The American Medical Writers Association

March 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

By Elizabeth Goodwin

I have experience as a researcher and professor at the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin and at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and I currently work as the Senior Manager of Scientific Communications at Sepracor Inc. As a longtime medical communications professional, I am a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).

AMWA was established in 1948 as an outgrowth of the Mississippi Valley Medical Editors’ Association, which was founded 8 years earlier. Today, AMWA has more than 5,000 members throughout the world who hold positions at universities, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and hospitals. In addition, many AMWA members are freelance writers and editors, and membership is open to students.

One valuable aspect of AMWA is its emphasis on continuing education through highly tailored workshops and chapter conferences. Featuring more than 100 educational offerings, the 3-day annual AMWA conference is a particularly rich source of professional development. AMWA also offers a wide range of on-site workshops aimed at enhancing the skills of corporate employees.

Many AMWA courses count as credits that are applicable to certificate programs. Considered an integral part of professional training, AMWA certification is required by many medical writing employers. Certificate programs include the core Essential Skills and four specialty certificates: Composition and Publication; Regulatory and Research; Business; and Concepts in Science and Medicine. Each certificate requires the successful completion of eight specialty-related workshops.

AMWA also offers members job services and resources through an online database that matches freelance jobs and salaried positions with medical writing job seekers. To get involved with the American Medical Writers Association, visit the organization online at


Windrush Farm: An Overview By Elizabeth Goodwin

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Channeling the therapeutic bond that exists between people and animals, Windrush Farm welcomes clients dealing with assorted ailments to ride its horses in a serene and scenic environment. Known as one of the first therapeutic riding centers in the United States, Windrush Farm receives acclaim from family and parents of Windrush patients, whose time spent on horseback never fails to brighten their day.

Founded in 1964, Windrush Farm is staffed by several professionals who work with horses to keep them calm and suitable for human riders. Windrush Farm staff members and volunteers alike groom and train the team of horses, helping them act as gifted methods of therapeutic healing.

A service largely executed by educators, Windrush Farm offers programs tailored to each client’s personal setbacks and goals. Through equine-assisted programs, the Windrush team also draws on its education background to incorporate learning experience into each activity. The center’s techniques have established it as a facility second to none in achieving results and one that operates on a level rarely seen at many peer-therapy centers.

Despite the accolades it has received, Windrush Farm prefers to judge its success according to the success of its clients. To learn more about the facility, please visit

About the Author

With more than two decades of experience in biology, genetics, and scientific communication, Elizabeth Goodwin is regarded as an expert in the scientific field. Over the course of her career, Elizabeth Goodwin has earned a Ph.D. in biology, published 25 manuscripts on biology and pharmaceutical subjects, and, additionally, received co-author credit on 30 manuscripts.

Elizabeth Goodwin Participates in Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

January 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

The fifth annual Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon event, formerly known as Ride for the Cure, took place on June 3rd, 2012. Elizabeth Goodwin, a long-time equestrian enthusiast and medical communications manager participated in the event, which raised almost $100,000 on behalf of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research and awareness fund.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer through awareness, activism, health care, and scientific research. The Massachusetts affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has existed since 2001 as an independent non-profit entity. The organization sponsors a number of fundraising events every year, and 75 percent of the proceeds from these events go toward health education, breast cancer screenings, and treatment programs within the Massachusetts community. Over the past decade, the Massachusetts affiliate has raised over $2 million in support of breast cancer research and education programs and grants.

The Ride for the Ribbon event took place in Fenton Field in Barre, Massachusetts. The 9.8-mile riding course covered dirt and paved roads as well as wooded trails. Participants contributed a minimum of $250 each, and many collected donations from friends and family to support the cause.

Beginner horseback riding tips.

December 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

An equestrian for many years, Elizabeth Goodwin enjoys any opportunity to ride a horse. And while she may no longer be a beginner rider, Elizabeth Goodwin understands the many obstacles one hopes to overcome as a newcomer to the sport. The following tips contain helpful information for individuals just entering the magnificent world of horseback riding.

1. Do not approach your horse directly from in front or behind as they have blind spots in these areas. Instead, approach your horse from the side, preferably near their shoulder, as he or she will be unable to kick you.

2. Always be aware that your horse could kick at any time and without warning. Considering this, stay alert and on your feet whenever you are near your horse.

3. Consider a mounting block to assist you in mounting your horse. This block puts less strain on the horse and makes it easier for you to get up. Also remember to approach from the left side to mount your horse.

