AMI2016 Annual Meeting Preview

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Right from the start, you’ll know you’re in the middle of something special: an AMI meeting so well planned, intellectually deep, and varied that you can’t help but come away astounded and inspired. The 71st Annual AMI meeting from Wednesday, July 20th through Saturday, July 23rd in the vibrant city of Atlanta, GA is shaping up to be just such a meeting.

To begin, a wealth of outstanding potential contributors were interested in presenting at this year’s meeting – so much so that garnering a slot became an unexpected competition. The winners, however, will be the attendees as they soak in knowledge from a top tier array of fields and personalities.

Fresh faces will present original perspectives and a heightened level of energy that will challenge predictable norms. The meeting’s format will be an intriguing mix of plenary and concurrent sessions combined with the refreshing TED style. Additional business-centric talks have been slated along with stimulating networking opportunities. For example, during the Salon Opening students will be invited to stand by their work to give members an opportunity to get to know them and talk to them about their work. A networking roundtable session will give attendees an opportunity to make new connections with the remarkable seasoned professionals and groundbreaking newcomers that comprise our exciting field.

Where else would there be such a network of like-minded professionals ready and willing to exchange ideas, from small business management to global communications? Whether immersing yourself in workshops or participating in networking opportunities, you would be hard pressed to equal the value of such a high caliber meeting.

Key Presentations

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Dr. Jay Varkey
AMI 2016 Keynote Speaker

Atlanta is the location of Emory University, an internationally recognized health care system, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading national public health institute. The 2016 AMI meeting will present thought leaders from both institutions that are on the leading edge of what’s happening in disease prevention, healthcare and medicine.

In 2014, Dr. Jay Varkey, Keynote speaker for the Atlanta: 2016 AMI meeting, found himself at the eye of a viral hurricane when Ebola patients arrived at Emory for treatment in the isolation unit. Dr. Varkey was one of the first physicians to treat Ebola patients in the U.S. His intense experience will be described in detail in “Preparing for Emerging Infections – Lessons Learned at Emory from Ebola.”

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Ebola Virus

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Isaac Evans
AMI 2016 Brodel Memorial Lecturer

Complementary to Dr. Varkey’s talk, Isaac Evans will present the Brodel Memorial Lecture concerning the critical path communicators at the CDC take when delivering vital information during a public health crisis. Support of CDC’s worldwide mission provides CDC illustrators a unique opportunity to understand the direct impact that comes from translating complex, scientific information into clear, accessible, boundary pushing visual elements for public health communication across print, web, apps, and video platforms.


The 2016 workshops kickstart the meeting with high quality offerings. For example, Dr. Yagmurlu and Joshua Lai take you into their world of the cerebrum, ventricles and basal ganglia using 3D stereoscopic photos of his extraordinary dissections, plus stereo 3D intraoperative neurosurgical videos and virtual models. The renowned Hughston Foundation will feature an in depth anatomy dissection of the knee with Dr. Fred Flandry and Dr. Kurt Jacobson.

Zbrush will be explored in workshops offered by Jeremy Miller, Wes Price, Autumn Kulaga, and Jon Mehlferber. Travis Vermilye teaches Cinema 4D while Gael McGill tutors Molecular Maya &

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The Program

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Medical illustration of Clostridium difficile
CREDIT Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AMI 2016 will engage, challenge, excite and provoke you. Ponder the possibilities: in-depth presentations about multi-media experiences, animation tips and tricks, small business acumen, scientific data visualization, and visual storytelling. Add in hot topics in social media, YouTube video marketing and trending blogs.

Then there’s gaming and neuroscience, visualizing for the disabled, and the international medical illustrator. How about breaking the paradigms towards normativity and diversity, drawing in surgical education, next generation interactive educational tools, virtual reality via Oculus Rift and the expansion of 3D into surgical simulations, printing and time series datasets.

Well respected and nationally recognized thought leaders such as Michael Parker, MD, Ilise Benum and Ryan Kingslien will expand your worldview. Even a magical brush with Andrew Wyeth as experienced by the iconic Bob Demarest will appeal to the fine artist in us all.

These headlines are a mere fraction of what you’ll discover in Atlanta. Not only will you maintain your CEU’s, you’ll marvel at what your colleagues are doing and what a profound difference the profession of medical illustration makes in the world.

Salon & Animation Theater

The Salon Opening will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The Salon is the annual exhibition of medical art created and produced by artist members of the Association of Medical Illustrators. It is a showcase for the most recent achievements and advancements in medical visualization, prepared in a wide variety of media, all in one unified and impressive collection on display at the site of the Annual Meeting.

Destination: AMI Atlanta

Atlanta is a bustling, world-class city boasting a diverse population of over 5 million people. From its Civil War history to its current reputation as an internationally recognized hub of commerce, there is much to explore.

The historic downtown Atlanta architecture tour provides a sense of place and history. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is deeply moving and well worth the trip. The High Museum of Art will be featuring “The Rise of Sneaker Culture.” The Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank Science Center and even a Ghosts & Legends Tour can forever seal your meeting memories.

Take a look at Atlanta Attractions – Food ( for additional travel information and highly rated eateries. Top restaurants near the AMI meeting hotel Atlanta Marriott Marquis include Legal Sea Foods, Community Smith, and Twise Restaurant and Tapas Bar.

Thanks To Our Sponsors

AMI proudly thanks our generous sponsors whose support benefits the AMI throughout the year!  View the full list of current AMI sponsors.

Additional Information

Notice to All CMIs: In order to receive CEUs for the meeting, approved workshops and program sessions, for each workshop or talk you attend. Certified Medical Illustrators (CMIs) must fill out and submit either the online or PDF version of the CEU Verification form on the AMI web site within 30 days after the meeting is over. A separate form should be completed for each workshop and/or session you attend. Please Note: There is nothing automatic about this process. If you do not submit a Verification Form for the workshops or meeting sessions you attend, no CEUs will be recorded.

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