In recent years, the OHTN has provided support to several education and professional development initiatives.
Universities Without Walls (UWW)
UWW is an intensive education program designed specifically to meet the needs of both university students who want to pursue a career in HIV research and community-based champions who are involved in HIV research, and help them achieve their academic and professional goals. UWW is funded by a Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and has been housed at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).
The HIV Outpatient Clinic Network (OCN)
The HIV Outpatient Clinic Network (OCN) is a coalition of 18 HIV outpatient clinics across Ontario. Representatives include physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and clinical coordinators. The Network formed out of a desire amongst Ontario’s HIV outpatient clinics to ensure high-quality and sustained care for people living with HIV.
What does the coalition do?
For the past 15 years, the OCN has met to collaborate, share information, best practices, and engage in knowledge-transfer and exchange activities. These activities include quarterly meetings in Toronto, participation in workshops or educational sessions, coordination of advocacy efforts, and participation in an annual professional development Education Day.
The HIV Residency Program
What is the HIV Residency Program?
The OHTN Residency in HIV Care provides support for postgraduate (residency) training in HIV care for physicians at the PGY-3 level. The purpose of this program is to enhance the provision of HIV care in Ontario by providing the opportunity for additional concentrated HIV-specific training to physicians. The OHTN Residency in HIV Care is open to physicians from Ontario and based at the University of Toronto, Family and Community Medicine, Enhanced Skills Program.
How much funding does the program provide?
The OHTN supports the full-time salary at the level of an Ontario PGY-3 Trainee.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the OHTN Residency in HIV Care award, the applicant must:
- Be at the PGY-3 level at the beginning of the award
- Have demonstrated a major interest in HIV care in their residency training and/or in their current practice;
- Intend to practice HIV care in Ontario following completion of their HIV residency;
- Hold Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status;
- Be licensed or eligible to be licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario;
- If pursuing family practice or primary care, have completed or are in the final year of training in a College of Family Physicians of Canada-approved residency program.
Preference will be given to trainees who will provide HIV care in underserved locations and/or to underserved populations.
When to Apply?
This competition is open annually; however, application dates vary. For more information, please contact the Director of Education & Training (Director-EDUC@ohtn.on.ca).
Pre-clerkship in HIV
The OHTN’s pre-clerkship HIV 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 support from the OHTN.
At least one faculty member from a medical school agrees to the responsibility for overseeing the activities of the program and act as a sounding board and guide for participating students. Students are responsible for organizing program content/activities for each academic year in collaboration with the faculty advisor.
The pre-clerkship program has allowed students to do activities including:
- Attend lectures on HIV history, policy, and syndemics.
- Observe practicing HIV physicians across a variety of settings.
- Interact directly with people living with HIV.
- Observe the processes used in specialized settings like testing clinics and addictions services.
- Attend HIV webinars for emerging healthcare professionals.
Expectations and Evaluation
All activities must take place during the academic year. Student planning groups are required to submit a brief 2 to 3 page report reflecting on their learning goals and objectives, as well as one video testimonial
How to Apply
Students should prepare a short (3-4 page) proposal that includes:
- Learning goals and objectives
- A summary of events, activities and lectures that their school’s elective program will organize throughout the year
- An itemized budget to request OHTN funding (up to $5000)
- A clear plan for how people living with and/or affected by HIV in their communities will contribute to their program’s educational activities.
Proposals should be sent to the Director of Education & Training (Director-EDUC@ohtn.on.ca).