Point-of-care program in HIV, tuberculosis, and associated conditions: A virtual global technical assistance platform to strengthen HIV and tuberculosis workforce capacity

J Clin Tuberc Other Mycobact Dis. 2021 Apr 22;23:100238. doi: 10.1016/j.jctube.2021.100238. eCollection 2021 May.

Abstract

A global multi-disciplinary faculty was established to work collaboratively and provide virtual technical assistance, using a point-of-care continuing education model, to clinicians across the world engaged in the care of patients with either HIV infection or tuberculosis. Ancillary offerings included live or virtual lectures, case-based conferences, and courses. In spite of the considerable disruption of the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we engaged and assisted a substantial number of clinicians across the world and provided meaningful contributions to their continuous professional development and patient care. In light of the ongoing pandemic, virtual technical assistance models such as this should be scaled to continue essential high-quality HIV/TB services.