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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

About GIA

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.

Membership

GIA members 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. 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, ask your medical school dean or teaching hospital CEO to send a brief letter of appointment (that includes your name, title, institution, address, phone number, and e-mail address) to:

Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA)
Association of American Medical Colleges
655 K St., NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2399
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 mailed to new members after we receive their appointment letters. GIA membership is individual-based (not institutional-based) and therefore not transferable from one member to another in the same office or institution.

Member Benefits

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

Communication

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.

Leadership

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.

Awards

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?

You’ve spent the entire year creating innovative campaigns, writing articles, organizing alumni and community events, revamping your digital presence, and most importantly, demonstrating the value of your institution to your community.  Now is the time to show off your work and be recognized! 

Submit your work for the 2020 AAMC Group on Institutional Advancement Awards for Excellence Competition. All submission are due by October 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT. No late submissions will be accepted.

Learn more about the competition with the resources below:

GIA Staff

  • 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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AAMC Mailing Lists

AAMC mailing lists are available for sharing valuable information and resources with our member institutions and constituents.

My AAMC Affinity Groups

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