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Drs. Joshua Wolf and Sima Jeha

Pediatric HIV Fellowship Program

Providing special expertise in the management of children and adolescents with HIV and promoting the health and well-being of children and their families

Providing special expertise in the management of children and adolescents with HIV and promoting the health and well-being of children and their families.

In 1987, St. Jude founder Danny Thomas declared AIDS a catastrophic illness, making HIV a research priority for the institution. The Department of Infectious Diseases has developed a broad, multidisciplinary HIV Clinical Program that has been designated a "Center of Excellence" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the State of Tennessee. Most patients are enrolled in national HIV research studies supported by the NIH, among other agencies, such as the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials network (IMPAACT) and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). Trainees can receive an unparalleled education in both clinical care and research.

Our Clinical Programs

The HIV Clinical Program provides care to a diverse population that includes neonates, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. St. Jude is the sole provider of pediatric HIV care and testing of HIV-exposed infants in the region. The patient care team is comprised of physicians, trainees, advanced practice providers, research and clinical nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists, research administrators and data managers. The program benefits from the vast array of services available at St. Jude, including other medical subspecialties, speech/physical/occupational therapy, diagnostic imaging, dentistry, and social services. A stand-alone laboratory is staffed with research personnel and data managers to support the Clinical Trials Unit and other research activities.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s HIV clinical staff is committed to the cause of HIV education and prevention in the community. A strong community coalition, Connect to Protect, works to develop sustainable policies, programs and practices that impact and influence organizational systems, resource availability and the physical environment for the health and well-being of at-risk youth and young adults. The Coalition’s member organizations specialize in youth issues, LGBTQ concerns, community and civic matters, safety and wellness, homelessness, empowerment, HIV/AIDS, family planning, sexual health, and national organizing.

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Fellowship Experience

Each year the Pediatric HIV Fellowship Program accepts one new fellow.

  1. Prerequisites for consideration include successful completion of a General Pediatric residency, Internal Medicine-Pediatric residency, or Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship. Successful applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 and, if eligible, Step 3 at the time they begin training. Fellowships range from 6 months to 1 year in length and are individualized to meet the needs and goals of each trainee. There are no on-call responsibilities; fellows are expected to be available during clinic hours Monday-Friday and to attend all scheduled team rounds and meetings.

    Fellows share the same benefits offered to fellows participating in our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship, including competitive salaries, health benefits and insurance programs, vacation and paid leave, a personal development allowance and wellness program.

  2. The HIV Prevention and Treatment Program provides continuity of care for perinatally HIV-exposed infants and patients living with HIV infection. Formal electives and research projects may be developed to meet training goals.

    Fellows participate in:

    • Departmental and divisional meetings and seminars, including:
      • HIV Lecture Series
      • Clinical Case Conference – Presentation of clinical cases followed by a review of medical literature pertaining to specific questions raised by the case.
      • Infectious Diseases Research Seminar - Results of recent research
      • HIV rounds (held twice weekly) and psychosocial rounds (twice monthly)
      • Monthly HIV therapy change meeting
    • Regional and national meetings and symposia, such as:
      • Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center Program Webinars
      • The annual Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society – St. Jude Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
      • The Pediatric Transplant ID Symposium
      • The Global Infectious Diseases Symposium
      • HIV 101
      • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clinical Conference
    • Online training:
      • Core Curriculum - American Academy of HIV Medicine
      • National HIV Curriculum
      • HIV InSite Knowledge Base

How to Apply

Open positions are listed on our career portal. Check your specialty program of interest for details. 

For more information, see How to Apply for a Clinical Fellowship, contact the Clinical Education and Training Office at (901) 595-6385, or send us an email at