COVID-19 Update from the AMWA President and Executive Director
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
AMWA leadership cares deeply about our members and the wider medical writing community. We recognize and appreciate members and others in the medical communication field who are directly affected by this current unique health crisis. AMWA members play a pivotal role in communicating medical and scientific discovery. We are honored to serve this community that includes scientists, researchers, health care practitioners, and community leaders who are working to share accurate and evidence-based information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented situation with significant consequences across all sectors of society. Preventive measures are critical to protect our individual and collective health. These measures necessitate adjustments to normal business practices and personal activities.
In an effort to protect the health and well-being of staff members, AMWA headquarters staff will operate on a virtual basis for the next several weeks at minimum. Rest assured we are fully operational and will continue to serve members and conduct AMWA business on a remote basis. Please do not hesitate to contact AMWA staff.
All AMWA online education activities, including AMWA Online Learning and our live Webinar program, remain available for your continued professional development. AMWA’s Essential Skills Certificate program continues to be popular; the digital versions of the self-study modules provide immediate access to the educational content and online quizzes, allowing participants to complete the certificate virtually.
At this time, AMWA’s Medical Writing and Communication Conference remains scheduled for October 11-14 in Baltimore, MD, as planned. However, many AMWA chapter in-person events scheduled to occur over the next month have been canceled, postponed, or converted to online events. We will update the AMWA Event Calendar as cancellations and rescheduled dates for chapter conferences are communicated to us. Please look to your chapter’s website or contact your chapter representatives for updates on local activities. We also encourage you to take advantage of AMWA tools to connect and share resources with peers in AMWA Engage and through social media.
As noted in our March 6 message on COVID-19, we continue to monitor the situation. The AMWA Board and staff are working diligently to determine what will best serve the AMWA community. We will keep you informed via the AMWA website, AMWA Update, and other channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we all try to navigate this rapidly changing situation.
We wish you all health and well-being during these extraordinary times.
On behalf of the AMWA Board of Directors (BOD) and staff,
Ann Winter-Vann, PhD, President, AMWA
Susan Krug, MS, CAE, Executive Director, AMWA