December 1, 2007

HIVMA Accepting Applications for the Minority Clinical Fellowship

Minority Clinical FellowshipThe HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is now accepting applications for its award-winning fellowship, which is designed to encourage physicians from some of the communities most affected by HIV/AIDS to enter the field of HIV care. The HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship offers African American and Latino physicians the opportunity to gain clinical experience and expertise in HIV care.

The need for more minority physicians practicing HIV care is urgent. African Americans make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 50 percent of the AIDS diagnoses in 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Latinos represented 14 percent of the U.S. population and 19 percent of the AIDS cases.  

“The number of African Americans and Latinos with HIV /AIDS continues to grow, but we have not seen a parallel increase of health care providers from those constituencies,” said Arlene Bardeguez, MD, MPH, vice chair of the HIVMA Board of Directors.

“To make matters worse, very few physicians of any race or ethnicity are going into the field of HIV medicine,” added Kimberly Y. Smith, MD, MPH, member of the HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship Committee.

Fellowship winners will work with HIVMA mentors at institutions where they will continuously manage HIV-positive inpatients and outpatients. The Fellowships provide each recipient a $60,000 stipend plus benefits for one year as well as $10,000 for the mentor at the sponsoring institution.

Kaiser Permanente granted the HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship its National Diversity HIV/AIDS Award this year at its annual diversity conference.

HIVMA acknowledges the generous support of GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Gilead Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Tibotec Therapeutics for this important new initiative.

Applications are due February 15, 2008. Click here for more information or to apply.

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