GIMSPP 2022 Applications are now closed. If you would like to be notified when our 2023 applications open, please use the form below.

GIMSPP stands for General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program. By working with an assigned physician, students will gain insight into the rewards of a practice in internal medicine, and observe how a clinician functions as a member of his or her medical and non-medical community. GIMSPP staff work to place medical students with internists across the state for two, three, or four week preceptorships during the student's summer break. Although the preceptorship experience differs for every student, the objectives are designed so that each student will receive a well-rounded experience. The program’s emphasis is to familiarize medical students with the operation of a clinical practice and allow them to experience the full range of activities in the life of a General Internist. During this preceptorship students can develop skills in history taking, physical examination, early diagnosis, and treatment plan formulation, among others. 

First- and second-year students enrolled in a Texas medical school are eligible to participate, if they have not participated in GIMSPP previously. 

Applications are open January 15 - February 28. Matches are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis and on the availability of our preceptors. Matches are not guarenteed. 
 
Important: Cities with medical schools and the surrounding suburbs are highly competitive. We recommend recruiting your own preceptor if you are looking to stay in one of those areas. Not sure how? Reach out to GIMSPP for tips on how to get started!
 
Interested in signing up for next year? Join our interest list to get notified for next year!
First- and second-year medical students currently enrolled in a Texas Medical School and who has not participated in GIMSPP previously are eligible. Acceptance into the program does not guarentee a match. Matches are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis and on the availability of our preceptors.
Preceptorships are two (2), three (3), or four (4) consecutive week rotations with the same preceptor. If you do not have consecutive weeks available, please indicate this in the "Special Request" section of the application. We will reach out to discuss your specific situation.
 
All preceptorships are located in Texas, but the specific locations are up to you! On the application, you are able to indicate two cities you would like us to consider. We will do our best to accomodate the locations you request. We also look at the surrounding suburbs or near-by cities when matching.
Examples:
  • In Houston, we also consider Spring, Sugar Land, or Pearland depending on your location.
  • In Dallas, McKinney and Arlington might be considered.
  • In Lubbock, Canyon is an option. 
  • In McAllen, the whole metro from Harlingen to La Joya are considered. 
 
Important: Cities with medical schools and the surrounding suburbs are highly competitive. We recommend recruiting your own preceptor if you are looking to stay in one of those areas. Not sure how? Reach out to GIMSPP for tips on how to get started!
 
The specific schedule you will be working vary by preceptor. You will be working with and following a physician’s schedule. Some of GIMSPP preceptors may be a private practice who work 8:00am-5:00pm with every other Friday off. Others may be hospitalists with a 3-days-on-3-days-off schedule. Still others may be 14-hour days - half spent at a private practice, half at a hospital. GIMSPP designed for you to get a very real feel for what practicing Internal Medicine is like. And the truth is, it varies! 
 
