Practising as a Professional Medical Artist (UK information)
Working as a medical artist requires a high level of training in both art and anatomy. It is vital that a medical artist can converse with the medical communities and create medical artwork that is anatomically accurate that can be used for education to publishing.
Once an artist has passed their medical artists training course they will qualify to become a certified medical artist and they can start to work professionally and where it is also necessary that they join the appropriate relevant governing bodies regarding medical illustration.
Joanna’s training with The Medical Artist’s Education Trust (MAET) post graduate course was held in London located at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng.) The training was carried out by the MAET tutors and involved being allowed access to the College’s museum and access to the cased specimens.
The students worked on their observational skills by sketching the anatomy using the cased specimens on display, painting and improving on artist techniques and completing written course work. The students also received anatomy tuition and observation of cadavers which at the time was led by professor of anatomy, Professor Christopher Buckland-Wright BSc, AKC, PhD, DSc, Anatomical Sciences.
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Memberships Advantages and Opportunities
Memberships involve first being accepted and then paying a nominal yearly subscription fee and in doing become members. It shows both commitment to the profession and the desire to maintain the necessary standards. Memberships also brings about its own advantages and opportunities, please read below.
- Once qualification has been achieved via the MAET course, an artist can automatically apply to become a member of The Medical Artists’ Association of GB (MAA). This affords the artists the use of post-nominal letters or designatory letters placed after their name of MMAA (Member of The Medical Artists’ Association).
- Once qualified an artist can apply to be added to a register with The Academy of Healthcare Sciences. The Academy of Healthcare Sciences is a separate governing body whose aim is to protect the public by accepting only those medical illustrators who meet high standards for their training, professional skills and behaviour. They carry out Continuing Professional Development or CPD audits and members are expected to keep portfolios and professional activities documented ready for inspection.
Why a Medical Artist will Join Associations
- By becoming members of these relevant governing bodies means that medical artists are shown to have met the necessary professional standards having received the training required to work as a medical artist within the medical and health industries.
- As a member it gives potential clients the confidence in competency and training as it shows that the artist has gone through the necessary training. Especially key when working within the medical profession.
- By belonging to a professional body affords that artist the opportunities to mix with peers, to be up to date with latest technologies within medical art and to continue to maintain high standards through attending yearly conferences and regular workshops.