Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 350–354

Development and Implementation of a Novel HIV Primary Care Track for Internal Medicine Residents

  • David A. Fessler
  • Grace C. Huang
  • Jennifer Potter
  • Joseph J. Baker
  • Howard Libman
Innovation and Improvement: Innovations in Medical Education

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-016-3878-9

Cite this article as:
Fessler, D.A., Huang, G.C., Potter, J. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2017) 32: 350. doi:10.1007/s11606-016-3878-9

Abstract

Background

Declining mortality has led to a rising number of persons living with HIV (PLWH) and concerns about a future shortage of HIV practitioners.

Aim

To develop an HIV Primary Care Track for internal medicine residents.

Setting

Academic hospital and community health center with a history of caring for PLWH and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients.

Participants

Internal medicine residents.

Program Description

We enrolled four residents annually in a 3-year track with the goal of having each provide continuity care to at least 20 PLWH. The curriculum included small group learning sessions, outpatient electives, a global health opportunity, and the development of a scholarly project.

Program Evaluation

All residents successfully accrued 20 or more PLWH as continuity patients. Senior residents passed the American Academy of HIV Medicine certification exam, and 75 % of graduates took positions in primary care involving PLWH. Clinical performance of residents in HIV care quality measures was comparable to those reported in published cohorts.

Discussion

We developed and implemented a novel track to train medical residents in the care of PLWH and LGBT patients. Our results suggest that a designated residency track can serve as a model for training the next generation of HIV practitioners.

KEY WORDS

medical education—postgraduate HIV/AIDS gay and lesbian health medical education—curriculum development/evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Fessler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Grace C. Huang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jennifer Potter
    • 1
    • 4
  • Joseph J. Baker
    • 4
  • Howard Libman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of General Medicine and Primary CareBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Infectious DiseasesBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  3. 3.Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and ResearchBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  4. 4.Fenway HealthBostonUSA