Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Assistant Education

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in San Francisco, UCSF nurses and nurse practitioners have been leaders in the care and management of persons living with HIV and AIDS.

Through a collaboration with the UCSF School of Nursing, students in the Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Program can gain clinical experience in HIV primary and specialty care at Ward 86, the HIV Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). For more details on the UCSF HIV CNS Program at Ward 86, please contact Carol Dawson-Rose RN PhD at [email protected]. Additional information about UCSF’s prestigious International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing can be found on the School of Nursing website.

Students in the registered nurse (RN) program at the University of San Francisco as well as students in various medical assistant programs from around the Bay Area receive valuable experience through on-site and hands-on training programs on Ward 86. For more details on the RN training program, as well as the phlebotomy and medical assistant training programs at Ward 86, please contact [email protected].

Clinical Pharmacy Education

Clinical pharmacy services within the HIV/AIDS Division are directed by Janet Grochowski, PharmD, Professor in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF. At Ward 86, Clinical Pharmacists provide extensive counseling to HIV-infected patients on medication adherence, drug-drug interactions, use of concomitant medications, and smoking cessation. Postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residents and 4th year pharmacy students also have an intensive opportunity to participate and undergo training in the comprehensive health care of HIV-positive patients on Ward 86. In addition, Clinical Pharmacy is responsible for providing drug consults, participating in HIV and aging polypharmacy research, and providing continuing medical education from HIV Grand Rounds to presentations. For more details on pharmacy education, please contact Janet Grochowski, PharmD, at [email protected].