November 23, 2015

The GRE – Should you take it?

The Johns Hopkins Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program does not require GRE scores for admission. But, should you take the GRE anyway? Most of the accredited medical illustration programs do require GRE scores. Admission into graduate school can be tough, so I always recommend that applicants apply to more than one of the accredited medical illustration programs. Not only does this increase your likelihood of acceptance, but this also will introduce you to more professional medical illustrators – your future colleagues. Each program has a slightly different take on admissions and curriculum. You can only learn more about your chosen profession by investigating all programs. Also, if you may have struggled a little in your academic career, to some extent a strong GRE score can help mitigate a lower GPA. The faculty at Hopkins do like to see strong GRE scores (75th percentile and above). Even though we don’t require the GRE, if you’ve taken the exam, I do recommend submitting the scores. GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS scores can be sent to: Institution Code 5316 (Johns Hopkins University PhD Medicine) no department code is necessary. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – […]
November 10, 2015

New Website – New Sample Portfolio!

We are very excited to be launching a new and responsive website. Yes, your mobile phones and small tablets can now access information on our graduate program. I am also very pleased to present the new Sample Portfolio page. Like the one on the old site, the new Sample Portfolio has wonderful examples of the kind of art our faculty hope to seen in an admissions portfolio. An important change from the old site is representative images from all 5 Portfolio Categories: General Drawing, Figure Drawing, Color Media, Graphic Design and Digital Media. For the first time, you can see examples picked by faculty from the Digital Media category. As with our old website, the faculty have chosen art of accepted students created while directly observing the subject matter. They strongly prefer direct observation over photo reference. Also like the old site, the Figure Drawing section has the most examples. The faculty ask for a minimum of 5 Figure Drawings (i.e. a higher minimum than any other portfolio category). For more on the Portfolio Guidelines, check the Admissions Page or my last Blog Post. As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – or Request […]
October 22, 2015

Portfolio Guidelines – a second look

With the Portfolio upload site going live November 1, now is the perfect time to take a second look at the Portfolio Guidelines. What do the faculty want to see in the Portfolio? They want to see artists with the skills and techniques that can readily be applied to a didactic medical illustration.  The main goal of a good medical illustration is to teach a concept to a specific audience with accuracy and clarity. Realistic proportions and perspective, understanding light and form, directing the viewer’s eye, and rendering various textures convincingly work together to represent what is directly observed in a believable and informative visual. Just like in a good medical illustration, a tightly rendered figure or life drawing can accurately represent the subject/object(s) being closely observed. Good proportions and perspective, cast light, shadow, and various textures that look believable will work to convey to your viewers what you directly observed with detail and accuracy. What should I avoid in the Portfolio? The admissions faculty highly recommend avoiding physiological, anatomical, surgical or medical subject matter in the Portfolio. At first, this might seem counter-intuitive, “When applying for medical illustration graduate school shouldn’t I send samples of this kind of art?” Here’s […]
October 21, 2015

Tim Phelps Receives 2015 Brödel Award for Education

All his current students and many alumni were in attendance at the AMI Awards Banquet in Cleveland on July 24 as Tim Phelps was honored for his long-term outstanding educational contributions to the profession of Medical Illustration. A slide show including quotes and artwork of many of his students highlighted Tim’s contributions and generosity in teaching and mentoring many, many graduate students and members of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Congratulations, Tim!  Photo credit: Ted Kucklick
October 7, 2015

The Art of Neil O. Hardy Medical Illustrator

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine is pleased to announce that the art of alumnus Neil O. Hardy will be on exhibit during the month of October at the Weston Public Library in Weston, CT. A Johns Hopkins grad of ’58 known for his pen & ink style, Mr. Hardy went on to a distinguished career in medical illustration: AMI President (1982-3); recipient of the Ranice Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award (1991), the Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), and the Brödel Award for Excellence in Education (2003). Neil illustrated A Guided Tour of the Living Cell by Christian de Duve, published by Scientific American, as well as decades of didactic illustrations for books and medical magazines. Neil also is former faculty in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine teaching Business Policy for the Medical Illustrator from 1985-2003. The exhibition is up and runs through October with an Opening Reception Sunday, October 11, 2015, 2:30 to 4:00 PM. Congratulations Neil on a lifetime of art on display!
September 29, 2015

Virtual Fair – October 6th!

  If you are interested in applying to a graduate program in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and you have a question but aren’t sure who to ask, join me in the: Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair. Tuesday, October 6th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Masters and PhD program administrators, and even some program directors, will be participating in an online Virtual Grad School Fair. They’ll be answering those nagging questions and directing potential applicants to great information on the different graduate programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It’s free to register and participate; you get answers directly from the people who run admissions for the various programs; and it’s an easy web chat format. Come join us on the 6th!
July 30, 2015

AMI Salon 2015: Hopkins Awards

Many Hopkins students, faculty, and alumni were recognized for their outstanding work in the 2015 AMI Salon. Stephen Boyd, Jeff Day, Fabian de Kok-Mercado, Levent Efe, Jennifer Fairman, Lydia Gregg, Kimberly Knoper, Jackie Kustan, Emily Ling, Cassio Lynm, Caitlin Mock, Rose Perry, Tim Phelps, Joe Samson, Mesa Schumacher, Ian Suk, and I-Hsun Wu all won awards. New this year, the Salon pieces are viewable online on the AMI website.
June 21, 2015

JHU Medical Illustration – Alumni Dinner

This year’s JHU Alumni Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30pm at Market Garden Brewery, on the West Side of Cleveland. This historic part of Cleveland houses the famous West Side Market along with many bars and restaurants.  Sign up: Add your name to the list behind the registration desk at the AMI meeting  Getting there: We have reserved the Ohio City Room at Market Garden Brewery. It is about about five miles, or a 15-20 minute drive from the Cleveland Clinic (like Hopkins, there are few restaurant choices within walking distance from CCF). The drive will pass by the stadiums in downtown Cleveland, and will take you over the Cuyahoga River via the note-worthy Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. Keep an eye out for the Art Deco Sandstone “Guardians of Traffic” statues that watch over the bridge!  We will meet in the Intercontinental Hotel lobby at 7:15pm where we can group up for cabs that will be arranged for us. Those with cars can also help transport members of our group. Market Garden Brewery (The Ohio City Room) 1947 W 25th St Cleveland, OH 44113 216-621-4000 Thanks to our recent graduate Jeff Day ’15 for organizing this event.  For questions […]
April 21, 2015

Jackie Kustan named the 2015 Inez Demonet Winner

Jackie Kustan, ’15 is the recipient of the Inez Demonet Schholarship, awarded by the Vesalius Trust. Jackie’s master’s thesis at Johns Hopkins was titled Visualizing Intersegmental Artery Ostium Location for Spinal Angiography. She has accepted a position as a medical and scientific illustrator at the Harvard Medical School Online Learning team. The Inez Demonet Scholarship is an annual merit scholarship awarded to the applicant with highest academic and personal achievements in the field of visual communications in the health sciences. Any second year student enrolled in an accredited graduate program is eligible to apply. The Demonet award was the first scholarship established by the Vesalius Trust. This scholarship honors a well-known, respected medical illustrator who was a charter member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Photo credit: I-Hsun Wu.
April 20, 2015

Jeff Day Named 2015 Alan Cole Scholar; Class of 2015 Receives Vesalius Trust Awards

Congratulations to all members of the Class of May, 2015 on being awarded VT Scholarships! Thesis Presentations will be held May 1, 2015 Save the Date! Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:30pm for our Class of 2015 Thesis Presentations. Join us for presentations by the graduating class. Chevy Chase Auditorium, Zayed Tower, Main level of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Six students describe their masters research and outcomes, illustrations, 3D models, animations, and interactive modules: Jeff Day, VT Alan Cole Scholar: Animating Spinal Cord Damage: Building an Educational Website for Kids Edwin Choi, VT Scholar: Educating Patients and Physicians about Bariatric Embolization through use of Interactive Media Mariya Khan, VT Scholar: Actomyosin Network in Mechanosensation & Cytokinesis: a Novel Workflow for Animating Cell Division Jackie Kustan, VT Grant Recipient : Visualizing Intersegmental Artery Ostium Location for Spinal Angiography Mesa Schumacher, VT Grant Recipient: The 3D Knee: Visualizing Real Data from 3D Magnetic Resonance Neurography I-Hsun Wu, VT Grant Recipient: Intraarterial Transplantation of Glial Progenitors to Regenerate Brain Damage Following Radiation Therapy of Brain Tumor: An Animation for Lay Audience and Scientists
April 15, 2015

May 1, 2015 at 2:30pm – Thesis presentations Friday!

This event will be held as scheduled, beginning at 2:30pm on Friday, May 1st.  Please note this event will take place in the Chevy Chase Auditorium on the main level of the new Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed Tower.  This is a new location for the Thesis presentations than previous years. Convenient garage parking is available for a modest fee in the Orleans Street Garage with elevated bridge access to the Zayed Tower of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Click for more information and maps.
March 21, 2015

Save the Date! For the 2015 Alumni Dinner

Hopkins alum will gather for an alumni dinner at the AMI meeting in Cleveland! More details to follow. Hope to see you there!