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Seasoned Freelancers Jam in San Diego Brian Bass, with commentary from Melissa L. Bogen, Sherri Bowen, Lori De Milto, Cathryn D. Evans, and Ruwaida Vakil
Added to this report on one of our most highly attended sessions, our expert panel of Freelance Forum contributors share their unique and practical insights from years of experience as business owners and freelance medical writers.
24 OPEN SESSION REPORTS: A selection of the >50 open sessions presented in San Diego.
Influence of Leaders and Servant Leadership
Effective Mentoring of Medical Writers: Principles and Practice
How to Check Consistency and Enforce Your House Style: Using PerfectIt in Regulatory Submissions and Publications
Sharepoint to the Rescue! Using Sharepoint as a Tool to Manage Medical Writing Teams and Client Partnerships
Augmenting Medical Writing With Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Generation
Reporting Drug Metabolism in the Age of Precision Medicine
You Can Find a Diamond in the Rough: Medical Writing Opportunities in Rare Diseases
Text Recycling in Scientific Research Writing: Findings From the Text Recycling Research Project
Using Narratives to Improve Health Literacy and Communicator Credibility
Predatory Publishing: Update on the Current Environment
Note from the AMWA Writing Committee Authors of the AMWA-EMWA-ISMPP Statement on Predatory Publishing Barbara C. Good, Mary Kemper, Donna Simcoe
Survey Says! The Business and Money of Freelance Medical Communications Erik MacLaren
In 2019, the American Medical Writers Association administered the latest installment in a series of surveys conducted over the past 30 years that have collected data on the compensation received by medical communicators. The 2019 Medical Communication Compensation Survey obtained data from 480 freelancers, including 179 who work full-time, and provides an excellent source of information on the rates being charged by independent contractors in this field and factors that may be associated with differences in those rates, as well as common expenses, business structures, and practices. Full-time freelancers reported median hourly rates of $110 for writing, $85 for editing, and $100 for quality control. Rates were highest for freelancers who had more experience in medical communications, those with advanced degrees, and those who were primarily writers. The majority of full-time freelancers charged by the hour, rather than by the project, and 50% reported increased profitability of their business in 2018, whereas 12% reported decreased profitability. The 2019 Medical Communication Compensation Survey reflects real-world data reported by working medical communicators. The results offer a unique insight into the business of freelancing and are a valuable resource for both working freelancers as well as those interested in striking out on their own.
Real world evidence (RWE) and data (RWD) are increasingly being used to support regulatory decision making. The authors propose the RIGOR Checklist to clearly and consistently communicate key criteria identified in recent FDA and industry initiatives to describe whether RWD and RWE are fit for purpose.
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From the President: Appreciating the Value in AMWA Ann Winter-Vann