships are not ACGME accredited funding can vary from year to year.

These programs are often connected to but separate from Infectious Disease programs and vary by curriculum. The clinical programs are for advanced training and experience to treat HIV infected patients, which many ID programs may not specifically offer. Other programs are focused on prevention and policy training, research, as well as mental and behavior health.

HIV in the US has become a disease of the Adolescents and Adults, with most cases of Pediatric HIV being few during to appropriate prophylaxis. This skews any training program towards the Internal Medicine and Adolescent Medicine side significantly.

There are also a number of programs that are dedicated to public health training and mental and behavior health programs that are available.

Programs Offering Fellowship:

  • HIV Medical Association/IDSA FoundationPacific AIDS Education and Training Center

Help End the HIV Epidemic: Clinical Fellowship Opportunity
HIVMA and the IDSA Foundation are accepting applications for the 2024-2025 HIV Clinical Fellowship training year. The fellowship program supports physicians who are not trained in infectious diseases to pursue one year of HIV clinical training under the mentorship of an HIVMA member at clinical sites serving patient populations who have historically been medically underserved and/or marginalized.

Program and application requirements are available on the HIVMA website including recommended competencies for HIV clinical fellows and a form for members to register their institutions as clinical training sites for fellows. The application will close Dec. 4, 2023. Learn more about current and past fellows of the program. Email HIVMA staff with questions or for more information. 

Additional Contacts
Emery Chang, MD*
Susa Coffey, MD
Ben J. Barnett, MD