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Join the Club? American Medical Writers Association

9th September 2011 Posted in Blog, Career Development, Medical Writers, Resources 0 Comments

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With all of the professional organizations out there, why would anyone want to join another? They cost money, they take up time, and, often, they present few rewards to technical writers. Until, now, that is. The American Medical Writers Association offers memberships to students and to medical writers, helping everyone stay connected and up to date on current medical writing practices.

Perhaps this is a membership with rewards.

Benefits of Joining the American Medical Writers Association

The AMWA says that members will receive:

  • Extensive education programs including self study workshops for all levels of expertise
  • Certificate programs
  • Education brochures
  • AMWA Pocket Trainings
  • Professional networking for career and personal enrichment
  • Online directory of freelance medical communication services
  • AMWA Journal, a quarterly publication
  • AMWA membership directory, published online and updated daily
  • Access to members-only areas on the AMWA Web site
  • Jobs Online, announcing employment opportunities for medical writers
  • AMWA Bulletin Board
  • One general listserve and 3 specialty listserves
  • Results of AMWA Salary Survey (2011 results to come)
  • Special member discounts for all products and services
  • Free access to MDConsult via AMWA’s Web site
  • Negotiated discounts for products and services including
    • 20% discount on individual subscriptions to MDConsult
    • 50% discount on Reference ManagerĀ® or EndnoteĀ® bibliographic database software
    • 20% discount on full-text article delivery from GKDocuments

The Cost of AMWA Membership

If you’re a student, you will need to follow certain requirements to be a part of the AMWA, so review those terms on the AMWA site.
The costs of membership are as follows:
  • $155 New Member
  • $155 Member Renewal / Reinstatement
  • $55 Student Membership (with required documentation)

Of course, you can also check out employment opportunities for medical writers on our site whether you decide to join AMWA or not. Those listings are free.

AMWA Annual Conference – October 2011, Jacksonville, FL

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