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The following are frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the AMI Diversity Fellowship of 2023-2024, a partnership with Johnson & Johnson called Illustrate Change.



Purpose & Background

What is the purpose of the AMI Diversity Fellowship?

The AMI Diversity Fellowship is an important part of a larger initiative by Johnson & Johnson to improve medical education and the clinical training of health care providers, address enduring racial biases in medicine, and promote health equity. Ten illustrators will be selected for the Fellowship program, and each will be responsible for producing ten medical illustrations (not photographs) reflecting certain pathologies or conditions. Fellows will have some flexibility to choose the pathologies and conditions to focus on.

Illustrations produced by the ten Fellows will be featured on a dedicated website hosted by J&J called Illustrate Change and illustrators will be recognized by J&J and the AMI during the fellowship year.

Through a generous grant from Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the Fellowship will:

  • Seed the creation of a digital library to showcase a series of illustrations that will reflect different skin tones and skin colors in a variety of patients with different health conditions. This new library will be made available for use by medical educators to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.
  • Fund and nurture the training and education of ten illustrators of different racial and ethnic backgrounds so that they can help bring awareness to the importance of depicting race and ethnicity in medical illustration.

Over time the Fellowship will bring greater visibility to issues of health equity and increase the pipeline of medical and scientific illustrators from under-represented communities of color.

How did AMI learn about the opportunity to apply for a Johnson & Johnson grant?
In October of 2022, AMI was approached by Dr. Susan Nicholson, former VP Health of Women with Johnson & Johnson. J&J had recently finalized plans for the launch of Illustrate Change and were looking for a partner with widespread reach and expertise to support the expansion of the illustrations on the website and help promote the awareness of the need for illustration diversification within the field.
Who is eligible to apply for the Diversity Fellowship?
Generally, the AMI Diversity Fellowship is open to AMI members and nonmembers who are professional medical and scientific illustrators, defined as those who receive compensation from medical illustration on a full- or part-time basis. Please see the full list of requirements below.
What are the benefits of the AMI Diversity Fellowship?

Ten applicants will be honored as an AMI Diversity Fellow and will receive:

  • Recognition and promotion as an AMI Diversity Fellow by AMI and J&J.
  • Cash award of $25,000.
  • 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. (Registration fees, travel and accommodations for Fellows to attend the AMI Annual Meeting in July 2024 will be included in the fellowship.)
  • 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
Will there be funding for a second cohort of AMI Diversity Fellows in 2024?
We do not have funding for a second cohort of fellows for 2024-2025. It is not known whether additional funding will be available.
The AMI Diversity Fellowship is Phase Two of the Illustrate Change project, what does the rest of the project entail?

J&J’s Illustrate Change Initiative is part of their larger program, Our Race to Health Equity, a five-year commitment by J&J to invest in health equity and to chart a course toward a more equitable healthcare ecosystem. Specifically, J&J has partnered with AMI given our shared vision to expand diversity within medical illustration. J&J is partnering with other illustrators, medical associations, universities, innovation consultants, publishers, internet search engines, large event producers and others to ensure that the diversification of medical illustrations is a widespread movement that initiates long-term change. The AMI Diversity Fellowship is only one component of J&J’s efforts to make diverse images readily available to educators, students, and patients.

The AMI is proud to play an integral part in the collaboration by providing esteemed illustrators an opportunity to showcase their diverse work and gain invaluable training, networking, and exposure opportunities through the AMI Diversity Fellowship.

Where is the money coming from? Will any of my membership dues go toward the project?

AMI received an initial grant of $300,000 to develop and administer the AMI Diversity Fellowship. Another commitment of funds in excess of $150,000 is anticipated as phase 2 funding from J&J. None of the costs to administer the grant come directly from AMI, and the proceeds of the grant cover all other expenses associated with administering the program including but not limited to:

  • Strategic consultant fees
  • Advisory council stipend
  • Administrative execution
  • Awards
  • Application software
  • Marketing and public relations costs
  • Video promotion of Fellows
  • Technology needs
  • Affiliated speaking events
  • Training and education costs
Who is overseeing the AMI Diversity Fellowship?
To ensure the AMI Diversity Fellowship is created with the utmost fairness, and executed to the highest level, a portion of the grant funding was provided to hire a strategic consultant to provide oversight of the fellowship’s development. The consultant has extensive experience in creating philanthropic programs with a focus on equity and social change and has vast knowledge of how to create and execute diversity fellowships across various sectors. The strategic consultant has worked with the AMI Executive Director and Program Manager to develop and execute the Diversity Fellowship program.

Eligibility Requirements, Expectations & Applying for the AMI Diversity Fellowship

What are the requirements to be eligible for the AMI Diversity Fellowship?
Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

The fellowship aims to increase the number of illustrators in the profession from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage professionals from these identity groups and other underrepresented groups to apply. Students are not eligible due to time commitment requirements. (Those enrolled as students as of September 1, 2023 are not eligible to apply.) 

