In 2011, FMRI was awarded a 3-year federal development grant by the Human Resources and Services Administration to develop additional HIV training with the goal of establishing a continuity of practice program to expand opportunities to train family medicine resident physicians in HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Since that time, we have continued to grow the training track and have established it as a permanent educational opportunity within the residency.
The shortage of health care providers in HIV/AIDS care is part of a larger primary care crisis that currently exists in the United States. According to HRSA statistics, the United States will face a growing shortage of primary health care workers, in general, over the next several decades due to population growth and an aging provider pool. For HIV-positive care, like general primary care, demand is expected to outpace supply. The purpose of the HIV Training Track at FMRI is to increase resident physician clinical experience in providing HIV-positive primary care, while also increasing HIV learning through utilization of a comprehensive and interactive HIV curriculum.
Two residents per year are selected for a formal training track during their PGY-2 and 3 years of training. The HIV Training Track is based at the Emerald clinic site that also is home to FMRI’s HIV clinic, the Wellness Center. Selection of HIV Training Track residents occurs half-way through the R1 year. All R1s will receive HIV training and exposure to HIV services through an introductory ‘HIV 101’ curriculum during their PGY-1 year. After the R1 year, residents selected for the HIV Training Track will locate to the Emerald clinic and participate in a dedicated curriculum and additional patient care experiences throughout their PGY-2 and 3 years.
The Wellness Center is Idaho’s only Ryan White funded HIV clinic, and has been a part of FMRI since its establishment in 1998. The Wellness Center presently cares for ~550 individuals living with HIV in the Boise and Twin Falls metro areas.
For more information about the HIV training track, please contact Abby Davids, MD at: firstname.lastname@example.org.