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Student Wellness & Mental Health

Build, promote, and manage programs, policies and interventions to enable student wellness and mental health. Collaborate across the academic health center and broader community to recognize and counsel students as necessary to sustain optimal health, wellness, and performance.

Student Diversity & Inclusion

Position diversity as a key driver of educational excellence, a diverse physician workforce, and ultimately equitable health care for all. Advocate for and foster an inclusive, engaging environment to optimize student performance and experience.

Unit Operations Management

Establish, execute, and allocate resources necessary to support strategic and programmatic goals and priorities and overall direction of student affairs. Lead efforts to maintain ongoing alignment of services and programs with the dynamic needs of students and the mission of the school.

Student Records Management

Interpret, communicate, and act in accordance with the laws, regulations, and school standards for maintaining the academic records of students. Establish and oversee processes to ensure the ongoing integrity, security, and fulfillment of information needs.

Student Financial Assistance

Provide medical students, applicants, and graduates with sufficient financial aid and effective debt management counseling, education, and resources. Establish mechanisms and recognize opportunities to enable students to minimize medical education debt.

Student Academic Progression

Build, promote, and leverage resources, policies, programs, and interventions to enable successful academic progression for all students. Collaborate across the academic health center and broader community to help students proactively address and mitigate risks and issues necessary to optimize their educational experience and growth.

Student Professional & Career Development

Empower and guide students in setting and advancing their achievement of effective, individual-driven career and professional goals. Provide students resources and a supportive community of advisors, mentors, and staff to promote their development and transition from medical school to residency training.

Medical School Recruitment & Admission

Develop and execute effective, data-driven pipeline programs and admission policies, processes, and practices to ensure a broadly diverse and well-rounded student body that advances the mission of the medical school.


Position self and others to successfully maximize their potential and achieve targeted results while exhibiting the highest ethical and professional standards of performance. Sustain a supportive and inclusive climate, engaging others through role modeling, meaningful work, accountability, and targeted professional development.

Organizational Acumen

Apply essential business practices to plan, manage and execute work priorities to navigate effectively in a dynamic environment. Contribute to the achievement of targeted, strategic results in compliance with relevant institutional and external requirements and standards.


Cultivate and sustain mutually beneficial and collaborative alliances through effective communication practices. Engage self and others by understanding and capitalizing on personal strengths, perspectives, and preferences to promote inclusion and shared commitment for achieving desired results.


Provide guidance and resources to enable effective support of students in their pursuit of a career in medicine. Promote and capitalize on the application of products/resources, services, and capabilities across the academic health center to increase the value and impact of student affairs and student success.

Core Values:

Adaptability; Advocacy; Diversity and Inclusion; Excellence; Professionalism; Service.

Guiding Principles:

Champion wellness, justice, and respect for all; Serve our students, institutions, and profession with unwavering compassion, integrity, and commitment; Promote student success in pursuit of a career in medicine; Engage as an advocate and responsible steward in the development of future physicians; Collaborate to advance learning and maintain relevance in the dynamic education and societal environments.

GSA Performance Framework

Promoting Growth and Excellence Across the GSA Community

What is the GSA Performance Framework?

The GSA Performance Framework sets the benchmark of performance excellence and distinguishes the importance of student affairs in medical education as a profession. It outlines critical behaviors essential for successful performance and career progression, inclusive of all roles and functions across the GSA community, in alignment with the LCME standards.

The Framework consists of four components:

  • GSA Core Values and Guiding Principles – Define what is most important to the GSA community and set a guidepost for how professionals should strive to perform their work.
  • Common Areas – Four (4) areas of critical behaviors essential for successful performance for all student affairs professionals; regardless of specific titles, roles, and services provided.
  • Areas of Expertise - Eight (8) areas of more technical critical behaviors essential for successful performance unique to specific roles, functions, and services provided.
  • Benchmarks – Three (3) distinct groupings of critical behaviors, ranging from tactical to strategic, that span across Common Areas and Areas of Expertise within the Framework. Each benchmark aligns with typical roles present across student affairs functions in medical education.

View the GSA Performance Framework Overview  for a more detailed overview and the GSA Performance Framework  for the entire Framework with in-depth Area descriptions and critical behaviors.

Learn more about the GSA Performance Framework, and all aspects of the Professional Development Initiative, with the PDI Webinar Series.

How can I best use the Framework?

The Framework was developed to complement and enhance current professional development practices and results for all GSA professionals and the larger community. Let’s look at various roles to see how you may benefit most from the Framework and achieve the results you want.

As a Professional impacting your performance and career:

Framework Uses:Potential Benefits/Results:
Confirm critical behaviors associated with current roles and responsibilitiesIncreased clarity and confidence in capabilities
Self-assess current capabilities against appropriate Framework benchmarksFocused development on opportunities that leverage strengths and build key capabilities critical to your success
Identify interests and career opportunities across student affairsIncreased engagement, empowerment, and accountability for development and achieving career aspirations

As a Mentor or Trusted Colleague impacting the performance and careers of others:

Framework Uses:Potential Benefits/Results:
Gain deeper understanding/assessment of other’s interests, capabilities and aspirations across student affairsMore productive, collaborative discussions
Guide others to acknowledge their strengths and target their developmentBroader and consistent lens to guide and advise others
Collaborate with others to articulate meaningful goals and career aspirationsMore confidence in guiding others in opportunities that align with their roles, aspirations, and interests

As a Supervisor impacting the performance and careers of your staff:

Framework Uses:Potential Benefits/Results:
Communicate consistent, clear performance expectationsA common understanding of performance expectations and accountability across staff
Assess performance against consistent and more defined performance benchmarksMore meaningful, targeted professional development goals and decisions
Identify targeted development needs of professionals and entire staff that align with staff and area goalsReinforce a culture of development and equity, not competition

As a Leader impacting the performance and careers of staff and others within your area(s):

Framework Uses:Potential Benefits/Results:
Provide evidence and information to reinforce the value of student affairs and need for staff developmentConfirm performance expectations of others and greater support in handling performance situations/decisions
Educate others on the depth and breadth of services provided by student affairs

Gain budget approval for staff development and staff expansion needs

Develop position descriptions to support approval for staffing budget decisionsOpportunity to deepen understanding and appreciation of others across areas
Increased collaboration and engagement resulting in better service to students

For further resources to help you apply the Framework and enhance your professional development practices and results, explore the GSA Professional Development Support Toolkit.