One of the most important responsibilities of members of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) is the election of new fellows. The objectives of membership in ACMI are to recognize expertise in Biomedical Informatics; to designate to others those who are experts in Biomedical Informatics; to assemble 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.
The Elections and Nominations Committee now solicits nominations for the ACMI Class of 2018. A Bylaws change approved in December 14, 2017 established three categories of fellows:
- Voting Fellows. Fellows who pay ACMI dues and who are also dues-paying, regular members of AMIA. All ACMI fellowship benefits apply. There is no age limit.
- Senior Fellows. Fellows who elect this status after age 65 and pay ACMI dues but who are not dues-paying, regular members of AMIA. All ACMI fellowship benefits apply, except that senior fellows may not vote in ACMI elections or hold office in ACMI. Senior fellows may nominate individuals for ACMI fellowship.
- Inactive Fellows. Fellows who pay no dues. These fellows receive no benefits except that they will receive ACMI mailings unless they ask to be removed from mailing lists.
Consideration should be given to those individuals who have demonstrated major contributions in Biomedical Informatics; have achieved national/international recognition in the field; and who are committed to advancing the charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes of the College. The College defines Biomedical Informatics broadly. The phrase “medical” should not be interpreted as restricted to physicians, but rather, 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; etc. 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.
Candidates are typically at least mid-career and must have AT LEAST TEN YEARS of documented, sustained contributions to biomedical informatics. 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/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, Joint Summits, etc.
- Promotion of biomedical informatics within professional organizations in other fields.
For each person you wish to nominate, please complete an online nomination form. This information will be used by the Elections and Nominations Committee to verify that the candidate meets the criteria for membership in ACMI and will be included in the ballot packet for review by voting members of the College. For 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 insure that your presentation of the candidate's accomplishments will properly reflect the nominee's professional contributions. Please be sure to include the 50-words-or-less “Citation of Accomplishments.” This summary will be used as the ballot synopsis.
All nominations must be seconded by another Fellow. The Fellow who seconds the nomination must be from a different institution than that of the primary nominator. Both nominees must be able to affirm the significance of the candidate's contributions to Biomedical Informatics. Include the requested information about the Seconder on the nomination form. The Seconder may e-mail his or her concurrence to Wanda Sheridan (email@example.com) at the AMIA office. Although we will only send ballots to voting fellows of ACMI, all fellows (voting, nonvoting, senior, and inactive) are permitted to nominate or second candidates for fellowship.
Instructions for nomination to Fellowship:
- Complete the online nomination Form
- Obtain a Second for your nomination from another Fellow of ACMI and list him/her on the online Nomination Form. All Second Nominators must send an e-mail to Wanda Sheridan (firstname.lastname@example.org) confirming their concurrence.
- Deadline – Nominations must be submitted by Monday, June 18, 2018.
A key factor in the success of our field is recognition and commendation of those who truly do exceptional work that differentiates our efforts. I strongly encourage you to submit nominations and thank you in advance for your contributions.
Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc, FACMI, Past President, ACMI
Chair, ACMI Elections and Nominations Committee