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

Advanced Cardiac Life Support, from  Prepare for the certification exam for Advanced Cardiac Life Support.  Starts December 1.

Basic Life Support, from  Preparation for the certification exam for Basic Life Support.  Starts December 1.

Developing 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.

Exploratory Data Analysis, from Johns Hopkins U.  Essential exploratory techniques for summarizing data.  Starts December 1.

Getting 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.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support, from  Prepare to take the certification exam for Pediatric Advanced Life Support.  Starts December 1.

R Programming, from Johns Hopkins U.  Learn how to program in R and how to use R for effective data analysis.  Starts December 1.

Regression 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.

Reproducible Research, from Johns Hopkins U.  Concepts and tools behind reproducibly reporting modern data analyses.  Starts December 1.

Statistical Inference, from Johns Hopkins U.  Fundamentals of inference in a practical approach for getting things done.  Starts December 1.

The 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.


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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