Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program

Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program This page provides information about the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University, formerly Georgia Regents University and MCG.

Medical illustrators—and visual communicators in the health sciences in general—are essential for the continued growth and effectiveness of the healthcare system, from primary education to health care delivery. Medical illustrators and the work they do add impact and value to:
• Primary education in the medical, dental, nursing, allied health, veterinary, and life sciences;
• Continuing profession

Medical illustrators—and visual communicators in the health sciences in general—are essential for the continued growth and effectiveness of the healthcare system, from primary education to health care delivery. Medical illustrators and the work they do add impact and value to:
• Primary education in the medical, dental, nursing, allied health, veterinary, and life sciences;
• Continuing profession

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We hosted the annual white coat ceremony on Saturday, Augusta 28th for our rising seniors. The event celebrates the comp...
09/01/2021

We hosted the annual white coat ceremony on Saturday, Augusta 28th for our rising seniors. The event celebrates the completion of their first year in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program. It also marks the start of their senior year, in which they demonstrate their mastery of media and techniques and their ability to plan, design and produce effective solutions to complex health science communication problems. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Pictured L-to-R: Assoc. Prof. Mike Jensen, Kirstyn Harris Smart, Colin Stirt, Clara Oh, Elayna Miller, Corynne Gamboa, Srah Hennessey Sutton, Kelly Frankel, Kate Davis, Prof. Bill Andrews, Allen Hagan, and Assoc. Prof. Amanda Behr.

We hosted the annual white coat ceremony on Saturday, Augusta 28th for our rising seniors. The event celebrates the completion of their first year in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program. It also marks the start of their senior year, in which they demonstrate their mastery of media and techniques and their ability to plan, design and produce effective solutions to complex health science communication problems. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Pictured L-to-R: Assoc. Prof. Mike Jensen, Kirstyn Harris Smart, Colin Stirt, Clara Oh, Elayna Miller, Corynne Gamboa, Srah Hennessey Sutton, Kelly Frankel, Kate Davis, Prof. Bill Andrews, Allen Hagan, and Assoc. Prof. Amanda Behr.

IN REMEMBRANCE— Octavia Garlington (Class of 1961) died peacefully on the afternoon of August 26th at her home in Evans,...
08/28/2021

IN REMEMBRANCE— Octavia Garlington (Class of 1961) died peacefully on the afternoon of August 26th at her home in Evans, GA. Octavia, “Tavie” to her friends, was born April 26th, 1927, in the Republic of Panama. She and her family—her parents, brother and sister—lived in the Panama Canal Zone until she left for college in 1945 after graduating from Balboa High School.

In 1949, Octavia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Octavia went on to study library science in the School of Graduate Studies at Emory University, in Atlanta. In 1951, she enrolled in education courses at the University of South Carolina. In 1954, she accepted a position at Agnes Scott College in the Biology Department and later worked as Assistant to the Dean of Students. While at Agnes Scott, Octavia found time to study art history and take several studio classes. In 1957 and ’58, she took studio art courses at the Atlanta Art Institute. Then she became aware of the field of medical illustration.

She arrived in Augusta in 1958 and became a member of the Class of 1961 in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). After receiving her Master of Science in Medical Illustration, Octavia became an instructor in the program, eventually moving up the ranks to full Professor. She served briefly as Chief of Art Services, Division of Biomedical Communications at MCG, as well as Acting Program Director of the academic program for a time. In 1968, she helped to design the faculty regalia for MCG, and in 1984 she designed the official flag for the university. Octavia retired from daily teaching responsibilities in 1990. As Emerita Professor she participated in special seminars on the history of medical illustration and in the development of the Medical Illustration Graduate Program.

She was active in her professional organization, the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), and was a Professional member since 1964. Octavia served on the AMI’s Board of Governors for twenty years and held the offices of Vice Chair, Vice President, and Corresponding Secretary. She also served as the Chair of numerous important committees. In 1988, she was elected a Fellow of the AMI in recognition of her dedicated service to the profession.

