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GIA Awards for Excellence

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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!

The 2020 AAMC GIA Awards for Excellence competition is closed.  The 2021 AAMC GIA Awards for Excellence competition will open in September 2020.  

2020 Award Winners

Best in Show: To be announced 

Print and Digital Publishing

Single or Special Issue
Gold: Penn Medicine Facts & Figures; Penn Medicine
Bronze: Simply Because: Bridging Print and Digital; Penn Medicine

External Audience
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

Electronic Communications

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

Solicited Articles
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

News Releases
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

Gold: EVMS Yearbook Crisis Response; Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bronze: 50th Anniversary Campaign; University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

Special Events

Silver: Rush Rounds: What’s Up, Doc?; Rush University Medical Center
Silver: Science Saturday by UT Southwestern Medical Center; University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

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

2020 Awards for Excellence Honorable Mention Winners

2019 Awards for Excellence Recap Videos

Best in Show and Gold Awards
Silver Awards
Bronze Awards

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