The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) initiated a Medical Exchange Programme in 2001, with the aim of enhancing the clinical skills of fellows through periods of attachment to specialised HIV units. The ambition was to ultimately foster clinical and scientific collaboration across Europe. Since then, more than 130 HIV clinicians from 49 countries have been trained.
In 2008, the One-Year Fellowship Programme was created with the aim of carrying out periods of research at a host institution. This led in several cases to publications in peer reviewed journals and oral presentations at major conferences. To date, the One-Year Fellowship Programme has supported 13 researchers from seven countries.
In 2013, the EACS decided to review the scope of its exchange programme and merged both programmes to combine both research and clinical practice.