Welcome to the first issue of AMWA Conference Connector. The AMWA Conference Connector will be your guide to discovering the golden opportunities that await you in Sacramento, CA, October 4-6. We invite you to join us in the many opportunities to dig into career development, build a strong network of peers, and explore the growing field of medical communication.
AMWA AWARD WINNERS AND 2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Dr Neal Baer is the McGovern Award winner and keynote speaker.
Dr Neal Baer currently serves as the Executive Producer of CBS-TV’s A Gifted Man and is a medical expert and senior fellow at the University of Southern California Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. Dr Baer’s career in television has garnered him 7 Emmy Award nominations, as well as a People’s Choice Award, and he has worked on multiple critically acclaimed shows, including NBC’s ER and Law & Order: SVU.
Dr Baer will be the keynote speaker and recipient of AMWA’s prestigious John P. McGovern Award. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from a speaker whose medical communications reach such a global audience.
Mary Roach is the 2012 Alvarez Award recipient.
Mary Roach’s humorous examinations of science and the human experience have made her a popular author and columnist. She is the renowned author of 4 books, Stiff—The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Spook—Science Tackles the Afterlife; Bonk—The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex; and her latest, Packing for Mars—The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
As recipient of the Walter C. Alvarez Award, Ms Roach will speak during the Alvarez Award Luncheon, and her presentation is sure to be very entertaining and educational.
EXPANDED CREDIT OPTIONS FOR WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE
In response to AMWA member requests, the number of credit workshops you may take at the annual conference has been increased to 4, and the number of advanced workshops you may take has been increased to 3. These changes will help those who are enrolled in the certificate program get closer to their certificate goals at a single annual conference.
This year we will be offering more than 85 workshops to help you reach your professional development goals. A complete list of the workshops that will be offered at the 2012 Annual Conference is now available for review.
EXCITING NEW OPEN SESSIONS AND INNOVATIVE NETWORKING EVENTS
With more than 40 open sessions free to conference attendees, the general registration fee provides more value than ever. Two open sessions will be led by representatives of the FDA. Greg Busse, PhD, will present an open session, “FDA Drug Safety Communications: Principles, Practice, and Evaluation.” Lisa Hubbard, RPh, of the FDA Office of Pharmaceutical Drug Promotion (formerly DDMAC), will present an open session, “FDA Do’s and Don’ts of Advertising and Promotion.” A full list of open sessions at the 2012 Annual Conference will be made available soon at amwa.org.
Networking is a key priority for the 2012 conference! Networking sessions will be plentiful each and every day. This year’s conference will incorporate old favorites, new opportunities, and enhanced occasions. New offerings include a wine and cheese networking reception Thursday evening and a free networking luncheon on Saturday.
Learn more with the Schedule at a Glance, which highlights the full range of networking activities and other events planned at AMWA’s 72nd Annual Conference.
LAST CALL FOR STUDENT AWARDS APPLICATIONS
NEW EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITES
The exhibit hall will be a hub of activity, connecting conference attendees to the resources and opportunities of interest to the medical writing community. If you have favorite vendors or suppliers, please encourage them to join us as exhibitors or sponsors in Sacramento. Please share the new Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus or have interested parties contact Natalie DeSoto, advertising sales consultant, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNTDOWN TO CONFERENCE! REGISTRATION OPENS IN MID-TO-LATE JUNE
AMWA's 72nd Annual Conference is only 5 months away. Count down with us by following the Conference Countdown Clock on amwa.org! Begin planning your participation by reviewing Annual Conference registration rates and hotel information now available on amwa.org. The conference planning team is hard at work finalizing the program schedule. As program details are confirmed, information will be updated regularly in the conference section of amwa.org and will be shared through AMWA Conference Connector. Registration opens in mid-to-late June 2012. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!
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