Chapter Election Results 2018-2019

Election results are in! Please welcome your 2018-2019 AMWA SE board!

President: JoAnna Pendergrass

President-Elect: Madison Hedrick

Secretary: Rachel Lane

Treasurer: Callie Compton

Many thanks to our outgoing president (now serving as Immediate Past President) Eva Stabenow.

 

As their first action, the board has appointed the following individuals to serve:

Membership Chair: Rachel Stevens Salmon

Chapter Advisory Council Representative: Kimberly Korwek

 

Are you looking for ways to get involved and grow your network? There are plenty of opportunities with AMWA SE that require very little time commitment. Feel free to contact any board member for more information.

Book Club Online Meetings June/July 2018

The current book club selection, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, was discussed online via Google Hangouts on June 20 and July 18. The discussion was lively and participants shared their thoughts from the comfort of their couch (with their beverage and fuzzy socks of choice!)

The next book club selection is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. There is also a movie (wink wink!)

Interested in future book club events? Check out “Southeast Medical Writers Book Club” group on Facebook or visit the google group

Annual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting for the Southeast Chapter was held Thursday, November 2 immediately preceding the Chapter Dinner at the AMWA annual conference.

Kim Korwek (Immediate Past President) summarized the key achievements of the 2016-2017 year. Notably, the chapter achieved its governance goals, becoming a registered non-profit organization and meeting all chapter affiliation requirements with AMWA. The chapter held 5 networking events (3 in Nashville, 1 in Memphis and 1 in Birmingham). The chapter also helped facilitate 3 educational events. This included an educational presentation about statistical concepts for writers (online and in Nashville), a roundtable discussion in Atlanta, and the chapter book club. The chapter has secured programs for many back-office functions to help volunteer leaders with chapter duties, including a new bank account and accounting system, a mass emailing system, and a new website. Finally, the chapter has a full slate of volunteer officers and is recruiting local networking coordinators to help facilitate connection with members in all geographic areas.

Whitney Smalley-Freed (Treasurer, 2016-2017) provided a summary of the chapter’s financial status. Expenditures were below budget due to fees for incorporation being less than anticipated. The largest portion of expenditures (38.6% of total spend) were related to incorporation and aligning with the requirements of the chapter agreement. Approximately 33% of expenditures were related to sending a chapter delegate to the spring Board of Directors meeting; this cost will not be incurred next year due to changes in the board structure. The remaining expenses were for educational and networking events and maintaining the website.

Eva Stabenow (President) introduced the 2017-2018 officers: Rebekah Koutny (President-Elect), Callie Compton (Treasurer) and JoAnna Pendergrass (Secretary). Eva introduced the goals for the chapter, including more local programming. She stressed the importance of local volunteers for event organizing, and solicited volunteers to serve as Local Networking Coordinators (LNCs) to facilitate this process.

Chapter Board Election Results 2017

The Southeast Chapter has elected a new board to represent the chapter for 2017-2018. The new board members are

President: Eva Stabenow

President-Elect: Rebekah Koutney

Secretary: JoAnna Pendergrass

Treasurer: Callie Compton

 

Many thanks to the previous board for their service, and for these new volunteers for their willingness to lead.

The new board begins their term on September 30, 2017.

Roundtable Discussion in Atlanta – September 2017

On September 27,  17 attendees (6 current AMWA members, 11 prospective members) met at the Georgia Public Library in Sandy Springs. Several of the attendees were graduate students who are interested in medical writing as a career.

The group had engaging discussions on several topics, including:

  • Tips for medical writing success
  • Benefits of AMWA membership
  • Building a freelance medical writing business
  • Necessity of certification
  • Ways to engage and network with Atlanta-based medical writers

The attendees generally had positive feedback about the meeting and are looking forward to having more meetings and social events. In fact, several of them agreed to work on planning an event for early November.

Book Club Meet Up – September 2017

Three AMWA members met in Nashville to discuss the current book club selection: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Discussion topics included racial disparities in health care, informed consent, how medical writers can tell patient stories, and the responsibilities of scientists to balance the “common good” with individual rights.

Additional discussion is planned for the book club google group.

Networking in Nashville – August 2017

On August 25, nine AMWA members (including one new member who traveled from Mississippi!) met at Fat Bottom Brewing in Nashville. Discussion items included transitioning to medical writing, regulatory writing opportunities, and self-promotion best practices (business cards, LinkedIn, etc). It was a lovely night to enjoy the patio space!

Educational Presentation – Statistical Concepts for Medical Writers

Emily J. Woodward, PhD Clinical Development Scientist and Regulatory Writer at Synchrogenix, presented about the fundamentals of statistics for medical writers. Email invitations were sent to all members with information on how to attend in person or online. The presentation was live-streamed on Periscope and archived for later viewing by members unavailable to attend the in-person presentation.

A replay of this event is available on Periscope.

Due to technical difficulties, the video replay is in two parts:

Part 1

Part 2