HIV Trainee Association (HIVTA)
This is an excellent organisation for any trainee that is involved in the management of HIV patients. It is led by trainees who design and run a programme of one-day workshops relating to all aspects of HIV infection. Membership is free with application forms available from the HIVTA website.
Secretariat email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the HIVTA website at www.hivta.org.uk for further information.
BASHH hold many courses including:
- BASHH STI/HIV modular course which is useful to have completed prior to Dip GUM
- BASHH HIV Masterclasses
- Dip GUM Revision Course
BASHH Mentoring Scheme
The BASHH/BHIVA mentoring scheme provides an opportunity for senior trainees, who have been appointed to a consultant post, to access a mentor.
The aim is to support trainees in the transition from trainee to consultant. This time can be a challenging one for some people and having a mentor could be beneficial. The mentoring period is for 18 months and the scheme has so far received very positive feedback.
To access the scheme you need to contact the regional rep found on the BASHH page at https://www.bashh.org/bashh-groups/mentoring-group/ and then a short application form is filled in. Following this a mentor and mentee will be matched. The mentors are consultants and SAS doctors who do this on a voluntary basis.
Conferences to consider attending
BASHH - holds an annual spring conference, through which there are great opportunities to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentations. BASHH also hold regular scientific meetings.
BHIVA - holds annual spring (different venues around the country) and autumn (in London) conferences. There are great opportunities to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentations as well as submissions for interesting case presentations.
EACS - (European Aids Conference) holds a biennial conference.
IUSTI - (International Union against STIs) holds European and World meetings.
ISSTDR - (The International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research), holds biennial scientific meetings.
CROI - Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, holds annual conferences in USA.
Glasgow - This is an annual drug therapy conference.