AMWA Certificate Programs

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) offers one of the most extensive continuing education programs available to professionals in the field of biomedical communication. AMWA is pleased to offer several different certificate program options for biomedical communicators who wish to gain expertise in a single or multidisciplinary area at either a core or a more advanced level. Courses toward these certificate programs are offered at chapter regional conferences held throughout the year and at the annual conference held each year in the fall. In addition, a few courses are now available as self-study workshops on CD-ROM.

AMWA's workshops are the cornerstone of the association's commitment to providing quality continuing education for medical communicators. As the world of medical communication changes, the association updates existing workshops and develops new workshops to meet current needs, and to support AMWA's recognized and highly valued certificate program. Established in 1979, the certificate program has been enhanced in subsequent years to reflect the changing environment in medical communication; it was greatly expanded in 2009 to meet the evolving needs of the profession.

1. Essential Skills: Workshops provide many opportunities to improve basic editing, writing, communication, and bibliographic skills—skills that all medical communicators should possess, regardless of the area in which they work. Essential Skills workshops provide the basis for the certificate program and an Essential Skills certificate is required to earn a certificate in any of the 4 specialty certificate programs. Enrollment for the Essential Skills certificate is now available. The certificate requires completion of 8 workshops, including the Essential Skills ethics workshop. Almost all the credits necessary for this certificate can also be obtained via self-study workshop modules. People who have already earned a Core or Advanced certificate can immediately enroll in 1 of the 4 specialty certificate programs below.

2. Business: Workshops are designed to provide information on developing and expanding a freelance business, as well as providing management and operation skills.

3. Composition & Publication: Workshops provide experienced medical communicators with specialized editorial and publication skills, as well as in-depth consideration of issues in writing, editing, bibliographic research, education, and other topics of interest.

4. Concepts in Science & Medicine: Workshops provide medical communicators with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of basic concepts in science and medicine. For those who are educated in nonscience fields, the workshops provide an orientation to a scientific area and a foundation for further study. The workshops can provide those educated in science with opportunities to increase their knowledge and to learn about areas outside their specialties.

5. Regulatory & Research: Workshops provide experienced medical communicators with specialized regulatory and drug development writing and science skills.

A separate certificate can be earned in each of the specialties. Each specialty certificate requires successful completion of 7 workshops + 1 ethics-related workshop designated for that specific certificate. 

Advanced workshops are also being offered to provide experienced medical communicators with in-depth consideration of issues in writing, editing, and other topics of interest. Advanced-level specialty certificates will be launched in the future.

Previous work experience, education, degrees, or credentials can not be applied toward certificate requirements.

Details about the certificate programs and availability of core and advanced courses. 

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