Tennessee AETC

About Us


The Tennessee AIDS Education & Training Center (TN AETC) is a program of the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC) in Nashville, TN - one of the largest comprehensive HIV clinics in the country.

The TN AETC is part of the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (SE AETC) an eight state consortium that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. SE AETC is part of a nationwide network of 8 regional AETCs founded in 1987 by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to train healthcare providers and disseminate rapidly changing information about HIV/AIDS.



The TN AETC provides custom-designed training and technical assistance to support, motivate and educate healthcare clinicians enabling them to provide quality HIV care.

We inspire providers to:

  • Improve the HIV Care Continuum
  • Increase patient retention in care
  • Produce positive patient outcomes
  • Promote networking and capacity building


  • Preceptorships and Clinical Observation with HIV Specialists
  • Clinical Skill-Building Workshops
  • Individual and Group Case Discussions
  • Clinical Consultations
  • Journal Clubs
  • Webinars and Video Conference
  • Small Group Interactive Sessions
  • Customized Programs

The ART Conference

An Antiretroviral Case Conference, initiated by Dr. Raffanti, is held every Friday morning at 8:00 and attended over video-conference by Vanderbilt University faculty, fellows, VCCC staff members and various local HIV care providers to discuss the initiation and management of antiretroviral therapy.

To take part in these clinical consultation services, visit vanderbilthealth.com/vccc and click on the Provider Resources tab. Download the ART Conference Form and Conference Guidelines and email or fax the completed form to the TN AETC. Arrangements to participate via video conference are possible if requested and tested in advance.

Target Audience

Clinicians trained by AETCs have shown to be more competent with regard to HIV issues and are more willing to treat persons living with HIV than other primary care providers.

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Advance Practice Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Oral Health Professionals
  • Nutritionists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Ryan White Funded
  • Social Service Providers and Case Managers
  • Medical Students

Contact Information

Dr. Stephen RaffantiStephen P. Raffanti, MD, MPH
Medical Director/Principle Investigator

Jennifer BurdgeJennifer Burdge, MEd
Program Director
Phone: 615-875-7873

Clare BoldsClare Bolds
Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-875-3943

Jamie Russell-Bell, MA, BSN, RN
Memphis Consultant

Mailing Address
One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane
Suite 37189
Nashville, TN 37204

Fax: 615-875-5115

Office Location: Suite 57171