NP and PA Network Opens its HIV Center of Excellence

A central portal to support clinical practice for patients with or at risk for HIV was launched.

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POCN, the largest nurse practitioner (NP) and physician associate (PA) network in the United States, announced this month that it had opened its HIV Center of Excellence, which is an online HIV education portal for medical peers.

Clinical guidelines Resources for patient support and education Actionable perspectives from leading NPs and PAs Articles and videos available for all devices.

The website can be accessed here.

According to POCN, the Center of Excellence is designed to educate medical peers with the most up-to-date guidance and treatment resources. NPs and PAs are a growing network within patient care, and POCN is working to give them the latest news and best practices to better support their patients, which includes patients outside their specialty in many cases.

The site will have the following:

  • Clinical guidelines
  • Resources for patient support and education
  • Actionable perspectives from leading NPs and PAs
  • Articles and videos available for all devices

“The POCN HIV Center of Excellence will play an invaluable role in the continued education for NPs and PAs across the country,” said Richard Zwickel, founder and CEO of POCN.

The Center of Excellence is led by HIV NP/PA experts and faculty advisors: Angel I. Ribo, PA-C, MPAS, AAHIVS, DFAAPA, Associate Medical Director at Outreach Community Care Network; Sarah Smith, MHS, PA-C AAHIVS, Chief Quality Officer at Philadelphia FIGHT; D. Trew Deckard, PA-C, MHS, AAHIVS of an HIV Specialty and Adult Primary Care facility in Dallas, Texas; and J.Wesley Thompson, PA, MHS, AAHIVS, DFAAPA, Medical Director of HIV and Co-Founder of Amity Medical Group.

“Healthcare providers like Angel and the Center of Excellence faculty advisors are central to advancing care in specialties like infectious disease and HIV/AIDs. We look forward to what this Center of Excellence and its dedicated advisors will accomplish,” Zwickel said.

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