Capacity Building

InterProfessional Education

The purpose of the Northeast/Caribbean AETC HIV InterProfessional Education Program is to develop, implement and evaluate interProfessional HIV team-based training programs for health profession students to enhance the workforce to optimize care and outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS.


The goals of the Northeast/Caribbean AETC HIV InterProfessional Education Program are to develop faculty capacity to manage and train preprofessionals on HIV care and treatment in interProfessional team-based settings, and to train pre-professional teams on HIV care and treatment through course offerings and hands-on, interProfessional team-based clinical practice experiences. The desired outcome of the training program is that trainees who participate in these programs will achieve HIV expertise and interProfessional team-practice competencies and, upon graduation, will enter clinical practice settings where they can provide team-based, comprehensive care to PLWH.


There are two IPE Programs in development in the region. One is located in New York City and is coordinated by our regional partner site SUNY Downstate, and the other is in Puerto Rico coordinated by the University of Puerto Rico. Participants in the program include faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy of each participating IPE site, and a select group of students from each of the schools.


New York City:

  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center, School of Medicine
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center, College of Nursing
  • Touro College of Pharmacy
Puerto Rico:
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Nursing
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy


Faculty will identify all existing curricula/training programs at each participating school that involve training preprofessional students in (1) HIV core competences and (2) interProfessional core competencies. They will then identify training gaps, and with the assistance of the NECA AETC will develop curricula and implement hands-on clinical learning opportunities that include comprehensive HIV care and interProfessional education. Once the program has been developed a predefined number of medical, nursing and pharmacy students from each of the 3 participating schools at each IPE site will complete didactic and skill-building coursework and hands on clinical preceptorships that include interProfessional activities to cover the predefined core competencies. This can be accomplished via existing courses and supplemental online and/or in person trainings and clinical experiences.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1OHA29291, AIDS Education and Training Centers Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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