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NAMC folds, qualified members invited to AHCJ

The National Association of Medical Communicators, an organization for medical broadcasters, writers, organizational spokespersons and health professionals who communicate with the public on a regular basis, has disbanded.

In a blog post about the decision, Barbara Ficarra, who was an NAMC board member and is a member of AHCJ, cites cutbacks from pharmaceutical sponsors and changes in the broadcast world. Ficarra, who says “I couldn’t walk away with trying to find a home for [NAMC’s] members,” has suggested that people involved with NAMC consider joining AHCJ.

“We’re all sorry to hear about NAMC’s difficult decision to disband,” said Charles Ornstein, AHCJ’s president. “For those NAMC members who write or broadcast health news and still seek the camaraderie of a professional home, AHCJ is a terrific hub for networking, learning, sharing and friendship. We have broadcast members from throughout the country and are always looking to offer additional opportunities in this area.”

Ornstein encouraged journalists to check out AHCJ’s membership categories.

Under AHCJ’s new membership guidelines approved earlier this year, some, but not all, NAMC members could qualify for professional or associate membership. At the same time, the guidelines reinforce the prohibition on people who do public relations work or pitch stories to journalists.

Medical conference Twittering reveals strategies

Attendees at the 29th Annual Medical Communications Conference Twittered about sessions held yesterday, the first day of the event.

“Medical Journalism 101” was among the first panels of the day and some of the information shared was interesting, particularly things that were Twittered about a presentation by Clinton Colmenares, the national news strategist at the University of North Carolina Health Care System and UNC’s School of Medicine.

Later in the day, Sanjay Gupta, M.D., of CNN was presented with the Health Communications Achievement Award and commented on the opening for a surgeon general.

Today’s sessions include

  • Exploiting the “NEW” New Media and the “OLD”, New Media
  • Web Content Strategy: Writing for SEO and Web Users
  • It’s Not As Easy as it Looks: On Camera Interviewing Skills
  • Twitter MD: Unleashing the Power of Social Media to Build Your Brand Online and Beyond
  • Mastering the Television News Interview
  • Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Widgets, Web Portals and Webinars
  • How to Get a Book Published; a Practical Guide to Getting Started
  • Advanced Media Training: On Camera Practice to Learn the Tricks the Pros Use to Keep Their Heads above Water and Go into Any Interview with Confidence

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