As you know, the Ryan White Care Act-funded North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center (NCATEC) has been successfully educating the HIV treating community for well over a decade. Under the leadership of our colleagues at Duke University, the ATEC has made a deep and enduring mark on the care of HIV in our state that has benefited thousands of providers and the patients they care for.
As the NCATEC moves to its new home at the University of North Carolina, I am excited at the opportunity to continue this good work, but also humbled by the big shoes we at UNC now have to fill. Over the past few months we have thought hard about what the NCATEC can do to best support your work and, with the help of our friends at Duke and through discussions with many of you, have developed a set of core services we believe will further the NCATEC mission.
- Foremost, we will take advantage of the wealth of clinical expertise we have here in NC and offer intensive preceptorships to health professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, and pharmacists. Providers who are new to HIV or those with more experience but looking to hone skills will have an opportunity to see patients alongside NCATEC mentors at one of our UNC clinical sites or, in some cases, their own clinics.
- In addition, the NCATEC will offer a phone consultation service. This ‘warm line’ will be a resource that providers caring for those with HIV infection can use to ask a clinical question of a NCATEC physician.
- Traditionally, the NCATEC has supported major educational forums and will continue to do so by sponsoring speakers and workshops at these events.
- We will also look to developing a recurring interactive case conference and hope to start this program in the first quarter of 2012.
- Lastly, our website will not only be a portal through which you can learn more about what we offer, but it will also continue to grow to include resources, data, links and other information we hope will make it useful to you.
As we move forward, my NCATEC colleagues, Drs. Becky White and Heidi Swygard and our program coordinator, Michele Bailey, encourage you to share your thoughts and suggestions. We look forward to working together to provide the best care for North Carolinians living with HIV.
David Alain Wohl, MD