Praise for Tom’s workshop on interpreting and reporting statistics

“Thank you for making statistics understoodable!” From a physician at Sichuan Medical University, Chengdu, China

The course was far more interesting and accessible than I anticipated. I would take another course from Mr. Lang and recommend my colleagues do the same. From an American Medical Writers Association conference

Excellent workshop – better than all of my grad school stat classes. From a physician-researcher at the Cleveland Clinic

Brilliant! Tom’s command of the subject is amazing. The value of this workshop is priceless . . . From a student at the University of Chicago’s course on statistics for medical writers and editors

This [statistics] workshop was well thought out and very well led. Tom made an intimidating topic very approachable, and he was organized, kept things moving, and was very clear. Thank you!! From a European medical writer

I do not know of anybody who could have explained this material to this level of detail and audience understanding. Amazing! Thank you! From a Japanese researcher

It was perfectly focused for the target audience – it was just what I needed for a basic understanding of the statistics I run into at work. From a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry

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Tom Lang

Former Manager, Medical Editing Services, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Former Senior Scientific Writer, New England Cochrane Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Center

Participant, CONSORT, MOOSE, and PRISMA standards-setting groups

Past President, Council of Science Editors

2002 Excellence in Continuing Education Award, American Statistical Association

Golden Apple Award, Outstanding Workshop Leader, American Medical Writers Association

2002 Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for contributions to medical communications, American Medical Writers Association

MA, Communications Management, Annenberg School for Communication, USC

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Communication Services

  • • Analytical author’s editing of biomedical research articles
  • • Preparation of manuscripts, grants, reports, slides, posters, and professional correspondence
  • • Development of theory-based patient education and instructional materials
  • • Communication analysis
  • • Document and communication design

On-Site training Topics

  • • On-site seminars and workshops
  • • Conference presentations and lectures
  • • Intensive short courses
  • • Individual instruction
  • • Preparation of training materials and exercises
  • • Curricula development and evaluation
  • • Design of instructional and training program

Tom's Books


How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors Editors, and Reviewers, 2nd Edition


How to Report Statistics in Medicine, Second edition, presents a comprehensive—and comprehensible—set of guidelines for reporting the statistical analyses and research designs and activities commonly used in biomedical research. 

Containing elements of a reference book, a style manual, a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and a textbook, it is now a standard guide in the fields of medical writing, scientific publications, and evidence-based medicine throughout the world. 


  • • Specific, detailed guidelines for reporting and interpreting statistics and research designs and activities in biomedical science. 
  • • Sample presentations that guide you in reporting statistics correctly and completely. 
  • • Coverage of current and emerging topics in statistics and trial design

Written by a senior medical writer and a senior biostatistician, the text is both clear and accurate, and the information is complete and pragmatic.  Designed for anyone who needs to understand, interpret, or report statistics in medicine.


How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences: Guidelines for Clinicians and Laboratory Researchers


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How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences provides advice and techniques for preparing formal scientific communications: abstracts, posters, slides, grant proposals, and scientific articles.  It also addresses the related topics of writing effectively and efficiently; preparing tables, graphs, drawings, and photographs for publication; creating posters and slides; and documenting clinical and laboratory images for publication.

A profound, if unacknowledged, truth is that science could not exist without writing. Another truth, likewise unacknowledged, is that scientific writing is not just about writing. It is about communicating with graphs, tables, statistics, and images, as well as with words.  It is about persuading readers with reason, fact, and logic to accept the research as credible. It is about documenting experimental protocols, analytical methods, and results so that the research can be evaluated, interpreted, and replicated.  It is about archiving the research in the scientific literature so that others can find it, learn it, and build on it.

By addressing these other functions of scientific writing, How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences goes well beyond the usual books in this field to create a uniquely valuable resource.