Students: Get Real-World Training This Summer

First- and second-year medical students looking to get a leg up on their peers are in luck. Applications for the 2017 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) are now being accepted. 

Each summer students receive hands-on training in communities across Texas on the methodologies and daily routine of internal medicine practitioners. Students are matched with an internist in primary care and spend two to four weeks receiving personal instruction and supervision. This practical exposure is oftentimes a student's first foray into the more human side of medical care as they connect the science of medicine with actual patients. 

Past GIMSPP student John Demis described the program as a vital experience. "The early exposure you get not only helps with classes, but it teaches you the kind of doctor you want to be."

Last year 163 medical students completed the program. This year, the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (TXACP) is working to match even more students in communities large and small across the Lone Star State. Students who are selected and paired with a preceptor receive a stipend for participation. Because student preceptorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, TXACP encourages all students to apply early. Matches are final by April each year. Students must be currently enrolled in a Texas medical school to participate. 

Action, Nov. 15, 2016

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November 14, 2016

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