Get Involved! — Volunteers are the lifeblood of the AMI

One of the best ways for members to network and grow professionally is to serve on a committee. Each of us can make a difference, and working together we ensure that our profession is strong, relevant, and full of opportunities. AMI is a volunteer-driven association. Your service helps shape and implement our strategic plan.

 

Public Relations & Marketing

Emily Shaw 
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The PR & Marketing committee coordinates the public face of the association in a manner consistent with the goals of the Board, the AMI Branding Guidelines, and the AMI Social Media Policy. Our members prepare website content, issue press releases, and serve as editors of AMI's social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo. The committee works in tandem with several other related committees including the Annual Meeting, Professional Guidelines, Publications, Website and Exhibits committees.

Needs: welcomes new members with strong writing, marketing and graphic design skills.

Web Committee

Daniel Muller
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The Web Committee identifies, advises, and advocates for web needs and services for AMI.org, the online member community (OMC), and meeting websites. The Committee considers and recommends web-related policies and procedures and takes a proactive role in promoting the integration of web and new media in an effort to support the professional and administrative needs of the AMI.

Needs: great opportunity for new members

Artists Rights

Betsy Weissbrod and Mica Duran
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The Artists Rights Committee serves as a conduit for advocacy for the intellectual rights and professional rights of medical artists. The committee is responsible for direct advocacy on behalf of and in conjunction with the membership. It works closely with the American Society of Illustrators' Partnership (ASIP) and with our legislative counsel, Bruce Lehman. It is also responsible for facilitating education and discussion of relevant issues within the association.

Needs: welcomes new members.

Professional Guidelines

Tonya Hines
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The Professional Guidelines Committee educates AMI members, clients, and the general public on issues related to business practices and employment of medical illustrators. The committee gathers both statistical and empirical data through surveys, interviews, and peer reviews. The committee conducts a Compensation & Pricing Survey every 4 years. We write and update the Medical Illustration Business Practices booklet, Metadata Whitepaper, and the Client Guide to Working with a Medical Illustrator. Additionally, our members serve as liaisons and collaborators with other industry organizations including the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS), Illustrators' Partnership of America (IPA), American Society of Illustrators' Partnership (ASIP), American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and others.

Needs: welcomes new members with strong writing and peer review skills; could particularly use volunteers with experience conducting surveys, statistical analysis, and data visualization.

Continuing Professional Education

Kaitlin Lindsay
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The Continuing Professional Education committee is a part of the AMI's Certified Medical Illustrator program and is charged primarily with evaluating the AMI's annual meeting content and a variety of other educational offerings for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). As part of a pilot program, a subcommittee has recently been formed that selects video and/or audio tapes from AMI meeting content for rebroadcast on the AMI web site.

Needs: looking for new members particularly with experience in audio/video media to work on rebroadcasting workshops and seminars on web site.

Council on Graduate Education

Nick Woolridge
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The Council on Graduate Education is composed of the directors of the graduate programs in biomedical visualization and medical illustration that are recognized as having met the Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation. In addition, one or two student and recent graudate representatives serve as non-voting members.

Scholarship

Shizuka Aoki
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The scholarship committee reviews and ranks applications from eligible graduate students for Vesalius Trust Grants and for the annual Inez Demonet Award. Applications include a research project, transcripts, portfolios, and personal references. The process begins in November and ends in January for the Vesalius Trust awards, and begins in January and ends in March for the Inez Demonet award.

Needs: occasionally needs new members.

ARC-MI

Kathleen Jung
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The Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI) is a Standing Committee of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), which serves as a sponsor of ARC-MI to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) System. ARC-MI functions as Committee on Accreditation (CoA) within the CAAHEP system and adheres to the CAAHEP policies and procedures. Within the CAAHEP system, the ARC-MI is vested with the responsibility and authority to evaluate graduate programs in medical illustration that have requested accreditation and to make recommendations to the CAAHEP Board of Directors, which is the final decision making authority for accreditation status.

Finance

Scott Weldon
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Being the financial arm of the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Finance Committee works with all of the other committees to develop a budget for the coming fiscal year. The committee advises the Board of Governors on financial matters and strives to create a fiduciary plan that will meet Association goals and member expectations. The committee also maintains a strong business model through short and long-term investments that are activity managed based on sound investment strategies and advice. It may seek professional counsel on matters of investments, audits etc.

Needs: welcomes new committee members.

Membership

Anneliese Lilienthal
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The Membership Committee is a standing committee of the AMI whose purpose is to process membership applications and guide new members through the process. The Committee continually evaluates our current services and benefits to ensure our members' needs are met. It develops member incentives and creates new benefits that help retain members and add value to their professional careers.

Needs: welcomes new members.

Mentorship

Kip Carter
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The Mentorship Committee provides new Professional AMI members with a year long, personal one-on-one relationship with a leader in the association to support new member education and participation in association activities.

