Self-Study


Essential Skills (ES) self-study modules are available for you to learn at your own pace, when and where it’s convenient for you. Adapted from the Essential Skills workshops, the modules are designed for medical communicators at all levels of experience and provide long-term value as reference guides.
 
Each self-study module includes a workbook with examples and exercises, a CD-ROM featuring an interactive PDF of the workbook, a final quiz, and a laminated Quick Reference Guide. For completion of a self-study module to earn credit toward an AMWA certificate, the final quiz must be completed and returned to AMWA headquarters, where it will be scored. Credit for the module will be earned if 85% or more of the questions are answered correctly. The self-study modules are applicable to the Essential Skills certificate, which requires completion of 8 ES credits.
 
If you would like to receive certificate credit for completing a module, you must enroll in the Essential Skills certificate or be currently enrolled in the Core or Science Fundamentals certificate program before credit can be applied. Only one person can earn credit for any module purchased. View the member vs. non-member pricing.
 
Successful completion of a module quiz can be used to acquire certificate credit as follows:

Thorough knowledge of parts of speech is truly basic to good writing and editing. This module focuses on parts of speech and their use in the sentence. Types of nouns and pronouns, verb tense, pronouns and case, phrases and clauses (with special emphasis on verbals and on noun, adjective, and adverb clauses), and the types of sentences are some of the primary topics. In addition, it offers a review of additional grammatical topics and discussion of some aspects of English usage. Correcting dangling or misplaced modifiers, using who or whom and which or that, making subjects agree with verbs, writing clear comparisons, and choosing the correct word are some of the topics covered in this module.
 

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.
 

Through the review and examination of flawed and improved sentence examples, participants 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.
 

This module is designed for participants who have little or no background in statistics.  Elementary statistical concepts needed to understand medical and scientific articles will be covered, including types of variables, levels of measurement, summary statistics, estimation and confidence intervals, and Student’s t test.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding statistical presentations and on reporting statistical information, not on calculations or mathematical explanations.
 

This module is designed primarily for beginning medical writers with little or no medical background. Participants will learn how to understand the meanings of medical terms by identifying Latin and Greek word components.
 

This module 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.
 

This module 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 module is suitable for both entry-level and experienced medical communicators.



Member vs. Non-Member Pricing for the Essential Skills Self Study Modules
 

Essential Skills Self Study Modules

Member Price*

Non-member Price

Essential Skills Certificate Enrollment

$150.00

$275.00

Basic Grammar & Usage

$199.00

$250.00

Elements of Medical Terminology

$159.00

$250.00

Essential Ethics

$159.00

$250.00

Punctuation for Clarity & Style

$159.00

$250.00

Sentence Structure & Patterns

$159.00

$250.00

Statistics

$159.00

$250.00

Tables & Graphs

$159.00

$250.00

Total

$1303.00**

$2025.00*

 


*You must be logged into your member profile on the AMWA website in order to receive member pricing.
**Shipping fees not included