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The Start of Something Big!

On April 10, 2014, leaders of the American Medical Writers Association, the Drug Information Association (DIA), the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), and the Society for Technical Communication (STC) met in Bethesda, MD, for the first-ever Medical Communications Inter-organizational Summit.

Leading Medical Communications Industry Organizations Recognize Synergies, Discuss Opportunities and Challenges


On April 10, 2014, leaders of the American Medical Writers Association, the Drug Information Association (DIA), the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), and the Society for Technical Communication (STC) met in Bethesda, MD, for the first-ever Medical Communications Inter-organizational Summit. The purposes of the Summit were to recognize the many similarities among the respective organizations; explore synergies that might benefit the organizations and their members; discuss challenges facing the medical communications industry, the organizations, and their members; and identify opportunities to share resources and experiences that can strengthen the organizations, benefit their members, and serve their missions.

The participating organizations share certain core beliefs: commitment to integrity for the medical communications field, and to being leaders in promoting excellence – both within the industry and to their members – by providing guidance and continuing education. All of the participating organizations are non-profit, membership-based organizations. They are rich in educational resources and content, and their members are collectively involved in all aspects of medical communications.

Summit participants were particularly interested in exploring how to share educational resources, capitalize on the use of social media to further their missions, and advocate for best practices and industry standards that uphold their common commitments to integrity and excellence. They agreed to reconvene via scheduled teleconferences in the near future to address these and other topics warranting deeper discussion.

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