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

Data Analysis and Statistical Inference, from Duke U.  Learn how to collect and analyze data, and to use it to make inferences and conclusions about the real world.  Starts September 1.

Fixing Healthcare Delivery, from U. Florida.  How you can prevent medical errors.  Starts September 1.

Inside Cancer: How Genes Influence Cancer Development, from U. Bath.  Introduction to how genetics influences the development and spread of cancer.  Starts September 1.

Introductory Human Physiology, from Duke U.  Learn to recognize and apply the basic concepts that govern integrated body function in the body's 9 organ systems.  Starts September 1.

Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division, from U. Maryland.  Learn about 2 kinds of group decisions: voting and fair division.  Starts September 1.

The Science of Medicines, from Monash U.  How and why medicines work, and what can improve the patient treatment experience.  Starts September 1.

Diabetes - a Global Challenge, from U. Copenhagen.  Cutting-edge diabetes research (biological, genetic, and clinical) and prevention and epidemiology of diabetes.  Starts September 2.

Language, Proof and Logic, from Stanford U.  Formalize and analyze natural English statements and arguments.  Starts September 2.

Writing in the Sciences, from Stanfor U.  Kristin Sainani (medical writer, statistician, and clinical assistant professor at Stanford U.) teaches this excellent introductory course on science writing.  Starts September 2.

Creative Problem Solving, from U. Minnesota.  How to become more creative.  Starts September 3.

Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Neurons and Networks, from Harvard U.  How neurons communicate with each other.  Starts September 3.

An Introduction to Financial Accounting, from U. Pennsylvania.  Become fluent in financial accounting, the language of business.  Starts September 5.

Art, Technology & Media: Digital Imaging, from San Jose State U.  The intersection of technology, culture, and the fine arts.  Starts September 8.

Heart Health: A Beginner's Guide to Cardiovascular Disease, from U. Reading.  How your heart works, the causes of heart disease and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.  Starts September 8.

Microbes Rule the World: Effects of Disease on History, from Weber State U.  Learn how disease shapes world events.  Starts September 8.

Mini Medical School, from U. Colorado.  See how we use basic science to understand medicine.  Starts September 8.

Visual Perception and the Brain, from Duke U.  How our visual system creates what we see.  Starts September 8.

Engage and Empower Me: Patient Engagement Design, from Stanford U.  How to create an inclusive, collaborative healthcare system for patients.  Starts September 9.

The Science of Happiness, from UC Berkeley.  The ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life.  Starts September 9.

Explore Statistics with R, from Karolinska Institutet.  Learn the basics of R, a powerful open source statistical programming package that has become the tool of choice in bioinformatics, health sciences, and many other fields.  Starts September 9.

Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health, from Karolinska Institutet.  Concepts of behavioral medicine change everyday behaviors for healthier lives.  Starts September 9.

Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade, from Mt. San Jacinto College.  The basic tools of English grammar, punctuation, and writing.  Starts September 12.

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python, from Rice U.  The basics of building simple interactive applications.  Starts September 15.

Chemicals and Health, from Johns Hopkins U.  Policies and practices related to chemicals:how they get into our bodies (exposure), what they do when they get there (toxicology), how we measure them (biomonitoring) and their effect on our health.  Starts September 15.

Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, from UC San Francisco.  Fundamental principles and skills for effective interprofessional collaborative practice of safe, high quality, patient-centered care..  Starts September 15.

Ethical and Social Challenges of Genomic and Precision Medicine, from UC San Francisco.  Ethical, legal, social, and policy issues that arise in the translation of genomic knowledge into medical and public health practice.  Starts September 15.

Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up, from Stanford U.  Address questions that cut to the heart of the scaling challenge: how to avoid illusion, impatience, and incompetence; choosing a vertical or horizontal model; and simplifying complexity.  Starts September 15.

Writing II: Rhetorical Composing, from Ohio State U.  Become a more effective consumer and producer of alphabetic, visual, and multimodal texts.  Starts September 15.

Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety, from Harvard U.  How to measure and improve care for yourself, your institution, or your country.  Starts September 16.

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture, from Vanderbilt U.  Learn to build environments where new management and program ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.  Starts September 16.

Principles of Written English, from UC Berkeley.  Introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.  Starts September 17.

English Grammar and Style, from U. Queensland.  A thorough grounding in grammar, syntax, and style that will sharpen and solidify your writing and editing.  Starts September 22.

English Composition I: Achieving Expertise, from Duke U.  How to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others' ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose.  Starts September 22.

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations, from U. Lausanne.  How to protect yourself and your organization from strong organizational contexts that push good people towards unethical decisions.  Starts September 22.

Epidemics, from U. Hong Kong.  Fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control.  Starts September 23.

From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing, from U. Minnesota.  Where to find spatial data, how to use powerful open source software to analyze and map it, and frameworks for building location-based services.  Starts September 23.

Health for All Through Primary Health Care, from Johns Hopkins U.  How the principles of primary health care can guide future policies and actions.  Starts September 24.

Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom, from UC Irvine.  What some of the most successful virtual teachers are doing to propel their students forward.  Starts September 29.

An Introduction to Operations Management, from U. Pennsylvania.  Learn how to improve productivity, how to provide more choice to customers, how to reduce response times, and how to improve quality.  Starts September 29.

Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization, from UC San Diego.  How a molecule becomes a pharmaceutical drug.  Starts September 29.

Epidemics - the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases, from Pennsylvania State U.  How infectious diseases emerge, spread, and can be controlled.  Starts September 29.

Exploring Neural Data, from Brown U.  Discover how the brain works by learning how to analyze real neural data sets.   Starts September 29.

Introduction to Journalism, from U. Strathclyde.  Journalism what it entails.  Starts September 29.

Introduction to Logic, from Stanford U.  Through practical applications, learn how to systematically formalize information and reason to reach logical conclusions.  Starts September 29.

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, from Stanford U.  Solve real problems by thinking outside the box.  Starts September 29.

Surviving Disruptive Technologies, from U. Maryland.  How to survive technological disruptions facing business, government, education, and your daily life.  Starts September 29.

Supply Chain and Logistics Fundamentals, from MIT.  A managerial perspective on where and how specific tools can be used to improve overall performance and reduce the total cost of a supply chain.  Starts September 30.

Databases, from Stanford U.  Learn about this prevalent, useful, and convenient technology.  Archived.

Structured Writing for Technical Documentation, from JER Online.  Improve your technical writing skills with the use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard.  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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