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Internal Medicine HIV Track

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Program Overview and Background:

Beginning in July 2014, SUNY Downstate Medical Center started to offer an HIV specialty track option within the Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The HIV Track Option will be offered to a select group of four residents and will continue throughout the three years of residency. All incoming PGY-I Categorical Medicine housestaff will be given the opportunity to apply to this program.

This track has been developed in response to a decrease in the number of primary care physicians in the U.S. who provide HIV care. As HIV has become a chronically-managed disease, there is an increasing need to incorporate primary care providers into the spectrum of HIV care. SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been selected as one of only three sites to receive funding from the US Public Health Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop an HIV track for Medicine residents. Our nationally-recognized HIV treatment and research programs, our large Medicine residency program, and our diverse patient population make us uniquely suited to offer this training opportunity.

Program Goals:

The overall mission of the program is to build the capacity of a generation of primary care / internal medicine physicians who can provide expert specialist care to people with HIV.

By the end of this three year program, selected residents will be able to:

The HIV Track Option offers enhanced mentorship, integration of HIV-infected patients into a general medicine panel, and specialized education. Specifically:

Didactic topics include: