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HAIVN Resident Rotation in Vietnam

Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN) was established in 2002 through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to train and support Vietnamese clinicians in HIV care. Activities include didactic modules consisting of lectures and case-based discussions, as well as on-site clinical mentoring. HAIVN also provides quality improvement support to care sites and guidance to the Vietnam Ministry of Health in developing HIV guidelines and models of care. In addition, HAIVN participates in several ongoing clinical research projects. Our medical staff includes highly experienced HIV clinical educators who are based in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

HAIVN has opportunities available to residents who are able to commit 4-8 weeks of time to work in Vietnam. Residents are assigned to projects related to training, evaluation, quality improvement, or research activities. They also have the opportunity to observe inpatient and outpatient management of HIV-infected patients. Residents are supervised and mentored by HAIVN medical staff, which includes members of the BIDMC Division of General Medicine and Primary Care: Todd Pollack (Country Medical Director) and Donn Colby (Director of Prevention and Clinical Research).

Prior international training experience and knowledge of Vietnamese language and culture are a plus but not required. External funding for travel, lodging, and food in Vietnam is necessary. Roundtrip airfare is about $1600, and monthly living expenses are about $1200.

If you are interested in learning more about this rotation, please visit our website at or contact Bridget Gardner, HAIVN Associate Director, at or 617.754.1425.

Contact Information

Global Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
303 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-754-4677