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.
- Entry Fee and Eligibility
- Components of an Entry
- Guidelines and Instructions
- Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Award Winners
Best in Show: EVMS Yearbook Crisis Response; Eastern Virginia Medical School
Print and Digital Publishing
Gold: Stanford Medicine Magazine; Stanford University School of Medicine
Silver: U Magazine, UCLA Health; University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
Bronze: Medicine@Brown; Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Audio and Video
Gold: Walking in a New Body — John Sarcona; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Silver: Meet Joan: The Grandma Cuddler; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Bronze: Honor Your Doctor Campaign Video; University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Silver: Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Health; Johns Hopkins Medicine
Silver: UCLA Health Innovation Website Challenge; UCLA Health
Bronze: NewYork-Presbyterian’s Health Matters; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
The Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards
Basic Science Staff Writing
Silver: “‘Free Lunch’ Warps Inner Spatial Map in Rat Brains and, By Implication, Human Brains” by Bruce Goldman; Stanford University School of Medicine
Silver: “In Apoptosis, Cell Death Spreads Through Perpetuating Waves” by Hanae Armitage; Stanford University School of Medicine
Bronze: “Identity Theft: Chasing Down Alzheimer’s Disease,” Temple Health Magazine by Giselle Zayon; Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
General Staff Writing
Gold: “I Understand People Feeling Desperate” by Kristina Sauerwein; Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Silver: “Transforming Transgender Care” by Stephanie Dutchen; Harvard Medical School
Bronze: “Best Feet Forward,” Iowa Magazine by Josh O’Leary; University of Iowa Center for Advancement
Gold: “A Dreamer’s Tale,” U Magazine, UCLA Health by Marcela Zhou Huang as told to Antonio Gonzalez; University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
Silver: “High Sights for Low Vision,” Hopkins Medicine Magazine by David Glenn; Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications
Bronze: “Cutting Blood Pressure,” Discoveries Magazine by Sherry Angel; Cedars-Sinai
Silver: “Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Identified” by Hanae Armitage; Stanford University School of Medicine
Bronze: “Mind’s Quality Control Center Found in Long-Ignored Brain” by Tamara Bhandari; Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Special Projects, Programs, or Campaigns
The “Shoestring” Award
Bronze: PulsePoint Community Launch; University of Florida College of Medicine
Bronze: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Hawkeye Hometown Visit; University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine