2017 Excel Awards

Sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the Excel Awards bring recognition to the most excellent publications, promotions, people, and more!

Download the official Excel Entry Form and the Student Award Entry Form below. (Note: If your browser does not support fillable PDFs, you can first download and save the file before filling it out.)

Entry submissions will no longer be accepted.

Excel Awards Entry Form
Student Award Entry Form 

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Eligibility and Requirements
Excel Awards Categories
Awards of Distinction

Your Reward

Award winners are formally saluted at the awards ceremony held during the AAMA 61st Annual Conference, Friday, October 6, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The presentation, always a conference highlight, is open to all registrants.

Winners will be recognized on the AAMA website and in CMA Today, the association's official publication.

Eligibility

Entries that were produced and presented in final form between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, are eligible. The submitters, nominators, and nominees must be AAMA members.

Judging

The AAMA Awards Committee will judge the entries in the following categories:

  • Awards of Distinction
  • Excellence in Publishing
  • Excellence in Marketing, Promotion, and Recruitment
  • Excellence in Website Development
  • Excellence in Community Service

Membership awards will be calculated by the Membership Department and the Certification awards will be calculated by the Certification Department.

The publishing, marketing, website development, community service, membership, and certification awards will be judged based on the number of members in the state society as of January 1, 2017:

Section A = 200 members or fewer
Section B = 201–500 members
Section C = 501–800 members
Section D = 801 members or more

Findings of the judges are subject to review by the AAMA Board of Trustees. The decision of the judges is final and the judges reserve the right to grant no award if there are no entries of sufficient merit.

Entry Deadline

Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than July 3, 2017. There will be no extensions to the deadline and no exceptions will be made. Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.

Entry Preparation

Excel Award entries may be submitted electronically or by mail, with the exception of print newsletters, which must be mailed.

Entries that do not meet all the submission requirements will be automatically disqualified.

E-Mail Entries

Type "Excel:" and state or nominee name into the subject line. Attach the completed entry form and all required submission materials and send to MarCom@aama-ntl.org.

Mail-in Entries

Mail-in entry forms and entry materials should be sent to the following address:

AAMA Excel Awards
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1575

Chicago, IL 60606

 

  1. Entries must include these items:
    • Five copies of all relevant entry materials, as listed under each category description.
    • Five copies of the official entry form. (Use a separate form for each separate entry.)
  2. Make sure each item in your entry includes your state society's name and category name.
  3. Package entries carefully. The AAMA is not responsible for entries that are lost or damaged in the mail. Entrants will receive an acknowledgement message verifying the receipt of their entries by the AAMA office.
  4. All entries become the property of the AAMA. Do not send irreplaceable items.

For Further Information

If you have any questions about the Excel Awards, call 800/228-2262, or e-mail MarCom@aama-ntl.org.

 

Excellence in Publishing

Including e-Newsletters

Recognizes the best state society newsletters, or e-newsletters, and editors.

Judging criteria: Entries are judged on content (including national, state, and chapter news items, educational pieces, and information on continuing education), frequency, editing, writing, and design.

What to submit: 

  1. Completed entry form
  2. Copies of each issue published between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017 

Printed newsletters must be mailed and include five copies of all materials. E-newsletters may be submitted by mail or e-mail.

Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.

Excellence in Marketing, Promotion, and Recruitment

Including Social Media

Recognizes the best state society campaign for such activities as recruiting members; promoting the CMA (AAMA) and the association; and marketing a special event (e.g., Medical Assistants Recognition Week or state meeting).

Judging criteria: Entries are judged on creativity, marketing medium (including print, electronic, and social media), general impact, and success in meeting the stated objectives. Printed pieces are judged on effectiveness, writing, and design.

What to submit:  

 

  1. Completed entry form
  2. Samples of all relevant, printed campaign pieces, such as brochures, posters, flyers, electronic communications, and social media messaging
  3. Typewritten copy of a summary (400 to 500 words) describing the following:
    • Event or activity 
    • Campaign goals 
    • Intended audience(s)
    • What results were achieved 
Mail-in entries must include five copies of the entry form and all relevant materials. 

Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.

Excellence in Website Development

Recognizes the best state society websites and Web chairs.

Judging criteria Entries are judged on overall effectiveness, including navigation, and functionality, content, design, and marketing.

What to submit: 

  1. Completed entry form
  2. Website URL 
  3. Typewritten copy of a summary (400 to 500 words) describing the following:
    • Website goals
    • Intended audience(s)
    • How the website has been marketed
    • How the website was developed 
    • What changes, if any, have been made in the past year to improve the website

Mail-in entries must include five copies of the entry form and all relevant materials.

Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.

Excellence in Community Service

Including Social Media

Recognizes the best state society health-related community service programs (e.g., health awareness walks or events, blood drives, and food drives).

Judging criteria: Entries are judged on the program, including creativity, marketing medium (including print, electronic, and social media), general impact, and success in meeting the stated objectives for the program. Printed pieces are judged on effectiveness, writing, and design.

What to submit: 

 

  1. Completed entry form
  2. Samples of all relevant, printed campaign pieces, such as brochures, posters, flyers, electronic communications, and social media messaging
  3. Typewritten copy of a summary (400 to 500 words) describing the following: 
    • Event or activity 
    • Campaign goals
    • Intended audience(s) 
    • What results were achieved

Mail-in entries must include five copies of the entry form and all relevant materials.

Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.

Awards of Distinction

Honoring National Leadership

Does someone you know deserve distinctive recognition for their professional contributions and national AAMA service? The AAMA Awards of Distinction are designed to recognize these individuals. Any AAMA member is eligible to nominate or be nominated for one or more award (except current AAMA Board of Trustees and Awards Committee members). Selection will favor those who have served on the national level. To enter nominees in any of the categories below, the following must be submitted:

  1. Completed entry form
  2. A detailed statement listing specific accomplishments achieved by the nominee 
  3. The nominee’s professional résumé, which includes work experience 
  4. The nominee’s AAMA résumé, including involvement at all three levels of AAMA membership, emphasizing national achievements, and current CMA (AAMA) status 
  5. At least two detailed letters of commendation supporting the nominee’s qualifications for the select award 

Mail-in entries must include five copies of the entry form and all materials.

Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.

Medical Assistant of the Year Award

Presented to the medical assistant who has been nominated by peers as an exemplary professional medical assistant and has displayed outstanding commitment to advancing the profession through service on the national level.

Leadership and Mentoring Award

Presented to the volunteer leader who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help meet the goals of the AAMA and to promote, therefore, the professional identity and stature of its members, and the medical assisting profession by having displayed outstanding leadership and mentoring abilities on the national level.

Golden Apple Award

Presented to the educator of a medical assisting program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) who has been nominated by supervisors and peers as a result of the nominee’s outstanding dedication to and accomplishments in the field of medical assisting education. Such accomplishments might include extraordinary dedication to education activities on the national level; exceptional support of students; or contribution to the medical assisting body of knowledge (e.g., author of or major contributor to a medical assisting or health-related textbook).