Thursday, September 16, 2010

Information for New and Transitioning Medical Writers

The New York Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is having a local meeting for new and transitioning medical writers.

October 5th (Tues): Fall Evening Program

A Presentation Geared to Needs of New and Transitioning Medical Writers
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Where: 4 West 43rd St, New York, NY
The "Blue Room," first floor of this Manhattan office building
Time Schedule: 6:15 PM-7:00PM - Networking and Supper
7:00 PM-8:00 PM - Program
8:00-9:00 PM - Q&A
Cost: $20 AMWA members; $30 nonmembers

Looks like it's going to be a great panel discussion:


Mark Andrews is a freelance medical writer with 12 years of experience in regulatory clinical research documents for the pharmaceutical industry. During his tenure at Pfizer, he helped develop that company's initiative to increase clinical trial results transparency, heading up their office for the creation and posting of comprehensive trial reports ("PhRMA Web Synopses") to His path to medical writing evolved from an academic background in Communications, including an MFA from Columbia and a BA from Purdue.

David Levine is co-president of Science Writers in New York and a member of the National Association of Science Writers. He writes about health and public policy for hospitals and non-profits. His most recent positions were Senior Director, Corporate Communications for the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation and Director of Media Relations for the American Cancer Society. As a freelance journalist, he has written for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, The Cornell Women's Health Advisor, American Health, and Physician's Weekly, where he was a contributing editor for ten years. He has an MA and BA from the John Hopkins University.

Julie Napieralski received her PhD in Developmental Biology and Teratology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and conducted postdoctoral research on the anatomical and molecular changes underlying brain injury at the University of Pennsylvania. Her transition into medical writing started at Cornell University where she wrote consumer fact sheets and review articles on dietary and lifestyle factors and breast cancer risk. She moved into pharmaceutical medical writing at Roche where she has been writing clinical regulatory documents in several different therapeutic areas for the past ten years.

Bob Kirsch (panel moderator) has more than 19 years experience as a freelance medical and health writer and editor (articles in Scientific American, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, The Female Patient, Resident & Staff Physician, Medical Tribune). He has written more than a thousand articles for more than 35 publications and successfully completed many additional projects for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, HR executives, internet users, patients, families, and the public. He is past president of your local AMWA chapter. He has an MA from Harvard and a BA from Columbia. The website is www.MedicalHealthWriterEditor.

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