Newsletter–April 2013

Spring 2013 Chapter Program Announced: “Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care”

Are you savvy about social media? Or someone who still thinks tweeting is for the birds?  Both enthusiastic and reluctant users – and guests are invited to join the North Central Chapter on Tuesday evening, May 7, for an entertaining and informative examination of this 21st century game changer.  Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, will share the story of social media use at Mayo, as well as insights about its potential to improve health and health care.  Free presentation followed by optional drinks and/or dinner afterward, at your own expense.  Click here for details.


North Central Chapter Book Club Reminder

The North Central Chapter Book Club will meet on Monday, April 29, to discuss Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine by David Newman.

Again this time, the Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. at The Egg & I (2550 University Avenue, in the northwest corner of the old International Harvester building, now renovated, just west of Highway 280 near the Minneapolis-St. Paul border — with 2 free parking lots, a small one north of the restaurant and a large one east of it).

Mary Knatterud is the North Central Chapter Book Club Coordinator. Email your RSVP to Mary by 9 a.m. on Book Club Monday, so that she can call ahead to have a table waiting.

A summary of the book and the club’s discussion will be published in the May issue of the chapter newsletter.


Note from Mary Knatterud, AMWA Book Club Coordinator

Suggestions for books, times, and restaurants wanted!

The 3 AMWA Book Club selections for 2014 will be up to participants who are at the upcoming April 29th get-together (see details above), so please come with suggestions. I can’t believe that January 2013 marks the 6th Anniversary already of our Book Club, which first met back in January 2007 at the now-closed Bakers Square near the University of Minnesota’s main campus (the inaugural book was Dr. Atul Gawande’s Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science). Attendance since then has been as high as 11 people, but typically averages about 5. Our most recent meeting, on January 28, 2013, was fun and substantive, albeit with a small turnout (only 3 of us — thanks, in part, to the snowy weather and at least 1 illness that we know of).

Maybe we’re due to vary the time and the place a bit, since we’ve been meeting at The Egg & I for brunch since April 2008. So, at the upcoming April 29th Book Club meeting (and/or before that, by email or phone), please let me know if any changes might help meet more people’s needs. I think 3 times a year (winter, spring, and fall) is still about as often as any of our busy lives will allow; and, ideally, whatever restaurant(s) we choose should have free parking, be centrally located, and have enough light for us to see our books and notes.

If other AMWA members are interested, my suggestion would be to meet at a Caribou restaurant on a weekday morning, Saturday morning, and/or early weekday evening (near the end of January, April, and September). Several Caribou restaurants are quite centrally located within the Twin Cities (e.g., near Har Mar in Roseville, on Ford Parkway in Highland, on Cedar Avenue in south Minneapolis); the Roseville one even has a quiet conference room, if booked in advance.

Again, all ideas would be appreciated at the 11 a.m. April 29th Book Club meeting (or before the meeting, by contacting me by email or by phone during daytime hours at 651-645-3858). Thank you!


Save the Date!

We invite you to attend AMWA’s 73rd Annual Conference, November 6-9, 2013, in Columbus, OH. The AMWA Annual Conference is the ultimate resource for medical communicators around the world, offering educational and networking opportunities beyond compare in the field.  AMWA’s 73rd Annual Conference will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.  More information is available at