General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program

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The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) places students with internists across the state for three or four-week preceptorships during the student's summer break. Students from all nine of the Texas medical schools participate -- most are first and second year students, however, third and fourth year students are also eligible.

The GIMSPP 2014 Student Application is now closed.  Once staff begins working on your match, you will be contacted before any further action is taken.

There will not be a stipend issued for students that complete a preceptorship for the summer of 2014. The TXACP Foundation is working to restore funding and stipends inthe future but presently, no stipends are offered for this program. If you have any questions about the program or your application, please contact Nicole Abbott at or by phone at (512) 370-1528.  

GIMSPP 2014 Preceptor Availability Form Opens Monday January 6, 2014

If you are available to serve as a preceptor this summer, please fill out this application. Please fill out this form by Friday, March 7, 2014, to inform us of your schedule, availability, and your level of participation in the year 2014 preceptorship program. We are always in need of preceptors and appreciate all of our current active preceptors that devote their summers to teaching students internal medicine.

GIMSPP Preceptors Honored with the Decade of Service Award at the 2013 Annual Meeting

The distinctive General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) Decade of Service award was presented to five highly dedicated and devoted volunteer preceptors at the Texas Chapter of the ACP annual meeting during the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 16. These physicians have been in the program for ten years and mentored young medical students for at least seven of those years.  Congratulations to all of our award winning preceptors! The following physicians were honored with the award:

Gopinath C. Chandrahasan, MD

Carmelita P. Escalante, MD, FACP

Carlos R. Herrera, MD

Wendi Liu, MD

Paraic J. Mulgrew, MD, FACP

GIMSPP Funding Update 5/25/11

On Monday, May 23rd, Senate and House conferees adopted budget recommendations for Article III, public and higher education funding, which eliminated funding in FY 2012-2013 for GIMSPP. Funding for the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program was sacrificed by the Conference Committee on HB 1 to increasing funding for public education. The conference committee also recommended reducing Higher Education Coordinating Board funding for family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatric residency training by 80% and reduced the physician education loan repayment program by 76%.
Needless to say, the conference committee’s funding decision is disappointing. The short-sighted outcome will have long-term consequences to Texas primary care workforce pipeline. Politics is reactive in nature and not proactive – in other words, it takes a crisis to force positive change. The TXACP Lobbyist will be spending the legislative interim documenting the consequences these funding decisions are having on our delicate workforce with the goal of better showing the need for critical programs like GIMSPP.  

What is the GIMSPP Program?

The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is a mentorship program offered by the  Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The Preceptorship Program gives medical students enrolled in Texas medical schools an opportunity to spend time with an internist practicing in a community based hospital or clinic for a two, three or four week period. Students observe the daily routine of the internist, experiencing the variety that the practice of internal medicine provides.
The Texas Chapter of the ACP operates the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program. Historically, traditional medical education provided few opportunities for students to experience the delivery of medical care in the community setting during the pre-clinical years. Therefore, the preceptorship program was established in 1992 to enhance the medical school curriculum. The Texas Society of Internal Medicine initiated and self-funded the program, and in 1995, received the state contract for trusted funds through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to implement the program until 2011.  In May 2011, the Senate and House conferees cut the 2012-2013 funding for the program.  Currently, GIMSPP will continue to be run by the Texas Chapter of the ACP, but at this time, no stipends will be offered to students that complete the program.
The program’s aim is to interest medical students in a career in general internal medicine in medically underserved areas. Preceptorship program placements are two, three or four weeks in length, and are spent observing a community-based general internist in clinical practice. Placements are made in all regions of Texas with an emphasis on rural areas, Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

GIMSPP Business Office
C/O Nicole Abbott, Texas Chapter of the ACP
401 W. 15th Street, Suite 700
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (866) 2-GIMSPP or (866) 244-6777 (toll-free)
Phone: (512) 370-1528 (local)
Fax: (512) 370-1693


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