For those following a recognised training course. Students are entitled to all the benefits of membership, have full voting rights and can take part in all the Institute's activities at privileged rates.

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For anyone with an interest in medical illustration and who supports the objects of the Institute as set forth in the Memorandum of Association.

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For those engaged in medical illustration and who hold a professional qualification approved by Council. Professional Members are entitled to use the letters MIMI after their name.

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For companies who wish to support the aims and activities of the Institute and the profession, or whose business activities include the supply of equipment, materials and services to the profession.

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Fellowship of the Institute recognises excellent abilities and skills and is its highest distinction of the Institute. Applications may be made by Members of the Institute with a minimum of 5 years’ post-qualification experience.

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What is Medical Illustration?

Are you considering a career in Medical Illustration? Or perhaps you’d just like to know more about the profession. For more details about choosing a career in Medical Illustration, please contact one of our members from the contact page. They’ll be happy to answer your questions. For current job vacancies visit the jobs page. We’ve made this short video to give you an insight.

 About Us

The Institute of Medical Illustrators was founded in 1968 to bring together the several disciplines of medical illustration, and since that time IMI has set and maintained standards for the profession. We represent Clinical Photographers, Healthcare Designers, Medical Artists and Clinical Video Producers both in the UK and internation.

For its membership, IMI provides a rich network of fellow professionals, working together to improve and develop medical illustration by means of conferences, courses, resources and regional meetings.

IMI introduced the first Diploma in Medical Illustration in this country and in conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University, this was validated as the first BSc in Medical Illustration in the world. In partnership with Westminster University we developed the first and only BSc (Hons) in Clinical Photography. Post-graduate courses in clinical photography and healthcare design have also been developed with Staffordshire and Cardiff Universities. Qualified members are entitled to use the letters MIMI after their name.

IMI provides its members with the umbrella of a Code of Professional Conduct and a Continuing Professional Development scheme, which guarantee employers well qualified and up-to-date staff. The Fellowship of IMI is the advanced practitioner grade and is a prized distinction, demonstrating outstanding professional achievement.

In 2017 Medical Illustrators joined  The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) Register to show commitment to maintaining standards of education, competence and conduct and provides assurance for employers, patients and the public.

IMI's major refereed publication, the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, is widely recognised as the leading European publication in the field, while IMI News, its sister publication, carries up-to-the-minute reports of current activity.

All grades of membership are able to apply for grants for the Turnbull Travel Fund, which was established to provide travel expenses to members for conferences, courses and other personal professional development activity. They are also able to enter several significant competitions each year.

For employers who care about standards, the appointment of IMI Members offers guarantees of truly professional performance. In addition, IMI offers advice on grading and provides experienced Members to act as outside assessors on interview panels.

At a National level, IMI constantly campaigns to improve recognition of the profession and is the principal body named by the Department of Health for consultation by Trusts on matters concerning Medical Illustration. IMI will continue, unashamedly, to promote its standards to government, to employers and to potential Members. Without a doubt, IMI membership and qualifications provide a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in medical illustration.


What is Medical Illustration?

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