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.
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Musculoskeletal Cases, from Harvard
U. Learn the anatomy basic to understanding
common musculoskeletal injuries. Follow hypothetical patients from injury to
operating room. Starts September 30.
A Global Perspective, from Emory
U. Challenges for maternal and newborn health in
the developing world. Starts October 1.
for Thought, from McGill
U. A scientific framework for understanding food
and its impact on health and society.
Starts October 1.
Education in the New Millennium, from Stanford U. How to build educational experiences that
address the unique learning preferences of today's Millennial medical students
and residents. Starts October 1.
Introduction and Methods, from Peking
U. Concepts and computational methods in
bioinformatics and their applications in life sciences. Starts October 2.
Discovery, Development & Commercialization, from UC San Diego.
How a small or large molecule becomes a pharmaceutical drug. Starts October 3.
How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, from
UC San Diego. Starts October 3.
Leader, Richer Life, from U. Pennsylvania. A practical, proven method for how to
articulate your core values and vision; build trust with your most important
people; and achieve "four-way wins" -- improved performance at work
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Clarity, from U. Rhode Island. Practice conducting a situational analysis to
determine when you need to ask permission, buy a license, claim fair use, or
use alternative licensing schemes like Creative Commons. Starts October 6.
Check: Exploring Your Microbiome, from U. Colorado.
A guided tour of the human gut and its microscopic inhabitants. Starts October 6.
Methods in Health Professions Education, from U. Michigan.
Starts October 6.
to Cataract Surgery, from U. Michigan. Fundamental knowledge needed to begin
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Your Time, Money, and Career, from UC Irvine. Starts October 6.
Thinking, from U. Michigan. How to think with models and use them to make
sense of the complex world around us.
Starts October 6.
for Everybody (Python), from U. Michigan. The basics of programming computers. Starts October 6.
Design for Social Surveys, from U. Michigan. The basic elements of designing and
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of HIV/AIDS, from Davidson
College. How HIV/AIDS has been portrayed in diverse
genres. Starts October 6.
Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills, from U. Michigan.
The four key stages of negotiation: planning, negotiation, creating a
contract, and performance of the contract.
Starts October 6.
and Assessing Clinical Skills, from U. Michigan.
Starts October 6.
and Development of Educational Technology, from MIT. A project-based course that explores
educational technologies and the theories underlying their development. Starts October 8.
Factors and Culture in Design, from Tsinghua University. Learn the concept of User-Centered Design and
master the scientific method of design and evaluation. Starts October 10.
Onboarding, from Northwestern U.
Practical, easy-to-use tools to guide an individual who is transitioning
to a new job. Starts October 12.
Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery, from Davidson College. How to bring a drug from concept to market
and how a drug's chemical structure relates to its biological function. Starts October 13.
Brain and Space, from Duke
U. How the brain creates our sense of spatial
location from a variety of sensory and motor sources, and how this spatial
sense in turn shapes our cognitive abilities.
Starts October 13.
Introduction to Marketing, from U. Pennsylvania. Get to the root of customer decision
making. Starts October 14.
Take the Lead on
Healthcare Quality Improvement, from Case Western Reserve
U. The importance of Qualigy Improvement in
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Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals, from U. Nebraska. This course gived health professionals the
tools needed to improve upon their health literacy and communication
skills. Starts October 19.
Analytics and Learning, from U. Texas. Logic and methods of data analysis to improve
teaching and learning. Starts October
Skills for Industry, from Colorado
Community College. Basic skills necessary for getting, keeping,
and doing well on a job. Starts October
of Immunology, from Rice
U. How your body identifies threats and
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to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, from U. Virginia. Common growth challenges faced by existing
private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially. Starts October 20.
Navigating Professional and Personal Interactions, from Creighton U. Apply negotiation strategies to a wide range
of situations in their professional and personal lives—for better results,
improved relationships, and enhanced decision-making. Starts October 20.
Challenges of Global Health, from Duke U. Starts October 20.
and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers, from Johns Hopkins
U. Learn how to organize and deliver training
and learning programs for volunteer community health workers. Starts October 20.
Designing a New
Learning Environment, from Stanford
U. Systematic design thinking that will cause a
paradigm shift in the learning environments of today and tomorrow. Starts October 21.
Design Approach, from Delft
U. Fundamentals and methods of the Delft approach to
designing meaningful products and services.
Starts October 22.
Genetics, from U. British
Apply a thorough understanding of genetic inheritance to real-world
issues, both personal and societal.
Starts October 24.
Introduction to Consumer Neuroscience & Neuromarketing, from Copenhagen Business School. Basic concepts of the human brain, the
elements of the consumer mind, how it is studied, and how its insights can be
applied in commercial and societal understandings of consumer behaviour. Starts October 27.
Management for Clinical Research, from Vanderbilt U. Concepts and practical methods to support
research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination. Starts October 27.
Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation,
from Johns Hopkins U. A conceptual and interpretive public health
approach to some of the most commonly used methods from basic statistics. Starts October 27.
for Biobased Products, from Delft
U. Process design for biobased products, from
feedstock to biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels. Starts October 27.
Strategy : What Managers Can Learn from Philosophy, from Ecole Centrale
Paris. Build a new box (intellectual
framework or model) to structure your thinking. Only once we have done so can
we generate truly game-changing ideas.
Starts October 28.
and Healthcare in Emerging Economies, from Harvard U. Starts October 30.
Ninja, from My TechHigh. How to use
the basic Google programs, including email and calendaring, video conferencing
and chat, spreadsheets, word processing, slide presentations, drawing, survey
forms, drive storage, photo editing, blogging.
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.