The Dr. Dawn K. Smith

HIV Prevention Clinical Fellowship

The Dr. Dawn K. Smith HIV Prevention Clinical Fellowship will provide comprehensive training to non-infectious disease clinicians in fields such as emergency medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy practice, primary care and others to increase PrEP awareness and utilization in under-resourced communities and in populations with higher HIV transmission rates.

WHAT THE GRANT AWARDS

Over the course of twelve months, the fellows will perform a mix of clinical work (primarily outpatient but also some inpatient), self and collaborative study, didactics, teaching and quality improvement activities as well as access online tools and attend conferences. The fellowship will be led by a team of experienced HIV clinicians, researchers and educators and will combine didactic and interactive experiential learning activities.

Fellows will participate in several activities designed to enhance their clinical skills and understanding of PrEP, including:

  • Self-directed learning modules.
  • Experiential/clinical rounds.
  • Monthly/bi-monthly online fellowship meetings.
  • Case-based discussions with preceptors.
  • Simulation exercises.

Stipends will be provided for the fellow, training preceptor and home clinic/site.

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FELLOWSHIP TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Each Dawn K. Smith HIV fellow will be expected to:

  • Be committed to the responsibilities of the fellowship throughout its 12-month term.
  • Participate in an orientation meeting.
  • Participate in monthly/bi-monthly online fellowship meetings.
  • Complete fellowship evaluation activities at mid-year and departure.
  • Participate in mentor-mentee individual check-ins.
  • Participate in fellow webinars and roundtables.
  • Complete at least 40 hours of in-person practicum with their fellowship mentor.
  • Initiate a PrEP clinic or PrEP awareness campaign at their home clinic.
  • Present a final project/program at an in-person Fellow Symposia.

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must be:

  • Practicing physicians, physician assistants/associates, nurse practitioners or pharmacists.
  • A legal U.S. resident. (The Academy does not sponsor visas. If visa sponsorship is required, this must be done by your host institution.)
  • Not currently enrolled in, nor have previously completed, an infectious diseases fellowship training.

Prioritized clinicians:

  • Those who are committed to serving in under-resourced areas and priority populations, with emphasis on the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) priority jurisdictions in the Southern Region of the United States.

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APPLICATION TIMELINE

Applications are being accepted from March 1, 2024, to May 15, 2024. Fellows will be selected in the spring of 2024.

FELLOWSHIP DATES

The fellowship runs from July 2024 to ⁠June 2025.

HOW TO APPLY

Ensure you meet the criteria for applicants by first reviewing the eligibility requirements above. Then complete the Fellow Application, including a letter of support from your direct supervisor or clinic administration.

REQUIRED CONVENINGS, MEETINGS AND TIME COMMITMENT

Virtual instructional webinars/meetings 

  • Frequency: Every third Thursday of the month from noon–2 p.m., Eastern 
  • Regular mentor engagement 

Live meetings/conferences 

  • A minimum of 40 total hours of in-person practicum/experiential training with Fellowship mentor (self-determined timeline) completed within the first 6-months of the fellowship
  • Poster presentation at ACTHIV 2025 conference (full day commitment) 

PrEP service and development/implementation 

  • Approximately 3 to 6 hours monthly preparing for PrEP service development and implementation on your own time 

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STIPEND AND CME CREDIT

Participating fellows will receive a $7,500 stipend for participating in the program, funding to support the home site and will be eligible for up to 20 CME credit hours. Note that receipt of full stipend is contingent upon program participation and completion.

HOST PRECEPTOR/MENTOR

Serving as an HIV Fellowship Preceptor/Mentor offers a multitude of benefits, ranging from personal and professional development to positively impacting the future of PrEP delivery and HIV care. Preceptor candidates must:

  • Be a licensed practicing physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist 
  • Be an Academy credentialed HIV Specialist or Pharmacist
  • Have a dynamic approach to sexual health and HIV prevention and care 
  • Be able to provide an in-person 40-hour experience including patient assessment (including sexual health histories), drug information, patient education and STI/PrEP consultation and delivery 
  • Be available to mentor the Fellow and participate in mentor-mentee individual check-in for the duration of the Fellowship 

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BENEFITS

Participating preceptors will receive a $5000 stipend for serving as a mentor in the program. Note that receipt of full stipend is contingent upon program participation and completion.

CONTACT

For additional information regarding the fellowship, please email engagement@aahivm.org. 

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CONTACT

For additional information regarding the fellowship, please email engagement@aahivm.org. 

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