Just last month, the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (Texas ACP) hosted an awards ceremony to honor an illustrious group of internists. Each year, these physicians answer the call to strengthen the practice of primary care in Texas by serving as preceptors to budding medical students through the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP).
Physicians honored at the awards ceremony are among the longest serving GIMSPP preceptors in the state (listed below). Combined, they have trained 127 medical students in various primary care settings. Emerald Awardees were recognized for 20 or more years of service while Decade of Service Awardees were honored for 10 years of GIMSPP service.
Physicians interested in serving as a GIMSPP preceptor can submit an availability form for 2017. Preceptors spend between two and four weeks during the summer providing daily, personal instruction to medical students. In many cases, this experience solidifies the students' commitment to work in primary care.
Preceptorship selections will be announced in March with all student matches completed no later than April. Currently, more than 100 students are waiting to be matched. Help the practice of primary care flourish by signing up to be a GIMSPP preceptor today.
GIMSPP 2016 Emerald Awardees
Allan Rowan Kelly, MD, of Fort Worth, has served as a GIMSPP preceptor to 24 students. For the past six years, he has pursued geriatric practice innovation. He currently makes rounds at hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, and assisted living facilities, and sees patients in his office.
William M. Mania, MD, of Richardson, has provided mentorship through GIMSPP to 30 students. An avid traveler, he currently practices medicine from his Richardson office where he always keeps his door open to additional student mentees.
Louis A. Torres, Jr., MD, of Plano, has served as a GIMSPP preceptor to 26 students since 1995. By reinforcing the uniqueness of each patient, Dr. Torres helps students learn how to develop personalized care plans, taking into account insurance, financial and social status, age, mobility, and individual beliefs.
Larry A. Warmoth, MD, is commander of the 149th Medical Group, 149th Fighter Wing at Lackland Joint Base San Antonio. He has provided mentorship to 14 students through GIMSPP. Currently, Dr. Warmoth serves as the chief of staff of Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, as well as an assistant professor of medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine.
GIMSPP 2016 Decade of Service Awardees
Margaret R. Hayden, MD, of Tyler, has mentored eight students through GIMSPP. She currently practices at Tyler Internal Medicine Associates with special interests in preventive medicine, women's health, and cardiovascular evaluation and management. Dr. Hayden also serves as a preceptor for The University of Texas at Tyler nurse practitioner degree program.
Michael S. Marshall, MD, has served as a preceptor for seven students through GIMSPP. Dr. Marshall is a board-certified internist and pediatrician. He currently works as a practicing physician and is the chief medical officer for the Methodist Health System in Dallas.
William H. Pieratt, DO, of College Station, has served as a GIMSPP preceptor to nine students over the course of his career. In addition to GIMSPP service, he is currently the course director for internal medicine and director of the Longitudinal Integrated Medicine program at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.
Aaron L. Samsula, MD, has mentored nine students through GIMSPP and also served on the Texas ACP's Medical Students Committee for several years. He was cochair of Texas ACP's council of early career physicians. He currently practices outpatient general internal medicine in Plano.
Action, Dec. 15, 2016