About Us

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is the resource for professional medical communicators, promoting excellence in medical communication and providing educational resources in support of that goal. Founded in 1940, AMWA is the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information. With approximately 5,000 members in the US, Canada, and 30 other countries, AMWA members work on staff or as freelances for a wide range of businesses and organizations. AMWA members are committed to accurately and ethically making information about health and medicine clear and meaningful.

The association offers a highly regarded continuing education program, including distance learning and a certificate program; the Medical Writing & Communication Conference featuring prominent speakers, discussion sessions, and workshops; networking opportunities through the conference and chapter activities; job services, including Jobs Online and a Freelance Directory; a website with comprehensive information, member discount opportunities, and an online community; and the AMWA Journal, an indexed, peer-reviewed publication.


AMWA's mission is to promote excellence in medical communication and to provide educational resources in support of that goal.

Vision, Values, and Goals:  AMWA's strategic focus
In October 2015, the AMWA Board of Directors approved the overarching components of a strategic plan.
Vision Statement
Creating clear medical communications that lead to better health and well-being
Core Values
  • Professionalism
  • Expertise
  • Continuous learning
  • Connection
Strategic Goals
  • Enhance resources and educational opportunities for medical communicators across settings and career levels
  • Connect and engage with more medical communicators
  • Increase awareness of AMWA as a valuable resource for medical communicators


Close to 5,000 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. Membership in AMWA is open to anyone interested in any aspect of medical communication. Student membership is also available. If you work in the field of medical communication, you belong in AMWA. The association's programs enhance the knowledge and skills of freelance medical writers and editors and of those employed by a hospital, medical school, clinic, health sciences center, foundation, health care association, a medical communication or biotechnology company, or a pharmaceutical company.

Organization 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.