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Welcome to Ratelle PTC

Welcome to the Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (Ratelle PTC). Since 1995, the Ratelle PTC has been providing cutting-edge training to practicing clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of STDs and the prevention of HIV.

Our course offerings provide opportunities for didactic and experiential training in a number of different formats for the busy health care professional. Whether you are a brand new clinician in practice, or a seasoned professional looking to brush up on your STD diagnosis and treatment skills, the Ratelle PTC offers training to meet your needs and schedule.

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Training for 2018

If you see a course that fits your schedule, click the "Apply Now" button.

We offer STD Clinical Intensive courses in Boston. MA and in Hartford, CT.  Our trainings are intended for clinicians who are currently in practice, primarily those who perform physical exams and manage/treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in men and women.

Courses held in Boston are 2.5 days.  Days 1 and 2 are case discussions/lectures and laboratory held at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory (MASPHL).  This is followed by a 1/2 day of clinical shadowing at the MGH Genitourinary Infectious Disease (GID) clinic.  Clinic days are scheduled based on the availability of clinic staff.  

Courses held in Hartford are 2 days.  Courses are held at the Burgdorf Health Center (City of Hartford Health Department).  Day 1 is case discussions/lectures and laboratory; day 2 is a full day of clinical shadowing in the Infectious Disease Clinic.  Clinical days are scheduled based on the availability of clinic staff.   

For more information about our courses view the 2018 STD Clinical Intensive Course Brochures located on our Resource page. 

We recieve many applications for our courses.  Participants are selected based on practice setting and clinical responsibilities.  Courses are small groups to allow for an interactive, experiential training opportunity for qualified applicants.

2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines Mobile Apps

Have the 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines always at your fingertips.  Dowload the app onto your mobile device! The Android  and Apple versions now have the ability to receive Push Notifications that can be used to alert the user to new versions of the app or other updates. Both versions have the ability to share info about the app with colleagues via Facebook, Twitter, email and text. Download at 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines


The Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center is proud to be a part of the STD Clinical Consultation Network, providing STD Clinical Consultation Services to healthcare providers in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Florida. To request a consult, go to www.stdccn.org

National STD Curriculum

The National STD Curriculum is a free educational Web site from the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center and the University of Washington. This project is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The National STD Curriculum addresses the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, management, and prevention of STDs.

Free CME credit and free CNE credit are offered throughout the site:  https://www.std.uw.edu

If you provide care to gay men, check out this new MDPH website!!

From "Care That Fits You.org"

Getting care that fits means you can talk openly with your doctor who knows about lots of medical topics relevant to gay men. Your doctor should know, for example, that a pill a day can be used to prevent or treat HIV. This is a really big deal for gay men (and others, of course).

Until a few years ago, if we wanted to have sex and be protected from getting or passing HIV, condoms were really the only tool we had. While condoms are still very effective, there are now additional options which can be even more effective for the prevention of HIV.

Please follow the link to access this important information: https://carethatfitsyou.org/