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GIA Distinguished Service Award

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GIA Distinguished Service Award

The GIA Distinguished Service Award recognizes individual GIA members for their significant and longstanding contributions to the group, to the AAMC, and to their profession.

Recipients*

  • 2000: J. Antony (Tony) Swartz Lloyd, Beth Israel Deaconess
    Carolyn Tinker, University of New Mexico Hospital/Bernalillo County Medical Center
  • 2001: Sondra Ives, University of Texas at Houston
  • 2006: Elaine K. Freeman, MS, Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Vicki Saito, Duke University Health System
  • 2007: Mary Sue Cheeseman, University of Cincinnati
  • 2008: Don Gibbons, Harvard Medical School
  • 2010: Elizabeth (Betsy) Platt Waters, Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2014: Donald E. Clayton, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • 2015: Patricia Comey, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • 2017: Dale T. Tate, UCLA Health
  • 2018: Margaret (Maggie) McDonald, PhD, MFA, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • 2019: Chad Ruback, MSEd, MBA, Rosalind Franklin University
  • 2020: Joni Westerhouse, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • 2021: Announcement Coming!

*If you know of a DSA recipient not listed here, please contact us at gia@aamc.org.

Watch the online 2020 DSA Ceremony honoring Joni Westerhouse.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must—

  • have served in a senior leadership role at their respective institution
  • have made contributions to the mission of the AAMC, the GIA, and their professional field
  • have served at least five years, cumulatively, as active participants in one or more of the following volunteer roles:
    • Conference speaker or facilitator at the AAMC Conference for Institutional Advancement and/or Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting
    • GIA Steering Committee member, GIA Conference/Discipline Advisory Group member, or GIA Awards for Excellence judge
  • be longtime GIA members in good standing
  • have been GIA members as recently as January 1 seven years before the nomination year

Nomination Process

Candidates for the GIA Distinguished Service Award must be nominated by a current GIA member. An electronic nomination packet (no more than 10 pages) must include the following:

  • A nomination letter* explaining the nominee’s qualifications for the award by highlighting her or his specific contributions to GIA, AAMC, and the profession. Specific examples of leadership and volunteer roles are strongly recommended.
    • The letter must be doubled-spaced with 1” margins and Times New Roman font size 12 and not exceed two pages. The committee will not review additional materials.
    • Nominations submitted the previous year will be considered the following year and nothing new must be submitted, but updated materials will be accepted.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee, including current contact information.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are typically requested late in the year and due in January.

Selection Process

The GIA Steering Committee reviews and selects the award recipient. This award is given at the discretion of the GIA Steering Committee and may not be bestowed annually.

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