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    Awards - WGSA

    WGSA Exemplary Service Award

    The WGSA Award for Exemplary Service is presented by the Western Group on Student Affairs (WGSA) to a current or former WGSA representative who has demonstrated exemplary service to the WGSA. “Exemplary service” is defined as significant and sustained leadership, expertise, and/or creativity in addressing an issue or issues of importance to the WGSA. Nominees for this award shall have demonstrated, in activities appropriate to membership in the WGSA, an extraordinary record of accomplishment, collaborative leadership, resourcefulness, dedication, mentoring of WGSA colleagues, and commitment to the mission of the WGSA. This service can be as a medical school faculty or staff member; a GSA Institutional Representative or GSA Individual Member; the chair or a member of a GSA national committee or section (Admissions, Student Diversity Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Financial Assistance, Student Records); a GSA representative to an AAMC advisory committee (AMCAS, ERAS, VSAS, CiM, MCAT, and others); or a GSA national or regional officer.


    This award may be presented at a WGSA regional business meeting.


    A call for nominations shall be announced annually at the WGSA regional business meeting at the fall AAMC Annual Meeting and via email by the WGSA listserv. Any WGSA representative may submit a nomination to the WGSA Past-chair. No self-nominations will be considered. Nominations will be submitted to the WGSA Steering Committee Chair with the nominee’s name, title, school and a statement of support indicating the nominees service and commitment to the WGSA.

    Selection Process

    The WGSA Steering Committee will review and select the award recipient for announcement at the business meeting. No nominee for the award may serve on the Steering Committee, nor be present for discussion and decision by the Steering Committee.

    Reviewed and approved by the GSA Steering Committee November 2015.

    Adopted by the WGSA Steering Committee November 2015.

    Recent Award Recipients


    Marlene Ballejos, PhD, MPA
    University of New Mexico, School of Medicine


    Teresa Cook, MEd
    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California


    Lawrence “Hy” Doyle, Ed.D.
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 


    Donna Elliott, MD, MSEd, EdD
    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California


    Maureen Garrity, PhD
    University of Colorado School of Medicine


    Michael D. Prislin, MD
    University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

    WGSA Travel Award

    The WGSA Travel Fund has been created to support one staff from each of our member schools that, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to attend a conference; the fund will reimburse up to $2,000 of national conference-related expenses or $1000 of regional conference-related expenses. Multiple submissions from a single school will not be considered and should be submitted to the WGSA via your institutional representative. Funds will be distributed as budget allows. Eligibility and other important information about the WGSA Travel Fund can be found in the application.

    WGSA Travel Award Application

    If you have any questions, please contact Richard Amini, MD, WGSA Chair.