  1. All are welcome to apply (except students).
  2. Must be over 18 years of age.
  3. Must be highly proficient in English.
  4. Graduation from a medical illustration program and/or a minimum of 1-year of professional illustration experience required. Professional illustration experience is defined as an individual who receives compensation from medical illustration on a full- or part-time basis. Professional members are actively involved in the development and production of visual communications for medicine and the life sciences. Medical illustration may include not only direct production of visuals (illustrations, animations, models, interactive media) but also consultation, content creation, education, direction, and administration.
  5. Ability to participate fully for 15-20 hours per month (virtually and in-person) in the AMI Diversity Fellowship program including virtual training and mentorship opportunities, attendance at the 2024 AMI Annual Conference in July 16 – 20, 2024 and participation in or contribution to other AMI activities during the fellowship year. Examples include writing a newsletter articles or participating in a webinar discussion about your experience in the fellowship.There is flexibility in how you might choose to contribute or participate in the AMI. Your individual contributions must be preapproved by the program manager.
  6. Ability to commit the time necessary to meet required monthly illustration milestones and deadlines during the fellowship period. A total of ten illustrations will be required to be produced over the year.
  7. Willing to comply with the J&J licensing agreement while participating as an AMI Diversity Fellow. Preview the license agreement here.
  8. Openness to learning, cooperation, and collaboration with medical reviewers.
  9. Must align with the principles and values of AMI and with the Fellowship's purpose and vision as more fully describes in the AMI Code of Ethics.
How do you apply for the AMI Diversity Fellowship?

To apply, please complete an online application at https://awards.ami.org/.

The application contains different sections. You will need to be prepared to submit:

  • A brief resume or curriculum vitae that describes your experience as an illustrator. It may not be more than three pages.
  • Five samples of illustrations - Please be prepared to submit a portfolio containing 5 samples of your work. Demonstrating diversity of skin color in your samples is not required but is encouraged.
  • Two references: Please share these questions with your references so they have time to prepare their responses. Your references will be expected to address these questions in no more than 500 words: (1) What impact has the applicant made to medical illustration? (2) For what reasons do you think the candidate would be ideal for this fellowship program
  • A personal statement - Please be prepared to describe why you think you should be selected for this Fellowship within a 1,000-word limitation: Please describe your professional and or personal experience in diversity, equity and inclusion. Please feel free to reflect on your lived experience. i.e., How do you see your career in medical illustration evolving from this Fellowship? What is your vision for expanding racial diversity in medical illustration?
  • Acknowledgement that you have read and understand expectations as laid out in certain documents:
    1. AMI Code of Ethics: You will be asked to sign an acknowledgment that you have read this document and understand that each applicant’s values are expected to align with the values of the AMI Diversity Fellowship and with AMI as demonstrated by the applicant’s behavior in using social media and in engaging with other public media.
    2. Copyright licensing agreement that each selected Fellow will be required to sign regarding rights to the illustrations in J&J’s digital library. You can view that agreement here.

In addition, you will be required to identify social channels pertaining to your professional work and career, as applicable. Broadly, the AMI Diversity Fellowship seeks to improve medical education and the clinical training of health care providers, address enduring racial biases in medicine, and promote health equity. If selected as a Fellow, you will be expected to model behaviors consistent with respect for and tolerance of others regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or religious beliefs.(Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Website)

How long is the AMI Diversity Fellowship?
The fellowship year is one year in length. It begins on September 1, 2023 and concludes on August 31, 2024.
What is the deadline to apply for the AMI Diversity Fellowship?
The AMI Diversity Fellowship application will open on June 20, 2023 and will close on August 1, 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Review of Applications & Selection Process

How will the Diversity Fellows be selected?

Fellows will be selected based on the qualitative and quantitative criteria assigned to score the quality of the portfolio submitted, two professional and/or personal references, and responses to particular questions addressed in a personal statement. Applications will be reviewed by the AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council composed of medical illustrators, esteemed members of the medical community, and representatives of affiliated organizations. The council will consist of five AMI members and five members outside of AMI. Two appointed co-chairs will lead and facilitate the Advisory Council.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

Will the Advisory Council members be paid?
Yes, with the exception of the staff and AMI BOG representatives, AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council members will be paid a stipend in exchange for the time and expertise required to participate. It is AMI’s primary goal to establish a reputable program, grounded in fairness and prestige. A portion of the grant funding be provided as a stipend to participating council members.
When will Fellows be selected and announced?
AMI Diversity Fellows will be selected and announced in early September 2023.
May members of the Advisory Council serve as AMI Diversity Fellows?
No, members of the Advisory Council are not eligible for the Fellowship.

Deliverables Under the Fellowship -- Illustrations & Technical Specifications

Will the illustrations provided by the Diversity Fellows be reviewed?
Yes, J&J will provide a medical reviewer/clinician to review submitted artwork and ensure the accuracy of illustrations submitted. A portion of grant funding is allocated to medical review to ensure the timely and quality inspection of illustrations. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate and confer with an AMI technical advisor if they would like guidance as they are developing the illustrations.
When will the Diversity Fellows need to complete their illustrations?
Selected AMI Diversity Fellows will be announced in early September. The first of 10 illustrations must be completed by October 15, 2023. At least one additional illustration must be submitted each month. A total of ten illustrations will be due by June 30, 2024. (A medical review will be required for each illustration at the sketch phase.)
If I am selected as an AMI Diversity Fellow, what rights to my illustrations will I be giving to Johnson & Johnson?
A copy of the license agreement outlining rights provided to J&J is available here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the agreement prior to submitting an application.Preview the license agreement here.
How long is the AMI Diversity Fellowship?
The fellowship year is one year in length. It begins on September 1, 2023 and concludes on August 31, 2024.
What are the requirements for producing the illustrations for the J&J digital library, Illustrate Change?
Fellows will be expected to deliver illustrations under specifications outlined by J&J for presentation on the digital library, Illustrate Change: fellowship portfolio image specifications
What are the deadlines governing the AMI Diversity Fellowship?

