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Privacy Policy

The Society of General Internal Medicine is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and customers. This document describes the information we collect from our web sites and digital products and how we use it.

The SGIM website includes microsites for,,,, the annual meeting website, and GIM Connect. The privacy policy set forth on this page is inclusive of all SGIM websites and mobile apps.

Information collected when you visit SGIM websites or digital products
When you view pages and graphics on our web sites, the following information is recorded in a log file:

The time and date of your request
The internet address of your computer
The browser and operating system you are using
The page which you are viewing
The previous page that you visited (the referrer)

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as newsfeeds.

SGIM websites use tracking tools for various purposes such as evaluating usage of the sites or to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors of these sites. Such services can include displaying messages and links to previous visitors who haven't completed a task on our site, for example using the contact form to make an inquiry. This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, another site in the Google Display Network, or other third-party sites. Third-party vendors use cookies to serve ads based on users' past visits to, and other SGIM sites. Any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google's privacy policy. To opt out of this feature, visit

How do we use your information? 
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: 

1. To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
2. To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
3. To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
4. To send periodic emails - The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions. 

How do we protect your information? 
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. 

All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
SGIM maintains a membership database independent of its web operations. The information in this database is drawn from membership applications, dues payment forms, event registrations and other transactions between the Society and its members. Using this database, the Society occasionally shares our mailing list (name, title, institution, address) with a small number of carefully selected outside parties so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. You may instruct the Society not to share your personal information by contacting us at the addresses listed below.

External Links 
Occasionally SGIM provides external links to outside organizations. We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.  

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.

Your Consent 
By using SGIM websites, you consent to our privacy policy.

What is the opt-out policy for SGIM websites?
SGIM provides members and non-members the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners. If you no longer wish to receive specific communications or services, you have the following options:

You can send an email to:
You can send mail to the following postal address: SGIM, 1500 King Street, Suite 303, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
You can call the following telephone numbers: +1-800-822-3060 or 202-887-5150.
Instructions for opting out of any SGIM email newsletter you receive are included with each email.

Changes to our Privacy Policy 
We reserve the right to periodically make changes to our privacy policy. All changes to the policy will be posted on this page immediately. This policy was last modified on November 10, 2015.

Contacting Us
If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below: 

Society of General Internal Medicine
1500 King Street, Suite 303
Alexandria, VA 22314