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Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Sponsorship Program

Please note: This page describes the IMIG Sponsorship Program for U.S. medical schools. If you are a medical student at a non-U.S. medical school, please see the International IMIG Sponsorship Program.

The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Sponsorship Program provides funding, resources, and learning opportunities to medical school groups to support their interest in internal medicine.

How does the IMIG Sponsorship Program work?

Application

Before the June 1 deadline, IMIG student leaders complete the online application for the 2019-2020 academic year. The IMIG receives an initial $200 in funding and a packet of recruitment materials by early August. Each IMIG has an opportunity to earn additional funding by recruiting their peers to become ACP Medical Student Members. The recruitment period runs from July 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

Recruitment

The goal is to recruit 30% or more of your medical school's student body* to ACP Medical Student Membership by January 31. The more you recruit, the more funding your group can earn -- up to $1,000 per school** per academic year. The additional funding is calculated after the recruitment period closes on January 31, and groups are rewarded based on the number of students that have enrolled in ACP Medical Student Membership.

  • Groups that reach the 30% participation goal will receive $2 per ACP Medical Student Member.
  • Groups that do not reach the 30% participation goal will receive $1 per ACP Medical Student Member.
  • New for 2019-2020: As part of ACP's efforts to reduce paper waste, we strongly encourage medical students to sign up for free ACP Student Membership via our online app. Paper applications received after July 1, 2019 will not be included in your school's 30% participation calculation. (Paper applications will continue to be credited toward the overall student member count for your school.)

ACP tracks all ACP Medical Student Members and sends IMIG leaders periodic updates on how close they are to achieving the 30% recruitment goal.

Resources and Benefits

Medical Students that sign up for free ACP Student Membership receive access to:

  • Learning resources and key career decision-making tools
  • Publications such as the Annals of Internal Medicine, the most widely-cited journal focused on internal medicine and its subspecialties
  • CV builders, like ACP's annual Abstracts Competitions
  • Opportunities for participation and service

*ACP uses enrollment data obtained from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

**If your school has multiple campuses, the sponsorship will be divided among all of the locations that apply for funding. The maximum amount any school (not location) can receive is $1000.

 

IMIG Program Timeline

Action Deadline/Time frame
IMIG Sponsorship application available (login required) March
IMIG Sponsorship application deadline — submit by June 1 to ensure that you will receive funding and materials before the school year starts June 1
Recruitment period begins July 1
Applications processed — initial funding and recruitment materials are sent July-August
Late IMIG Sponsorship application deadline September 15
Recruitment period ends January 31
Recruitment reward funding processed — second funding sent February
 

2019-2020 IMIG Sponsorship Program Participation Charts

Each month, ACP will provide an update on student membership at each school. Listed below are the 2019-2020 Monthly Reports. New reports will be posted monthly during the duration of the IMIG recruitment period, which runs from July 2019 – January 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can't find my medical school in the drop-down menu on the IMIG Application form.

The IMIG Sponsorship Program is open to all U.S. Medical Schools recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and to limited international medical schools that have been selected to participate in an international IMIG pilot program.

If your U.S.-based medical school has been omitted from the drop-down menu in error, please contact us at imig@acponline.org. If your medical school is outside the U.S., please see the International Internal Medicine Interest Group Sponsorship Program page.

How should students at my school sign up for FREE ACP Student Membership?

We strongly recommend that medical students apply for ACP Student Membership online. This allows us to reduce paper waste, and enables us to process membership applications more quickly and accurately.

If you do choose to use paper membership applications, please send completed applications to:

Member Credentialing
American College of Physicians
190 N Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106-9855

Please note that paper applications require 3-4 weeks processing time once they arrive at ACP headquarters, and paper applications received after July 1, 2019 are not included in your school's 30% participation calculation.

How does my IMIG get credit for members who join from my school? How does ACP know which students from my school are ACP members?

The application for Medical Student Membership requires students to provide the name of their medical school. ACP tracks all ACP Medical Student Members from each school and sends clubs monthly updates on their progress toward achieving the 30% recruitment goal.

Where does my school's total enrollment data come from?

ACP uses enrollment data obtained from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

For more information about the IMIG Sponsorship Program, please e-mail imig@acponline.org.