There are several important deadlines in place:


Application: The AMI Diversity Fellowship application will open on June 20, 2023 and will close on August 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Announcement of Fellows: AMI Diversity Fellows will be announced in early September 2023.

Illustrations Due: For applicants who are selected as an AMI Diversity Fellow, the first illustration will be due by October 15, 2023. After that, one illustration will be due each month, resulting in the delivery of nine illustrations by June 30, 2024. You’ll be partnering with a clinical expert who will provide guidance on the medical content of illustrations. A medical review will be required for each illustration at the sketch phase.

Onsite Recognition: Fellows will be recognized formally at the 2024 AMI Annual Conference on July 16 – 20, 2024. AMI will cover expenses for Fellows’ airfare, hotel accommodations, and meal expenses to attend this conference.

Where should I direct questions related to the Diversity Fellowship?
Questions about the Fellowship should be directed to AMI's Diversity Fellowship Program Manager, Julie Sutter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The AMI Advisory Council is proud to announce the following ten recipients of the AMI Diversity Fellowship.

This outstanding group was selected from a competitive pool of applicants that represented diversity in race and ethnicity, among other demographics.

“All applicants demonstrated a passion for the mission of the Diversity Fellowship, and we were humbled by the interest in and commitment to this new program,” said Jill Gregory, Chair of the Advisory Council.

The application process was rigorous. Applicants were asked to submit personal statements, a portfolio of five illustration samples, and references. With only ten positions available, the Advisory Council faced difficult decisions in evaluating and scoring the applications and then deliberating over the final selections.



 

Ezgi Bozogullarindan AMI Diversity Fellow Recipient

Ezgi Bozoğullarından

Hatay, Antakya, Türkiye

Ezgi graduated from a fine arts high school by taking courses in oil painting, sculpture, graphic design, drawing essentials and history of art etc. Then, she gained admission into Sivas Cumhuriyet University to study medicine. After successfully completing her education in basic, internal and surgical medicine, she became an intern doctor. She currently works as a medical intern doctor at Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Medicine. In 2018, she started to take a place in medical illustration professionally by receiving Dr. Levent Efe's mentorship. From that time, she has produced original artworks for patient education, medicine education, scientific papers and many more purposes by working on medical illustration and medical animation.

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Sami Brussels AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Sami Brussels

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Sami Brussels is a medical illustrator specializing in reconstructive urology and plastics, and a multidisciplinary artist whose work deals with homosexuality, disability, and lived experience as a transsexual man. Professionally, he is passionate about health literacy, PCORI-driven projects, translational research, easing the transition between pediatric and adult care for congenital conditions, patient education on gender-affirming surgeries, and empowering patients for self-advocacy in healthcare settings. His recent medical illustration work includes collaborations with NYU Langone, McGraw Hill, the Fenway Center, Dartmouth Health, and Callen-Lorde.


 

Ni-ka Ford AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Ni-ka Ford, CMI

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Ni-ka is a Board-Certified Medical Illustrator based in Atlanta Georgia. She is the founder of Enlight Visuals, a scientific and medical visualization studio. She creates didactic illustrations and 3D visualizations for scientific research, journal publications, medical education, and patient educational materials. She received a MS degree in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Studio Art from Georgia Southern University. Ni-ka’s goals include improving health literacy through visual communication and contributing to the growing need for inclusive and diverse representation within medical and healthcare literature. As a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators she has served as Chair of the Diversity Committee (2021-2023) and was inducted as a Fellow of the AMI in 2023.

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Tiffany Fung AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Tiffany Fung, MA

Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Tiffany Fung is the co-founder and creative director of Biotic Artlab, a medical illustration studio based in the Netherlands that supports global clients like Astrazeneca, Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Johnson & Johnson. Her fascination with the human body is guided by her lifelong dedication to rock-climbing. Over the years, her interest in performance training and injury prevention has pushed her work in medical illustration towards sports medicine and orthopedics. She firmly believes in supporting educational material that gives athletes the tools to better understand their own performance. Currently, Tiffany is based out of Marseille, France, where she is enjoying not only eternal summers, but also the intense skin sun damage that comes with the package for only $free.99.

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Lucia Garces  AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Lucia Fernanda Garces Torres

Jerico, Antioquia, Colombia

Lucia is a professional graphic designer and illustrator with over 20 years of experience. Her passion for science, meticulous nature, curiosity, and fascination for learning and understanding complex information led her to pursue a career as a scientific illustrator, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Natural History Illustration in 2018. As a Latin-American woman and a scientific illustrator from Colombia, she is deeply committed to promoting diversity and representation within the medical illustration community. Her unique background and experiences make her a great collaborator. Those who get to know her think she is integral and easy-going, with a can-do attitude. She is a problem solver who works under diverse circumstances and always strives to find better, more efficient ways to do things and run processes.She helps diverse organizations that want to communicate complex ideas or scientific concepts to professionals in the field and the general public by efficiently developing effective illustrations and visuals.

