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 www.amwa.org.
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 80 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
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.
Stimulating Events Coming your Way...
Indiana Health Industry Forum Annual Meeting
When: Monday & Tuesday, May 5-6,
Where: The Conrad Hotel, 50 West Washington Street,
Cost: $75 Registration
Monday evening: reception and exhibits
Tuesday: luncheon with keynote presentation
Navigating hospital supply chains
Top health industry issues for 2014
Overview of GMPs for combination products
Navigating the regulatory hurdles in medical device product development
Collaborative partnerships that optimize and accelerate pharmaceutical drug development
Forming successful strategic alliances
A physician's view of technology
AMWA Indiana Chapter Conference
When: Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 2014
Where: The Columbia Club 121 Monument Circle Indianapolis IN
What: See the conference brochure.
How: Register online.
Saturday, May 3 is the last day:
for the early-bird $25 discount
to register for a workshop
Friday, May 16 is the:
last day to register for the BELS exam
due date for workshop homework
Friday, May 30 is the last day for conference registration
Free Online Courses
Caries Management by
from UC San
Francisco. Scientific basis for dental decay risk
assessment and practice interventions. You will be able to apply this
immediately to your clinical setting or personal health care. Starts March
Fundamentals of Digital Image and
from Northwestern U. Basic principles and tools used to process images and
videos, and how to apply them in solving practical problems of commercial and
scientific interests. Starts March 31.
Introduction to Public
Speaking, from U.
How to write, practice, and perform a clear and engaging speech. Starts March
Poisonings in the Home and
Community: Assessment and Emergency Response, from UC San
Francisco. Principles of clinical toxicology, emphasizing
pre-hospital and emergency hospital management of poisonings with a
case-oriented lecture format. Starts March 31.
of Written English,
from UC Berkeley. Academic writing for English language learners, focusing on
essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. Starts April
to Biomedical Imaging, from U. Queensland. Starts April
U. Develop skills needed
to enable students to create shared meaning of important science concepts.
Starts April 7.
The New Nordic Diet - from
Gastronomy to Health, from U. Copenhagen. Scientific background of the New
Nordic Diet, the world’s largest research project in adult and child health and
well-being. This course will help you understand global challenges such as
obesity and obesity-related diseases. Starts April
The Data Scientist’s
Hopkins University. Get an overview of the data,
questions, and tools that data analysts and data scientists work with. Starts
R Programming, from Johns Hopkins
how to program in R and how to use R for effective data analysis. Starts April
Getting and Cleaning
Hopkins University. Learn how to gather and clean
data from a variety of sources. Starts April 7.
States Health Policy, from Harvard U. Essentials of U.S.
health care policy from some of the nation's top experts. Starts April
Analysis for Genomics, from Harvard U. How to harness genomics data from new
technologies, such as microarrays and next generation sequencing, to answer
biological questions for basic cell biology and clinical applications. Starts
Math, from MIT.
How to guess answers by mastering six reasoning tools---dimensional analysis,
easy cases, lumping, pictorial reasoning, taking out the big part, and analogy.
Starts April 8.
Introduction to Population
Health, from U.
Starts April 14.
Genomic and Precision
Medicine, from UC
Introduction to using new genomic tools for diagnosing and managing disease.
Starts April 14.
On Strategy: What
Managers Can Learn from the Great Philosophers, from Ecole Centrale Paris. Learn to
generate game-changing ideas by thinking outside the box and constructing new
boxes (structures of thinking). Starts April 14.
in the Virtual Classroom, from UC Irvine. Myths and challenges of assessing
performance virtually. Topics include effective measures of assessing students,
compliance issues, feedback models for students, online grade book functions,
and data analysis. Starts April 14.
to Bioethics, from
U. Some of the most
difficult - and fascinating - moral challenges we face in health, medicine, and
emerging technologies. Starts April 15.
Community Change in
Public Health, from
Hopkins U. Community context of changes needed to
promote public health. Starts April 21.
Achieving Expertise, from Duke U. In a workshop environment, learn how
to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process,
engage with others' ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose. Starts
Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from Duke U. Realities of identifying problems and
designing solutions in the complex world of healthcare. Starts April
Marketing, from U.
Get to the root of customer decision making. This course will focus on branding
strategies, customer centricity, and new market entry. Starts April
Logic: Language and
Introduction to predicate logic and how it is applied in computer science,
electronic engineering, linguistics, mathematics and philosophy. Starts April
DNA - From
Structure to Therapy, from Jacobs University. Learn basic DNA structure and
function to better understand biomedical approaches for diagnostics and therapy.
Starts April 25.
Epigenetic Control of Gene
Expression, from U.
Principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control
contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong
in disease. Starts April 28.
Leadership, from Saylor.org. Learn
the difference between managers and leaders and obtain resources that will help
you be both. Archived.
and Conflict Management, from Saylor.org.
Develop an understanding of the principles, strategies, and tactics of
effective negotiation, conflict resolution, and relationship management and
enhance your ability to assess the impact of interpersonal styles, personality,
culture, and other variables that influence negotiation. Archived.
Management, from Saylor.org. This
course will walk you through the nuts and bolts of project management. 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.
Not medical communication, but a video on how to communicate with a person afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
Workshops offered throughout Indiana. Topics range from
communications, to computer software training, to management, to
marketing, to personal development, to project management.