During her long and distinguished career Octavia received many awards and honors. She received the AMI’s Outstanding Service Award twice, and in 2001 she received the AMI’s Brödel Award for Excellence in Education. In 1990, she received the Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2000, Octavia received the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award for Outstanding Citizenship from Converse College. At MCG (now Augusta University), she was elected to Alpha Eta, the honor society in the allied health sciences. Octavia received the Outstanding Faculty Award in Allied Health Sciences at MCG, and in 2004 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Allied Health Sciences Alumni Association. She twice received the Distinguished Service Award from the MCG Faculty Organization. In 2018, the Dept. of Medical Illustration recognized her many contributions to the Medical Illustration Graduate Program and profession by naming an award in her honor, the "Octavia Garlington Award for Instructional Design/Poster."

After retirement in 1990, she volunteered with the Augusta Genealogy Society as a librarian and served on numerous committees. Despite all these honors and awards she was most proud of the successes of her many students.

Octavia will be interred in the family plot in Newberry, SC, alongside her parents and siblings. She wished to be cremated. There will be a grave-side service.

Alumni Receive Salon Awards— All of our alumni are amazing, but please join the us in congratulating the following outst...
07/29/2021
Medical Illustration

Alumni Receive Salon Awards— All of our alumni are amazing, but please join the us in congratulating the following outstanding alumni—and the companies they built—who have received awards for their creative works. The awards were presented virtually on July 28 during the 75th meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators. The AMI is the preeminent international professional society in the field of visual communications for the life and health sciences.
These award-winning creations and others can be viewed in the AMI’s 2021 Online Salon, at: https://meetings.ami.org/2021/onlinesalon/.

In the category Medical-Legal—

Jennifer Darcy (Class of ’04), Award of Excellence, for “Janie Doe: Progression of Repair and Healing Following Blunt Force Trauma.”
Description: “This case involves a young, 12-year-old girl who sustained severe blunt force trauma to her left frontal orbital region while traveling in the front passenger seat when a cinder block projectile flew off of a truck ahead of their family vehicle, crashed through the front windshield, and struck her in the face. The left-sided illustrations demonstrate the severity of the initial blunt force injuries to the soft facial tissues and extensive fractures to the skull and left orbit while the center and right-sided illustrations show the appearance of the plaintiff following the surgical closure of the facial lacerations, surgical fixations of the lateral orbit, and postoperative healing of her facial lacerations.”
This medical-legal exhibit was created for Amicus Visual Solutions, which is owned by alumna Asha Kays (Class of ’21) and Michael Havranek.

Jennifer Darcy (Class of ’04), Award of Merit, for “Summary of John Doe’s Injuries.”
Description: “This exhibit was created to demonstrate the extensiveness and severity of the full body trauma to the soft tissue, organs, muscles, and bones sustained by the plaintiff pedal cyclist who was struck by a dump truck and found pinned underneath the truck mangled up with the muffler. Because he also suffered trauma to the posterior side of his body, a mirror was illustrated to help the viewer visualize the posterior injuries while maintaining the life-size full body exhibit board dimensions for trial. X-rays were included to help verify the illustrations for accuracy.”
This medical-legal exhibit was created for Amicus Visual Solutions, which is owned by alumna Asha Kays (Class of ’21) and Michael Havranek.

Philip Mattes (Class of ‘87), Award of Excellence, for “Partial Mandibulectomy and Fibula Free Flap Reconstruction.”
This medical-legal exhibit was completed for Medivisuals, Inc. which is owned by alumnus Bob Shepherd (Class of ‘81).

Philip Mattes (Class of ‘87), Award of Merit, for “Left Foot Injuries.”
This medical-legal exhibit was completed for Medivisuals, Inc. which is owned by alumnus Bob Shepherd (Class of ‘81).

