Benefits Our Chapter Offers:

Education in biomedical communication

Professional fellowship

Opportunities to learn about and lead 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 80 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.




Stimulating Events Coming your Way...


Indiana Health Industry Forum Annual Meeting

When:  Monday & Tuesday, May 5-6, 2014.

Where:  The Conrad Hotel, 50 West Washington Street, Indianapolis

Cost:  $75      Registration required


Monday evening:  reception and exhibits

Tuesday:  luncheon with keynote presentation

Breakout Sessions:


Navigating hospital supply chains

Top health industry issues for 2014

Medical Device:

Overview of GMPs for combination products

Navigating the regulatory hurdles in medical device product development


Collaborative partnerships that optimize and accelerate pharmaceutical drug development

Forming successful strategic alliances

Digital Health:

University partnerships

A physician's view of technology


AMWA Indiana Chapter Conference

When: Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 2014

Where: The Columbia Club 121 Monument Circle Indianapolis IN

What: See the conference brochure.

How: Register online.

Saturday, May 3 is the last day:

for the early-bird $25 discount

to register for a workshop

Friday, May 16 is the:

last day to register for the BELS exam

due date for workshop homework

Friday, May 30 is the last day for conference registration




Free Online Courses

Caries Management by Risk Assessment, from UC San Francisco.  Scientific basis for dental decay risk assessment and practice interventions.  You will be able to apply this immediately to your clinical setting or personal health care.  Starts March 31.

Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing, from Northwestern U.  Basic principles and tools used to process images and videos, and how to apply them in solving practical problems of commercial and scientific interests.  Starts March 31.

Introduction to Public Speaking, from U. Washington.  How to write, practice, and perform a clear and engaging speech.  Starts March 31.

Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response, from UC San Francisco.  Principles of clinical toxicology, emphasizing pre-hospital and emergency hospital management of poisonings with a case-oriented lecture format.  Starts March 31.

Principles of Written English, from UC Berkeley.  Academic writing for English language learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.  Starts April 1.

Introduction to Biomedical Imaging, from U. Queensland.  Starts April 7.

Student-Centered Inquiry, from Rice U.  Develop skills needed to enable students to create shared meaning of important science concepts.  Starts April 7.

The New Nordic Diet - from Gastronomy to Health, from U. Copenhagen.  Scientific background of the New Nordic Diet, the world’s largest research project in adult and child health and well-being.  This course will help you understand global challenges such as obesity and obesity-related diseases.  Starts April 7.

The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, from Johns Hopkins University.  Get an overview of the data, questions, and tools that data analysts and data scientists work with.  Starts April 7.

R Programming, from Johns Hopkins University.  Learn how to program in R and how to use R for effective data analysis.  Starts April 7.

Getting and Cleaning Data, from Johns Hopkins University.  Learn how to gather and clean data from a variety of sources.  Starts April 7.

United States Health Policy, from Harvard U.  Essentials of U.S. health care policy from some of the nation's top experts.  Starts April 7.

Data Analysis for Genomics, from Harvard U.  How to harness genomics data from new technologies, such as microarrays and next generation sequencing, to answer biological questions for basic cell biology and clinical applications.  Starts April 7.

Street-Fighting Math, from MIT.  How to guess answers by mastering six reasoning tools---dimensional analysis, easy cases, lumping, pictorial reasoning, taking out the big part, and analogy.  Starts April 8.

Introduction to Population Health, from U. Manchester.  Starts April 14.

Genomic and Precision Medicine, from UC San Francisco.  Introduction to using new genomic tools for diagnosing and managing disease.  Starts April 14.

On Strategy: What Managers Can Learn from the Great Philosophers, from Ecole Centrale Paris.  Learn to generate game-changing ideas by thinking outside the box and constructing new boxes (structures of thinking).  Starts April 14.

Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom, from UC Irvine.  Myths and challenges of assessing performance virtually. Topics include effective measures of assessing students, compliance issues, feedback models for students, online grade book functions, and data analysis.  Starts April 14.

Introduction to Bioethics, from Georgetown U.  Some of the most difficult - and fascinating - moral challenges we face in health, medicine, and emerging technologies.  Starts April 15.

Community Change in Public Health, from Johns Hopkins U.  Community context of changes needed to promote public health.  Starts April 21.

English Composition: Achieving Expertise, from Duke U.  In a workshop environment, learn how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others' ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose.  Starts April 21.

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from Duke U.  Realities of identifying problems and designing solutions in the complex world of healthcare.  Starts April 21.

Introduction to Marketing, from U. Pennsylvania.  Get to the root of customer decision making.  This course will focus on branding strategies, customer centricity, and new market entry.  Starts April 21.

Logic: Language and Information, from U. Melbourne.  Introduction to predicate logic and how it is applied in computer science, electronic engineering, linguistics, mathematics and philosophy.  Starts April 22.

DNA - From Structure to Therapy, from Jacobs University.  Learn basic DNA structure and function to better understand biomedical approaches for diagnostics and therapy. Starts April 25.

Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression, from U. Melbourne.  Principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in disease.  Starts April 28.

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

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

Find a Seminar

Workshops offered throughout Indiana.  Topics range from communications, to computer software training, to management, to marketing, to personal development, to project management.