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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
2:00pm – 4:30pm ET / 11:00am – 1:30pm PT


The Minority Student Open is a virtual conference for medical, nursing, pharmacy, PA and other health-related minority students and trainees. The free event features a plenary speaker, an interdisciplinary panel discussion and breakout sessions that will inspire and inform minority students and trainees to consider a health professions career in HIV care, policy or research. A faculty of preeminent leaders in HIV will pass along lessons learned and create opportunities for mentorship and professional insight. Breakout sessions offered include sessions on the hierarchy in healthcare, navigating systemic racism, the basics of business in HIV healthcare and research.


Underrepresentation of people of color and members of minority communities in HIV prevention, treatment and research is a major problem confronting the US healthcare workforce. Our health system already confronts workforce shortages as many providers who cared for people at the dawn of the HIV pandemic have retired, or otherwise left practice, or are on the cusp of doing so. To strengthen human resources for health, representation of people of color and members of minority groups working as HIV specialist clinicians, practitioners and researchers is critically important. To encourage the next generation of healthcare professionals to center HIV prevention, care and research in their future practices, AAHIVM’s Academy Council for Racial Equity will host its inaugural Minority Student Open.



Dr. Rawlings’ plenary covers topics such as health equity, COVID-19, and systemic racism with an aim to motivate, inspire and engage students. Learn about the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and the impending HIV workforce shortage the United States faces.

M. Keith Rawlings, MD is Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs at ViiV Healthcare. Prior to joining ViiV Dr. Rawlings served has Director HIV Medical Sciences / Gilead Sciences, Inc from 2011 to 2018. He oversaw the national field-based team of Medical Scientists that provide medical education and training on HIV prevention and treatment. During his tenure he focused on the regulatory submission, approval and implementation of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the US, as well as the Study Director for three of the FDA post-marketing commitments. He is past-Chair of Internal Medicine and Co-Chair of the Infectious Diseases/ HIV for the National Medical Association (NMA). He served on the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) AIDS Advisory Committee; Co-Principal Investigator of the National Minority AIDS Education & Training Center; board member American Academy of HIV Medicine; and on the South African Presidential HIV Advisory Board. He has published over 100 abstracts and manuscripts. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Career Pathways in HIV: A Panel Discussion

This interdisciplinary panel discussion shares the many ways that HIV prevention, treatment and research can be a part of your professional journey. Learn what it’s like to work in a variety of settings and with diverse populations in this interactive discussion.


Michelle Collins-Ogle, MD, FAAP, AAHIVS
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York



Alftan Dyson, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP
ViiV Healthcare | Medical Advocacy & Outreach of Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama



Briana Journée, PharmD, MBA, CPh, AAHIVP
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida



Alanna Steaple, APRN-BC, AACRN
The Neighborhood Medical Center
Tallahassee, Florida

Breakout Sessions

Students will select one breakout session to participate in from the following options. Recordings of all three breakout sessions will be made available after the event.

Option 1: Research –
How to get involved in clinical trials and research as a student. What do investigators do to support themselves? What is an abstract? Start putting together your publication record now and learn about research opportunities available to students today.

Moderated by:
Leonard Sowah, MBChB, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS
Rockville, Maryland




Option 2: The Basics of Business in HIV Care – How to survive and thrive as a solo or small group practice. Tips for navigating salary negotiation and how to be your own professional champion.

Moderated by:
Ogechika Alozie, MD, MPH, AAHIVS
Sunset ID Care
El Paso, Texas



Hermeyone Bell, APRN-BC, AAHIVS
Bell Primary Care, LLC
Decatur, Georgia



Option 3: The Hierarchy in Healthcare – Systemic racism in healthcare in the historical perspective and now. Different forms of systemic racism in healthcare – how do we navigate these mine fields? Recognizing and understanding the roots of implicit bias and associated stigma and its impact on the health of minority healthcare providers and patients.

Moderated by:
Cleophas d’Auvergne, MD, MPA, Dip TB PAHO/WHO, AAHIVS
CAMRIS International, USAID Global Health Team
Cleveland, Ohio



Cooperative Health
Columbia, South Carolina

Student Open Agenda
*times displayed in Eastern Time

2:00 – 2:10 Welcome

2:10 – 2:40 Plenary

2:40 – 3:30 Career Pathways in HIV Panel Discussion

3:30 – 3:40 Break

3:40 – 4:20 Breakout Sessions

4:20 – 4:30 Closing & Farewell

This event is presented by the Academy Council for Racial Equity. Learn about the council HERE.