UIC's AIDS training center receives $3 million grant to expand education services

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The University of Illinois at Chicago's AIDS training center is expanding its education services with a new grant.

The Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center at UIC was founded in 1988 with the goal to provide HIV/AIDS training to medical students and primary care doctors.

Representatives at the UIC training center said they will use the $3 million dollar grant to bring their HIV/AIDS curriculum to institutions in states outside of the Midwest that the federal government has marked as "high priority" in helping end the HIV epidemic.

“MATEC will build on the lessons learned from a previous project carried out in the past four years when we worked with 16 academic institutions with accredited programs of medicine, nursing and pharmacy in the Midwest,” said Dr. Ricardo Rivero, MATEC’s executive director and a co-principal investigator on the grant.

“With this project, we successfully integrated content from the National HIV Curriculum E-Learning Platform into their existing curricula. By doing so, we firmly believe we enhanced the quality of HIV education and training at those institutions.”

MATEC officials also said they plan to use the funds to focus on physician residency programs for family medicine practitioners and dentists.

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