HIV Mini-Residencies: Strong Memorial Hospital- Rochester

The AIDS Center at Strong Memorial Hospital has been caring for patients with HIV infection since the beginning of the epidemic and gained designation as a center for excellence in HIV/AIDS Care by the New York State Department of Health in 1987. This designation allows for increased services, coordinated care, and a wide range of programs that would otherwise be unavailable.

The AIDS Center is dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to persons living with HIV and their families. The Center also offers support systems in both inpatient and outpatients settings. These services are provided across a number of programs.

The mini-residency at Strong Memorial Hospital AIDS Center, Infectious Diseases Division – Rochester trains physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses offering up to 35 hours of free, hands-on CME. This CME experience can be used to assist you in becoming an HIV specialist. Instruction occurs in the AIDS Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. Candidates for this program must be practicing in New York or New Jersey as a licensed physician, pharmacists, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or registered nurse. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.


The HIV mini-residency is funded by the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center (NY/NJ AETC) through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Program Options

The program length is tailored to your availability and can last between one and five days.


A transportation, lodging and food stipend is available. The mini-residency coordinator will discuss travel needs with the applicant upon his/her acceptance.


This program consists of:
  • Clinical evaluation and monitoring of asymptomatic HIV positive patients to include physical examination and laboratory findings.
  • Clinical evaluation of symptomatic HIV positive patients to include treatment recommendations and referrals.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this training program, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss the optimal antiretroviral regimen choices for initial treatment of HIV infection.
  • Identify the timeframe within which post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV is most effective.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of acute HIV infection.
  • Explain the pathogenesis of HIV.

Clinical Module

  • Clinical Module (up to 35 hours)
    • You may select one to five days of cinical training; it is tailored to your availability.
    • Clinical training takes place at the AIDS Center at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.
    • Depending on your HIV knowledge level, introductory or advanced clinical training is available.
    • This training may be combined with an STD mini-residency at the Center for Health & Behavioral Training in Rochester during the same time period. If interested, please cite this on the application in the space provided.
    • Your training coordinator will provide you with sources to access web-based self-study materials to further enhance your training. 


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of the Rochester Academy of Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Rochester Academy of Medicine (RAM) is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Rochester Academy of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application and Documentation

Printable PDF application

Complete brochure

More Information

To qualify and apply, you must be a citizen of the United States and a licensed and practicing health care provider in the state of New York.

For further information on the mini-residency program or other HIV clinical education programs available through Strong Memorial Hospital, contact Thomas Della Porta at (585) 275-7655 or