General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program
The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is
a mentorship program offered by the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine and
the Texas chapter of the ACP. The Preceptorship Program gives medical students
an opportunity to spend time with an internist practicing in a community based
hospital or clinic. Students observe the daily routine of the internist, experiencing
the variety that the practice of internal medicine provides. GIMSPP is funded
by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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Texas Statewide Family Practice Preceptorship Program
Drawing from the experiences of preceptorship programs at the University
of Texas-Galveston and the University of Texas-Houston, the Texas Statewide
Family Practice Preceptorship Program (TSFPPP) was born through an unprecedented
cooperative effort between all of Texas' eight medical schools, the Texas
Academy of family physicians, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board. In 1980, under the visionary guidance of the program's first director,
Jack Haley, M.D., the first students in the TSFPPP were matched with preceptors
from communities around the state.
Since that time, 4,771 clinical students and 3,520 pre-clinical students
have worked in the offices of Texas family physicians under the guidance of
the TSFPPP. Almost 810 physicians from 228 communities have generously volunteered
to give one to ten months each year to train our state's future physicians.
Many Students cite their participation in the TSFPPP as a pivotal experience.
The continued success of the program, and the increase in students choosing
family medicine as a career attest to the effectiveness of the TSFPPP.
For more information, visit www.familymedicinepreceptorship.org.
Texas Pediatric Society Preceptorship Program
The General Pediatric Preceptorship Program is an opportunity to experience
a pediatrician’s community practice away from the medical school setting
and introduces you to
the wide range of clinical problems seen by pediatricians in outpatient
and inpatient settings;
the challenges and rewards of maintaining a pediatric practice;
the relationship of the pediatrician to other health care providers; and
the role of the pediatrician in his/her community.
216 general pediatricians from around the state serve as preceptors. Preclinical
students may do the preceptorship in the Summer between the first and second
year of medical school. Clinical students may take this elective during their
third or fourth year of training. Preceptorships are four consecutive weeks
in length. You may choose a program in or near your home town, or an area
you might like to settle. The preceptorship program office in Austin will
work with you to find a location that is most suited to your interests and
Only preclinical students receive a stipend to cover travel and or living
expenses during the preceptorship. The program will pay preclinicals $500
if the practice is in an urban area and $ 750 if the practice is in a rural/
underserved or health profession shortage area. The clinicals will not receive
a stipend. The program office can assist in finding no or low cost housing.
Our relationship with you doesn’t end with the preceptorship. We want
to nurture your interest in pediatrics. Membership in the Texas Pediatric
Society Medical Student Section is automatic following completion of the preceptorship
and continues through the remaining years of medical school. As a medical
student member you will receive mailings, have an opportunity to attend meetings
and educational programs, and serve on committees of the TPS.
Benefits of a Pediatric Preceptorship:
Gain valuable experience in a “real-life” setting of a pediatrician’s
Develop an interest in and an excitement for pediatrics
Develop life-long friendships with a physician mentor and/or other students
Give yourself an edge in the increasing competition for residency slots
If you’re considering a career in pediatrics, this experience can help
you decide. Likewise, if you’re still not sure, this experience can
be the deciding factor.
Since the inception of the Program in 1996 a total of 1266 students have
successfully completed pediatric preceptorship through the statewide program.
This number includes 980 pre-clinical students who completed their program
in the summer between their first and second years and 286 students in their
third and fourth year of training.
In 2004, a total of 124 students completed Pediatric Preceptorships. This
number includes 100 preclinical and 24 clinical students. The number of participants
by school was- A& M -13; Baylor-7; Tech-16; UNTHSC-6; UTMB-15; UTHSCSA-21;
UTHO-36; UTSW- 10.
The information on residency matches for 2004 indicate that approximately
30% of preceptor students entered residencies in pediatrics.
For more information, visit
www.txpeds.org or contact Annapurna Yellamraju at 512-370-1519