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
Cardiac Life Support, from Canvas.net.
Prepare for the certification exam for Advanced Cardiac Life
Support. Starts December 1.
Life Support, from Canvas.net.
Preparation for the certification exam for Basic Life Support. Starts December 1.
Data Products, from Johns
Hopkins U. Statistical fundamentals of creating a data
product that can be used to tell a story about data to a mass audience. Starts December 1.
Data Analysis, from Johns
Hopkins U. Essential exploratory techniques for
summarizing data. Starts December 1.
and Cleaning Data, from Johns
Hopkins U. Basics of collecting, cleaning, and sharing
data. Starts December 1.
How to Read a Mind,
from U. Nottingham. Learn to create realistic fictional
characters through cognitive poetics (cognition + linguistics =
telepathy). Starts December 1.
Advanced Life Support, from Canvas.net.
Prepare to take the certification exam for Pediatric Advanced Life
Support. Starts December 1.
Programming, from Johns
Hopkins U. Learn how to program in R and how to use R
for effective data analysis. Starts
Models, from Johns
Hopkins U. Learn how to use regression models, the most
important statistical analysis tool in the data scientist's toolkit. Starts December 1.
Research, from Johns
Hopkins U. Concepts and tools behind reproducibly
reporting modern data analyses. Starts
Inference, from Johns
Hopkins U. Fundamentals of inference in a practical
approach for getting things done. Starts
Data Scientist’s Toolbox, from Johns
Hopkins U. Overview of the data, questions, and tools
that data analysts and data scientists work with. Starts December 1.
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.