Partners : South FL SE AETC

South FL SE AIDS Education and Training Center

The AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Program is the training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The AETC Program is a national network of leading HIV experts who provide locally based, tailored education, clinical consultation and technical assistance to healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations to integrate high quality, comprehensive care for those living with or affected by HIV. Medical Care for HIV is a complex and challenging field that involves ongoing, high-quality training and support, essential for clinicians caring for people living with HIV.

The Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (SE AETC) serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. It provides multiple level I didactic dissemination of HIV information and training topics and level II skill building training events vital to the mission of all HIV care providers. Through web-based education, telehealth technologies and video conference, SE AETC offers an easy and convenient way for participants to stay up-to-date on current topics. For more information please visit

The South FL SE AIDS Education and Training Center within the University of Miami, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology has over 15 faculty members and staff is dedicated to caring for patients with HIV/AIDS and includes some of the world’s most renowned researchers in infectious diseases. We have specialty clinics in adult medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology that provide state of the art clinical care for those individuals infected with HIV and other STIs. HIV clinical care is provided by the UM physicians for inpatient care at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) and University of Miami Hospital, and outpatient care at numerous sites on the UM/JMH medical campus. UM HIV faculty also provide off site care at Federally Qualified Health Centers. The South FL SE AETC is complemented by their partners at Nova Southeastern University where expertise in pharmacy and dentistry add to the training experience provided by our site.
The South FL SE AETC includes the following counties: Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Hernando, Sarasota, DeSoto, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry and Collier.

This program is funded by HRSA Grant Award 1 U1OHA29295-01-00.


The AETC recognizes that although efforts to improve care through education is critical there is need for an additional focus on building an optimal clinical experience for patients to improve the continuum of care. With an understanding that the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) provides structure to address a number of the complex and difficult issues relating to HIV such as access to care, continuity of care, team-based care and care coordination, these new AETC efforts are directed at building partnerships with community clinics to assist in their transformation. The South SE AETC, one of the sites chosen to provide practice transformation, will work with Jackson Health Systems to assist five outpatient community clinics in achieving PCMH status. Over the next 4 years our clinic partners in Practice Transformation are Rosie Lee Wesley Health Center, Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center, Dr. Rafael A. Peñalver Clinic, Prevention, Education and Treatment Center (PET), and North Dade Health Center.


An intensive clinical training program offered to healthcare providers in Florida who have an interest in learning more about the diagnosis and management of HIV/AIDS, opportunistic infections, and co-morbid conditions. Each preceptorship is structured to meet the unique needs of the individual participant based on his or her previous experience, geographic location, and time available. Experience 4 to 240 hours of clinical training at adult, pediatric, obstetric, and/or family practice clinics where care is provided to HIV-infected patients. All training provided is consistent with current guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services or other nationally recognized guidelines when available.

The SE AETC has replicated the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model created by the University of New Mexico. This model uses a live audio-video based platform to provide educational experiences through the creation of a learning network comprised of clinicians (novice to expert) serving HIV/AIDS patients throughout our region. These sessions contain brief didactic presentations, and case presentations. On a limited basis, CE/CME is made available to participating physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists.

Clinical Consultation
Individual and group clinical consultations are offered. Individual clinical case consultation is provided on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and related conditions. These consultations take place by telephone, email or face-to-face meetings. Group clinical consultation with case-based discussions include information on pharmacology, clinical antiretroviral therapy updates, drug-drug interactions, and antiretroviral resistance.

HIV Symposium
Provides a full day symposium featuring clinical updates of regional and statewide significance.