ACMI 2020 Fellows Nominations and Election

Call for Nominations Deadline – Tuesday, July 7, 2020
FACMI Election: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Monday, September 21

Recognizing Leaders in Biomedical Informatics

One of the most important member responsibilities of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) is the annual election of new fellows.  The objectives of membership in ACMI are to recognize expertise in biomedical informatics, to designate the experts in biomedical informatics to others, to convene a community to promote biomedical informatics, to participate in projects that advance the field, and to cultivate leadership for growth of the field.  For ACMI to achieve these objectives, it must have among its members the recognized leaders in biomedical informatics.

Biomedical Informatics

The College defines biomedical informatics broadly to include all aspects of health care and biomedicine: allied health, the biological sciences, clinical practice, education, health care facilities, health services research, librarianship, nursing, public health, and other related disciplines. Informatics is also used broadly to include such foundational areas as: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, communication science, computer science, engineering, evaluation and assessment, imaging and signal analysis, simulation and modeling, standards development, systems and organizations, and visualization.

Nominating for Fellowship in ACMI

Consideration should be given to those individuals who have demonstrated major contributions in biomedical informatics; have achieved national or international recognition in the field; and who are committed to advancing the charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes of the College.

The successful candidate meets the following requirements:

  • Mid-career (at minimum)
  • 10 years (at minimum) of documented, sustained contributions to biomedical informatics

Nominee’s Contributions to the Field

The primary criterion for election to the College should be their contribution to our field. Contributions may be of several different forms, with the most important ones being defined below. An objective documentation of accomplishments is required (not just subjective letters of recommendation), such as peer-reviewed, literature-based bibliographies, or publicly accessible meeting notes documenting leadership on national-level committees.

To be considered for nomination and election an individual should have made significant contributions in at least one, and preferably more than one, of the following areas of excellence:

  • Publication/promulgation of seminal ideas that have influenced the field in a significant way on a national/international basis.
  • Excellence in research in biomedical informatics as evidenced by numerous grants, publication in refereed national or international journals, and subsequent use of research findings by others. The influence of the work on outside institutions beyond the individual's home institution is critical.
  • The development of important technical innovations, including standards and policies that have been widely used in the field.
  • Production of useful and influential applications. Again, the influence of the work on institutions other than the individual's own organization is considered critical. The development of a good application, which is implemented or used only in a single institution, would not generally be sufficient to qualify an individual for election to fellowship.
  • Excellence in education and training of informaticians as evidenced by the number of former students who have become productive contributors to the field.
  • Excellence in administration, management, or policy development that has led to increased visibility and funding for the field, or to the development of significant initiatives or applications.
  • Excellence in enterprise-wide responsibilities (e.g. NIH program, CMIO or CIO, Director/Senior/VP of private sector, nongovernmental or professional societies) that has led to national/international initiatives or changes.

The following contributions should be considered when evaluating an individual's total contributions, but will not, in and of themselves, be considered sufficient reason for nomination or election:

  • Significant contributions to the professional organizations in the field, e.g., AMIA and its predecessors, AMIA meetings, i.e., Annual Symposium and Informatics Summit.
  • Promotion of biomedical informatics within professional organizations in other fields.

The Nomination Process:

For each person you wish to nominate, please complete an online nomination form in the application software.

  • All ACMI fellows may nominate, regardless of membership status. However, only ACMI regular members that are also current AMIA members may cast a vote for the fellow candidates.
  • All nominations must be seconded by another ACMI fellow from a different institution than that of the primary nominator. Include the requested contact information for the Seconder on the nomination form and an automated email with a link will bring them back to the nomination application to complete their affirmation. Both nominees must be able to affirm the significance of the candidate's contributions to biomedical informatics.

For voting Fellows who do not know a candidate well, this material may be critical in determining how their vote is cast. Please be thoughtful and take the time to ensure that your presentation of the candidate's accomplishments will accurately reflect the nominee's professional contributions.

Nominee Selection for the Ballot

The ACMI Elections and Nominations Committee will rate the candidates based on the provided information. Final nominations chosen based upon the distribution of scores will be placed on the ballot along with their nomination package and respective Proposers’ Statement. The ACMI Executive Committee makes the final decision on maximum number of votes that can be cast. Voting is conducted via electronic ballot. Voting opens, Thursday August 20 and closes Monday, September 21, 2020.

2020 FACMI Induction

The 2020 FACMI Class will be announced in October 2020. ACMI Fellows will be inducted at the 2020 Virtual AMIA Annual Symposium, November 14-18 in Chicago.

Questions: Michelle Martin at or (301) 657-5915.