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Bringing together care and research in service to families in need

Summer 2013

Program Updates

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New HIV Track Option Medical Residents with STAR Health Center Medical Director Jameela Yusuff, MD, MPH (foreground)

New HIV Track Option Medical Residents

In April and May 2013, the STAR Program recruited and selected its inaugural cohort of HIV Track Medical Residents. Karen Ha, Edwin Chiu, Katherine Kuntz (PGY-1) and Silda James (PGY-2) began their orientation with STAR Health Center (SHC) staff on July 2, 2013, under the direction of Jameela Yusuff, MD, MPH, SHC Medical Director.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center was one of three sites in the US funded by HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau to pilot this unique HIV clinical training program. This award supports the development of an innovative HIV/primary care track within the Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program, with the ultimate aim of bolstering the HIV clinical care workforce. Our nationally-recognized HIV treatment and research programs, our large Medicine residency program, and our diverse patient population make us uniquely suited to offer this training opportunity. The HIV Track Option offers enhanced mentorship, integration of HIV+ patients into a residents' general medicine panel, and specialized education. SHC HIV specialist clinicians will train, mentor and supervise the residents in their provision of ambulatory HIV care. We welcome our new residents and look forward to this exciting new mission for the STAR Program!

The Adolescent Education Program Welcomes the 2013 Summer Training Class

The Adolescent Education Program welcomes 23 new trainees to the 2013 Summer Training Program. The students will participate in a six-week Peer Leadership Training at SUNY Downstate. The new students will take classes on HIV prevention, epidemiology, anatomy, pregnancy prevention and public speaking. The new group will be working with the AEP staff in the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) and Sexual Health Prevention Youth Leadership Projects (SHPYL).

HEAT Clinic's New Location

The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program ( has moved its clinic to a new location at SUNY Downstate Medical Center's University Hospital of Brooklyn, 470 Clarkson Avenue, Nursing Station 41 (4th Floor),Brooklyn, NY 11203. Call (718) 467-4446 for appointments. Clinic hours: Monday and Wednesday 1-5pm; Friday 9-5pm; young women's reproductive and sexual health clinic on Wednesday from 5-8 pm.

Grant Awards

The STAR Program received a $100,000 award from HRSA to provide high-resolution anoscopy (HRA) to deliver and expand anal screenings for people living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHA) to diagnose and treat anal dysplasia (including squamous cell carcinoma or anal cancer) and human papilloma virus (HPV). The requested funds will be used to purchase High-Resolution Anoscopy (HRA) equipment, to train and supervise HIV clinicians on its use, and to perform HRA. HRA is a minimally invasive procedure for more detailed identification, management and treatment of anal dysplasia in high-risk populations.


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