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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 a 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 nominees 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.

Previous Award Recipients


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