The Association of Medical Illustrators is delighted to share news about a new investment in medical illustration and in illustrators themselves. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Deloitte have partnered to develop “Illustrate Change,” a project that seeks to build momentum around representation in medical illustrations and reduce health disparities among people of color. J&J has funded a fellowship for illustrators and entrusted the development of the program and its administration to The Association of Medical Illustrators as the AMI Diversity Fellowship.
Under the program, ten Fellows will be selected to help J&J and Deloitte build out 100 illustrations for a digital library featuring medical illustrations of racially and ethnically diverse communities of color. This library will be made available to educators for training and educational purposes. Expanding the depiction of racial and ethnic diversity in medical illustrations is an important step in improving medical education and clinical training and in addressing enduring racial biases in medicine. Visualizing change is one of several ways to address health disparities. AMI is pleased to invest its expertise in answering this call to action. Through illustration, we can show and “make known” those who have been overlooked and minimized for too long.
The ten applicants selected as fellows will enjoy extensive benefits:
• Recognition and promotion as an AMI Diversity Fellow by AMI and J&J
• A cash award of $25,000 (USD)
• Extensive complimentary training opportunities in 2023 and part of 2024
• Complimentary one-year AMI membership for the 2024 membership cycle
• Complimentary attendance at the 2024 AMI Annual Conference, including travel and lodging
• Recognition at the 2024 AMI Annual Conference
• Single page ad in the Medical Illustration & Animation sourcebook and 50 portfolio images and animations on Medical Illustration Sourcebook (https://www.medillsb.com/)
The deadline for applications is August 1, 2023 and membership in AMI is not required to apply for the fellowship.
For more information about the fellowship and to access the online application, head over to the AMI Diversity website
In 1986 The Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) was founded in Strasbourg. Its aims were to bring together artists, illustrators and sculptors working in medical education and the life sciences. AEIMS meets somewhere in Europe each year, usually linking the conference with one of the European training institutes. The meeting is always great fun and increasingly worthwhile as the years pass.
All members are professional experience with proof of publication as demonstrated by their portfolio. Active members generally includes those who make much of their living by freelancing or by employment. All members are required to be sponsored by two members or by the Membership Committee. Active Members receive all the benefits available to AEIMS members, are eligible to vote and may hold office in the association.