Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program

Rotation-Specific Goals and Objectives for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Medicine

During the HIV medicine rotation, the resident will achieve the following in their role as:


  1. Build a strong knowledge base regarding T cell structure and function
  2. Review the mechanism of HIV infection/transmission
  3. Develop understanding of HIV testing methodologies
  4. Develop strong knowledge of the clinical information relevant to diagnosis and management of HIV
  5. Acquire competence in the medical treatment modalities for HIV, their mechanisms of action, their indications and contraindications, common side effects and management of these side effects
  6. Develop strong knowledge of the common complications of HIV including the clinical circumstances in which these typically occur


  1. Develop therapeutic relationships with patients infected with HIV and their families
  2. Collect relevant information and synthesize the significant history from patients and families with regards to their diagnosis of HIV, complications of their disease and treatment
  3. Listen effectively to information provided by patients, their families and other health professionals involved in the care of the individual patients
  4. Deliver adequate information to the patients regarding their diagnosis and treatment


  1. In consultation with the Infectious Disease specialist and other health care professionals, develop a comprehensive care-plan for the patient.


  1. Understand the function of the HIV clinic as part of a health care organization
  2. Understand the role of different health care practitioners and allied health within the HIV clinic
  3. Make appropriate decisions when allocating finite health care resources
  4. Prioritize and execute tasks related to patient care in an efficient manner
  5. Utilize information technology to optimize patient care, maintain life-long learning


  1. Identify the important determinants of health including environmental, cultural, social and economic factors affecting patients with HIV
  2. Contribute effectively to improve the health of patients and communities


  1. Critically appraise sources of medical information with regards to HIV medicine


  1. Deliver the highest quality care with integrity, honesty and compassion.
  2. Exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal professional behaviors
  3. Respect diversity of age, gender, disability, intelligence and socioeconomic status
  4. Practice medicine ethically, consistent with the obligations of a physician
  5. Exhibit punctuality