Online Offerings

AMWA is proud to offer a variety of online educational activities. Webinars, Google Hangouts, YouTube videos are all here for your continuing professional development.

Upcoming Live Webinars

PubMed for Power Users
July 23, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern
Members-only: FREE

Go beyond the basics and gain guru-level insights with experts from the National Library of Medicine. PubMed veterans Marie Collins and Kate Majewski from NLM will show you strategies for searching and filtering with less pain. Know where the PubMed tutorials can be found? Marie and Kate will show you the way.


Oral Questioning Skills for Medical Communicators
August 4, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern
Members: $55  /  Nonmembers $95

A major factor in an communication professional’s success is asking questions - the right ones. If you’ve ever suffered expensive consequences because you didn’t ask the right question or you framed your question poorly, you’ll benefit from this lively and interactive webinar with Bette Frick, PhD, ELS, on learning to ask the right questions.

Upcoming Live Google Hangouts

The next AMWA Google Hangout is in development now. Stay tuned!

What is a Google Hangout?

Using the latest Google+ technology, this online educational activity will feature a panel of AMWA members discussing hot topics in medical writing in a free-flowing format. Think of it as a live discussion where you’ll be able to watch and ask questions of your colleagues as if you were attending a live conference, except you won’t need to leave your home or office.
Individuals can either watch and interact with the live broadcast as it unfolds from home or on the road (the OnAir platform is supported by many tablets and smartphones), or view on demand on YouTube.
For live events, open a free Google account so that you will be able to ask questions during the panel discussion.


Archived Members-Only Events

Login to the website and browse recordings of past webinars.

Archived Events for Everyone

Dial 911:  Handling Emergency Situations in Medical Writing
On Demand 
This case-based program, always a favorite at the annual conference, will introduce participants to six real-life scenarios – involving logistical, technologic, or other unexpected challenges – that constituted a medical writing “emergency.” A panel of medical writers representing both the client and freelance perspective will offer their insight into each emergency scenario, presenting strategies to for implementing safeguards to prevent common pitfalls in medical writing projects, recognizing the subtle red flags that signal imminent emergencies, and developing solutions for addressing these emergencies in a professional manner.

An Encore from AMWA Annual Conference 2013: The Rising Tide of Plagiarism in Medical Writing
On Demand

Medical journals have been broadsided by a fast-growing plagiarism problem, and the ramifications can reach well beyond the page, having an impact on clinical practice and patients’ lives. You will have an opportunity to examine the ripple effects of medical plagiarism and gain insight into avoiding the ethical and career-threatening pitfalls of duplication. In this panel presentation, you will hear about plagiarism from the editor’s perspective and learn about plagiarism detection software, and how to evaluate the results and share the information ethically with contributing authors and/or their sponsors.
Moderator (and speaker): Jonathan Bailey, Founder, Plagiarism Today, New Orleans, LA
Jason Chu, Senior Education Manager, iThenticate/Turnitin (iParadigms, LLC), Oakland, CA
Sandra Ripley Distelhorst, ELS, Senior Editor, Northwest Health Communications, Edmonds, WA