GIMSPP Students Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the GIMSPP?
  • How can students apply for the GIMSPP?
  • Will I get paid to participate?
  • Do I have to find my own preceptor?
  • Will I receive school credit for a GIMSPP preceptorship?
  • How can students join TXACP?
  • Does the GIMSPP provide training for its volunteer preceptors?

Q: What is the GIMSPP?

A: GIMSPP stands for General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program. The GIMSPP places students with internists across the state for three- or four-week preceptorships during the student's summer break. Students from all nine Texas medical schools participate - most are first and second year students. Third and fourth year students are also eligible so if you are interested, please submit an application.

Q: How can students apply for the GIMSPP?

A: The student application can be found online here. Students may apply for summer preceptorships from January 9 to February 27.

Q: Will I get paid to participate?

A: During the Legislative Session in 2011, the Texas Legislature cut all future funding for GIMSPP.  Unfortunately, GIMSPP is no longer able to offer stipends to each participating student.

Q: Do I have to find my own preceptor?

A: Students provide their choices of three location and date preferences when they are available for summer preceptors and the GIMSPP staff works to match those requirements with a preceptor’s availability. Students are always encouraged to recruit an internist with whom they are familiar to be their preceptor, however, it is not necessary.

Q: Will I receive school credit for a GIMSPP preceptorship?

A: Some schools do give credit as an elective for a four-week rotation. Some give transcript credit for four-week preceptorships. To see if your school qualifies, please contact your program's administrative office before starting your preceptorship.

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Q: How can students join TXACP?

A: You must be a member of American College of Physicians to become a member of the Texas Chapter of the ACP. Medical students and Residents memberships are available. Click here to find out more.

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