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The SGSA-Robert “Bob” Sabalis Award for Exemplary Service is presented to a current or former SGSA representative who has demonstrated exemplary service to the SGSA.

“Exemplary service” is defined as significant and sustained leadership, expertise, and/or creativity in addressing an issue or issues of importance to the SGSA. Nominees for this award shall have demonstrated, in activities appropriate to membership in the SGSA, an extraordinary record of accomplishment, collaborative leadership, resourcefulness, dedication, mentoring of SGSA colleagues, and commitment to the mission of the SGSA. 

This service can be as a medical school faculty or staff member; a GSA Institutional Representative or GSA Individual Member; the chair or a member of a GSA national committee or section (Admissions, Student Diversity Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Financial Assistance, Student Records); a GSA representative to a AAMC advisory committee (AMCAS, ERAS, VSAS, CiM, MCAT, and others); or a GSA national or regional officer.


This award may be presented at the SGSA spring regional business meeting.


A call for nominations shall be announced annually at the SGSA regional business meeting at the fall AAMC Annual Meeting and via email by the SGSA listserv. Any SGSA representative may submit a nomination to the SGSA Awards Nominating Committee. No self-nominations will be considered. Nominations will be submitted to the SGSA Awards Nominating Committee Chair, by means of a standard nomination form preceding the SGSA regional spring meeting. The nominee’s curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination form.

Nomination Form

Please return the completed Nomination Form and Nominee's Curriculum Vitae to:
Marcy Verduin, MD
SGSA Immediate Past Chair
Associate Dean for Students and Professor of Psychiatry
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Recent Award Recipients


Angela Mihalic
University of Texas Southwestern


Robert "REL" Larkin 
University of Central Florida


Doug Taylor
East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine


Jerry Clark, MD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine


Hilit Mechaber, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine


Robert Hernandez, MD
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine


Marc Kahn, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine


Georgette Dent, MD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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