AIDS Education and Training Center

SUNY-DMC’s STAR Program is a local performance site of Northeast / Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC).  The AETC  provides on-site HIV training and technical assistance for multidisciplinary health care providers in Brooklyn and Staten Island, targeting community-based clinics, hospitals, and substance abuse treatment programs that provide HIV care or are scaling up HIV-related services. The training population includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing assistants, dentists, dental assistants, social workers, case managers and other health care support service professionals. For clinicians who would like experiential training in HIV care, AETC organizes observational preceptorships at the STAR Health Center. Funding for this program is provided by HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau through a subcontract with Columbia University.

Key Personnel:

Clinical Consultants:

Special Annual Events:

HIV Update for Pharmacists (in collaboration with Long Island University School of Pharmacy)

Site Area of Expertise:

  • ARV Treatment (all aspects)
  • Women and HIV
  • Case Conferencing
  • Prevention Related Issues (PrEP, Motivational Interviewing, Vertical Transmission, etc.)
  • Substance Use Related Issues (Smoking Cessation, Adherence, etc.)
  • Prevention Related Issues (PwP, Motivational Interviewing, Vertical Transmission, etc.)
  • LGBT Cultural Competency
  • HIV primary care basics for clinicians new to HIV care
  • HCV/HIV coinfection
  • Substance use screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT)

Longitudinal Training Sites:

  • Interfaith Medical Center
  • START Treatment and Recovery Center
  • Wyckoff Medical Center
  • Brookdale Hospital/Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center
  • Project Samaritan
  • Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center
  • Lutheran Family Health Centers
  • Pierre-Toussaint Family Health Center
  • Staten Island University Hospital
  • Beacon Christian Community Health
  • Richmond University Hospital
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center
  • Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center
  • Housing Works Downtown Brooklyn Health Center
  • Community Health Center of Richmond
  • Medgar Evers College, Department of Nursing
  • New York City College of Technology

New Initiatives:

STAR Program’s AETC is initiating HIV-focused Interprofessional Education (IPE) training in collaboration with SUNY-DMC College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and Touro College of Pharmacy.

Catchment Area: Brooklyn and Staten Island
AETC Partner since: 2002

David Odegaard, MPH
Director of Professional Education and Training
Telephone: (718) 270-4752

Michele Wilson, MPH
Program Coordinator
Telephone: (718) 270-4490