American Medical Writers Association
The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), founded in 1940, is the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information. The association offers a highly regarded continuing education program, including distance learning and a certificate program; an annual conference featuring prominent speakers, discussion sessions, and workshops; networking opportunities through the annual conference and chapter activities; job services, including Jobs Online and a Freelance Directory; a Web site with comprehensive information, member discount opportunities, and listserves; and the AMWA Journal, an indexed, peer-reviewed publication.
- Mission: AMWA's mission is to promote excellence in medical communication and to provide educational resources in support of that goal.
- Membership: More than 5,600 members in the US, Canada, and 30 other countries. Members work for pharmaceutical companies, universities and medical schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, journals, and many other businesses and organizations. Many work as freelance writers and editors.
- Organizational Structure: Headquartered in Rockville, MD, AMWA is governed by a board of directors composed of a 13-member executive committee and representatives from its 19 US and Canadian chapters.