We’re always bragging about our medical illustrators and animators. You’ll see the phrase “Nucleus employs the best full-time staff of graduate-degreed medical animators in the world” found on our websites, handouts, and press releases. But we only brag because our employees are awesome.
Medical illustrators have the amazing ability to transform complex medical information into visuals that are both beautiful and easy to understand. They’re also usually well-versed in a range of artistic mediums – from 2D drawings to 3D animations to sculpted models. Basically, they are extremely talented and amazingly artistic.
Most medical illustrators have a master’s degree from an accredited graduate program. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits these programs, and they are incredibly competitive to get into. There are only three accredited programs in the US (and one in Canada), and they only accept around 15 students per year! After acceptance into the program, budding medical illustrators apply themselves to rigorous course work where they study human gross anatomy, physiology, pathology, histology, neuroanatomy, embryology, and surgery. After graduation, medical illustrators then go on to be certified by the Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators. And they never stop learning – continuing education to stay up-to-date with medical advances (and digital media) is a must.
After going through this gauntlet to become medical illustrators and animators, how can we not brag? Let’s face it; medical illustrators are pretty awesome (especially the ones that work at Nucleus).
But is there any advantage to working with a trained and certified medical illustrator versus a regular illustrator? Yes! First off, a medical illustrator understands medical and scientific jargon because they studied it. They have the training to be able to not only understand complex procedures but illustrate them, too. Although they might be a bit obsessive about detail and accuracy, that’s exactly what you want! When the work relates to health and medicine you need it to be as accurate as possible. But most of all, medical illustrators are passionate about what they do.
It boils down to this: if you want to save time by working with someone who is passionate about medical accuracy and health literacy, then make sure you’re working with a medical illustrator.
PS: If you’re looking for an awesome career, you can learn all about medical illustration over at the Association of Medical Illustrators’ website.