American Medical Writers Association - Pacific Southwest Chapter

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The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is a nonprofit professional organization for people in the medical communications field. The group provides medical writers and editors with chances for professional growth in a social and supportive atmosphere. Services and activities include meetings and conferences, a job posting exchange, seminars and workshops, publications, and a core curriculum program in biomedical communications.

​AMWA serves the US and Canada.

Our chapter has nearly 400 members and covers more than 200,000 square miles, encompassing Southern California (zipcodes < 94000), Arizona and Southern Nevada (zipcodes 889xx, 890xx, and 991xx). Our chapter also has a satellite group centered in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you live within our geographic area, you are added to our chapter membership automatically when you join the national organization. If you would like to learn more about our chapter, please contact president@amwa-pacsw.org.

Message to Pacific Southwest AMWA Chapter Members About Vote on AMWA Chapter Agreement 

As you may have noticed from messages from both our chapter and the national AMWA headquarters, there has been some restructuring of AMWA this year, partly in response to legal requirements and changes in focus of the national organization.  As we informed our members last month, AMWA required its chapters to sign an agreement to implement specific changes by March 1 of this year, and based on legal advice and our members’ vote against the agreement, the Pacific Southwest AMWA chapter leadership has decided not to sign this agreement.  Our chapter leadership is currently examining other options for membership participation at the local level, including regional networking groups that would be affiliated with the national AMWA organization.  If you would be interested in participating in these transition activities, including becoming a point of contact for a regional networking group, please contact us at president@amwa-pacsw.org.  Our chapter will have more information about next steps in the coming weeks, and feel free to contact us with any questions in the meantime.

Also please note that the Pacific Coast Conference in Costa Mesa is proceeding as planned on April 21-22, and we look forward to seeing you there.