Academy Question and Answer
Q: When should I renew my membership in the Academy?
A: All current members will receive a membership renewal letter in September or October. Once you renew this year, your membership will be valid until December 2002.
Q: Will defining an HIV Specialist reduce the number of physicians providing HIV treatment in rural areas?
A: During the development of the Academy's definition of an HIV Specialist, rural physicians have told us that they are accustomed to practicing general medicine and co-managing specific cases of a variety of specialties with a specialist in a neighboring city. This is a common situation for HIV treatment because, by all of the definitions of HIV specialists commonly used today, a rural physician does not see enough patients to qualify as a specialist.
The Academy's definition and certification of HIV Specialists will assist rural physicians by identifying experienced HIV physicians in their geographical area. With the Referral Database available on our website (www.aahivm.org), a rural physician can quickly locate an HIV Specialist to co-manage specific cases.
Q: Once the Academy has a certification process, will you have to be a member of the Academy to certify? Will you have to certify to be a member of the Academy?
A: You will not have to become a member of the Academy to be certified as an HIV Specialist, nor will you have to earn certification to become a member -- these are two separate subjects that will not be linked.
Membership is open to anyone who is interested in assisting the Academy in reaching its mission of promoting excellence in HIV/AIDS care. Certification is available to anyone who wishes to qualify as an HIV Specialist.
This article was provided by American Academy of HIV Medicine. It is a part of the publication The Nexus. Visit AAHIVM's website to find out more about their activities and publications.