Schedule at a Glance

 

The AMWA 2020 Medical Writing Communication Conference took place online October 20-22.  Registered attendees gained access to the virtual conference platform approximately one week prior to the event dates to set up networking profiles, watch welcome videos, and review bonus educational content.  The daily schedule included concurrent education sessions, live networking events, and an online exhibit hall.

     

AMWA Conference Schedule at a Glance with Session Titles

*All times listed are Eastern Time.


Daily Schedule-At-A-Glance

10:00 – 11:00 AM Education Sessions
11 :15 AM – 12:15 PM Live Plenary Session
12:15 – 12:45 PM Break
1:00 – 2:00 PM Live roundtables and networking groups
2:15 – 3:15 PM Education Sessions
3:15 – 3:45 PM Break
4:00 – 5:00 PM Live roundtables and networking groups
5:15 – 6:15 PM Live roundtables and networking groups 

 

Tuesday Schedule At-A-Glance with Program Titles

Tuesday, October 20 | 2:15 to 3:15 PM | Education Sessions 
• Bridging the Gap: Best-Evidence Strategies for Health Literate, Public-Facing Clinical Trial Materials (Health Communication)
• Low-Cost and Low-Effort Ways to Create Infographics and Visually Appealing Slides (Core Knowledge/Skills)
• Umbrella Protocol Toolkit for Early Drug Development (Regulatory Writing)
• Value of Medical Writers: What Do the Data Show? (Career Development)

Tuesday, October 20 | 4:00 to 5:00 PM | Roundtable Discussions 
• Avoiding Rejection: Tips for Manuscript Writing Success
• Best Practices for Training Writers New to Clinical Trial Protocols
• Clinical Evaluation for CE Marking of Medical Devices: Context and Compliance
• Creating a Strategic Plan for a Medical Writing Department
• Creating the Ideal Map for Cat Wranglers, aka Grant Application Checklist--What Works and What Doesn't
• Grow Your Own Local Network of Communication Professionals
• How to Find a Job
• The Journey from Vendor to Trusted Partner
• Steps to Building a Successful Multidisciplinary Continuing Education Forum for a Regional Health System
• Virtual Networking: How to Build a Strong Network

Tuesday, October 20 | 5:15 to 6:15 PM | Roundtable Discussions
• Building Your Expertise in Unfamiliar Clinical Areas
• Developing and Retaining the Seasoned Writer
• The Empowered Medical Writer: A Prerequisite for Optimal Deliverables
• Ensnared by Ennui? Staying Engaged in your Professional Development
• From Audience to Authors: Insights and Advice for Collaborating with Patients in Medical Communications
• Health Habits: Stress Less, Feel Great, Work Better
• How to Successfully Transition from a General/Clinical Background into Medical Writing
• Networking Discussion: Regulatory Writing Executives
• The Trend toward Collaborative Authoring: Pros and Cons vs Fixed Steps for Document Development


Wednesday Schedule At-A-Glance with Program Titles

Wednesday, October 21 | 10:00 to 11:00 AM | Education Sessions 
• Addressing Legislative Efforts to Limit the Livelihood of Freelance Medical Communicators (Freelance)
• Mentoring Programs: One Size May Not Fit All (Career Development)
• Roll-out of a Medical Writing Artificial Intelligence Tool: The Future is Here (Core Knowledge/Skills)
• What the Best Medical Writers Know About Nonclinical Data (Regulatory Writing)

Wednesday, October 21 | 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | Plenary Session 
• Plenary Session with Special Bioethics Address: Structural Injustice in the Time of COVID-19: Vaccines Globally and Nationally

Wednesday, October 21 | 1:00 to 2:00 PM | Roundtable Discussions
• Communicating Science through Social Media
• The Importance of Empathetic Language in Scientific Publications
• Jam Session for Editors
• Key Insights for Writing an Effective Clinical Overview (Module 2.5) for a Marketing Application
• Leveling up: How Using Emotional Intelligence Will Make You a Better Communicator
• Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Medical Writing—"Localizing” the Patient Connect
• Looking Back for Future Medical Writing Success
• Tips for Studying for the MWC Exam
• Where Do You Find Your Story Topics?