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Sarah Gluschitz AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Sarah Gluschitz, CMI

St George's, Grenada, West Indies

Sarah Gluschitz (they/them) is a queer non-binary academic medical illustrator. They work at the Center for BioMedical Visualization, St. George’s University, Grenada. Their work in academia includes development of research illustrations, human cadaver dissection and has allowed them to play a role in reshaping the medical school curriculum to build foundational knowledge, foster understanding, increase awareness and cultivate inclusive behaviours amongst future healthcare providers. Sarah is originally from Northern Germany and considers themselves to be a global citizen. They have lived all their adult life abroad with family scattered around Europe and the Americas. This intercultural web of their life expands into how they see community building and cross-cultural exchange as pillars of a diverse and inclusive society. Sarah graduated with honours in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Scientific Illustration from ZUYD University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. More recently they achieved Board certification as a Certified Medical Illustrator in 2023. They see this fellowship as a unique opportunity that allows them the time to create solely racially diverse and intersectional illustrations that are available to educators at no charge. Granting not just those with means to pay for diversity the opportunity to engage in change making.

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Dr. Morium Howlader AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Dr. Morium Howlader , MBBS, MRCGP

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Dr. Morium Howlader is a Primary Care Physician and Medical Illustrator based in the North East of England. She is delighted to have been chosen as an AMI Diversity Fellow this year. Building a database of images depicting medical conditions in the full spectrum of patients that she sees resonates very deeply with her. There is a rich variety of skin tones and features in the people that she meets, and it is important to her that all patients are represented in the images that are used to teach and help others learn.

One of her roles is as a Clinical Lead for Health Inequalities for her region, which regularly highlights attention to those communities that fall outside the typical representation of patients in medical imagery, which is to their detriment when engaging with services and ultimately their health. This fellowship provides an opportunity to challenge these discrepancies, by providing updated, considered, sensitive and compassionate imagery representing a wider array of communities, and produced by artists from those same communities themselves. Dr. Morium Howlader is thrilled to be a part of it, and she looks forward to getting started!

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Lucia Garces Torres AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Sana Khan, HBSC, MScBMC

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Sana is a visualization specialist with advanced training in biomedical illustration and design, and she works with healthcare professionals, editorial publications, researchers, pharmaceutical corporations, and businesses specializing in health, medicine and scientific discovery to visually translate complex science into a clear and understandable form. She is a graduate of the one in only five accredited medical illustration programs in North America -- the Master's level Biomedical Communication program at the University of Toronto, where the focus is communicating complex science into comprehensible visuals, developing compelling scientific and medical illustrations, UI/UX design, and 2D/3D animations. Additionally, she has completed her undergraduate specialist degree in neurobiology, genetics and behavior alongside 3+ years of neuroscience and environmental research experience. She is passionate about combining the disciplines of art and science to create beautiful, scientifically accurate illustrations, diagrams and visuals benefitting science communication. She specializes in surgical, anatomical and pathological illustrations, scientific visualizations, editorial and academic publications, science explainer animations, and patient and public education. As a freelancer and entrepreneur, she is always seeking unique opportunities to create visual content that advances scientific knowledge, medical and life science research, and any form of science communication for patients and the public.

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NameLucia Garces Torres AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Lilith Lawrence

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lilith Alexandria Lawrence is an alumnus of the Master’s in Biomedical Communications program at The Univeristy of Toronto Mississauga, Class of 2023. She aims to make medical information more understandable and less intimidating to a general patient audience. When people seek healthcare, they are often in a time of need. They deserve to feel listened to and cared for. Lilith believes that this should be true at all times during their healthcare journey, including the time they spend engaging with patient education materials. It is her goal as a visual communicator to provide, not only clarity, but also compassion to people who could very well be living through the most trying time of their lives. She is also deeply concerned about the state of public scientific literacy, and how this has impacted public health in Canada. Lilith would like to use visual communication to not only teach scientific literacy, but also to help others cultivate the same genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for science and learning that She has. Lilith Lawrence believes in building a society where everyone looks out into the world with the same twinkle of hope and curiosity that we had when we were younger.

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Tal Bavli Ziv AMI Diversity Fellow recipient

Tal Bavli Ziv

North York, Ontario, Canada

Originally from Israel, Tal Bavli Ziv (she/her) has been traveling and living around the world since 2010. She now considers herself fortunate to raise her two little boys with her husband in the wonderfully diverse city of Toronto.

Tal holds an undergraduate degree in Illustration (BFA) and a Master's degree in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto.

Tal's dedication to diversity and inclusion, with all their complexities, is interwoven into every piece she creates. Her view is that diversity encompasses far more than just skin color. She actively seeks opportunities to be thoughtful about inclusivity in each new project she undertakes and is eager to collaborate with others to advance the profession collectively. In the spirit of "a rising tide lifts all boats," Tal is thrilled to utilize her skills to contribute to efforts aimed at improving health equity.

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Diversity Fellowship applications will be reviewed by the

AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council

The AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council is composed of medical illustrators, esteemed members of the medical community, and representatives of affiliated organizations. In addition to the non-voting Chair, the council consists of ten voting members: five professional members of the AMI and five additional members of the medical community. Fellows will be selected based on the qualitative and quantitative criteria assigned to score the quality of the portfolio submitted, two professional and/or personal references, and responses to particular questions addressed in a personal statement.

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Advisory Council Chair

Jill K. Gregory, MFA, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Immediate Past President, Association of Medical Illustrators
Associate Director of Instructional Technology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, United States
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Jill Gregory has been a practicing medical illustrator since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has spent her entire career in academic medical centers in New York City. She started out as a staff medical illustrator at Beth Israel Medical Center and is currently the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

In this position, she creates visual materials for academic purposes: journal articles, textbook chapters, and in-classroom and online education. She also teaches classes and workshops in effective data visualization for medical and graduate students. She is especially interested in the intersection of medical illustration and instructional design and believes that while the medical education field knows about and depends on imagery to teach, there is a vast opportunity for medical illustrators to go beyond image-making into influencing how content is taught.

