University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has forged a clinical education affiliation with Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, a nonprofit serving about 70 percent of the state’s at-risk AIDS population.
Under this new agreement, UA medical students will begin internship rotations at Southwest Center beginning in 2013.
This is the first medical student internship affiliation program developed with an Arizona-based HIV/AIDS agency and the Arizona Board of Regents in the history of the AIDS epidemic, said Carol Poore, president and CEO of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.
The center provides training for those in the medical field who want to understand the complexities of serving HIV patients. That includes providing primary care treatment combined with emotional, nutritional and healthy lifestyle support, she said.
In Arizona, there are about 14,000 people living with AIDS and another 5,000 who are infected but do not know their HIV status.
Andrea Norman, Southwest Center’s research and wellness director, said the Phoenix nonprofit will provide medical students with an in-depth education about serving people impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Read more of this article by Angela Gonzales of the Phoenix Business Journal here: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2012/09/25/ua-phoenix-medical-campus-southwest.html