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San Francisco Chronicle

Doctors in State Fleeing HMOs Consumer Advocates Alarmed by Trend

by Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer
Sunday, February 9, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Business Times

Doctors Make Personal Care Their Business

December 6-13, 2002
The San Francisco Business Times
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[SAN FRANCISCO, CA]  — DR. LESLIE SQUIRES, a health care provider with primary care facilities at the Sutter/CPMC Davies Campus has received his credential as an HIV Specialist™, which is professionally designated by the letters “AAHIVS,” from the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). Dr. Leslie Squires’ credential as an HIV Specialist™ is renewed every three years, and is valid beginning January 1, 2019, expiring on January 1, 2022.

AAHIVM HIV Specialists™ are experienced HIV care providers who pass a rigorous, psychometrically sound exam on all aspects of HIV medical care.  In addition to successful completion of the exam, requirements for becoming a credentialed HIV Specialist™ include:

  • Maintain a current and valid MD, DO, PA or NP state license
  • Provide direct, ongoing care for at least 20 HIV positive patients over the past 36 months
  • Complete at least 45 hours of HIV-related CME Category 1 credits* within the 36 months preceding the date of application

“Dr. Leslie Squires’ AAHIVS credential demonstrates to his patients, colleagues and employers that HIV care providers voluntarily support standards of excellence in HIV care by going through the credentialing process,” said Dan Ebeling, director of AAHIVM’s credentialing program.

The Academy’s HIV-focused professional certifications are the first and only credentials offered domestically and internationally to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists specializing in advanced level HIV care.  The HIV Specialist™ (AAHIVS) credential is available to practicing frontline clinical providers, while the HIV Expert™ (AAHIVE) designation can be earned by non-practicing clinicians.  The HIV Pharmacist™ (AAHIVP) certification is available to eligible HIV-specialized pharmacists.

For more information on AAHIVM’s HIV Specialist™ credentialing program, visit or contact the AAHIVM Credentialing Department at 202-659-0699.

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