We invite you to join our collaborative global community.

The AMI is a diverse group of professionals who use visual problem-solving skills to advance knowledge about medicine and the life sciences. Our members generously share experience, inspiration, and tools for individual success across disciplines. We uphold the highest standards of professionalism and abide by a code of ethics. There are 5 categories of membership to best fit your career path.

Professional Member

Professional members are actively involved in the development and production of visual communications for medicine and the life sciences. As technology and scientific knowledge have evolved, so has the need for interdisciplinary skills; the AMI defines "medical illustration" broadly to include professionals with wide-ranging skill sets. These skills may include not only direct production of visuals (illustrations, animations, models, interactive media) but also consultation, content creation, education, direction, and administration.

Professional Membership Instructions

Medical Illustrator | Scientific Animator | 3D Modeler | Infographic Designer | Creative Director | Art Director | Interactive Developer | Biomedical Photographer

This list is not exhaustive but rather shows the breadth of our membership.
If you think you fit into this category, you probably do!

Associate Member

Associate members work in professions related to visual communication for medicine and the life sciences and collaborate with those described in the Professional Member category. These allied professionals are interested in the advancement of scientific visualization.

Physicians | Surgeons | Research scientists | Attorneys | Anatomists | Biologists | Medical writers and editors | Publishers | Botanists | Pharmaceutical | Biotech | Medical device manufacturers

This list is not exhaustive but rather shows alignment with professionals that value visual media.

Trial Member

Trial membership is a special membership for those who want to learn more about the AMI and have not been a member during the previous three years. Trial members may not vote, hold office, or exhibit in the annual salon, but are eligible for many other member benefits, including use of the member-only portion of the website. The Trial Membership term ends on December 31 of the year it is initiated; those who sign up between October 1 - December 31 will receive benefits through the following calendar year. Trial Membership is non-renewable and cannot be prorated.

Student Member

We welcome students! Student membership is open to any student enrolled in an art or science baccalaureate or graduate program. Student members may also continue at the student rate one annual meeting following their graduation. Must be a current student to qualify. Letter to Graduates [PDF]

Emeritus Member

Emeritus status is a special recognition of long-time members as an appreciation for their continued support and contribution to the profession. Members who have been in good standing for 30 years and have reached the age of 65 are eligible for Emeritus status.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone regarding which member type is the best fit, please contact headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-866-393-4264.

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Membership Year / Dues

The membership year parallels the calendar year. New members who join during the calendar year have their dues prorated according to the quarter in which they joined. Prorated dues do not apply to trial members or members who have let their membership lapse in the past or current calendar year. Dues notices are e-mailed in December for the next calendar year.

The 2023 fees for dues (payable in U.S. funds):

$335 (may request half dues waiver)
Payment for renewing members is due by January 31, 2023. Dues are considered delinquent when they have not been paid by the end of the dues-payment period. Member dues not paid during this period will receive a notice from AMI Headquarters and a late payment fee of $20 will be assessed, excluding student members. Non-renewed members will be dropped from the membership roster and database and will not have access to the member services area of the website. Dues rates are set by the membership at the annual business meeting.