AIDS Education

As one of a renowned group of training sites for the federally-funded Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), the Cornell Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) uses a number of modalities to train clinicians treating patients with HIV. Through CME credentialing of the Weill Cornell AIDS Education and Training Series, the CCTU strives to meet not only the educational needs of clinicians serving persons living with HIV, but also to meet their certification needs.

The AETC program is the training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program established in 1987 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Weill Cornell Medicine is a Regional Partner under the NECA AETC serving Manhattan, the Bronx and the US Virgin Islands.

The AETC’s mission is to improve the health outcomes of persons with HIV/AIDS along the HIV Care Continuum and strengthen the health care delivery system through the design, delivery and evaluation of multidisciplinary training, education and technical assistance for health care providers and organizations.

About Our Training Programs

We provide educational programs to clinicians in the following formats:

Practice Transformation Project (PTP)

Practice transformation refers to a process of change in the organization and delivery of primary care services to advance quality improvement, patient-centered care, and characteristics of high performing primary care. The AETC Program will implement projects to support and facilitate practice transformation in selected clinics in order to improve patient outcomes along the HIV care continuum. The practice transformation process involves goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, workflow changes, quality improvement and outcomes measurement, and adapting organizational tools and processes to support advances in models of team-based care.


Mini-residencies (clinical preceptorships) range from three days to one week and are designed to give physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and physician's assistants a full range of experience in a variety of settings, including:

The HIV Clinic (Visiting clinicians will shadow HIV clinicians and engage in case-based discussions at the HIV clinic of the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center, known as The Center for Special Studies (CSS)

Other education opportunities we provide:

  • Didactic Presentations
  • Interactive Presentations
  • Communities of Practice
  • Self-study
  • Clinical Preceptorships
  • Clinical Consultation
  • Coaching for Organizational Capacity Building

Program Leadership and Staff

Marshall Glesby, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Director

Robert Walsh

Program Coordinator
Phone: (646) 470-0166

Carolyn Ferdinand

Assistant Program Coordinator

Gianna Resso

Department Assistant

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Contact Information

Infectious Diseases

Roy M. Gulick, M.D., Chief

Cornell Clinical Trials Unit

Uptown Clinic
525 East 68th Street, Baker 24
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 746-4177
Fax: (212) 746-8852

Chelsea Clinic
53 West 23rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Tel: (212) 746-7204
Fax: (212) 746-7203

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Related Resources

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Center for Special Studies
Columbia Clinical Research Unit