For our 66th annual meeting, the Association of Medical Illustrators will return to Baltimore! The AMI has held three superb meetings there, but our 4th will be something special as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our profession in its North American birthplace.
One of the U.S.A.'s oldest cities, Baltimore has a rich history and over time has accumulated an array of nicknames illustrating its varied character. Known as the "City of Firsts," Baltimore can claim numerous firsts in science and technology beyond the first medical illustration program including the first blue baby operation, dental college, coal burning steam locomotive, telegraph line, synthetic sweetening agent and commercial stomach antacid seltzer! Today the Baltimore region's bioscience community - comprised of world-class medical, scientific, business and educational institutions - continues that tradition of "firsts." Our meeting program will showcase aspects of this expertise and innovation and how it is communicated.
In the mid-1800's, Baltimore came to be known as the "City of Monuments" for the preponderance of monuments developing along its skyline. Many of these monuments still stand today. One of these buildings, the Masonic Grand Lodge, became the Tremont Grand, the elegant venue where we will be meeting. We know you'll enjoy your stay in the adjoining Tremont Plaza Hotel, voted the 2010 "Best Hotel in Baltimore."
One afternoon of our meeting will take place at another historical landmark, the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Near to where the early lessons in traditional techniques of medical illustration were taught, we'll explore the exciting new techniques that members of our increasingly diverse profession currently use and will need to develop further in this rapidly-changing digital era.
Finally, Baltimore is also commonly referred to as "Charm City" for its numerous attractions and friendly residents. If you are able to spend a little time exploring parts of the city, don't be surprised to hear a Baltimore native greet you with a "Welcome to Baltimore, Hon."
On behalf of all the Baltimore 2011 volunteers, we look forward to seeing you at our "monumental" meeting, July 20-23, 2011.
2011 Meeting Coordinator
Anne Altemus and Cory Sandone
Program Committee Co-chairs