ami logo
Association of Medical Illustrators: The Association of Medical Illustrators is an international organization founded in 1945. Its members are primarily artists who create material designed to facilitate the recording and dissemination of medical and bioscientific knowledge through visual communication media. Members are involved not only in the creation of such material, but also serve in consultant, advisory, educational and administrative capacities in all aspects of bioscientific communications and related areas of visual education. The AMI is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and abilities of its members, and serving society by advancing education and communication in medicine and health-related fields. { source: }


AMI Board of Certification: The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators administers a certification program for illustrators who seek a recognizable means of credentialing. The designation of Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) denotes this voluntarily earned credential and provides a recognizable means of signifying a practitioners current competency in the profession of medical illustration. Certified Medical Illustrators have passed examinations dealing with business practices, ethics, biomedical science, drawing skills, and have undergone a rigorous portfolio review. Once earned, the CMI credential is maintained through meeting continuing education requirements designed to maintain competencies required for practice. The competent practitioner performs work accurately and in the best interest of the consumer, makes correct judgments, and interacts with other professionals and customers effectively. Competence must be demonstrated and maintained throughout the individual’s practicing life. The certification program and examination process is based on standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) along with it’s parent body, the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), both recognized leaders in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. { source:}


ami logo
The Journal of Biocommunications: The Journal of Biocommunication (JBC) is a scholarly publication intended to provide objective and useful information to the biocommunication community. This includes the written exchange of formal studies, analyses of experience, evaluation of materials, creative examples of the best in biocommunications, and ideas or opinions contributing to the effective utilization of communications media to improve health-care through education, clinical practice and research. { source: JBC }


ami logo
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators: Founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 1968, the Guild has grown to become part of the global community. It is a non-profit organization that sets high professional standards, provides opportunities for professional and scholarly development, encourages and assists member networking, and promotes itself to potential clients and the general public. {source: }


ami logo
The Vesalius Trust: The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences was incorporated as a non-profit public foundation in 1988. Established under the direction of the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators, a professional organization of medically-trained visual communicators, the Trust strives to develop and support education and research programs in the field of health science communications. { source: }


ami logo
The Illustrators Club: The Illustrators Club of Washington, DC is a non-profit, all-volunteer trade association dedicated to promoting the art and business of illustration since 1986. The IC membership network includes professional illustrators, graphic designers, educators, students, vendors and related businesses. IC provides a broad palette of resources, programs and opportunities to educate and benefit members, art buyers and the general public. IC strives to protect the rights and interests of all members, while maintaining high standards and encouraging fair business practices throughout the graphic arts community.


ipa logo
The Illustrators Partnership: To reach their economic goals, artists must be equipped to effectively compete in a rapidly changing business and technological environment. First, artists must retain control of the intellectual property rights in their works. Second, artists must establish a surperior licensing presence in available secondary markets for their works, and create new secondary markets. Third, artists must learn more about how to use new business and technological models to control and exploit their intellectual property rights and content in the networked environment. Organized by and for professional illustrators, the Illustrators’ Partnership is responding to these issues and many more. { source: }


ipa logo
The American Society of Illustrators Partnership: ASIP is a non-profit organization founded by 6 illustrators groups. As part of its mission, ASIP hopes to bring accountability to the reprographic rights of American popular artists. Reprography is the reproduction of something already printed. It traditionally referred to photocopying, but also now includes digital reproductions of published works. Reprographic rights are the photocopy and digital reproduction rights of your published work. Reprographic rights are separate from the first print or electronic reproduction rights. Reprographic rights are held individually by artists, but managed collectively by a collecting society. A collecting society can only administer the rights of its members, i.e., those artists who have given the society a mandate to act on their behalf. { source: }


ipa logo
PLUS – Picture Licensing Universal System: The PLUS Coalition is an international non-profit initiative on a mission to simplify and facilitate the communication and management of image rights. Organized by respected associations, leading companies, standards bodies, scholars and industry experts, the PLUS Coalition exists for the benefit of all communities involved in creating, distributing, using and preserving images. Spanning more than thirty countries, these diverse stakeholders have collaborated to develop PLUS, a system of standards that makes it easier to communicate, understand and manage image rights in all countries. The PLUS Coalition exists at the crossroads between technlogy, commerce, the arts, preservation and education. { source: }


ami logo
American Society of Botanical Artists: The American Society of Botanical Artists, Inc. (ASBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of botanical art and to encouraging the development of this continuing artistic tradition. The botanical art tradition combines science and art. Botanical artists seek to understand the structure of plants and to communicate this knowledge to their audience in an aesthetically pleasing manner. While botanical art encompasses a range of styles, the focus of the ASBA is on work that conforms to the above definition, whether it takes the form of scientific illustration or realistic drawing and painting of botanical subjects. Incorporated in February 1995, the ASBA is open to all artists and others interested in furthering the development of botanical art. Annual participation is open to individuals and institutions worldwide. { source: ASBA }



Other BMC Programs of North America:


Europe & Australia:

Scuola Superiore di Disegno Anatomico, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli
Bologna ITALY
Ecole Superieure Estienne des Arts et Industries Graphiques
University of Manchester, Unit of Art in Medicine
Postgraduate Program in Scientific Illustration, Maastricht University
Medical and Scientific Illustration Program, Schule und Museum fur Gestaltung
Ecole des Arts Decoratifs
Strasbourg FRANCE
University of Birmingham
University of Sheffield, Botanical Illustration
Listing at the Society for Botanical Artists, Botanical Illustration
Centre for Adult Education, Botanical Illustration
The English Gardening School, One-year Program in Botanical Painting
The English Gardening School, Botanical Painting Course

Certificate Programs & Educational Departments:

Corcoran Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program
Como Zoo and Conservatory Botanical Arts and Illustration Program
Denver Botanic Gardens, Botanical Illustration
The Morton Arboretum, The Botanical Art and Illustration
New York Botanical Garden, Botanical Art and Illustration
The Bakken Library and Museum at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Botanical Illustration
Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art


Related Organizations:

Association of Biocommunications Directors (ABCD)
American Anaplastology Association
The BioCommunications Association (BCA)
Health Sciences Communications Association (HeSCA)
Illustrators Partnership of America (IPA)
Society of Illustrators
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Medical Artists Association of Great Britain
Assocation Europeenes des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifiques
American Craft Council
Institute of Medical Illustrators


LSU Medical Center / Shreveport
Biomedical Communications Univ. of Arizona
Biomedical Visualization, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
Biomedical Communications Univ. of North Dakota
USC Biomedical Communications
HSCER Univ. of Washington
Biomedical Communications, Yale University
State University of West Corbel, Georgia


Visit the Recommended Reading section for a full listing of informational books

Serbin Sourcebook
Association of Medical Illustrators
The History of the Association of Medical Illustrators
by Robert Demarest
Max Brodel : The Man Who Put Art into Medicine
by John Cody, Ranice W. Crosby
The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, FIRST EDITION
by Elaine R. S. Hodges (Editor)
The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, SECOND EDITION
by Elaine R. S. Hodges (Editor)
The Fabric of the Body : European Traditions of Anatomical Illustration
by K.B. Roberts, J.D.W. Tomlinson
The Illustrations from the Works of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels
With Annotations and Translations, a Discussion of the Plates and Their Background,

by Andreas Vesalius


copyright logo