In the category Animation: Didactic/instructional – Noncommercial—

Wes Price (Class of ’96) et al, Award of Merit, for “Cervical Cancer: A Public Health Awareness Campaign for the Caribbean Region.”
Description: “This animation is a sample of a larger Public Health Awareness Campaign tailored to the Caribbean Region. The campaign demystifies the causes and effects of the Human Papilloma Virus while encouraging women of all ages to receive regular gynecological exams to prevent the development of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer ranks among the highest rates globally and is disproportionately affecting women in low-income communities. Grenada itself carries a high cervical disease burden and associated mortality rate. In collaboration with health experts of Caribbean origin, we co-wrote a script which includes regional language cues and lay-audience vocabulary. We illustrated assets to reflect local characteristics and staged animations with subtle humor to resonate with the Grenadian audience using personally recognizable situations. The campaign focuses on best practices for prevention and aims to fill the need for more culturally appropriate health education materials in the Caribbean region.”
This animation was created for the Women in Medicine Student Organization by the Center for Biomedical Visualization, Dept. of Anatomical Sciences, St. George’s University.

In the category Animation: Didactic/Instructional – Commercial—

Nobles Green II (Class of ’05), Award of Merit, for “The Role of IL-1 alpha in Inflammation.”
Description: “The purpose of this animation is to explain the inflammatory effects of IL-1 alpha and how it can lead to multiple diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. This overview presents various opportunities in which XBiotech therapy can neutralize IL-1 activity.”
This animation was created for XBiotech by Nucleus Medical Media, which is owned by Keith Pavlik (Class of ‘89) and Ron Collins (Class of ‘90).

Julie Coats (Class 0f ’12) and Brandon Keehner (Class of ’13), et al, Award of Excellence, for “Epigenomic Programming MOA.”
Description: “The challenge involved creating an animation that not only introduced Omega’s groundbreaking platform of epigenomic programming in a high-level scientific manner but also a relatively unfamiliar biological structure, known as the insulated genomic domain (IGD). One goal was to create awareness and understanding of what IGDs are, where they’re located (through a visual change in magnitudes of scale from cell-nucleus-chromosome/chromatin-IGD), and how different types of disruptions in them can contribute to gene under/overexpression and thus disease. The other goal was to introduce Omega’s ability to computationally map and identify specific IGD targets and to create Omega Epigenomic Controllers- their structure, function, and ultimate use for restoring IGD structures from diseased states.”
This animation was created for Omega Therapeutics by Cognition Studios.

In the category Animation: Advertising and Marketing/Promotional—

Nobles Green II (Class of ’05), Award of Merit, for “UroAmplitude.”
Description: “The purpose of this animation is to promote UroAmplitude as a breakthrough technology that differs from previous bladder cancer detection methods by offering a broader sequencing of genes that are associated with urothelial carcinogenesis.”
This animation was created for Convergent Genomics by Nucleus Medical Media, which is owned by Keith Pavlik (Class of ‘89) and Ron Collins (Class of ‘90).

In the category Interactive Media: Gaming—

Joel Floyd (Class of ’14), Award of Merit, for “The Singing Larynx.”
Description: “With the Singing Larynx app, students can learn the anatomy and function of the larynx with interactive 3D models and an intuitive touch interface. Two distinct learning modalities are featured: users hold their device in landscape mode to study the anatomy, and rotate the device to portrait mode to explore laryngeal function. A quick-quiz button tests the users’ anatomical knowledge by having them double-tap the requested structure and providing instant feedback. Concepts related to function are integrated and reinforced by two features: an “a cappella” mode, in which users control the muscles to create vocals, and a sing-along rhythm game, in which users activate specific muscle groups to match the timing and pitch of classical vocal pieces and receive a score based on accuracy. The Singing Larynx is geared towards students at the high school level and above, balancing practical anatomical content with a dynamic interface that highlights the beauty and complexity of the human voice.”
This medical game was created for Bethea Medical Media, owned by Joel Floyd (Class of ’14).

