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International Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) Sponsorship Program

Please note: This page describes the ACP IMIG Sponsorship Program for medical schools located outside of the United States. If you are a medical student at a U.S. medical school, please see the U.S. IMIG Sponsorship Program page.

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

How does the IMIG Sponsorship Program work?

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for the program, medical schools should:

  1. Be listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  2. Have at least 20% of the school’s medical students enrolled as ACP Medical Student Members. Applicants are required to document the total number of medical students at the school so that ACP can determine the percentage of ACP Medical Student Members.
  3. Be located in a country that has an ACP Chapter.

Applications will be considered from countries without an ACP Chapter. These applicants should include a proposal for maintaining a connection to ACP in the absence of a formal relationship to an existing ACP chapter. For more information, please send an email to imig@acponline.org indicating your country and medical school.

Application

Before the June 1 deadline, complete the online application for the 2019-2020 academic year. If your group meets the eligibility requirements and is accepted into the program, your group will receive initial funding between $80 and $160* USD and a packet of recruitment materials by early August. Each IMIG has an opportunity to earn additional funding (between $.50 and $1* USD per ACP Medical Student Member) by recruiting their peers to ACP Medical Student Membership. The recruitment period runs from July 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020 (or January 1, 2020 to July 31 for schools on an off-cycle schedule).

Please note that there are a limited number of sponsorships available, and submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

Recruitment

The goal is to increase your school’s ACP participation from 20% to at least 30% by January 31. The more you recruit, the more funding your club can earn. The additional funding is calculated after the recruitment period closes on January 31 (or July 31 for off-cycle medical schools), and clubs are rewarded based on the number of students that have enrolled in ACP Medical Student Membership. Groups that reach the 30% participation goal will double their secondary funding.

ACP strongly encourages medical students to sign up for free ACP Student Membership via our online application.

ACP tracks all ACP Medical Student Members and will send your group periodic updates on how close they are to achieving the 30% recruitment goal.

Resources and Benefits

Medical Students that sign up for free ACP Medical 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

*Funding varies per country based on World Bank economic indicators.
**The maximum funding per year varies from $400 to $800 USD.

IMIG Program Timeline

Action

Traditional schedule (September-May school year)

Off-cycle schedule
(January-September school year)

IMIG Sponsorship application available (login required)

March

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

June 1

Recruitment period begins

July 1

January 1

Applications processed — initial funding and recruitment materials are sent

July-August

January-February

Recruitment period ends

January 31

July 31

Recruitment reward funding processed — second payment is sent

February

August

Resources for IMIG Student Leaders

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Please contact us at imig@acponline.org.

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.

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.

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