The OHTN’s pre-clerkship HIV elective program provides Ontario’s medical students with additional exposure to HIV issues, increasing their awareness of HIV management, both from the perspective of the clinician as well as persons living with HIV. This program is led and organized by students, with ample support from the OHTN. We help the participating students with organizing guest lectures and observerships at HIV clinics and other specialized sites, and contacting mentors living with HIV. Participation in the OHTN’s pre-clerkship HIV elective program is voluntary, based on students’ personal and professional goals. There is no limit to the number of students that can be enrolled in the course.
At least one faculty member from the medical school has to agree to undertake the responsibility of overseeing the activities of the program. Once this person is in place, he/she acts as a sounding board and guide for the planning team, which is a team of participating students. The planning team is responsible for organizing program content/activities for each academic year in collaboration with the faculty advisor.
IV. OHTN Supports medical students!
The OHTN provides financial, adult education and media tools support for participating students. The financial support covers items such as incidental expenses, light meals or snacks for a lecture, dinner/refreshment and transportation expenses and honoraria for mentors living with HIV. All receipts must be submitted to the OHTN training and education program coordinator.
The designated OHTN liaison supports the team with administrative work that may include event design and implementation, contacting speakers, etc.
V. Expectations & Evaluation
All activities must be implemented during the academic year. Students are encouraged to seek their pre-clerkship HIV elective program faculty member’s guidance in getting their hours of observing physicians in the clinical setting as elective hours and their non-clinical events as Medical Students Performance credits. This serves as an incentive to generate interest among the student body so larger numbers participate in the program.
The group is required to submit a brief 2 to 3 page report reflecting on learning goals and objectives, and one video testimonial [hyperlink to pertinent webpage]
VI. How to Apply
Prepare a short (3-4 page) proposal that includes:
- Learning goals and objectives
- A summary of events, activities and lectures that your school’s elective program will organize throughout the year
- An itemized budget to request OHTN funding (up to $5000)
- A clear plan of how people living with and/or affected by HIV in your community will contribute to your program’s educational activities
Send your proposal to the Director of Education & Training (Director-EDUC@ohtn.on.ca). For more info, please call 416-642-6486 x 2240.