About Medical Communication
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Medical communication is the development and production of materials that deal specifically with medicine or health care.

AMWA members are professional medical communicators who write, edit, or develop materials about medicine and health. They do this by gathering, organizing, interpreting, and presenting information in a manner appropriate for the target audience.  Professional medical communicators have communication expertise, awareness of ethical standards, and health care knowledge.  
Materials prepared by medical communicators, collaborating with others or working independently, include the following:
  • Journal articles and manuscripts for medical and scientific publications
  • Continuing education materials for health care professionals
  • Regulatory documents for government agencies
  • Patient education brochures, news articles, website content, and books for the general public
  • Health care policy documents
  • Grant proposals for research scientists and institutions
  • Sales training and marketing materials for pharmaceutical, medical device, and other health care products

Professional medical writing support helps authors and sponsors to disclose their research in peer-reviewed journals and scientific congresses in an ethical, accurate, and timely manner, with the ultimate aim of advancing patient care. 


The best way to learn about medical writing, build your skills, make useful contacts, and explore career opportunities is to join AMWA and get involved with its regional and national activities.  AMWA's mission is to promote excellence in medical communication and AMWA's education program, online resources, and member community help to advance that goal.


For those interested in becoming a medical communicator, our Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Medical Writer offers useful information on how to start a career in this field. 



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