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Resident Statements

Kristen Hysell, MD

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Through the Yale Primary Care HIV Training Track, I have had to the opportunity to care for a vulnerable patient population that has been marginalized for decades. From complex medical problems to unique and challenging social situations, it has been an incredible learning experience. I feel truly privileged to work among a humanistic multidisciplinary team to provide both primary care and comprehensive HIV management. Most rewarding of all, are the incredible bonds I have formed with patients through their initial diagnosis, counseling, and long-term treatment.

Charisse Mandimika, MD

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I spent the majority of my formative years in Zimbabwe-a country at the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic. Even with so many new and exciting policy changes globally, the HIV population continues to be one of the most marginalized and shunned by society. I feel truly privileged to have found a medical home in the HIV Track here that shares my desire to improve the medical, mental and social health of this particular group of patients. The skills that I am acquiring through dedicated mentorship at the Nathan Smith Clinic are equipping me to ultimately make the changes I would like to see in individual patient lives, and the community at large.

Katrin Sadigh, MD

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In a small village on the coast of Kenya, I worked with the Peace Corps to train teachers to integrate a new HIV/AIDS curriculum, created by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, in their classrooms, and to link children orphaned by AIDS to PEPFAR. From the vistas in northern Uganda to its heavily peopled capital, I worked as a medical student to understand the story of HIV as it took hold and was told by a region, and came to see how it was linked to that of the people in the States, to people all over the world.

This story of HIV is one in which I want to take part in a more meaningful way, not just as a physician but as a defender of human rights—and the HIV track at Yale School of Medicine Primary Care Program has provided the launching pad. With numerous resources and opportunities for scholarship and research at my disposal, and invaluable mentorship, I am developing clinical skills in Internal Medicine as well as quickly gaining the confidence and knowledge to provide care to patients with HIV. Already, as I make my way to clinic, I feel as though I am home, in the company of compassionate and adept colleagues, working to redefine the future of HIV medicine. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone with an interest in HIV and a desire to take part in an innovative approach to addressing a pressing need in medicine.

Perry Tiberio, MD

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The HIV training track perfectly matched my interest in LGBT medicine, substance abuse, primary care and HIV medicine. The HIV population presents unique challenges as a provider in training. With each patient I see, I must not only think about their medical problems; I have to assess the psychosocial components in order to form a fully comprehensive and patient-centered plan. I found the most rewarding experiences from my first year in the HIV training track to be with some of my most socially complex patients. This is truly a unique training experience!

Atsuko Yamahiro, MD

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"The Yale Primary Care HIV track combines my interests for HIV, primary care, and Internal medicine. The patients I see at the Nathan Smith Clinic are teaching me so much about HIV from the use of Antiretroviral Treatment, opportunistic infections management, general primary care problems, as well as the social issues behind HIV disease. The preclinic lectures, case conferences, and standardized patient sessions that the program has provided so far, have allowed me to develop new skills and to absorb information in different settings. The program, the faculty and staff are extremely dedicated. It is quite a relief to leave the hectic inpatient units sometimes and go to the Nathan Smith HIV Clinic, a place where I can catch my breath and see the staff who are so warm and friendly, and to the faculty who always want to teach and are consistently supportive. I am very glad that I have chosen the Yale Primary Care HIV Training Track. I hope that if you are interested in learning more, that you will reach out to us and ask any questions about this innovative program!"

Faiza Yasin, MD, MHS

Faiza Yasin, MD, MHS

My journey to a medical career is rooted in my work within public health, global health and human rights advocacy, and the recognition that medicine is an incredibly powerful mechanism for social change.

The Yale HIV Training Track has provided me with a strong foundation within Internal Medicine, and the unique skillset and knowledge to also care for patients living with HIV, who remain among one of the most socially complex and marginalized populations. The training track has given me invaluable mentorship, and allowed me to pursue additional training to tailor my scope of practice - including direct mentorship with the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, providing educational workshops within the local and federal prison systems, and developing quality improvement programming within our clinic focused on substance use disorder management and Narcan utilization.

It is a privilege to work with one of the most compassionate, knowledgeable, and multidisciplinary group of colleagues; all whom have a become a family within a clinic home. The HIV training program has given me the foundation, support, and innumerable opportunities to grow into the role of a primary care HIV provider who is also a physician advocate.

Yilu Qin, MD

Yilu Qin, MD

Yilu Qin, or "Lulu" began the HIV Training Track in 2017. During medical school, she spent a year conducting research on HIV self-testing in China with the Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship 2015-2016. She has a strong interest in working with vulnerable populations from a primary care perspective, as well as an academic research interest in global public health. Thus far during residency, she has started working with Dr. Jaimie Meyer research investigating HIV prevention strategies among women with addiction disorders, incarceration history, and commercial sex work. She has also continued to maintain research collaborations with China and most recently published in the July 2017 edition of HIV Specialist as well as a qualitative review on HIV self-testing in AIDS in November 2017.