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Advisory Council Vice Chair

Carolyn R. Holmes, MS, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Certified Medical Illustrator
Holmes Medical Illustration Studio
Athens, GA, United States
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Carolyn R. Holmes, MS, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Carolyn R. Holmes obtained a M.S. in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia in 1990 and completed an internship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been a Certified Medical Illustrator for 30 years. Since 2001, Carolyn has been Sole Proprietor of Holmes Medical Illustration, a firm focusing on the creation of medical demonstrative evidence for use in litigation.

In 2008 Carolyn was made a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators. In 2017-2018 Carolyn was honored to serve as President of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She is an adjunct professor at the Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia), Department of Medical Illustration. Carolyn continues to be active in the AMI, serving on several committees, and enjoys mentoring new medical illustrators.

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Council Member

Joy D. Calloway, MHSA, MBA

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
National Medical Association
Silver Spring, MD, United States
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Joy D. Calloway, MBA, MHSA, is a transformational healthcare executive with 30 years of health care and nonprofit experience, and a unique skillset and successful record of serving as a turnaround/stabilization expert at organizations in distress or transition. Currently serving as the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the National Medical Association (NMA), Calloway served as the Interim President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (2020-2022), joining at a time of great financial, organizational, and cultural crisis to stabilize the enterprise and set it on a path to stability. Prior to that, she held the role of Interim Executive Director at the National Association of Health Services Executives as it was transitioning to a new governance model.

Calloway is a sought-after consultant and speaker and speaks to international audiences on topics ranging from mental health and emotional intelligence to nonprofit board development and operational planning.

Calloway is proud mom to Vashti, a special education teacher in Virginia, and makes time to enjoy travelling, live music, movies, theater, reading and shopping. She is currently preparing for a vocal performance in New York and writing a self-help memoir, “One Crisis from Crazy: Finding Myself without Losing My Mind.”

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Council Member

Annie Campbell, MS

Co-founder/Director
Now Medical Studios
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Annie Campbell is the co-founder of Now Medical Studios—a multidisciplinary studio based in Scotland with global clients like Gore, Under Armour, and Scientific American. Her experiences as art director, project manager and multimedia artist for various clients across the U.S. and Europe have provided her with a broad range of skills and expertise that she instills in her talented team.

Annie firmly believes in lifelong learning and sharing. One of her passions is sharing the business of medical illustration with younger artists embarking on the field. As part of this endeavor, she and her business partner Emily Holden founded their learning channel Learn Medical Art to bring the world of medical illustration to a wider audience.

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Council Member

Jennifer Hollis, MS

Biomedical Designer
Hollis Visualizations, LLC
Brownsburg, IN, United States

Jennifer Hollis is an experienced medical illustrator and designer. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Visualization in 2016. In 2017 she founded Hollis Visualizations, LLC where she has created illustrations for medical researchers, patient education materials with a nonprofit organizations, and process schematics for biotech companies.

Jennifer is also a designer for a pharmaceutical company where she specializes in creating promotional material for various brands through print and digital marketing.

As a professional member of the AMI, she was instrumental in standing up and co-chairing (2016-2017) the Diversity Task Force and served as a founding member of the Diversity Committee serving as chair (2017-2020) marking the AMI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Council Member

Francois I. Luks, MD, Ph.D.

J. Murray Beardsley Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief
Hasbro Children's Hospital, Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Providence, RI, United States
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François Luks is Professor of surgery at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. As a medical student, he drew a daily comic strip for several newspapers and later started to illustrate some of his own research publications, then those of colleagues. While not an illustrator by trade, he is passionate about the power and responsibility of visual communication in promoting humanism, compassion and empathy in medicine. He currently teaches medical illustration and medical comics for undergraduate students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. His recently published book, MedSpeak Illuminated: The art and practice of medical illustration, explores the different facets of visual communication in medicine and science.

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Council Member

Allison Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Black in Anatomy
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
University of Missouri School of Medicine

Columbia, MO, United States
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Research interests include: anatomy education, functional morphology, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Allison Nesbitt, Ph.D. is a medical educator, anatomist, and biological anthropologist. She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She teaches dissection-based clinical anatomy to medical and physical therapy students and facilitates case-based learning for medical students. Dr. Nesbitt has been honored as an outstanding medical educator with two awards for teaching excellence. Her research focuses on anatomy education in the health professions and evolutionary and developmental changes of the human skull. She earned a M.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic and Biological Anthropology from Mercyhurst University and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. Dr. Nesbitt is a founding member and Vice-President of Black in Anatomy, a non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying and supporting Black contributions to the anatomical sciences. She is committed to increasing the representation of historically excluded individuals in medicine, science, and biomedical visualization.

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Council Member

Derek Ng, MScBMC, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biomedical Communications/Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Mississauga, ON, Canada
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Univ. of Toronto: Visual and Interactive Media for Undergraduate Life Sciences

Derek is an Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto.

