AMWA Blog

    What Are the Grant Components Required for an NIH Grant?

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invests more than $32 billion per year in biomedical research, making it the largest public funder of such research in the world. 

    The NIH reviews approximately 80,000 applications each year; approximately 20% of those receive funding.

    October 31, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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    Topics: Grantsmanship

    What Does It Take to Be a Medical Editor? Exploring Editing Careers

    Every quality document requires the attention of a thorough editor, and medical and scientific documents require extra care to uphold scientific rigor. 

    October 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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    Telling It Like It Is: Informed Consent in Health Care

    By Charlotte Crowder, MPH, ELS, Freelance Medical Writer and Editor

    Use these tips to help medical writers create plain language, ethically sound informed consent documents with easy-to-read formats for participants in investigative clinical trials.

    September 26, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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    Best Practices for Writing CME Needs Assessments

    By Donald Harting, MA, MS, ELS, CHCP, President, Harting Communications LLC, Downingtown, PA, and Ruwaida Vakil, MSc, Principal, ProMed Write LLC, Somerset NJ

    A needs assessment (NA) is any passage of text that documents the need for instruction on a particular topic among physicians and other health care professionals. This NA may also be called a gap analysis. Normally the NA is just one part of a larger document, often called a CME grant proposal. Typically this larger document will also include sections on budget, audience generation, and outcomes analysis (Figure 1). A proposal for an accredited activity will also contain some indication of how many continuing education credits may be awarded and information about the organization awarding credit. These additional sections are NOT included in this blog.

    September 12, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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    Self-Care for Writers: Wellness Tips to Avoid Burnout

    Are you taking time for self-care?

    Medical communicators need to take care of their minds, bodies, and souls to avoid burnout and health issues.

    August 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM

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    Topics: Soft Skills

    Do I Need Permission? Understanding “Fair Use” in Medical Communication

    Copyright law is complicated, and we’re not legal experts.

    However, one of the most important aspects of copyright law as it pertains to medical communicators is called “fair use.”

    In general, copyright protects the intellectual property of creators like artists and authors, but there is an important exception made when material is used for educational purposes or for other reasons that distinguish it from a profit-generating use.

    August 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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