Benefits of Membership

The American Medical Writers Association was founded in 1940 in order to help medical authors promote excellence in biomedical communication and to provide educational resources that support that goal. Through an extensive educational program, various publications, and unparalleled opportunities for networking, AMWA encourages and enables its members to extend their professional expertise.

Membership in AMWA offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn about career opportunities in medical writing.
  • Build your medical writing skills through the AMWA continuing education program.
  • Attend local chapter meetings and regional and annual conferences.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Core curriculum program leading to certificates in 5 disciplines.
  • Science curriculum program leading to a science fundamentals certificate.
  • Advanced curriculum program leading to an advanced certificate.
  • Professional networking for career and personal enrichment.
  • Jobs Online announcing employment opportunities.
  • Online freelance directory of medical communication services.
  • AMWA Journal, a quarterly publication.
  • AMWA Membership Directory, published online and updated daily.
  • Access to Member Only areas on the AMWA Web site.
  • AMWA Bulletin Board.
  • AMWA listserves in 5 specialty areas.
  • Results of AMWA Salary Survey.
  • Negotiated discounts for products and services including:
    • Free access to Harrison’s Online
    • 30% discount on individual subscriptions to MDConsult
    • 50% discount on Reference Manager® or Endnote® bibliographic database software
    • 25% discount on full-text article delivery from GKDocumen

What is the AMWA continuing education program?

AMWA offers one of the most extensive continuing education programs available to professionals in the medical and allied science fields. Workshops are tailored for the profession and are continually expanded to broaden the selection of options for both novice and experienced biomedical communicators. The diversity of the workshops provides participants an opportunity to gain new areas of expertise that can enhance their skills in the many facets of biomedical communication. For more information, see Education/Certificates on the AMWA Web site.

How much do the workshops cost?

For workshop fees, refer to the current annual conference information on the AMWA Web site. Certification requires an additional enrollment fee. For enrollment fee information, refer to the Enrollment Form under Education/Certificates.

How often are the workshops offered?

Workshops are offered at regional conferences, which occur every other year. Over 100 workshops are offered at the annual conference, which occurs each year. Members are welcome to attend workshops outside their region; for example, both the Florida and Carolina chapters offer workshops that our members can attend. To find out which workshops are currently scheduled, please visit the chapter Web sites via the AMWA map.

When and where are local meetings?

The Southeast chapter holds at least 4 meetings during the academic year. Most meetings involve a dinner, an informative lecture or tour, and a brief discussion of chapter business. Our usual meeting location is the the Rita Ann Rollins Room on the 8th floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Members are notified of upcoming meetings via email. For information on our previous meetings, see the past meetings page.

I don’t live in Atlanta; do you offer any weekend meetings I might be able to attend?

Our chapter tries to offer at least one weekend meeting a year in order to allow members from outside Atlanta to attend.

When are regional conferences held?

The Southeast chapter holds its regional conference in even-numbered years.