02 October 2007

AMWA Awards 2007

The American Medical Writers Association, founded in 1940, is the leading professional organization for biomedical communicators. Its mission is to assist authors and extend their professional expertise. It promotes excellence in biomedical communication and provides educational resources and networking opportunities to its members.

At its October annual conference AMWA presents a number of awards, among them its medical book awards and the Eric W. Martin Award for excellence in medical writing by an AMWA member. The awards have just been announced. For librarians who are making acquisition decisions this is a valuable resource.

Book Award Winners for 2007

(For books published in 2006)


Physicians Category
Title: Mayo Clinic Cardiology: Concise Textbook, 3rd Edition (Shelved in the W's at the St. Boniface General Hospital Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba: WG 18.2 M4726m3 2007)
Authors or Editors: Joseph G. Murphy, MD, and Margaret A. Lloyd, MD
Publisher: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Trade Category
Title: Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America
Author or Editor: William H. Colby
Publisher: AMACOM


Trade Category
Title: Heart Care for Life
Authors or Editors: Barry L. Zaret, MD, and Genell J. Subak-Sharpe, MS
Publisher: Yale University Press

Trade Category
Title: Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health
Authors or Editors: JoAnn E. Manson, MD, with Shari S. Bassuk, ScD
Publisher: McGraw-Hill


Trade Category
Title: The Flu Pandemic and You: A Canadian Guide
Authors or Editors: Vincent Lam, MD, and Colin Lee, MD
Publisher: Doubleday Canada

(An award was not given in the Allied Health category for 2007. )

2007 Eric W. Martin Award winners:

Professional Audience Article
Florence M. Witte, MA. Stories from the Field: Students' Descriptions of Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment During Medical School (Academic medicine 81(7):648-654, July 2006.)

Lay Audience Article
Debra Bradley Ruder. Life Lessons (Harvard magazine Jan-Feb 2006)

Diane Shannon, MD. Helping Your Patients Decide: Making Informed Health Choices about Hormonal Contraception (ARHP clinical proceedings. Electronic edition: July 2006)

AMWA has a number of chapters in the United States, and there is a Canadian chapter too: http://www.amwa-canada.ca/

There is a website for the European Medical Writers Association: http://www.emwa.org/