Needs: welcomes new professional members.

Nominating

Tim Phelps
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The Nominating Committee is made up of past presidents, past board chairs and the current President, President-Elect and Board Chair. The annual pool of eligible candidates is developed by individuals who would like to self nominate and/or is developed by members of the committee reviewing past performance of professional members in volunteer service to the association. The qualifications of each potential candidate are reviewed including: accumulated fellow points through participation and volunteerism to the association and profession, committee service in the capacity of chair and/or member and the enthusiasm expressed for leadership service to the association.

Newsletter

Shizuka Aoki and Jodi Chapman
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The Newsletter Committee oversees content and publication of the AMI News, the Association's official quarterly newsletter. The Co-Chairs handle editorial duties and assigned columnists provide content regularly while authors from the general membership may contribute articles. The AMI News is the official means by which the AMI's financial statements, presidential addresses, awards and election candidates are presented within the association. In addition, the newsletter runs a number of columns that address topics of interest such as business issues and techniques. The newsletter, with its diverse level of content, provides an important outlet for members to share information, achievements and ideas with one another.

Needs: looking for new members to help produce and/or write.

Journal Editorial Board

Gary Schnitz
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The Journal Editorial Board is headed by the Editor, one of the three Associate Editors of the Journal of Biocommunications (JBC). This committee is responsible for the solicitation, review, and processing of manuscripts and artwork for the publication.

Needs: we welcome members willing to be peer reviewers for submitted articles. JBC is always accepting manuscripts for consideration at http://jbiocommunication.org/.

Medical Illustration Source Book Editorial Board

Rachel Bajema
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This committee oversees the production, distribution and marketing of the Medical Illustration Source Book which is published by the AMI in partnership with Serbin Communications.

Online Learning

Lydia Gregg and Jared Travnicek
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The Online Learning Committee works to develop, disseminate and archive online educational media for AMI members. Its work helps members enrich their knowledge and practice with relevant educational materials while providing opportunities to earn Continuing Education Units.

Exhibits

Lori Messenger
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The Exhibits Committee serves as an umbrella committee for the Salon Display Task Force (Traditional and Digital), Salon Judging Task Force and the Awards Committee (salon aspect only). This committee is comprised of the chairs of the Traditional Salon Display Task Force, Digital Salon Display Task Force, Judging Task Force and Awards Committee.

The Salon Display Task Force is responsible for the receiving, processing, hanging and tearing down of the salon. It is a huge undertaking and the details of it change yearly with the AMI meeting venue. This is a great opportunity for students and new members to get involved and also a nice way to meet a large portion of the membership. Generally the Task Force chairs are decided soon after the annual meeting for the next year's meeting.

The Judging Task Force for the annual meeting salon is always looking for professional members to volunteer to review and judge the traditional and digital salon. The responsibilities include arriving at the meeting site on Wednesday prior to the meeting’s official start. Judging teams meet and review the traditional artworks onsite to reach consensus on award winners. The digital salon is now judged remotely prior to the meeting and the teams meet via conference call.

You can contact the chair of the Exhibits Committee for further information and to get involved on any of the annual meeting Task Forces!

Program

2017: John Martini and David Killpack
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This committee is responsible for the development of the theme, planning, and coordination of the educational portion of the Annual Meeting. It arranges for speaker as well as solicits papers and presentations for the meeting. It also works in tandem with the Publicity Committee to develop promotional materials.

Needs: welcomes new members.

Annual Meeting

2017: Dave Aten
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This committee plans and organizes the Annual Conference.

Needs: welcomes new members.

Workshops

2017:  Joi Holcomb and Kaitlin Lindsay
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The Workshop Committee works with the Program committee to develop workshop offerings for the Annual Meeting. It solicits members or other professionals to give workshops and works with the Tech Showcase Committee to coordinate logistics and arrange for necessary equipment.

Needs: welcomes new members.

Awards

Karen Bucher
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The Awards Committee oversees the various awards that the AMI gives out every year. These range from the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award given out by the organization, to the Salon awards and the 25 and 50 year membership certificates. Members of the committee take charge of an award selection process from start to finish. In addition, the committee is very involved with the awards banquet at the meeting and works with the Professional Exhibits committee (of which it is partly a subset) to organize the Salon.

Needs: welcomes new members.

Sponsorship

Melanie Bowzer 
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Sponsorships of the AMI primarily center on benefits surrounding the Annual Conference, however other opportunities for exposure are available year-round.  Although the formal committee was sunset in 2015, we are always open to hearing from members with connections to companies or groups you feel would be a valuable partner with the AMI and who you feel would benefit from being associated with our members.  Feel free to contact Melanie to facilitate an introduction or connection to a potential future AMI sponsor!