My bags are unpacked, the workshop notes are safely stored for next year, and I'm in catch-up mode, trying to get as much done as I can before the holiday. But my mind still invariably wanders to Milwaukee. Milwaukee—where I reunited with so many friends/colleagues and once again was reminded of why I love being a medical writer. Every year's AMWA conference is an outstanding educational value, and this year's seemed to be an especially good experience. If you weren't able to get to Milwaukee, fear not, because the AMWA Journal will once again bring you a wide range of highlights from the conference. And, this year's Journal coverage is better than ever.
In keeping with tradition, the December issue will contain brief reports of several conference sessions, and they will be featured as part of an online-exclusive section of the Journal. Be sure to watch for that section to go live on the AMWA Web site in early December. Never before has news from the conference been made available in the Journal so quickly after the conference! The section will also include the inaugural address by our new President, Melanie Fridl Ross, MSJ, ELS, who shares her vision for the coming year and introduces the members of the new Executive Committee, and will provide details on this year's award e recipients.
The March 2011 will feature more brief reports of sessions, as well as an enhanced version of Marianne Mallia's Swanberg Address: "Demons and Idols…and a Blue Corvette." Marianne's speech chronicled an amazing career, with inspiration and applicability to us all. I'm so happy we can share her speech with the entire membership through the Journal. The March issue will also feature some accounts from first-time attendees. It's always good to see the conference experience through their eyes. And I hope that the articles prompt other members to say, "I think I'll go to the conference next year!"
What's new this year about conference coverage in the Journal? Thanks to the tremendous generosity of many open session moderators, full-length feature articles on select sessions are planned for future issues of the Journal. I thank the many moderators who, in addition to assembling a panel and developing a successful session, also agreed to work with their speakers to develop a full-length manuscript and submit it to the Journal. As a result, all AMWA members, whether they came to Milwaukee or not, will be able to benefit from the expertise of these panelists. Other leaders of short sessions and/or roundtables have agreed to write Practical Matters articles that will help enhance your skills in a variety of areas.
Thanks to the AMWA Conference Blog, you don't have to wait patiently for reports. The blog is a great way to get highlights from sessions while waiting for Journal coverage. Take a few minutes to browse through the more than 25 blog entries that reflect the varying experiences of this year's group of enthusiastic bloggers.
Thanks to the Conference Blog and the AMWA Journal, the educational value of the conference is never-ending.