HIV Medicine Fellowship Overview

Dr Taylor Schmidt
(HIV fellow, UT Southwestern, class of 2021),
discusses the benefits and goals of his yearlong clinical HIV fellowship with HIVMA 

The HIV Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, Texas Medical Board-approved, program that provides comprehensive and rigorous training in both inpatient and outpatient HIV medical care. The focus of this training is HIV primary care but also includes training experiences in HIV PrEP care, sexually transmitted infections, perinatal HIV management, hepatitis C co-infection, and other chronic complications of HIV medicine. The primary target audience for this fellowship are graduates from an internal medicine, family medicine, or medicine/pediatrics residency seeking additional training in HIV primary care.

The UTSW HIV fellowship provides superior education for diverse physicians who wish to become experts in HIV medicine through working with a medically underserved patient population as well as through quality didactic activities. Fellows will care for patients with diverse clinical presentations, including opportunistic infections as well as chronic complications of HIV. Fellows will be able to participate in quality initiatives, including efforts focused on improving quality of care for patients living with HIV, as well as prevention of HIV in the community.

Mission Statement

The goal of the UTSW HIV fellowship is development of a diverse workforce of primary care clinicians with clinical expertise and dedication to treat people living with HIV. Fellows will work closely with experts in the field of HIV medicine to care for a diverse group of patients with chronic complications of HIV as well as opportunistic infections.

Clinical Training

  • Primary Care Clinic
    The core of clinical training will be in the primary care of patients living with HIV at the ACCESS HIV Clinic. Fellows will do at least four half-days per week of care for their own panel of patients in providing continuity of care throughout the one-year fellowship. Amelia Court is the largest outpatient provider of HIV care in Dallas and is affiliated with Parkland Health and Hospital System. This busy, urban HIV clinic provides comprehensive HIV care for over 5,500 patients including in-house case management, nutrition, social work, and pharmacy services. As the site of their HIV continuity clinic, this location provides unparalleled educational experiences in the outpatient management of HIV disease and its myriad complications in a robust, patient-centric environment staffed by expert HIV faculty.

  • Inpatient HIV Consult Service
    There are additional specialty clinics available for fellows to rotate through based on clinical interest in the areas of sexual health and PrEP, high-risk OB and perinatal HIV, hepatitis C co-infection, and correctional health HIV care.

  • Specialty clinics There are additional specialty clinics available for fellows to rotate through based on clinical interest in the areas of sexual health and PrEP, high-risk OB and perinatal HIV, hepatitis C co-infection, and correctional health HIV care.
  • There are additional specialty clinics available for fellows to rotate through based on clinical interest in the areas of sexual health and PrEP, high-risk OB and perinatal HIV, med-peds clinic, hepatitis C co-infection, and correctional health HIV care.

Didactics

Fellows will attend a weekly HIV didactic series which covers all aspects of HIV medicine care in a one-year rotating curriculum. Topics covered include ART management in both naïve and treatment-experienced patients, management of opportunistic infections, cancer screening, metabolic complications in HIV, and the impact of mental health and social determinants of health on HIV care. Fellows will also be invited to participate in our weekly ID divisional case conference, at which they can present interesting cases to the ID and HIV faculty followed by a brief literature review.

Research and QI

Fellows will be encouraged to participate in the wealth of clinical and translational HIV research going on at UT Southwestern. A faculty research mentor will be identified, and fellows will be strongly encouraged to conduct clinical or translational research and disseminate this work at a regional or national HIV meetings such as ID Week, CROI, ACT-HIV or the International AIDS Society annual meetings. Potential research mentors can be seen on our ID faculty webpage.

Clinical Training

Clinical Training

  • Primary Care Clinic
    The core of clinical training will be in the primary care of patients living with HIV at the ACCESS HIV Clinic. Fellows will do at least four half-days per week of care for their own panel of patients in providing continuity of care throughout the one-year fellowship. Amelia Court is the largest outpatient provider of HIV care in Dallas and is affiliated with Parkland Health and Hospital System. This busy, urban HIV clinic provides comprehensive HIV care for over 5,500 patients including in-house case management, nutrition, social work, and pharmacy services. As the site of their HIV continuity clinic, this location provides unparalleled educational experiences in the outpatient management of HIV disease and its myriad complications in a robust, patient-centric environment staffed by expert HIV faculty.

  • Inpatient HIV Consult Service
    There are additional specialty clinics available for fellows to rotate through based on clinical interest in the areas of sexual health and PrEP, high-risk OB and perinatal HIV, hepatitis C co-infection, and correctional health HIV care.

  • Specialty clinics There are additional specialty clinics available for fellows to rotate through based on clinical interest in the areas of sexual health and PrEP, high-risk OB and perinatal HIV, hepatitis C co-infection, and correctional health HIV care.
Didactics

Didactics

Fellows will attend a weekly HIV didactic series which covers all aspects of HIV medicine care in a one-year rotating curriculum. Topics covered include ART management in both naïve and treatment-experienced patients, management of opportunistic infections, cancer screening, metabolic complications in HIV, and the impact of mental health and social determinants of health on HIV care. Fellows will also be invited to participate in our weekly ID divisional case conference, at which they can present interesting cases to the ID and HIV faculty followed by a brief literature review.

Research and Quality Improvement

Research and QI

Fellows will be encouraged to participate in the wealth of clinical and translational HIV research going on at UT Southwestern. A faculty research mentor will be identified, and fellows will be strongly encouraged to conduct clinical or translational research and disseminate this work at a regional or national HIV meetings such as ID Week, CROI, ACT-HIV or the International AIDS Society annual meetings. Potential research mentors can be seen on our ID faculty webpage.

Contact Us

Dr. Ellen Kitchell

Ellen Kitchell, M.D.
Associate Professor
Program Director, HIV Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Sheena Knights

Sheena Knights, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, HIV Medicine Fellowship


Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9113
Phone: 214-648-0234
Fax: 214-648-9478
Paula Blackburn, GME Coordinator II
paula.blacburn@UTSouthwestern.edu