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About ABCD

 
 
 

Purpose of the Association

The purpose of Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD) shall be to promote the establishment, growth and effective use of information, communications and educational technology to meet the growing needs of health education, patient care and biomedical research.


 

Who Are We?

Our members and individuals who are serving ABCD in leadership roles have a wealth of experience and expertise to share.
Click here to read more about the 2007-2008 ABCD Board of Directors.


 

Membership

Click here to download a membership application.

Individual membership in ABCD is open to persons who have common managerial concerns in academic health science communications settings. There are two categories of individual membership:

Active Member - Individuals who direct a biomedical communications service or similar facility* in a school or in an academic health science center (both of which must grant degrees in health or life science fields and both of which are hereinafter referred to as "Sponsor"). The only exceptions shall be the directors of biomedical communications centers or similar facilities serving unique institutions, agencies or government entities which are not degree granting institutions but which provide educational technology services of value to a broad health sciences clientele. The submission of complete and accurate data for the member's areas of professional responsibility for the ABCD Annual Survey is a requirement for Active Membership.

Associate Member - Individuals with full responsibility for programs other than biomedical communications, but directly related to the interests of academic biomedical communications programs, and individuals who have been biomedical communications directors but have left the directorship and maintain an interest in the field, may apply to become Associate Members. Also, a subordinate member of a Biomedical Communications management team, such as an associate director, may apply for membership in this category with the recommendation of the institution's active member. Associate members are responsible for the payment of fees or dues determined by the Board of Governors.
 
 
 
 
 

   

Membership Benefits

Active Members - While in good standing, an Active Member is eligible to participate fully in every activity of the Association. Active Members may vote in any general or special election, hold office, and/or serve on any committee, board or other officially constituted body to which they have been duly appointed or elected.

Associate Members - While in good standing, Associate Members are eligible to participate in all of the organization's activities except that they may not serve as officers of the Association or as regional representatives on the Board. One Associate Member will be elected to represent this membership classification on the Board of Directors. This representative will be eligible to serve on and chair all committees except the Membership Committee.


   

Association Dues

Annual membership fees are $110.00 for Active Members and $50.00 for Associate Members (who purchase the survey at a special price). These rates include the current fee for subscription to the Journal of Biocommunication, which is waived for those ABCD members who are members of AMI or HeSCA. Fees should not be submitted with membership applications, but will be assessed after approval of the application.

   

For More Information

Robert Wright
ABCD President, June 2008 - June 2009
Director, Biomedical Communications
University of North Texas Health Science Center
817-735-2678
[email protected]

   

Association History

The Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD) was formed on January 27, 1974, by vote ofapproximately 65 directors gathered for the fourth in a series of meetings which were initiated in 1970 by the National Medical Audio/Visual Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, the organization has developed documents and procedures to govern its operation but has strived to maintain an informal atmosphere emphasizing its purpose as a forum for sharing among its members. In March, 1978, an official Constitution and Bylaws was adopted by the membership, and on April 18, 1979, the Association was incorporated in the State of North Carolina.

   

Publications

The Journal of Biocommunication, a quarterly, is a joint publication of AMI, HeSCA and ABCD. The Journal contains research papers, media and book reviews, editorials and bibliographies which communicate national and international developments related to biomedical communications.

Annual Survey of Biomedical Communication Directors contains national and regional demographic data on biomedical communications units including such items as number of personnel, salaries, types and number of programs served, and pricing data.

   
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