Practising as a Professional Medical Artist (UK information)
Once an artist has passed the course to become a qualified medical artist and they start to work professionally, it is necessary that they join the appropriate relevant governing bodies. This involves being accepted and paying a nominal subscription fee and in doing so they 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 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.