AMWA – Carolinas Chapter
American Medical Writers Association – Carolinas

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Spring Conference

2019 Spring Conference

Friday, May 3, 2019

Register here! On-line registration is open through Friday, May 3!

Preconference Events, Thursday, May 2, 2019:

BELS Exam (9:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

This year, AMWA Carolinas will be hosting the Board of Editors in the Life Science (BELS) Exam for candidates who register in advance. Please note: All interested candidates submit an application on the BELS website by March 28, 2019. If the application is successful, candidates must then register for the exam by April 11, 2019. For more information about the BELS exam, visit their website at

Preconference Dinner (6:30–8:30 PM)

RSVP by Friday, April 26, 2019 when you register online or email Simone Otto at

Join us for a preconference dinner at the Tobacco Road Sports Café at 1118 Environ Way in Chapel Hill from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Get to know fellow AMWA members in a relaxed environment before the conference begins (the dinner will be held in a private room at the restaurant). Tobacco Road offers a variety of entrée options and is conveniently located in East 54 off NC Hwy 54 (less than a mile from the Friday Center). For restaurant information or directions, visit or call (919) 537-8404. Please note that attendees pay for their own food and beverages.


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May 3, 2019 Schedule

Conference Registration & Breakfast (7:45–8:30 AM)
Pick up your registration packet, network with colleagues, and enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast.


8:30 – 11:30 AM Statistics for Medical Writers and Editors

Bart Harvey, MD, PhD


8:30 – 10:00 AM Freelance Writing: Taking on Subcontractors

Emma Nichols, PhD, ELS, CEO and Founder of Nascent Medical Writing

10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:45 AM Rethinking Presentations: How to Use Brain Science to Make an Effective and Memorable Powerpoint Presentation 

Danielle Hennis, BFA, Graphic Designer at RTI International

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A deluxe buffer lunch is included with every registration. Some tables will have a discussion topic to facilitate conversation and getting to know one another. Other tables will have open discussion. After your registration form is received, you will be contacted regarding the choice of roundtable topics.

Topics will be announced soon!



1:00 – 4:00 PM Essentials of Copyediting

Loretta Bohn, BA, Senior Editor/Writer, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC



1:00 – 2:30 PM Medical Writing for Training and Education

Susanne Bauman, PhD, Manager, Medical and Scientific Content, Education & Training Systems International (ETSI)

2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 4:15 PM Writing Clinical Study Reports

Jennifer Bridgers, MS, MWC, Managing Medical Writer and Principal Scientist, Global Clinical Trials, Merck


NETWORKING (4:15–5:00 PM)

Take time to socialize with colleagues. Exchange ideas, trade business cards, and make plans to attend the next AMWA event. Take a breather after a full day of learning, and kick off your weekend feeling relaxed!

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Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsor: Trilogy Writing & Consulting!

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Last modified: January 18, 2019