AMWA – Carolinas Chapter
American Medical Writers Association – Carolinas

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2019 Spring Conference

Friday, May 3, 2019

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

Pre-conference 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 registered in advance of the April 11, 2019 deadline. For more information about the BELS exam, visit their website at

Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Pre-Conference Dinner (6:30 – 8:30 PM)

RSVP by Friday, April 26, 2019 when you register online or email Hazel O’Connor 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 Conference 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 buffet lunch is included with every registration. We have a great selection of round table discussions for you to choose from (see below).

Spaces are limited at each table, so contact Hazel O’Connor ( with your selection at your soonest convenience.

1. Project Management in Regulatory Writing, Nicole Tackman and Tim Garver, Impact Pharmaceuticals
2. Writing the Discussion Section of a CSR, Trisha Houser, Houser Clinical Writing and Consulting
3. Medical Writing in Patient Simulations for Continuing Medical Education, Lauren Tompkins, Associate Medical Writer, MedSima
4. Breaking in to Medical Writing, Lydia Morris, Medical Writer, Syneos
5. Fact-Checking, Friendship, and Fun: Resources to Ease Editorial and QC Tasks, Loretta Bohn, RTI International
6. The Story Behind Regulation: What is Needed and Why, Simone Otto, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services
7. Blogging for Health, Jill Moffett, Freelance Writer and Women’s Health Blogger
8. Type 2 Diabetes Therapeutic Area, September Mihaly, MMS Holding



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 sponsors: Trilogy Writing & Consulting and Impact Pharmaceutical Services!

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Last modified: April 18, 2019