Continuing medical education (CME) writers may be a minority membership category within AMWA, but hey, our gig is still pretty sweet. Where else can you earn money while learning about state-of-the-art drugs for scary diseases, telling stories about cool medical breakthroughs, and interacting with brainy thought leaders across multiple specialties?
If you’re a freelance writer who has been thinking about entering the CME market, now could be a good time. As you can see from the chart above, commercial support is growing briskly. And, since every accredited CME program must begin with a needs assessment, learning how to write these basic documents would be a great way to break in.
During AMWA’s annual conference in Washington DC, I will be co-presenting a poster with lots of nitty-gritty details about the process of writing CME needs assessments. My distinguished co-presenter is Andrew Bowser, ELS, CHCP, president of iconCME in Narberth, Pennsylvania. Together we’ve assembled four large columns of survey data about sources of evidence, charts and graphs, pricing, word length, reference lists, use of direct quotations, and lead times. These are the bread-and-butter issues that make the world go 'round for professional medical writers, so be sure to come visit with us at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 1 and again at 3:30 PM on Friday, November 2.
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