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 website with comprehensive information, member discount opportunities, and online community forums; 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.
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.
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.