Welcome to the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine

Visualizing Science & Medicine

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine is a leader in the field of visual communication for science and health care. Built on a strong foundation of scientific knowledge, artistic technique, and clear visual communication, the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine has maintained the highest standards while embracing new medical, scientific, and communication technologies.

Today, Art as Applied to Medicine educates future medical illustrators through a two-year, accredited, Master of Arts program in Medical and Biological Illustration. Concurrently, our faculty produces illustrations, animations, and graphic design for the medical, research and publishing communities. An anaplastology clinic within the Department also creates facial and somatic prosthetics for patients and offers a one-year training program in clinical anaplastology.

About Our Graduate Program

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine was endowed in 1911 and has been teaching medical illustration continuously. In 1959, the Johns Hopkins University approved a two-year graduate program leading to the University-wide degree of Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration.

The program is conducted by the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine on the East Baltimore Campus of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI). The academic calendar, faculty and student affairs are administered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Department has trained medical illustrators for 100 years. The program has been granted full accreditation since 1970. It is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI). Today, its graduates continue the Hopkins "tradition of excellence" into the 21st century.

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News & Announcements:

December 15, 2016

Julia Lerner Awarded CHC Conference Attendance

Second-year student Julia Lerner was awarded conference registration to attend the Connected Health Conference (CHC) in Washington, DC on Dec 11-14, 2016.  Julia participated in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Technology Innovation Center (TIC) Pre-Accelerator program to research and develop her thesis project this fall.  The leaders at TIC identified Julia as an ideal Hopkins graduate student to attend the CHC conference, formerly called the mHealth Summit.  Julia’s thesis preceptor is Dr. David Efron; her faculty advisor is Cory Sandone. Congratulations, Julia!  
December 15, 2016

Dan Hermansen Awarded the Bob Waters Memorial Scholarship

Second-year student Dan Hermansen was awarded the Bob Waters Memorial Scholarship to attend the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in Orlando, FL in January, 2017.  Mr. Waters was a committed champion for healthcare simulation and Dan’s thesis topic makes him the ideal recipient of this Scholarship. Dan selected a thesis topic that will allow him to explore his interest in virtual and augmented reality and their applications for medical training.  He is working with a pathology team at Johns Hopkins to develop a virtual reality interactive tool to improve instruction and performance of proper dissection technique for hospital autopsy.  His thesis preceptor is Dr. Jody Hooper; his faculty advisor is David Rini. The Waters Scholarship will support Dan’s registration and travel to attend the 2017 IMSH meeting as well as a one year membership in the Society for Stimulation in Healthcare.  Congratulations, Dan!
November 1, 2016

Surgical Illustration Critique – December 8th, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm Chevy Chase Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Zayed Tower This event is an opportunity for our faculty and guests to review our second year graduate student’s surgical illustrations. 28 illustrations will be on display and fourteen of them will be formally critiqued in the Chevy Chase Auditorium. The educational and teaching value of the images is of highest concern and we value input from all perspectives. It should be a stimulating critique and an opportunity to preview some outstanding work. We hope you can attend. Closest Parking – Orleans Street Garage, 1795 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 (4th floor of the garage has a bridge to the main floor of the Hospital)                             Map PDF Invitation PDF
December 20, 2016

A Close Look – Color Media

Great places to start learning about our Portfolio Categories are the Sample Portfolio page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/sample-portfolio/ and the Admissions page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/admissions-2/. Let’s take a look at the Color Media category. In the Color Media Category, the faculty are looking for “an accomplished use of transparent watercolor, opaque paint media, and colored pencil. Landscape and still-life subject matter rendered in a representational manner should demonstrate accurately matched colors creating form and depth. The main aspects are the understanding of light on form and the skill of direct observation from nature.” Notice in the Color section of the Sample Portfolio a variety of media and distinctive personal styles are shown, yet all examples also accomplish the goal of the category – accurately matched colors creating form and depth. Most are still life and landscape, but we occasionally also see wonderful portraits, animal studies, and figures rendered in color. In addition to good proportions and accurate perspective, these pieces have cast shadows and reflected color adding to the illusion of three dimensional objects depicted on a flat surface. All also were created while directly observing the subjects/objects depicted avoiding photo reference. While the faculty like to see watercolor, opaque paint (oil or acrylic) […]
November 2, 2016

A Close Look – Figure Drawing

The best places to start for learning about our Portfolio Categories is the Sample Portfolio page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/sample-portfolio/ and the Admissions page – http://medicalart.johnshopkins.edu/admissions-2/. Let’s take a look at the Figure Drawing category. We consider Figure Drawing to be the advanced study of the human figure drawn from direct observation of the model. Examples should include both long and short poses and may be rendered in a variety of media. We ask for a minimum of 5 Figure Drawings, a majority of which should be long poses but please include a couple of short pose drawings as well (see below). Your Figure Drawings should include the full figure, head to toe. Portraits and hand and foot studies are considered General Drawing. Short Poses Short poses are demonstrations of quick gestural sketches from direct observation ranging from 1 minute to 30 minutes in length. These drawings are intended to capture the essence of the figure’s mass, gesture, weight bearing and balance Take a look at these short poses. Both capture the full figure. In the first, with only a few seconds, the artist captured good proportions and perspective. The cast shadow adds depth and weight to the quickly outlined figure. In […]
November 1, 2016

Portfolio Submission Program – Now Open

Today, November 1st, is the first day applicants can begin building their Portfolio and answering Applicant Profile questions to apply for 2017 admission to the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program. Here’s a link to our SlideRoom portfolio upload website:       The submission site is intuitive, but there are also wonderful resources provided by SlideRoom to help applicants with the technical side of the site. Just today, I received an email from the SlideRoom team about their tips pages. Take a look at the page – Tips for Getting Started as a New SlideRoom Applicant. As we don’t use the Common Application and don’t take references through SlideRoom, those sections won’t apply. However, there are some helpful sections like “Create and confirm your account,” “Begin your application” and “Add media.” You might also take a look at this page of SlideRoom Support about File Sizes and Types or this blog post also discussing file sizes and types. As you begin making your selections for your portfolio, I recommend reviewing the Sample Portfolio page and this blog post about what to include and what to avoid in the portfolio. I’m also in the process of looking closely at each […]