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GSA Exemplary Service Award

The Exemplary Service Award is presented by the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) to a current or former GSA representative who has demonstrated exemplary service to the GSA.

“Exemplary service” is defined as significant and sustained leadership, expertise, and/or creativity in addressing an issue or issues of importance to the GSA. Nominees for this award shall have demonstrated, in activities appropriate to membership in the GSA, an extraordinary record of accomplishment, collaborative leadership, resourcefulness, dedication, mentoring of GSA colleagues, and commitment to the mission of the GSA. 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 (Admissions, Student Affairs, Student Diversity Affairs, Student Financial Assistance, and Student Records); a GSA representative to an associated advisory committee (AMCAS, ERAS, MCAT, MSPE, etc...); or a GSA regional or national officer.

GSA Exemplary Service Award Details 

Nomination Form 

Previous Exemplary Service Award Recipients


Lee D. Jones, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine


Wanda Dean Lipscomb, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


W. Scott Schroth, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Administration
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Maureen J. Garrity, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Dean for Student Affairs
University of Colorado School of Medicine


Molly L. Osborne, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine


Michael G. Kavan, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Creighton University School of Medicine


Cynthia E. Boyd, MD, MBA
Chief Compliance Officer & Associate Professor of Medicine
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center


Patricia J. Metting, PhD
Vice Provost and Associate Dean for Student Affairs,
University of Toledo College of Medicine


Dwight Davis, MD
Assistant Dean, Admissions & Student Affairs
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine


Carol L. Elam, EdD
Associate Dean, Admissions & Institutional Advancement
University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Bruce L. Ballard, MD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs at WCMC
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine


Maria C. Savoia, MD
Dean for Medical Education
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine


Jane Thomas, PhD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Wayne State University School of Medicine


Hershel P. “Pat” Wall, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine


Norma E. Wagoner, PhD
Dean of StudentsNorma E. Wagoner, PhD
Dean of Students
Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine