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Volume 33 No 3

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99        FEATURE

A Medical Writer’s Guide for Applications to Institutional Review Boards

Gretchen E. Parker

 

This review will address what documents are necessary for clinical study review, discuss the regulations surrounding study document content, identify common mistakes encountered by IRB reviewers, and suggest what investigators can do to avoid those mistakes.

 

104      REVIEW ARTICLE

Up and Down or Side by Side: Structuring Comparisons in Data Tables

Tom Lang

 

A table’s design guides readers through the story your data tells. What are the benefits of horizontal or vertical arrangements, and which layout is most recommended?

 

110      CALENDAR OF MEETINGS

 

111      FEATURE: ETHICS SERIES

People Who Cannot Afford Boots Cannot Pull Themselves Up by the Bootstraps: An Evidence-Based Exploration of Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, and How Medical Writers Can Help. Article 2: Interventions

Tamara Ball and Bob Kirsch

 

This Ethics Series installation discusses the efforts of medical institutions, the government, and local communities to address modern health disparities in the United States.

 

118      FEATURE: SCIENCE SERIES

Transport of Substances in the Body: Solutions, Membranes, and Compartments

Laurie Endicott Thomas

 

Brush up on your science knowledge with an overview of how fat-soluble and water-soluble substances travel through the body—and why these different processes matter.

 

124      AROUND THE CAREER BLOCK

Enabling Medical Writers to Avoid Bias: The Ongoing Battle of Privacy, Transparency, and Technology

Susan L. Towers

 

A conversation with Dr Darshan Kulkarni on questions of transparency, privacy, and data ownership in the evolving world of clinical trials and the pharmaceutical industry.

 

126      SOUNDING BOARD

Medical Writers at the Core of Transparency

Stephen J. Valerio, Anna Geraci, Jayme Trott, and Barbara DeCastro

 

Medical communicators are often gatekeepers for appropriate transparent practices in publications. This Sounding Board introduces some of the guidelines and initiatives available to support publications professionals in improving transparency.

 

128      PRACTICAL MATTERS

Writers as Guideline Champions? Webinar on the Joint Position Statement

Qing Zhou

 

Qing Zhou reports on a recent educational webinar about the AMWA-EMWA-ISMPP Joint Position Statement on the Role of Professional Medical Writers and related resources offered through the EQUATOR Network.

 

130      FREELANCE FORUM

Brian Bass, Melissa L. Bogen, Lori De Milto, Gail Flores, and Phyllis Minick

What advice would you give to freelance medical writers/editors/communicators who are new to the field of medical writing and have limited writing experience?

 

What are the key criteria that you feel a freelance medical writer/editor/communicator needs to be successful?

 

What type of freelance medical writing opportunities are available for someone who does not have an advanced science degree?

 

133      INDUSTRY NEWS

The National Guideline Clearinghouse Has Closed. What’s Next?

Haifa Kassis

 

The National Guideline Clearinghouse was a publicly available repository of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Haifa Kassis takes a look at what’s in the works now that this resource has closed.

 

134      MEDIA REVIEWS

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

Reviewed by Brian Bass

 

The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Considerations

Reviewed by Monique A. Pond

 

The Role of Emotions in Preventative Health Communication

Reviewed by Elizabeth Schiavoni

 

136      CONFERENCE PREVIEW

By the Numbers

Ann Winter-Vann

 

It’s simple math—come see what the 2018 Medical Writing & Communication Conference has to offer!

 

Awards

 

Meet this year’s annual award winners and fellowship recipients.

 

141      SOCIAL MEDIA

Introducing Jen Minarcik, Co-Editor, Social Media Section

Cynthia L. Kryder

 

The AMWA Journal editorial team is growing. Meet our now Social Media Co-Editor, Jen Minarcik.

 

142      AMWA NEWS

From the President

Kathy Spiegel

 

An update on AMWA’s strategic goals.

 

Slate of Candidates for 2018-2019 Election

Cynthia L. Kryder

 

Meet the 2018-2019 AMWA Board of Directors

Cynthia L. Kryder

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