(AUSTIN) - The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is curating 95 students this summer to work with 80 Internal Medicine physicians across the state of Texas. The physician preceptors are all volunteers, recruited each year with the specific intent of getting new medical students interested in pursuing primary care after medical school. The program has seen an 76% increase in match numbers since last year, due in part to the funding received through the Primary Care Innovation Program. A total of 2,635 students have been matched through GIMSPP since its inception in 1995.
The GIMSPP places medical students with General Internists across the state three or four-week preceptorships during the student's summer break. Students from all Texas medical schools who are in their first and second year participate in the program. They receive one-on-one experience in the clinical, administrative, and patient communication realms of practicing medicine.  The average number of GIMSPP students who enter internal medicine upon graduation is around 35%, which is higher than the national average.
The GIMSPP program offers training that students in their first and second years of school cannot find elsewhere.  Dr. Aaron Samsula of Plano, TX, reminisced on his experience with the program over the years.  He has the unique perspective of one who has not only been a student in the program, but also now serves as a preceptor.  “As I am explaining to a student why I practice the way I do - why I chose Internal Medicine - I am also reminding myself that I am doing exactly what I want to do - taking care of patients,” Dr. Samsula explained.  “What I hope the student gains from this is an appreciation for Internal Medicine and flexibility of its practice.  I want them to be exposed to something that is not a part of their typical training.”
Dr. Susan Andrew, a volunteer preceptor in the program for more than 20 years, has said of her personal goals as a preceptor, “For the students, I hope they gain confidence in being able to interact with patients, families and staff. I hope that they feel comfortable with getting a history, doing a physical exam, coming up with a differential diagnosis and plan and then presenting the patient’s case. I hope the students will learn how to research medical problems and treatments. Since it might not be another year before further clinical experiences, I hope the students have had a sufficient clinical exposure ‘to keep them going.’”  The GIMSPP offers what ordinary shadowing experiences cannot: immersion in the day-to-day work of an internal medicine doctor.  

The application for 2016 will go live online in January and can be found at  The program expects to see an influx of applications due to the exponential rise in numbers this year, so medical students: apply early!
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 three or four week period. Students observe the daily routine of the internist, experiencing the variety that the practice of internal medicine provides.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership comprises more than 137,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. The membership of the Texas Chapter of the ACP includes more than 6,700 physicians and medical students. Internists ("doctors for adults") are specialists in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults. Internists can practice general internal medicine; subspecialize in cardiology, gastroenterology, or other areas; or provide both general and subspecialty care.
For more information about the preceptorship program, contact Laura Tolin, Program Coordinator, at (512) 370-1539 or visit


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