His research is concerned with the design and application of visualizations in augmenting and supporting knowledge discovery and communication in molecular biology. More specifically, his research program aims to identify and address the scientific visualization needs of three communities: those that generate (e.g., molecular biologists), communicate (e.g., scientific illustrators, educators), and consume (e.g., lay public, learners) scientific knowledge and insight at the molecular level. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications to venues including the Journal of Chemical Education, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Journal of Biocommunication, Biochemistry, and Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. He has also given invited workshops/lectures on molecular visualization for the Association of Medical Illustrators and the Biophysical Society, as well as served as a scientific visualization consultant for Red Nucleus and Bridgeable.

Derek teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on web-based health and science communication, interactive media design and development, and biomolecular visualization. Several student illustrations produced from his molecular visualization course have received Awards of Merit & Excellence in the didactic/instructional still media (molecular, biological, and life sciences) category in the salon at the AMI Annual Meetings.

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Council Member

Alfredo Portales, MA, C.M.I.

Certified Medical Illustrator
Burning Heart Studios

McKinney, TX, United States

Alfredo Portales was born and raised in Texas. He combined his artistic talent and interest in the sciences into the perfect career for him, Medical Illustration. He attended Baylor University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later attended UT Southwestern and received a Master of Arts degree. He has been a medical illustrator for over 25 years and has gained vast experience and knowledge by working at the Mayo Clinic, UT Southwestern and MediVisuals, Inc.

Throughout his career, he has created medical illustrations mostly for medical books, medical journals, medical exhibits, and websites. His focus is on 2D illustration ranging from color, line, tone, surgical, educational, editorial and medical legal.

Alfredo enjoys spending time with his wife, children and granddaughter. He also enjoys running, fishing, playing tennis and pickleball.

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Council Member

JaBaris D. Swain, MD, MPH

Medical Executive Health Systems Integration
US Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular & Metabolism
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC of Johnson & Johnson

Titusville, NJ, United States

Dr. JaBaris Swain is a Medical Executive at Johnson & Johnson, visiting us from Philadelphia, PA—USA. Dr. Swain's journey began at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in July 2020. Initially a clinical lead physician, he now serves as Medical Executive for Health Systems Integration, aligning strategy for cardiovascular medical affairs with the quintuple aim.

Beyond pharmaceuticals, Dr. Swain is a cardiothoracic transplant surgeon-scientist and global health scholar. His humanitarian work in Rwanda and Haiti enhances healthcare access through cardiac surgery and education.

Academically, he holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, an MPH from Harvard, and completed surgical training and a fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. His research focuses on gene therapy for heart failure.

Currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Wharton, Dr. Swain mentors at Pearlman School of Medicine and directs the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity, advancing health equity and reducing disparities in Philadelphia.

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Council Member

Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D.

Dean
Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL, United States
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Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D.

    Special interest and research interests include:
  • Diversity resistance in organizations
  • Career Experiences of High Potential Women of Color (e.g. Pet to Threat)
  • How good intentions and well-meaning behaviors derail inclusion

Kecia M. Thomas currently serves as the Dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and is a professor emeritus of (Industrial-Organizational) Psychology at the University of Georgia. Her research and applied engagements focus on the areas of strategic recruitment for diversity; career experiences of women of color; diversity resistance.

She is an elected-Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She has served as a subject matter expert for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the Carnegie Institute for Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in addition to serving as an invited speaker for organizations such as Amazon, PepsiCo, Capital One and numerous universities. She writes regularly on the intersection of I-O Psychology, Diversity Science, and Leadership for non-academic audiences as a Regular Contributor to Forbes Online.

Finally, Dr. Thomas serves as a Trustee for her undergraduate alma mater, Bucknell University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and Spanish. Her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology were earned at the Pennsylvania State University.

As part of The Association of Medical Illustrator’s (AMI) commitment to further the use of visual media to advance life sciences, medicine, and healthcare, we are proud to announce the launch of the AMI Diversity Fellowship. Made possible by a grant through Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Our Race to Health Equity (ORTHE) initiative, the AMI Diversity Fellowship will seed the creation of a new digital library to expand the depiction of racial and ethnic diversity in medical illustrations.

 

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The Fellowship represents a new investment in medical illustration and in artists themselves. Specifically, the Fellowship will result in the creation of a digital library to showcase a series of illustrations that will reflect skin tone diversity in a variety of patients with different health conditions. This new library will be made available for use by medical educators to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.

In addition, the fellowship will fund and nurture the training and education of ten illustrators of different racial and ethnic backgrounds so that they can help bring awareness to the importance of depicting race and ethnicity in medical illustration. For decades, a majority of the illustrations used in medical education have depicted mostly white, male, able-bodied figures. Through ongoing training, illustrators can help lead and facilitate public conversations about the importance of reflecting diversity in skin color in their work, raising individual and organizational awareness of this sensitivity among colleagues and peers.

The AMI Diversity Fellowship is an important part of a larger initiative by Johnson & Johnson to improve medical education and the clinical training of health care providers, address enduring racial biases in medicine, and promote health equity. Visualizing change is one of several ways to address these 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 AMI, as the premier association of professionals who create visual media to communicate concepts in medicine, healthcare, and the life sciences, recognizes the impact of visual communications on the people and institutions who use them. We are proud to collaborate on Illustrate Change and launch the AMI Diversity Fellowship to support 10 medical artists in the creation of 100 new medical illustrations representing communities of color.

For 78 years, the AMI has supported the medical illustration community by setting professional standards and promoting the power of visual media to advance scientific discovery and to improve health literacy. AMI is a professional membership organization that hosts education, networking, professional development, and mentoring opportunities for innovators in biomedical visualization.