4. Once you have mounted your horse, hold the reigns in both hands with a firm, yet comfortable grip.

5. Keep in mind that you should look where you want to go, rather than downward. This will allow for better steering and the avoidance of obstacles and unexpected changes in your path.

6. Remember to keep your heels down at all times. Retaining a firm heel-plant in your stirrups gives you braking power and incredible control when your horse stops suddenly.

7. Work with your horse rather than against him or her. Feel the movement of the horse and allow your hips and body to move naturally.

Ride for the Ribbon: An Overview By Elizabeth Goodwin

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Held annually, Ride for the Ribbon was started by Nancy G. Grinker, who promised her sister, Susan Komen, that she would work tirelessly to help find a cure for breast cancer after Susan lost her life to the disease at the age of 36. Originally named Komen for the Cure, the charitable cause now known as Ride for the Ribbon originated in 1982 and spearheaded a global movement toward the end of breast cancer.

In the 29 years since Ride for the Ribbon’s founding, thousands of participants, donors, and activists have made the event the largest grassroots conglomerate of breast cancer survivors in the world. Every participant involved in Ride for the Ribbon works toward ending breast cancer by spreading information about the disease, by providing the highest quality of care for those suffering from it, and by pushing the medical and science communities to continue working for a cure.

Various communities around the globe run and organize their own branches of Ride for the Ribbon. In 2001, several citizens of Massachusetts banded together and initiated the organization’s Massachusetts affiliate, holding numerous fundraisers and keeping over 75 percent of the net income in Massachusetts to help local survivors and patients.

About the Author

A polymath in the fields of scientific communication, genetics, and biology, Elizabeth Goodwin, Ph.D., leverages over 20 years as an educator and professional at various institutions and companies. Elizabeth Goodwin’s career began at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she served as an Assistant Professor. Since that first appointment, Elizabeth Goodwin has held positions at the University of Wisconsin’s Genetics Department as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, as well as Sunovian Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as Senior Manager of Scientific Communications in Pharmaceuticals.

Smith College

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Elizabeth Goodwin attended Smith College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry.

Established in 1871, Smith College opened with 6 faculty members and 14 students when its first class began in 1875. Smith College owes its creation and its name to Sophia Smith, a wealthy woman who left her inheritance to the school. Smith College represents one woman’s dedication to provide females with a higher education equal to that given males, and the priceless opportunity for individual growth, knowledge, and development. What Sophia Smith started proved to be in high demand as enrollment reached 1,724 students by the year 1915. Smith College currently enrolls approximately 2,600 undergraduate students each year.

Today, Smith College continues its tradition of diverse academic offerings and its commitment to excellence in education. The institution now employs almost 300 professors and offers 41 programs and departments. Of these programs, the Junior Year Abroad program remains popular with program locations in Geneva, Hamburg, Paris, and Florence. Students who study abroad complete all their courses in the language of the country they reside in. Many students choose to stay with a host family, others opt for program housing.

In addition, The Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership program and Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work, stand out as favorable options for Smith College students who wish to expand their knowledge of real-life working environments and enhance their leadership skills. A number of graduate and post-graduate degrees are offered in various areas of study including social work, biological sciences, teaching, and fine arts, among others. Smith College works in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, and Hampshire College in order to provide a well-rounded assortment of doctoral programs.

Elizabeth Goodwin on Windrush Farms’ Equine-Assisted Therapy

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Goodwin

As an avid equestrian, I am pleased to be able to pursue one of my passions while also giving back to the community through my volunteer work at Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation (WFTE), a non-profit farm that teaches special needs children and adults to work with horses. Every year, WFTE serves more than 300 children and adults with emotional, mental, and physical disabilities on the 35-acre horse farm through programs such as equine assisted therapies and activities as well as recreational programs.

Such activities provide multiple benefits, including:

1. Developing self-confidence and self-reliance.

2. Providing the chance to work as part of a team.

3. Facilitating increased physical skills, such as coordination, reflexes, balance, and motor planning.

4. Imparting improved strength and muscle tone, particularly in the body’s core muscles.

5. Encouraging better posture.

6. Offering self-paced achievement.

7. Fostering a developing relationship between rider and horse that includes the patient having the responsibility of taking care of the animal’s needs and effectively communicating with the horse.

8. Furthering a sense of accomplishment and well-being.

9. Allowing participants to feel just like everyone else.

10. Promoting social engagement and building relationships.

These are just a few of the many benefits offered in WFTE’s programs. The organization operates primarily on donations, and a number of volunteers also aid in keeping the farm running. If you’d like to donate or volunteer, visit