Congratulations to all our award-winning alumni!

If you would like to know more about becoming one of our outstanding alumni, please visit www.augusta.edu/medart.

The Medical Illustration Graduate Program within the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University is one of only three such programs in the country.

STUDENT AMI AWARDS— Please join us in congratulating our brilliant, talented students who have received Salon awards fro...
07/29/2021

STUDENT AMI AWARDS— Please join us in congratulating our brilliant, talented students who have received Salon awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators.
In the category in Didactic/Instructional: Anatomy/Pathology—
Linden Pederson (Class of ‘21), Award of Merit, for "Bone Fractures," a patient education poster.
In the category in Didactic/Instructional: Surgical/Clinical Procedures—
Andrea Lacy (Class of ’21), Award of Merit, for "Cholecystectomy with Multiple Cystic Arteries," an illustrated procedure for a surgical atlas.
Linden Pederson (Class of ’21) Award of Excellence, for "Laparoscopic Salpingectomy," an illustrated procedure for a surgical atlas.
Clara Oh (Class ’22), Award of Excellence, for "Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy," an illustrated procedure for a surgical atlas.
While all of our students are truly exceptional, today we are especially proud of our newest award-winners!

To learn more about becoming a student in our accredited Medical Illustration Graduate Program, please visit www.augusta.edu/medart.

07/21/2021

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If you are interested in applying for our accredited Medical Illustration Graduate Program, please visit the Admissions ...
07/15/2021

If you are interested in applying for our accredited Medical Illustration Graduate Program, please visit the Admissions page (https://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/medicalillustration/admissions.php#Admissions) of our website for the updated information on our admissions requirements and application process. Please note the changes to the required Applicant Digital Portfolio of original creative work.

The application deadline for the upcoming admissions cycle is January 10, 2022.

If you are interested in applying for our accredited Medical Illustration Graduate Program, please visit the Admissions page (https://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/medicalillustration/admissions.php#Admissions) of our website for the updated information on our admissions requirements and application process. Please note the changes to the required Applicant Digital Portfolio of original creative work.

The application deadline for the upcoming admissions cycle is January 10, 2022.

GRADUATION DAY!— We're delighted to announce the graduation of the Class of 2021. Madison Christian, Mason Goth, Anekay ...
05/13/2021

GRADUATION DAY!— We're delighted to announce the graduation of the Class of 2021. Madison Christian, Mason Goth, Anekay Kelly, Andrea Lacy, Linden Pederson, Max Perim, Kristin Piciacchia, Jordan Thornton and Annie White-Canale have successfully completed the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Medical Illustration. Congratulations to this outstanding group of bright, talented and resilient young professional medical illustrators!
If you would like to see what they've been up to, we invite you to tune in for the Master's Showcase this afternoon. We'll go live at 4:45 p.m. The link is: https://echo360.org/.../68293e4d-de3d-459e-bf2e.../public. Please note that those wishing to view the livestream will need to use an internet browser other than Internet Explorer (IE), such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge. as IE will not work with ECHO livestream.

GRADUATION DAY!— We're delighted to announce the graduation of the Class of 2021. Madison Christian, Mason Goth, Anekay Kelly, Andrea Lacy, Linden Pederson, Max Perim, Kristin Piciacchia, Jordan Thornton and Annie White-Canale have successfully completed the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Medical Illustration. Congratulations to this outstanding group of bright, talented and resilient young professional medical illustrators!
If you would like to see what they've been up to, we invite you to tune in for the Master's Showcase this afternoon. We'll go live at 4:45 p.m. The link is: https://echo360.org/.../68293e4d-de3d-459e-bf2e.../public. Please note that those wishing to view the livestream will need to use an internet browser other than Internet Explorer (IE), such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge. as IE will not work with ECHO livestream.

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