If you need your schedule worked around a job or other events, you may find it challenging to meet the hours required by your preceptor. Pease let us know of any limitations on your application so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.
GIMSPP is not offering stipends for 2022. Continuing in the program, active applicants acknowledge their continued participation in a preceptorship, you will not receive a living stipend. Maintaining an active application, you acknowledge that any potential matches will not receive a stipend.
Matching is well underway! Matching started March 1, 2022 and we are continuing to work hard to match our GIMSPP applicants. Your GIMSPP coordinator will gather a list of potential matches based on your preferences and contact them to inquire about your requested dates. Once we receive approval from the physician, you will receive a Match Confirmation Email. This email will include the selected preceptor’s name and location for you to approve. Once you confirm the match, a Finalization Email will be sent to you and the preceptor to exchange contact information and give you next steps. Reach out to your preceptor and/or their staff find out your schedule, any paperwork and training requirements, and get to just know your preceptor!
Important: Cities with medical schools and the surrounding suburbs are highly competitive. We strongly recommend recruiting your own preceptor. Not sure how? Reach out to GIMSPP for tips on how to get started! Please note: You MUST reply to the match confirmation email to confirm your match. If you think you are missing emails from GIMSPP, check your spam folders, email, and/or call us at 512.370.1463. If you fail to reply to the Match Confirmation Email by the deadline given in the email, your match will be revoked and assigned to someone else. Rematches are not guaranteed.
You may find out as late as 4 weeks before the final end date listed on your application. We are continuing to work hard to match our GIMSPP applicants. Important: Cities with medical schools and the surrounding suburbs are highly competitive. We strongly recommend recruiting your own preceptor. Not sure how? Reach out to GIMSPP for tips on how to get started!
GIMSPP focuses General Internal Medicine. All of our volunteer preceptors practice at least 40% general internal medicine, apart from any subspecialty. We will not honor placement based on requests for a subspecialty. If you have specific interests, we recommend recruiting your own preceptor if you are looking to stay in one of those areas. Please see here the requirements for preceptors.  Not sure how? Reach out to GIMSPP for tips on how to get started!
It varies by placement. GIMSPP will let you know about any paperwork we are aware of, but reach out to your preceptor and their office staff as soon as your match is confirmed to check. If GIMSPP does not give you any information, please ask the administrative contact for your preceptor. Do not wait until you start to ask. Depending on where you are placed, there can be up to 8 weeks of paperwork and/or training needed prior to starting. It is your responsibility to complete the paperwork and/or training. Not doing so may result in the termination of your preceptorship. If you have difficulties contacting your preceptor or their staff, please reach out to GIMSPP for assistance.
Not a problem! Please email GIMSPP to let us know.
We understand plans change and unexpected circumstances arise. If you have not been matched, contact the GIMSPP office to alert them to your cancellation. If you have already been matched, you must contact the GIMSPP office and your assigned preceptor.
It is generally up to the student to find housing in the location of their preceptorship. Examples from past students matched to rural locations found an Air BnB, stayed with local-area friends and family, or rented at hotel. GIMSPP does not assist with housing nor does the program affiliate with any rental, hostel, hotel, or other similar programs or companies.
The Texas Chapter of the ACP policy is to not share member lists or contact information without permission. If you are looking for a preceptor in a specific area, we strongly recommend recruiting your own! Not sure how? Reach out to GIMSPP for tips on how to get started.
It is encouraged! Recruiting your own preceptor allows you more control over the location of your preceptorship and expedites your GIMSPP match timeline. If you know an eligible internist who you want to work with, simply let the GIMSPP office know on the application. 
 
The process once you have applied:
  • The preceptor must complete the availability form.
  • GIMSPP staff confirm the preceptor meets the requirements outlined by the grant.
  • GIMSPP staff will reach out to the preceptor to confirm their participation.
  • Once we receive approval from the physician, you will receive a Match Confirmation Email. This email will include the selected preceptor’s name and location for you to approve.
  • Once you confirm the match, a Finalization Email will be sent to you and the preceptor to exchange contact information and give you next steps.
  • Reach out to your preceptor and/or their staff find out your schedule, any paperwork and training requirements, and get to just know your preceptor!
By participating in GIMSPP you are not committing to internal medicine, but you are committing to expanding your medical horizons!.

Tips , Tricks, and Things to Know

  • The more flexible your dates and locations, the easier it is for a match! We rely on volunteer preceptors and we work within their availability. We recommend listing the widest possible known availability at the time of application - you can always adjust your preferences later!
  • We do not match based on subspecialty requests. All of our volunteer preceptors practice at least 40% general internal medicine. We do not accommodate requests for placement in particular subspecialty.
  • Make sure the email given is one you check regularly! GIMSPP communicates primarily via email. A good email address is critical to not missing information about your match!
  • Review the GIMSPP and COVID-19 page
  • If you have changes to your application, please email us right away.
  • GIMSPP students and preceptors will have a post-program evaluation. You can find the student evaluation here .