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 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
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...
Free Online Courses
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.
Healthcare Delivery, from U. Florida. How you can prevent medical errors. Starts September 1.
How Genes Influence Cancer Development, from U. Bath.
Introduction to how genetics influences the development and spread of
cancer. Starts September 1.
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.
Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division,
from U. Maryland. Learn about 2 kinds of group decisions:
voting and fair division. Starts
of Medicines, from Monash
U. How and why medicines work, and what can
improve the patient treatment experience.
Starts September 1.
- a Global Challenge, from U. Copenhagen. Cutting-edge diabetes research (biological,
genetic, and clinical) and prevention and epidemiology of diabetes. Starts September 2.
Proof and Logic, from Stanford
U. Formalize and analyze natural English
statements and arguments. Starts
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.
Problem Solving, from U. Minnesota. How to become more creative. Starts September 3.
of Neuroscience: Neurons and Networks, from Harvard U. How neurons communicate with each other. Starts September 3.
Introduction to Financial Accounting, from U. Pennsylvania. Become fluent in financial accounting, the
language of business. Starts September
Technology & Media: Digital Imaging, from San Jose State
U. The intersection of technology, culture, and
the fine arts. Starts September 8.
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.
Rule the World: Effects of Disease on History, from Weber State
U. Learn how disease shapes world events. Starts September 8.
Medical School, from U. Colorado. See how we use basic science to understand
medicine. Starts September 8.
Perception and the Brain, from Duke
U. How our visual system creates what we
see. Starts September 8.
Empower Me: Patient Engagement Design, from Stanford U. How to create an inclusive, collaborative
healthcare system for patients. Starts
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.
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.
Medicine: A Key to Better Health, from Karolinska Institutet. Concepts of behavioral medicine change
everyday behaviors for healthier lives.
Starts September 9.
an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade, from Mt. San Jacinto College. The basic tools of English grammar,
punctuation, and writing. Starts
Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python, from Rice U. The basics of building simple interactive
applications. Starts September 15.
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.
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
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.
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.
II: Rhetorical Composing, from Ohio
Become a more effective consumer and
producer of alphabetic, visual, and multimodal texts. Starts September 15.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
from U. Hong Kong. Fundamental scientific principles underlying
epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and
control. Starts September 23.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discovery, Development & Commercialization, from UC San Diego.
How a molecule becomes a pharmaceutical drug. Starts September 29.
- the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases, from Pennsylvania State
U. How infectious diseases emerge, spread, and
can be controlled. Starts September 29.
Neural Data, from Brown
U. Discover how the brain works by learning how
to analyze real neural data sets. Starts
to Journalism, from U. Strathclyde.
Journalism what it entails.
Starts September 29.
Logic, from Stanford
U. Through practical applications, learn how to
systematically formalize information and reason to reach logical
conclusions. Starts September 29.
to Mathematical Thinking, from Stanford
U. Solve real problems by thinking outside the
box. Starts September 29.
Disruptive Technologies, from U. Maryland. How to survive technological disruptions
facing business, government, education, and your daily life. Starts September 29.
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.
from Stanford U.
Learn about this prevalent, useful, and convenient technology. Archived.
Writing for Technical Documentation, from JER Online. Improve your technical writing skills with
the use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard.
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.