At the 72nd Annual Conference of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) held July 23-26 in Austin, Texas, Scott Weldon, MA, CMI, FAMI received an Award of Merit in the Professional Didactic/Instructional Non-Commercial category for the illustration series he developed with Joseph Lamelas, M.D., titled “Minimally-Invasive Modified Nicks Procedure for the Repair of a Small Aortic Root.”
An Award of Merit is given to illustrations deserving special recognition of achievement. Although the entries within each category are not specifically ranked against one another, the judging was particularly rigorous this year with only two pieces awarded out of 43 well-qualified entries in the category.
Fellow of the AMI
Weldon was also inducted as a Fellow of the AMI at the conference. From ami.org: “The designation of Fellow is a formal recognition of those AMI members who have generously contributed their skill, time, and effort to the association by performing volunteer service. Fellow of the AMI (FAMI) is among the most distinguished honors bestowed by our association. Being inducted as a Fellow is contingent upon attaining a minimum of 1,000 Fellow points, and having faithfully served the association.”
To achieve this designation, some of his contributions to the AMI include serving on several committees as both a member and chair, including as vice-chair of program committee for an annual conference and co-chair of the ethics committee. Additionally, by co-hosting a regional meeting, serving as a mentor to undergraduate medical illustrator hopefuls through the Baylor Summer and Medical Research Training (SMART) program, and currently by serving on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee in the role of treasurer.
Weldon has been the supervisor of medical illustration in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for nearly 16 years.