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Volume 33 No 3
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
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
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
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?
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
It’s simple math—come see what the 2018 Medical Writing & Communication Conference has to offer!
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
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