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 an AASM professional student interest group 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
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 structured mentoring for medical students, with opportunities to network with sleep medicine faculty and fellows.
Organize programs to increase medical student awareness of sleep medicine with the intention to recruit applicants to sleep medicine training programs.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has created several resources (below) to help you start a sleep medicine student interest group. 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 professional interest group’s 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:
- Reference Manual for SMIGs – a downloadable guide with everything you need to know about starting your SMIG, including questions to ask your campus community, ideas for promoting the group, event suggestions, etc.
- SMIG Application
- Verification of Participation for Membership – form for your SMIG members who are interested in FREE AASM membership
- Bylaws – an example of SMIG bylaws to help get you started
- Constitution – a template for creating your constitution
- End-of-Year Report Template – a template for your end of year report that will need to be submitted to the AASM
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