Benefits Our Chapter Offers:

Education in biomedical communication

Professional fellowship

Opportunities to learn about and improve our profession

Opportunities to learn and improve leadership and technical skills

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Welcome to the home page of the Indiana chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).

AMWA promotes excellence in medical communication.  Through an extensive educational program, various publications, and unparalleled opportunities for networking, AMWA encourages and enables medical communicators to extend their professional expertise.  More than 5,600 medical communicators in the United States, Canada, and 26 other countries benefit from membership in AMWA, a professional association for medical communicators of all types since 1940.  Learn more about AMWA and the benefits of membership at

George Burt Lake, M.D., AMWA's first president, practiced medicine in Wolcottville, Indiana, lectured at Purdue University, and served as commanding officer of the General Hospital in Indianapolis during WW I.  Our Indiana chapter currently has about 100 members who work in academic, education, freelance, health care, insurance, marketing, medical device, and pharmaceutical settings.  We meet about three times a year in addition to our annual spring conference.

If you'd like to find out more about our chapter, contact our officers and committee chairs listed on the officers page, or fill out and submit the online form below.




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Free Online Courses

Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 1: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation, from Johns Hopkins U.  Some of the most commonly used methods of basic statistics.  Starts October 27.

Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective, from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.  Fundamental principles of value creation for the consumers or the market.  Starts October 27.

E-learning and Digital Cultures, from U. Edinburgh.  Online educational practices through the lens of popular and digital culture.  Starts November 3.

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, from Case Western Reserve U.  Positive and negative emotional attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.  Starts November 3.

Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach, from Johns Hopkins U.  Principles of public health applied to depressive disorder.  Starts November 3.

Understanding Research Methods, from U. London.  This course demystifies research and research methods.  Starts November 3.

An Introduction to Global Health, from U. Copenhagen.  An overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today.  Starts November 4.

Foundations of Data Analysis, from UT Austin.  This hands on course uses a data lab to teach fundamental statistical topics such as descriptive statistics, inferential testing, and modeling.  Starts November 4.

The Biology of Water and Health, from Tufts U.  How water and human health are related.  Starts November 4.

An Introduction to Consumer Neuroscience & Neuromarketing, from Copenhagen Business School.  The multidisciplinary field of consumer neuroscience and neuromarketing.  Starts November 10.

Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom, from UC Irvine.  Effective measures of assessing students, compliance issues, feedback models for students, online gradebook functions, and data analysis.  Starts November 10.

How to Change the World, from Wesleyan U.  How to initiate positive change.  Starts November 11.

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson's Disease, from U. Birmingham.  Parkinson's disease: what causes it and what we can do to ameliorate the symptoms.  Starts November 17.

Light, Spike, and Sight: The Neuroscience of Vision, from MIT.  How light translates into nerve signals that encode the visual world.  Starts November 18.

Intro to HTML and CSS, from Udacity.  Learn how to use the building blocks of the Web.  Archived.


Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership

In partnership with PhRMA and the FDA, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health launched the Observational Medical Outcomes Project (OMOP). This group has tackled a surprisingly difficult task that is critical to the research community’s broader aims: identifying the most reliable methods for analyzing huge volumes of data drawn from heterogeneous sources.  Presentations from the 2012 OMOP Symposium are available online.

The Science of Science Communication

This colloquium was held in Washington, D.C. May 21-22, 2012.  The meeting surveyed the state of the art of empirical social science research in science communication and focused on research in psychology, decision science, mass communication, risk communication, health communication, political science, sociology, and related fields on the communication dynamics surrounding issues in science, engineering, technology, and medicine with five distinct goals:

  • To improve understanding of relations between the scientific community and the public
  • To assess the scientific basis for effective communication about science
  • To strengthen ties among and between communication scientists
  • To promote greater integration of the disciplines and approaches pertaining to effective communication
  • To foster an institutional commitment to evidence-based communication science

The talks were recorded and are available online.  

The organizers are planning a special collection of papers based on the colloquium to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Accepting the Challenge!

Not medical communication, but a video on how to communicate with a person afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

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Workshops offered throughout Indiana.  Topics range from communications, to computer software training, to management, to marketing, to personal development, to project management.