Essential Skills Workbooks

Essential Skills (ES) self-study workbooks are available for you to learn at your own pace, when and where it’s convenient for you. Authored by industry experts, the workbooks are designed for medical communicators at all levels of experience and provide long-term value as reference guides. Workbooks can be purchased individually or as a package.
Successful completion of a workbook quiz can be used to acquire certificate credit as follows:

Basic Grammar and Usage for Biomedical Communicators (2 credits)
Thorough knowledge of parts of speech is truly basic to good writing and editing. This workbook focuses on parts of speech and their use in the sentence. Types of nouns and pronouns, verb tense, pronouns and case, phrases and clauses, and the types of sentences are some of the primary topics.
Punctuation for Clarity and Style (1 credit)
Designed for communicators whose professional writing experience and grammatical savvy range from minimal to moderate, this review of the most useful punctuation rules and options—from the serial comma to the dash—will focus on emphasis, variety, and consistency.
Sentence Structure and Patterns (1 credit)
Through the review and examination of flawed and improved sentence examples, readers will consider the main elements of sentence construction, accommodation to the reading process, and the management of emphasis—all with a view toward matching structure to purpose.
Statistics for Medical Writers and Editors (1 credit)
Elementary statistical concepts needed to understand medical and scientific articles are covered, including types of variables, levels of measurement, summary statistics, estimation and confidence intervals, and Student’s t test.  Emphasis is on understanding statistical presentations and on reporting statistical information.
Elements of Medical Terminology (1 credit)
This workbook is designed primarily for beginning medical writers with little or no medical background. Readers will discover how to understand the meanings of medical terms by identifying Latin and Greek word components.
Tables and Graphs (1 credit)
This workbook covers definitions and uses of tables and graphs, as well as guidelines for preparing and editing them. Designed for the beginner, the focus is on the preparation of tables and graphs that are usable, that communicate, and that are appropriate for the situation. Problematic tables and graphs are evaluated.
Essential Ethics for Medical Communicators (1 credit)
This workbook provides a basic overview of ethical considerations with a focus on the AMWA Code of Ethics. It is designed to address the variety of ethical situations that occur in medical communication. This workbook is suitable for both entry-level and experienced medical communicators.
To earn credit toward AMWA’s ES certificate, the quiz must be completed and returned to AMWA headquarters. Credit for the workbook will be earned if 85% or more of the questions are answered correctly.

Workbooks are available for purchase individually or as a package.  Individual workbooks include a laminated Quick Reference Guide.  If you would like to receive certificate credit for completing a workbook, enroll in the Essential Skills certificate.  The ES package includes enrollment in AMWA's Essential Skills certificate program, 7 workbooks, and laminated Quick Reference Guides.  

Only one person can earn credit for any workbook purchased.