Wednesday, October 21 | 2:15 to 3:15 PM | Education Sessions
• 3 Easy Steps to Get More Freelance Clients on LinkedIn (Freelance)
• Beyond the Needs Assessment: Creative Perspectives on Continuing Medical Education Content Development (Education for Professionals)
• A Powerful Combination: The Value of the Writer-Editor Partnership (Career Development)
• Tricks and Tips for Time Management (Core Knowledge/Skills)

Wednesday, October 21 | 4:00 to 5:00 PM | Roundtable Discussions 
• By the Numbers: Health Numeracy and Communication Strategies that Work for Patients and the Public
• Cardiovascular Disease Pharmacogenomics 
• Clinical Evaluation for CE Marking of Medical Devices: Context and Compliance 
• Discussion of Legislative Efforts to Limit the Livelihood of Freelance Medical Communicators
• Networking Discussion: New to AMWA
• Quality through Automation: Improving Document Quality with PerfectIt—An Enterprise Case Study
• The Self-Empowered Medical Writer
• Working Remotely: Adapting to the New Norm

Wednesday, October 21 | 5:15 to 6:15 PM | Roundtable Discussions 
• Creating a Strategic Plan for a Medical Writing Department  
• Freelancer's Guide to Cybersecurity
• Jam Session for Early-Career Freelancers
• Jam Session for Seasoned Freelancers
• Managing Medical Writers Virtually
• Medical Journalism Do's and Don'ts: Tips for Successful Reporting and Writing
• Operating Decisively and Planning Around Uncertainty: Scientific Publication Planning 
• Poster Discussion: Balancing Expectations while Writing Lay Summaries
• What Should Clients and Freelancers Expect from Each Other?


Thursday Schedule At-A-Glance with Program Titles

Thursday, October 22 | 10:00 to 11:00 AM | Education Sessions 
• Clinical Evaluation Reports: Requirements, Recommendations, and Reality (Devices)
• Editing: Hard Knowledge, Soft Skills (Career Development)
• Regulatory Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Submissions: Lifecycle Decisions
• Strategies for Effective Risk Communication (Health Communication)

Thursday, October 22 | 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | Plenary Session
• Is There Any “New Normal” for Regulatory Medical Writing?
• Current Trends in Medical Communications and Publications
• My Learning Curves

Thursday, October 22 | 1:00 to 2:00 PM | Roundtable Discussions
• Best Practices for Writing Continuing Medical Education Needs Assessments 
• Clinical Evidence and Clinical Evaluation Report Strategies in a Medical Device Regulation-Compliant Landscape 
• Ensnared by Ennui? Staying Engaged in your Professional Development                        
• Lay Summaries of Clinical Study Results—Evaluating Current Industry Practice. Are We Meeting Expectations of the Public?
• Networking Is at Least as Important Now as It Was BC (before COVID): We Took Our “First Thursday” Event Virtual
• Putting the Pieces Together: Best Practices for Taking Ownership of Your Documents
• Transitioning to Full-Time Regulatory Writing
• The Trend toward Collaborative Authoring: Pros and Cons vs Fixed Steps for Document Development 
• Writing Informed Consent Forms in the Era of the Revised Common Rule

Thursday, October 22 | 2:15 to 3:15 PM | Education Sessions
• Analysis of Mentoring: From Marginal to Maximal (Career Development)
• Enforcing House Style: Customizing PerfectIt for Client, Agency, or Publication Preferences (Core Knowledge and Skills)
• Updates to the AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition

Thursday, October 22 | 4:00 to 5:00 PM | Roundtable Discussions
• Avoiding Rejection: Tips for Manuscript Writing Success
• Best Practices for Training Writers New to Clinical Trial Protocols 
• Key Insights for Writing an Effective Clinical Overview (Module 2.5) for a Marketing Application
• Managing Medical Writers Virtually
• Patient Engagement and Cultural Competence: The Common Thread. The Human Experience 
• The Times They Are a Changin’: How to Manage Change Effectively in Every Role
• To Be More Efficient and Consistent, Build a Better Checklist 
• Topics and Trends in Scientific Publications
• Writing for Investigational Drug Trials and the Cross-functional Role of Investigational Drug Services


Thursday, October 22 |5:15 to 6:15 PM | Roundtable Discussions
• Health Habits: Stress Less, Feel Great, Work Better 
• How to Find a Job 
• The Mindset and Art of Writing Effective Response Letter to the Journal Editor 
• Networking Discussion: 25-Year Club 
• Networking Discussion: AMWA Past Presidents
• Plain Language Summaries: Managing Patient Engagement
• Trust Me on This: How to Build Client Trust 
• Working Remotely: Adapting to the New Norm 

 



 
   
   
   
   
   
 

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