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. Most are first and second year students, however, third and fourth year students are also eligible.
Get Experienced. The GIMSPP student application is now closed. Matching begins in March for preceptorships beginning in May. Stipends will not be offered this year, but TXACP is working hard to restore funding to the program. If you have questions regarding the program, contact Laura Tolin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Involved. If you are available to serve as a preceptor this summer, please fill out the application. Please fill out this form to inform us of your schedule, availability, and your level of participation in the year 2015 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.
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 program’s aim is to interest medical students in a career in general internal medicine in medically underserved areas. Preceptorship program placements are 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.
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.
GIMSPP Business Office
C/O Laura Tolin, 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) 370-1539 (local)
Fax: (512) 370-1693