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

AnatomyX: 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.

Childbirth: A Global Perspective, from Emory U.  Challenges for maternal and newborn health in the developing world.  Starts October 1.

Food for Thought, from McGill U.  A scientific framework for understanding food and its impact on health and society.  Starts October 1.

Medical 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.

Bioinformatics: Introduction and Methods, from Peking U.  Concepts and computational methods in bioinformatics and their applications in life sciences.  Starts October 2.

Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization, from UC San Diego.  How a small or large molecule becomes a pharmaceutical drug.  Starts October 3.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, from UC San Diego.  Starts October 3.

Better 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 or in school, at home with your family, in your community, and for your self (mind, body, spirit).  Starts October 5.

Copyright 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.

Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome, from U. Colorado.  A guided tour of the human gut and its microscopic inhabitants.  Starts October 6.

Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education, from U. Michigan.  Starts October 6.

Introduction to Cataract Surgery, from U. Michigan.  Fundamental knowledge needed to begin performing cataract surgery by phacoemulsification and extracapsular removal.  Starts October 6.

Managing Your Time, Money, and Career, from UC Irvine.  Starts October 6.

Model Thinking, from U. Michigan.  How to think with models and use them to make sense of the complex world around us.  Starts October 6.

Programming for Everybody (Python), from U. Michigan.  The basics of programming computers.  Starts October 6.

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys, from U. Michigan.  The basic elements of designing and evaluating questionnaires.  Starts October 6.

Representations of HIV/AIDS, from Davidson College.  How HIV/AIDS has been portrayed in diverse genres.  Starts October 6.

Successful 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.

Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills, from U. Michigan.  Starts October 6.

Design and Development of Educational Technology, from MIT.  A project-based course that explores educational technologies and the theories underlying their development.  Starts October 8.

Human 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.

Power Onboarding, from Northwestern U.  Practical, easy-to-use tools to guide an individual who is transitioning to a new job.  Starts October 12.

Medicinal 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.

The 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.

An 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 improving patient outcomes.  Starts October 15.

Health 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.

Data, Analytics and Learning, from U. Texas.  Logic and methods of data analysis to improve teaching and learning.  Starts October 20.

Employability Skills for Industry, from Colorado Community College.  Basic skills necessary for getting, keeping, and doing well on a job.  Starts October 20.

Fundamentals of Immunology, from Rice U.  How your body identifies threats and coordinates counterattacks.  Starts October 20.

Grow 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.

Negotiation: 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.

The Challenges of Global Health, from Duke U.  Starts October 20.

Training 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.

Delft Design Approach, from Delft U.  Fundamentals and methods of the Delft approach to designing meaningful products and services.  Starts October 22.

Useful Genetics, from U. British Columbia.  Apply a thorough understanding of genetic inheritance to real-world issues, both personal and societal.  Starts October 24.

An 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.

Data Management for Clinical Research, from Vanderbilt U.  Concepts and practical methods to support research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.  Starts October 27.

Statistical 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.

Technology for Biobased Products, from Delft U.  Process design for biobased products, from feedstock to biomaterials, chemicals and biofuels.  Starts October 27.

On 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.

Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies, from Harvard U.  Starts October 30.

Google 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.  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.