2019 HIVMA Clinical Fellow Awardees

The HIVMA Clinical Fellowship Program provides non-ID trained physicians with the most updated best practices for treating patients living with HIV/AIDS. Each year our program provides grants to fellows at institutions that predominantly serve communities of color.  Funds are used to support a year of dedicated HIV clinical training for a non-infectious disease trained physician interested in pursuing a career in HIV medicine. In addition to management of antiretroviral therapy, clinical training also includes treating common co-infections and comorbidities such as hepatitis C, mental health, substance use disorder and multi-disciplinary team patient management.

This year, the IDSA Foundation has selected two dynamic physicians to receive a year-long mentored training with an ID/HIV specialist.

meet the 2019-2020 awardees


Dr. Sunny Lai

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Philadelphia, PA 

Mentor: Lisa A. Spacek, MD, PhD

Dr. Lai completed her residency in Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Lin Mel

Emory University/Grady Health System – Ponce de Leon Center – Atlanta, GA

Mentors: Aley Kalapila, MD and Minh Nguyen, MD

Dr. Mel received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Emory University.

The HIVMA Clinical Fellowship program is entering its thirteenth year, and the IDSA Foundation and HIV Medicine Association are proud of the contribution that the program has made to strengthen the HIV workforce in communities most in need of HIV medical providers. Twenty-two physicians have completed the program and nearly all of them continue to provide HIV care to under-served patient populations.

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