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

Human-Computer Interaction, from UC San Diego.  Gain human-centered design skills, so that you have the principles and methods to create excellent interfaces with any technology.  Starts June 30.

Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations, from Vanderbilt U.  Improve your ability to manage creativity and to lead an innovation strategy in businesses, schools, hospitals, governments, and other complex organizations and institutions, by diagnosing likely innovation failures before they occur.  Starts July 1.

Introduction to Communication Science, from U. Amsterdam.  Look at how and why communication evolved as a science and reflect on today’s dominant paradigms.  Starts July 2.

Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art, from Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.  Inquiry- and activity-based strategies for teaching that art can be a powerful catalyst for building skills and understanding across a wide range of subjects.  Starts July 7.

Experimentation for Improvement, from McMaster U.  Learn how to plan efficient experiments using statistical methods for improving your work, personal life, and community.  Starts July 7.

Genetics and Society: A Course for Educators, from American Museum of Natural History.  Gain tools for exploring the ethics of modern genetics and learn how to integrate ethics into your teaching.  Starts July 7.

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys, from U. Michigan.  The basics of designing and evaluating questionnaires.  Starts July 7.

R Programming, from Johns Hopkins U.  How to program in R and to use R for effective data analysis.  Starts July 7.

The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, from John Hopkins U.  An overview of the data, questions, and tools that data analysts and data scientists work with.  Starts July 7.

Leaders of Learning, from Harvard U.  Education is undergoing great transformation.  How, what, where, and why we learn — are being reexamined.  This course explores learning, leadership, organizational structure, and physical design.  Starts July 8.

Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students, from U. Pittsburgh.  Clinical terms and abbreviations commonly used in U.S. hospitals.  Starts July 14.

Creativity, Innovation, and Change, from Penn State U.  Develop your creative potential to enhance and transform your business, community, and personal life.  Starts July 14.

Social Psychology, from Wesleyan U.  Why people do what they do.  Starts July 14.

The American Disease: Drugs and Drug Control in the USA, from U. Florida.  The history and practice of policy on addictive drugs.  Starts July 14.

Copyrights for Educators & Librarians, from Duke U., Emory U., and U. North Carolina.  Basics of U.S. copyright law.  Starts July 21.

Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within, from U. Melbourne.  The physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise and their relevance for athletic performance.  Starts July 21.

Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data, from Johns Hopkins U.  The intersection of statistics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity.  Starts July 21.

Fundamentals of Structured Writing for Technical Documentation, from Canvas Network.  Further your technical writing skills with use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard. Also, an introduction to other writing standards, output options, and content management systems.  Archived.

How to Build a Startup, from Udacity.  Learn how to start a business by developing a business model from what your potential customers say.  This course is recommended by the Purdue Research Parks.  Archived.

Learning to Think Like A Writer, from Michigan State U.  Opportunities to practice your writing while being guided by expert teachers and informed peers.  Archived.

Management Leadership, from  Learn the difference between managers and leaders and obtain resources that will help you be both.  Archived.

Medical Product Quality Systems (not a full-service MOOC), from UC Irvine.  Two topics of great importance to the biotechnology industry: Quality System Regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices. With links to relevant documentation, short quizzes, and suggested assignments, you will be on your way to a better understanding of industry practices and standards.  Archived.

Negotiations and Conflict Management, from  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.

Professional Writing, from Saylor Academy.  Basic skills needed to write effective documents in the workplace: emails, memos, proposals, and presentations.  Archived.

Project Management, from  This course will walk you through the nuts and bolts of project management.  Archived.

Regulatory Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products (not a full-service MOOC), from UC Irvine.  Complex regulations governing product development, focusing on New Drug Applications to the FDA, pre-clinical and clinical testing, Good Manufacturing Practices, and regulatory enforcement.  Archived.

Resume Writing, from Saylor Academy.  Learn to combine effective language and design elements to produce a polished resume and cover letter that can be tailored to each specific job application.  Archived.

Writing for a Global Market, from Canvas Network.  How to prepare and write for multiple languages to reach diverse populations, cultures, and communities.  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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Workshops offered throughout Indiana.  Topics range from communications, to computer software training, to management, to marketing, to personal development, to project management.