2018 Awardees

HIVMA Medical Students Program is pleased to announce the selection of 15 medical students from across the US who will receive funding for clinical learning and research projects through the HIVMA Medical Students Program. The program will support projects in local and overseas settings. The students will receive mentorship from HIVMA members at their institutions, free membership to HIVMA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a stipend of $3,500 per year for up to three years.

The selected students, their mentors, institutions, and project titles are:

Doris Berman
MENTOR: Katherine Schafer, MD
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Gathering Trauma Narratives: The Effects of Trauma on Reproductive Behaviors in HIV Populations

Sushma Boppana
MENTOR: Paul Goepfert, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Impact of cross-reactive TCR clonotypes on HIV viral evolution

Catherine Dodson
MENTOR: Ellen Eaton, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Quantifying Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) & HIV Testing Preferences in Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) to Provide Patient-Centered Care

Shruti Gujaran
MENTOR: David Riedel, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
The Role of Aging in HIV-Related Hospitalizations and Complications

Kristin Harrington
MENTOR: Russell Kempker, MD, MSc
Emory University
Cryptococcal Screening in Patients with HIV

Charles Kopp
MENTOR: Alison Roxby, MD, MSc
University of Washington School of Medicine
Maternal and fetal outcomes after integrase inhibitor-containing antiretroviral regimens during pregnancy: a retrospective cohort study in Seattle, Washington

Sugi Min
MENTOR: Curt G. Beckwith, MD
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Optimizing HIV and HCV continuum of care outcomes for criminal justice-involved populations

Joshua Niforatos
MENTOR: Justin Yax, DO, DTMH
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Root Cause Analysis of Missed Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in the Emergency Department at a Level 1 Trauma Center

Katelyn Pastick
MENTOR: David Boulware, MD, MPH
University of Minnesota
Predictors and Outcomes of Seizures in HIV-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis Patients

Alex Rosenthal
MENTOR: Philip Chan, MD, MS
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Acceptability of HIV Prevention and Screening Among Church Leaders in At-Risk Communities

Garshasb Soroosh
MENTOR: Robert F. Siliciano, MD, PhD
John Hopkins School of Medicine
Latent Reservoir Size as Predictor of Immunologic, Clinical, or Inflammatory Outcomes in Treated HIV

William Trebelcock
MENTOR: Rachel Bender Ignacio, MD, MPH
University of Washington School of Medicine
HIV Transmitted Drug Resistance: Prevalence, Clinical Characteristics, and Geospatial Mapping in Newly Diagnosed MSM and Transgender Women in Lima, Peru

Jennie Xu
MENTOR: Scott Letendre, MD
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Exploring the Relationship Between Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density and HIV-Associated Neuropathic Pain

Thomas Zaikos
MENTOR: Alberto Bosque-Pardos, PhD, MBA
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Investigating the immunological effects of the novel HIV latency-reversing agent 3-Hydroxy-1,2,3-benzotriazin-4(3H)-one (HODHBt)