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Date Item
April 11–June 6 (11:59 PM PST) Nomination cycle open
June–August CiM Advisory Committee reviews nominations
September–October Nominators and nominees (if applicable) are notified of status
November Crystal awards presented to winners at Learn Serve Lead 2023: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Seattle

Nomination process

Nominations may be submitted by a medical school dean, designee, AAMC OSR representative, or other faculty or staff member employed by an AAMC-member, AAMC affiliate-member, or AACOM-member medical school. Individuals may nominate themselves. A medical school may submit one nomination per award category.

Nominations should meet these criteria for a successful submission:

Preparing a nomination

  • Collaborate at your school to consider potential nominees and choose final selection(s).
  • For each nomination, complete the online form and add 1-3 supporting documents. These can include letters of support from advisees, colleagues, and administrators, evaluations, institutional-level awards, representative advising materials developed by the nominee, and relevant articles/publications.
  • Pro tip: Reference past winners for examples and ideas of what to include in your nomination.

About the awards

The goal of career and academic advising is to assist students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational and career goals, making decisions, and developing short- and long-term plans to help them meet their objectives (CAS Standards and Guidelines, 2012). 

To recognize the importance of effective career decisions and the faculty and staff who support students in the career-planning process, CiM annually presents three awards: a program, a faculty advisor, and a staff award.