Learn more about membership here.

Please review details of the program, and if you have any questions or feedback, please direct those to AMI Diversity Fellowship Program Manager, Hannah DiLoreto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Program Purpose

With the early work of the AMI Diversity Committee and now this new Fellowship, AMI continues to lead and evolve its commitment to promoting diversity in all forms in medical illustrations.

Through a generous grant from Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the Fellowship will:

  1. Seed the creation of a digital library - Illustrate Change - to showcase a series of illustrations that will reflect different skin tones and skin colors in a variety of patients with different health conditions. This new library will be made available for use by medical educators to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.
  2. Fund and nurture the training and education of ten illustrators of different racial and ethnic backgrounds so that they can help bring awareness to the importance of depicting race and ethnicity in medical illustration.

Over time the Fellowship will bring greater visibility to issues of health equity and increase the pipeline of medical and scientific illustrators from under-represented communities of color.

The AMI Diversity Fellowship is an important part of a larger initiative by Johnson & Johnson to improve medical education and the clinical training of health care providers, address enduring racial biases in medicine, and promote health equity.

Investment in Training and Education

The AMI Diversity Fellowship will center around the production of 100 diverse illustrations which will be available via the world’s first public non-commercial digital library, Illustrate Change.

Illustrate Change will be free to students and educators and is intended to increase and promote racial, ethnic, and skin tone diversity in medical illustrations focused on different health conditions and pathologies. An initial set of illustrations is currently under development by an independent illustrator as phase one of the project. Then, the library will be expanded considerably by contributions from the 10 medical illustrators who receive recognition as inaugural AMI Diversity Fellows.

Benefits of Fellowship

The AMI Diversity Fellowship will provide invaluable recognition and exposure to 10 illustrators selected as inaugural AMI Diversity Fellows. Recipients will be honored in various ways, with recognition provided from AMI and J&J via website coverage, communications and highlight videos. In addition, Diversity Fellows will receive a cash award, invaluable training, complimentary AMI membership and attendance and participation in the 2024 AMI Annual Conference. Additionally, recipients may choose to work with a mentor over the year of the Fellowship, if desired.

Ten applicants will be honored as an AMI Diversity Fellow and will receive:

  • Recognition and promotion as an AMI Diversity Fellow by AMI and J&J.
  • A cash award of $25,000
  • 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

How To Apply

The application period is now closed.

Medical illustrators interested in being considered for the AMI Diversity Fellowship will be selected through an online application process consisting of:

  • Specific application questions related to background, education and experience.
  • Personal statement and reflections on professional and or personal experience in diversity, equity and inclusion, including reflections on lived experience; Applicant should address these questions in no more than 1,000 words:

      a) Please describe your professional and or personal experience in diversity, equity and inclusion. Please feel free to reflect on your lived experience.
      b) How do you see your career in medical illustration evolving from this Fellowship?
      c) What is your vision for expanding racial diversity in medical illustration?

  • Portfolio featuring five work samples (Demonstrating diversity of skin color in samples is encouraged but not required.)
  • Two professional and/or personal references who can speak to the applicant’s work as a medical illustrator and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion, as applicable. (They may be colleagues, supervisors, mentors, faculty members, etc.)
  • References should address these questions in no more than 500 words.

      a) What impact has the applicant made to medical illustration?
      b) For what reasons do you think the candidate would be ideal for this fellowship program?

Eligibility Criteria and Review of Applications

The fellowship aims to increase the number of illustrators in the profession from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage professionals from these identity groups and other underrepresented groups to apply. Students are not eligible due to time commitment requirements. (Those enrolled as students as of September 1, 2023 are not eligible to apply.) 

  1. All are welcome to apply (except students)
  2. Must be over 18 years of age.
  3. Must be highly proficient in English.
  4. Graduation from a medical illustration program and/or a minimum of 1-year of professional illustration experience required. Professional illustration experience is defined as an individual who receives compensation from medical illustration on a full- or part-time basis. Professional members are actively involved in the development and production of visual communications for medicine and the life sciences. Medical illustration may include not only direct production of visuals (illustrations, animations, models, interactive media) but also consultation, content creation, education, direction, and administration.
  5. Ability to participate fully for 15-20 hours per month (virtually and in-person) in the AMI Diversity Fellowship program including virtual training and mentorship opportunities, attendance at the 2024 AMI Annual Conference in July 16 – 20, 2024 and participation in or contrribution to other AMI activities during the fellowship year. Examples include writing a newsletter articles or participating in a webinar discussion about your experience in the fellowship.There is flexibility in how you might choose to contribute or participate in the AMI. Your individual contributions must be pre-approved by the  program manager for the fellowship.
  6. Ability to commit the time necessary to meet required monthly illustration milestones and deadlines during the fellowship period. A total of ten illustrations will be required to be produced over the year.
  7. Willing to comply with the J&J Copyright License Agreement  while participating as an AMI Diversity Fellow.
  8. Openness to learning, cooperation, and collaboration with medical reviewers.
  9. Must align with the principles and values of AMI and with the Fellowship's purpose and vision as more fully described in the  AMI Code of Ethics

Selection

Fellows will be selected based on the qualitative and quantitative criteria assigned to score the quality of the portfolio submitted, two professional and/or personal references, and responses to particular questions addressed in a personal statement. 

