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.
Help End the HIV Epidemic: Clinical Fellowship Opportunity
The HIV Medicine Association and IDSA Foundation are accepting applications for the 2022–2023 training year. The fellowship program supports up to two 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 medically underserved populations.
The award includes a stipend set according to the PGY-4 salary level at the training institution, funds to cover the fringe benefits provided by the sponsoring organization and an additional $5,000 to support educational opportunities or offset administrative costs. Physicians whose communities are underrepresented in medicine or who are interested in working in the Southeastern United States are strongly encouraged to apply. Program and application requirements are on the HIVMA website, including recommended competencies for HIV clinical fellows. Email HIVMA staff with questions or for more information. Applications due by Nov. 8, 2021.
University of California – San Francisco (Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital)
University of Texas – Houston (Thomas Street Clinic)
University of Miami
State of New York