Lifelong Learning with Continuing Education

The AMI encourages lifelong learning to ensure professional knowledge and practice for medical illustrators and animators throughout their career. Board Certified Medical Illustrators (CMI) maintain their status by attending approved continuing education courses within a five year period.

See a list of recommended CE courses.

The AMI uses a fully automated system for the submission of requests for Continuing Education (CE) activity approvals and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits. You can access the activity approval form and the verification form by logging in to your member account.

Submitting Requests for CE Activity Approval

To seek approval for education activities such as workshops, courses, or programs not previously approved, log in to your account and click on “Submit New CE Activity” on the left menu bar. This will generate a request to the CE committee for review and approval. If the activity is approved you will receive an email notification and the activity will appear on the pre-approved activity list on the online verification form. To check if an activity has already been approved, log in to your account and click on “Submit CEU’s” and view the pre-approved activities in the drop down list.

PLEASE NOTE: To avoid disappointment and expense, the activity approval form should be submitted prior to participating in the continuing education activity. If this form is submitted later than 30 days after the activity is completed, CE credit will not be awarded.

Submitting Verification of CEU Credits

To verify and submit new CEU credits, log in to your account and click on “Submit CEU Credits” on the left menu bar. Each approved activity will show in the drop down menu. Once you submit your CEU’s, your online CEU record will automatically be updated.

PLEASE NOTE: This verification form MUST be submitted within 30 days of completing your activity, or no CEU credit will be awarded. The activity is automatically removed from the approved list 30 days after the end date of the activity.

You can view your CEU record by logging in to your account and clicking on “My CEU’s” on the left menu bar.

Requirements for maintaining CMI status

Over the 5-year certification period, a total of 35 hours of continuing education (CE) is required to maintain and renew Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) Status.

The CMI exam, in its entirety, must be taken again to regain CMI status if the appropriate number of CEUs is not earned during the 5-year term of certification.

What are the categories and hour requirements for CE courses/workshops?

The 35 CE contact hours required are equals to 3.5 CEUs. A total of 35 hours is required at the end of the 5-year certification period to retain CMI status.

Required categories:
Art: 14 hours (1.4 CEUs) minimum required
Biomedical: 14 hours (1.4 CEUs) minimum required

Optional category:
Business: 7 hours (.7 CEUs) is the maximum allowed

 

How is CMI status maintained?

  1. Begin acquiring the required 35 CE hours by finding courses to take either at the AMI meeting or elsewhere: colleges, universities, museums, hospitals, on line, commercial computer schools, etc. Designated courses and workshops given at the AMI, HeSCA and GNSI meetings are pre-approved for credit. Courses or workshops taken elsewhere require pre-approval for CE credit by the CE committee.

  2. Pre-approval of the CE session must be done before the course is taken. Approval is granted by the CE committee, not AMI HQ.

    1. Online
      Fill out the online Continuing Education Activity Information Form. This will automatically be emailed to the CE committee chair, and a copy will be emailed back to you for your records. If you do not receive an email copy of this Activity Information form after you've submitted it, please contact the CE committee chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm the form was received and processed. You should receive emailed approval or non-approval from the CE committee chair within 2 weeks.

    2. Not Online
      For those choosing not to submit the pre-approval form electronically: hard copy, word or pdf versions of the Continuing Education Activity Information form can be obtained from the CE committee chair, AMI Headquarters or the AMI website. Fill out the form and mail to the CE committee chair. To receive a copy of your approved form, please include a SASE.

    If pre-approval is not obtained before taking the course, or within 30 days after the course - at the latest - NO CE CREDIT can be issued.

  3. Take the pre-approved course.

  4. After a course is completed, the Continuing Education Activity Verification Form must be filled out on line, or mailed to AMI Headquarters. Verification is maintained by AMI HQ, not the CE committee.

    AMI HQ must receive this form within 30 days after your course completion or no CE credit can be issued. It is NOT ENOUGH to have the CE committee approve an activity; you MUST make sure that the Activity Verification form gets to AMI Headquarters.

    You can check your CEU status online in AMI Member Services after logging in.

  5. When the 5-year Certification period ends, you must renew your certification (demonstrating required CEUs) to avoid retaking the CMI exam.

    Renewal of certification requires submission of a renewal application form, payment of a fee, and verification by AMI HQ that your required CEUs have been earned and properly recorded during the 5-year certification term. The CMI exam, in its entirety, must be taken again to regain CMI status if the appropriate number of CEUs is not earned during your 5-year term of certification.

    1. Check your CEU status (link to MEMBER ACCOUNT LOGIN) online to ensure you have sufficient CEUs (in both required categories) to renew your certification.

    2. Fill out and submit the Certification Renewal Form and fee. AMI Headquarters will check your online database record to confirm sufficient CE hours have been earned in order to renew.

  6. Start racking up another 35 hours!

What is the difference between the Continuing Education Committee and the Board of Certification?

The AMI Continuing Education Committee is charged with evaluating courses, workshops etc. given within the AMI meeting and elsewhere, and determine their relevance to the practice of medical illustration. Does that course have meaning and substance for a medical illustrator? Does the course satisfy the IACET criteria and guidelines for awarding CEUs? They recommend to the Board of Certification the required number of CE hours and course categories. The CE Committee deals with that five-year period between the time certification begins and the time to renew.

The Board of Certification manages the beginning and end of the certification process by administering the written test and portfolio review that get you certified, and by keeping track of the term expiration dates of certified AMI members. The Board of Certification is not an AMI committee, but an administratively and financially independent entity answering to the AMI Board of Governors on an information basis. The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), which develops standards and accredits organizations that meet those standards. In turn, NOCA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the only national accreditation body for private certification organizations in all disciplines. NOCA's members come from nearly all health professions that need to establish and maintain competency standards.

AMI Continuing Education Committee contacts

Kaitlin Lindsay, CE Committee Chair
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Courtney White, CE Committee Vice Chair
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Ryan Hallman, CE Committee member
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Adam Pellerite, CE Committee member
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Lori Messenger, CE Committee Member
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Anne Erickson, CMI, CE Committee member
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Jennifer Fairman, CMI, CE Committee member
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Carolyn Holmes, CMI, CE Committee member
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Julie Coats, CE Committee member
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Jessica Holland, CE Committee Member
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Rob Flewell, CE Committee Member
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Sigrid Knemeyer, CMI, CE Committee Member
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Application and Forms

Online versions

Certification Exam Application
Certification Renewal Form
Continuing Education Activity Information
Continuing Education Activity Verification

Printable versions

Certification Exam Application
Certification Renewal
Continuing Education Activity Information
Continuing Education Activity Verification