Applications will be reviewed by the AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council composed of medical illustrators, esteemed members of the medical community, and representatives of affiliated organizations. The council will consist of five AMI members and five members outside of AMI.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

Expectations of Fellows

  1. Fellows will be expected to manage their own time for completing the illustrations monthly in coordination and collaboration with medical reviewers. The first illustration will be due by October 15, 2023. After that, one illustration will be due each month, resulting in the delivery of nine illustrations by June 30, 2024.
  2. You will be partnering with a clinical expert who will provide guidance on the medical content of illustrations. A medical review will be required for each illustration at the sketch phase.
  3. Fellows will be expected to abide by the values and principles of AMI along with the Fellowship’s purpose and vision in all aspects of the Fellow’s conduct including, without limitation, the Fellow’s use of social media and any other public appearances and communications.
  4. Illustrations will be featured on the dedicated J&J website on a rolling basis as they are completed.
  5. An AMI technical advisor will be available to offer guidance if an illustrator would like that support.
  6. Once selected, Fellows will be asked to depict certain diseases or health conditions in their 10 illustrations based on a list provided by J&J.
  7. Fellows will be expected to deliver illustrations as specified by J&J for the digital library.

Illustrations and the Digital Library

Over the Fellowship year, each Fellow will be expected to complete 10 illustrations to be featured in J&J’s new digital library.

Fellows will be asked to depict certain pathologies or conditions in their 10 illustrations based on a list provided by J&J.

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • General Health
  • GI-Hepatology
  • Maternal Health
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology

Specifications

Completed illustrations will need to meet the following specifications:


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Promotion

Announcements about the application period will appear in AMI’s HUB, social media, and press releases, among other communications. AMI and J&J will share information about the AMI Diversity Fellowship within their established networks.

Important Deadlines

Application: The AMI Diversity Fellowship application will open on June 20, 2023 and will close on August 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time Fellowship Application

Announcement of Fellows: AMI Diversity Fellows will be announced in early September 2023.

Illustrations Due: For applicants who are selected as an AMI Diversity Fellow, the first illustration will be due by October 15, 2023 . After that, one illustration will be due each month, resulting in the delivery of nine illustrations by June 30, 2024. You’ll be partnering with a clinical expert who will provide guidance on the medical content of illustrations. A medical review will be required for each illustration at the sketch phase.

Onsite Recognition: Fellows will be recognized formally at the 2024 AMI Annual Conference on July 16 – 20, 2024.

Contacts

Press and organizational inquiries: Jill Gregory, AMI President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Press and organizational inquiries: Jennifer Duckworth, AMI Executive DIrector, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application and eligibility inquiries: Julie Sutter, AMI Program Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAQs

For more information please review the FAQs here.

AMI’s Position on Speculative Work

NoSpecAMI encourages medical illustrators and animators to engage in best business practices by entering into negotiation to secure a contractual agreement with ethical terms and equitable compensation in advance of accepting work. Accordingly, AMI strongly encourages medical illustrators and animators to avoid the risks of speculative work.

What is spec work?

Speculative work, or spec work, is any creative work created for a client as a precondition to the possibility of securing paid work. Not all unpaid work is speculative work. For example, pro bono work is volunteer work donated without expectation of payment. Speculative work is widely viewed as unethical because it compromises the professional relationship between an illustrator and a client, preys on vulnerable illustrators (especially those new to the field), and the speculative arrangement rarely realizes any profits or future work for the illustrator. In the end, the artist is simply providing free work.

What are the risks of spec work?

There are potential legal risks to both parties. Depending on the language of the speculative work agreement, legal risks can arise about the disposition of copyright and the terms of use. Speculative work agreements often have fine print imposing “work-for-hire” to transfer the illustrator’s copyright to the prospective client. It may also prevent the illustrator from
licensing that work to a future paying client.

Clients risk compromised quality. For clients it may seem like a good idea to have many artists compete for their project for free, but in reality there is a high risk of receiving low quality work. Limiting fair compensation limits an illustrator’s ability to create high-quality work. Both parties stand to lose time and money based on the speculative work model.

Medical illustrators/animators are disadvantaged by the spec model. Highly-trained professionals have invested a great deal of time, education and expertise to acquire and maintain high-end artistic skills and ensure the highest quality of accurate information is conveyed in their visual art. Without adequate compensation, continued professional development and business sustainability is not possible.

Read more:
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AMI Policy

Speculative work (spec work) requests are antithetical to the high standards of professionalism the AMI and its members strive to maintain. While the decision to create visual art under speculative work is ultimately up to the individual, the AMI understands speculative work devalues visual art and ultimately undermines the quality of the professional visual art marketplace. Therefore, the AMI strongly urges medical illustrators and animators to engage in fair negotiations to secure contract terms that support proper compensation and clearly define rights and usage prior to starting any work.

In order to support a healthy marketplace the AMI will not propagate unethical proposals to members under the aegis of AMI. The AMI will not promote or post job requests, notices, contests or other solicitations that are speculative, including but not limited to:

• Solicitations to complete specific assignments, free-of-charge or for a nominal fee, in the hopes of winning a commissioned project

• Solicitations to create tutorials about specific skills and techniques with the intention of monetizing the tutorial without payment to the creator

• Calls for Entry to crowdsourcing contests or competitions that seek the free usage of work, include work-for-hire terms or copyright transfers, or other unsustainable business practices, as the price of competing for recognition or a prize of some kind