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Happy Valentine’s Day, Medical Writing* How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for the depth and breadth of grammar knowledge My mind can hold, often in deep recesses, And for the lofty goal of perfection. I love thee to the level of precision Most needed and called for always. I love thee freely, as my chosen profession. I love thee purely, words put to the page. I love thee with a passion for work That has consumed me for 30 years plus. I love thee even on days when the words flow slowly And I seem to have lost all faith. Yet I continue Through smiles, tears, and sometimes thoughts of escape ...
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One of the many challenges of operating a nonprofit association is staying up to date with the many state and federal laws that regulate how nonprofits must operate. In 2016, the AMWA Board of Directors became aware of the need to update AMWA’s governance documents and structure to comply with new legal requirements and governance best practices that have been instituted over the past 15 years. As a first step in modernizing AMWA’s governance structure and governing documents, the AMWA Constitution was updated, and the update was approved by AMWA’s Board of Directors in October 2016. Now AMWA’s voting members must approve the new Constitution....
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I hung up the phone after another lengthy, laugh-filled conversation with my best friend, Frank. My sister—who was visiting at the time—commented, “I’ve always thought that was wonderful about you two. . . no matter how long it’s been since you last talked, you always just pick right up where you left off. That’s the sign of a true friendship.” What a nice comment! And so it is with AMWA. Since joining in 1995, my involvement in the association has waxed and waned. But I’ve always thought it wonderful about the friends I’ve made in AMWA . . . no matter how long it’s been since we last talked,...
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Dear Santa

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The holidays are not too far off, and I’ve been so busy, I haven’t written my list to Santa yet. I hope it’s not too late to ask for some things I know every medical writer could use. My Executive Committee helped me make my list this year—big thanks to them! So here’s what I’m thinking about…Santa, are you listening? Like all writers, I love books. Real books, not e-books; there’s just something about having a book in my hand, really turning the pages, and getting a whiff of that wonderful aroma of a new book. Hope Lafferty said I should ask for Carol Fisher Saller’s book The Subversive Copy Editor...
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Feeling Grateful

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With last Thursday’s holiday still fresh in my mind, I’m reminded of how thankful I am for AMWA. This association has been my professional home for about 17 years now. Over those years, each time I gave more to AMWA, I received even more in return. I am grateful for all the opportunities AMWA has given me to help me do my job better, to network with my colleagues, and to grow as a leader. I am also grateful for the nearly 5,000 colleagues I have in AMWA. Members not only make up AMWA, they make AMWA what it is. One of AMWA’s core values is professionalism, and when each of you joined or renewed, you made a pledge to your own professional...
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