Conference Education Sessions


Search the list below to find educational sessions that best meet your professional interests and goals. Content focus areas are noted in italics next to each session title. Session descriptions can be found in the registration brochure. Access to all education sessions is included in a full conference registration.

Session schedule last updated: August 21, 2019.

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Thursday, November 7

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Can Fitting in Fun Make Us Better Medical Writers? (Health/Wellness)

You Can Find a Diamond in the Rough: Medical Writing Opportunities in Rare Diseases (Career development)


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Augmenting Medical Writing with Artificial Intelligence and Natural-Language Generation (Regulatory writing)

Interviewing Potential Employers and Clients (Career development)

Narrative Know-How: Streamlining the Writing, Quality Control, and Assembly Processes (Regulatory writing)

Style and Substance: The AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition (Writing/Editing)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Demonstrating Presence Regardless of Work Location (Career development)

Influence of Leaders and Servant Leadership (Leadership/Management)

Introduction to Medical Writing Project Management in Smartsheet (Regulatory writing)

Making Money While You Sleep (or Don’t): The Promises and Pitfalls of Subcontracting (Freelancing)

Navigating Workplace Incivility as a Medical Writer (Health/Wellness)

“X” Marks the Spot: Creating an Annotation “Treasure Map” for Quality Control Review (Regulatory writing)


1:45 PM - 2:45 PM      

Communication Plans: Learning How to Navigate Media (Public relations/health care marketing)

Effective Networking Skills for Medical Writers (Career development)

How to Build a Medical Writer: Medical Writing Apprenticeships - New Training for a New Breed (Regulatory writing)

The Science and Art of Project Stakeholder Management (Leadership/Management)

Text Recycling in Scientific Research Writing: Findings from the Text Recycling Research Project (Scientific publications)


3:15 PM - 4:15 PM      

The Clinical Pharmacology of Therapeutic Antibodies: PK/PD and Beyond (Science and medicine)

Herding the Cats: The Medical Writer’s Survival Guide for Regulatory Submissions (Regulatory writing)

Med Write Talks I: Disrupting Our Profession: A Medical Writer’s Call to Action (Leadership/Management)

Med Write Talks I: The CMEpalooza Story: Lessons for the Medical Writing Community (Career development)

Med Write Talks I: Career Burnout: We Didn't Start the Fire...or Did We? (Career development)

We the People: Making Government Biomedical Information Understandable for Everyone (Health communication)


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The ABCs of Stress Management (Health/Wellness)

Jam Session for Mid-Level Managers (Leadership/Management)    

Preparing Module 3 (Quality) Content for Complex Biologic Early-Phase Investigational New Drug Applications (Regulatory writing)

Reviewer Coaching: Increasing Efficiency Through Communicating Reviewing Best Practices (Regulatory writing)

Tools to Enhance Your Productivity as an Editor (Writing/Editing)

Using Narratives to Improve Health Literacy and Communicator Credibility (Health communication)


Friday, November 8

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM          

Yoga at Your Desk: Stretch, Breathe, and Relax (Health/Wellness)


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Are You a Candle or a Wolf? Medical Writers as Strategic Leaders (Leadership/Management)

Exploring the Diverse and Multidisciplinary Educational Ecosystem for Medical Writing (Career development)

How to Nurture Clients into Long-term Relationships and Boost Your Bottom Line (Freelancing)

How to Write Strategic Grant Proposals for Research Collaborations (Grantsmanship)

It’s YOUR Time: A Nonjudgmental Approach to Time Management (Health/Wellness)

Medical Writing Techniques in Pharmacovigilance (Regulatory writing)


12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Findings from the 2019 AMWA Medical Communication Compensation Survey (Career development)

How to Check Consistency and Enforce Your House Style: Using PerfectIt in Submissions and Publication (Technology)

SharePoint to the Rescue! Using SharePoint as a Tool to Manage Medical Writing Teams and Client Partnerships (Technology)

The Saving Equation: Work + Saving = Yes, You Really Can Have a Life (Health/Wellness)

TransCelerate's Common CSR Template: A Consistent Approach to Writing Compliant CSRs with Ease (Regulatory writing)


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

10 Essential Criteria for Building and Maintaining a Freelance Business (Freelancing)

In the Green Room with Your Words – MS Word Template Creation (Technology)

Writing Biomedical Research Papers for Publication (Scientific publications)

Med Write Talks II: It Is Almost Time to Tidy up, but Before I Go (Career development)

Med Write Talks II: Toward More Effective Communication with Science Deniers (Health communication)

Med Write Talks II: Overcoming Obstacles: A Nurse with Chronic Illness Shifts Her Career Path (Health/Wellness)


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Beyond Happy 😊, Sad , and Mad (*%$#!) – Use Your Words! Dealing with Life and Stress Using Emotional Granularity (Health/wellness)

By the Hour or By the Project? Straight Talk About Pricing Strategies for Freelances (Freelancing)

Creating Narrative-Writing Software (Regulatory writing)

Effective Mentoring of Medical Writers: Principles and Practice (Regulatory writing)


Saturday, November 9

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Art of Writing Effective Response Letters to Journal Editors (Scientific publications)

Managing Complex Submissions: A Case Study (Regulatory writing)

Open-Faced, Triple-Decker or Plain Old Peanut Butter and Jelly… Stories and Tips from the Sandwich Generation (Health/Wellness)

Plain Language 2.0 and Health Literacy: New Strategies for Better Outcomes (Health communication)

Predatory Publishing: Update on Current Environment (Scientific publications)


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

QC Fixer Upper: Let’s Put Some Polish on Your Process! (Regulatory writing)

Reporting Drug Metabolism in the Age of Precision Medicine (Science and medicine)


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Jam Session for Early-Career Freelances (Freelancing)

Jam Session for Seasoned Freelances (Freelancing)



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