Academy Question & Answer
The Top 5 Questions Concerning AAHIVM HIV Specialist Credentialing
Question: Do I have to be a member of the Academy in order to seek the HIV Specialist designation?
Answer: No. The Academy offers the HIV Specialist credentialing process to increase the quality of HIV-related care and to help identify those practitioners who are maintaining professional knowledge standards and keeping up-to-date in HIV treatment. Recruiting new members is not the purpose of the credentialing process.
Question: What is the cost associated with the HIV Specialist credentialing application process?
Answer: Nothing. The Academy is offering the credentialing process free of charge to encourage as many practitioners as possible to seek the current professional knowledge and competency demonstrated by Academy HIV Specialists. This free service is made possible by the continuing support of our funders.
Question: Can I still be a member if I do not participate in the credentialing process?
Answer: Certainly. Our membership is composed of a variety of frontline and nationally recognized HIV health care providers, as well as others interested in increasing the quality of care in HIV medicine or in assisting frontline HIV practitioners. Of course, the Academy would like as many practitioners as possible to seek and obtain the HIV Specialist designation.
Question: How long is the specialty designation effective?
Answer: Patients have told the Academy that they identify an HIV Specialist as offering the most up-to-date treatment knowledge, and annual credentialing ensures that Specialists are up-to-date. In order to ensure a minimum standard of continuing professional knowledge and development, this process will be repeated each year, and credentialed professionals will be encouraged to become recredentialed annually. If you credential at any time in 2002, your certificate will be valid until December 2003, at which time we will transition to a yearly process. The next set of credentialing kits will be mailed beginning in January 2003, for certificates that will cover January through December of 2004.
Question: Whom do I contact if I have questions?
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.