Sleep Medicine Interest Groups

Sleep Medicine Interest Groups

What is a SMIG?

A Sleep Medicine Interest Group (SMIG) is an on-campus organization created and managed by you and your fellow colleagues. The mission of a SMIG is to cultivate medical student interest in sleep medicine clinical care and research, provide opportunities for community outreach, and motivate aspiring physicians to become sleep medicine specialists.

Benefits of Starting a SMIG

Enable Experiences

Facilitate medical student experiences with clinical care and research of sleep-wake disorders.

Engage the Community

Engage in community outreach to promote awareness of healthy sleep.

Provide Mentoring

Provide structured mentoring for medical students, with opportunities to network with sleep medicine faculty and fellows.

Host Events

Organize programs to increase medical student awareness of sleep medicine with the intention to recruit applicants to sleep medicine training programs.

SMIG Process

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has created several resources (below) to help you start a SMIG on campus. Once you have decided to create a SMIG, you will need to complete an application for the current academic year. This application is then sent to the AASM, who, upon approval, will send your group a check for annual expenses per the application agreement. From there, all SMIG members have the option to join the AASM as student members free of charge. Throughout the year, you will want to track your meetings and activities so you can provide the AASM with an end of year report.

Below are some important documents to help with your SMIG creation:

Checklist for Starting a SMIG

  • Submit SMIG application for current academic year

  • Applications processed (approx. 2 weeks)

  • Checks mailed out (approx. 2 weeks)

  • SMIG members may submit Membership Verification Form for Student Membership at no fee

  • Monthly meetings and activities tracked throughout academic year

  • End of the year reports due by August 31st for the previous academic year