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Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA)

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The Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) is the only national professional development group devoted exclusively to the role of institutional advancement in academic medicine. It is one of 23 professional development groups and councils within the AAMC. Its membership is composed of more than 700 alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and public affairs/community relations professionals at AAMC-member institutions.

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Guide on Group on Institutional Advancement

The Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) is one of 23 professional development groups and councils within the AAMC. Its membership is composed of more than 700 alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and public affairs/community relations professionals at AAMC-member institutions. Learn more about the GIA.

One GIA member must be appointed by the medical school dean or teaching hospital CEO of an AAMC-member institution. Deans and CEOs may appoint as many institutional advancement representatives as they choose. Additional institutional advancement representatives are welcome to participate from AAMC member institutions. As a GIA member you will:

  • Stay informed about the GIA, the AAMC, and the world of academic medicine through breaking news notices, conference announcements, newsletters, job postings, and data resources.
  • Develop your skills and knowledge base through professional development and leadership development programs tailored to your profession.
  • Network with peers and tap into their support and expertise at conferences and webinars, and through industry surveys, member-only online professional networks, discipline-specific listserv communities, and a membership directory.
  • Get noticed and rewarded for your work through the annual national awards program.

To become a member of GIA, email the Group on Institutional Advancement your name, title, institution, address, phone number, and e-mail address at gia@aamc.org.

Annual membership fees are $130 per person. In addition to the valuable services listed here, member fees allow the GIA to obtain high-quality speakers for the annual meeting and the national professional development conference and support the Awards for Excellence competition. Dues invoices are emailed to new members after we receive notification to join. Dues are assessed per individual, not institution, and must be paid before a member is considered in good standing. Dues are transferable from one member to another in the same office or institution within six months of payment. Dues are not refundable if a member leaves her or his position of employment during the membership period.

Membership benefits of the GIA include professional development opportunities, exclusive access to data and resources, networking, and connections on a national platform.

Listservs

The GIA listservs have been created for you to pose questions and exchange ideas on topics specific to your discipline. You can submit a question only to the listserv of your discipline. If you would like to subscribe to another discipline, please contact GIA staff at gia@aamc.org.

Learn more about GIA listservs

LinkedIn

Join the private GIA LinkedIn group.

Officers are elected annually at the AAMC National Professional Development Conference for Institutional Advancement in the spring, and the position runs through to the next National Professional Development Conference. They are available to serve as a resource on academic medicine issues upon request by the GIA members. Meet the GIA Leadership.

The GIA Awards for Excellence Competition is an annual, peer-reviewed competition that recognizes outstanding work by members of the Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) and their staff. The awards honor the most creative and effective approaches used to promote academic medicine through alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and public affairs/community relations programs and projects.

Interested in Submitting Your Work?

We want to recognize the outstanding work you’ve produced to help advance your institution to greatness. You’ve been responding to the pandemic and, at the same time, creating innovative campaigns, writing articles, organizing alumni and community events, revamping your digital presence, and, most important, demonstrating the value of your institution to your community. Now is the time to show off your work and be recognized!

The 2021 AAMC GIA Awards for Excellence competition is open from September 9, 2020 at 10 am ET through November 6, 2020 at 5 pm ET.

Please note that there are some category and submission format changes in this year’s program. Submit your work now.

Learn more about the competition with the resources below:

  • Jennifer Blanck, Director, Constituent Engagement: Group on Institutional Advancement
  • Madalyn Hemminghaus,  Constituent Engagement Specialist, Group on Institutional Advancement
  • Sophia Milla, Constituent Engagement Administrative Specialist, Group on Institutional Advancement

Contact GIA staff at gia@aamc.org

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