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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Domestic Training

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Invited Presentations, Domestic

2017 InQuill Medical Communications, 1-hour webinar on critical appraisal of research
2017 InQuill Medical Communications, 1-hour webinar on statistical errors
2016 Editorial Freelancers Association, 1-hour webinar on numeracy
2015 Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska. Two days of training on preparing
scientific publications
2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Daylong training in critical appraisal of epidemiological research and common statistical and data presentation errors.
2014 Drug Information Association, Medical and Scientific Communications 2014 Annual
Forum, Orlando, FL. 3-h Tutorial on Statistics for Medical Communications
2014 InQuill Medical Communications, 1-hour webinar on statistical errors.
2013 Annual conference of the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI).
University of Washington, November 15, 2013. “Keeping the Litter out of the Literature:
Improving the Quality of Scientific Publications.”
2013 Drug Information Association, Medical and Scientific Communications 2013
Annual Forum, Phoenix, AZ. Presentation on reporting guidelines for evidencebased medicine.
2013 InQuill Medical Communications, 1-hour webinar on statistical errors.
2012, 2013 Annual meetings, editorial board, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Tampa, FL and Denver, CO. Presentations on publishing in scientific journals.
2012 Drug Information Association, Medical and Scientific Communications 2014 Annual Forum, Orlando, FL. 2012. 3-h Tutorial and panel discussion on Statistics for Medical
2010 The International League Against Epilepsy, San Antonio, Texas. Four-hour presentation to the editorial board and reviewers of Epilepsia on reviewing articles for publication in the journal.

Veterinary Journal Editors Group, American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, “Statistical Errors Even YOU can Find.”


The Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, several presentations on scientific publications and medical writing

2006 Association of Health Care Journalists Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Twenty Statistical Errors Even YOU Can Find.
2001, 2005 and 2006 American Osteopathic Association, Council on Research, Conference presentations in Birmingham, AL, Tulsa, OK, and Las Vegas, NV.
1999 to 2004 American Statistical Association, annual meetings: “Communicating with
Nonstatisticians, 4- and 8-hour workshops
2001 to 2004 American Public Health Association, annual meeting.  Continuing Education
course on critical appraisal of biomedical and public health research
2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta Georgia. “Critical appraisal of the biomedical literature.”  Video broadcast to 3 remote sites.
2000  National Council of Teachers of English, Milwaukee, WI. Scientific Writing
1996   American Academy of Optometry, Annual Research Symposium. Writing Scientific Articles
Since 1996 Council of Science Editors, annual conferences
• Instructor, Short Course, Statistics for Journal Editors, on-going
• Instructor, first 3 Short Courses for New Manuscript Editors
• Ten Common Statistical Reporting Errors; four presentations
• Discussant, Is There Evidence of Quality in the Scientific Literature?
• Discussant, Value Added and Productivity Measures in Medical Writing
• Moderator, What Editors Need to Know about Industry-Sponsored Research
• Presenter, Observations on Instructions for Authors
• Presenter, How Are Nonnative English-Speaking Authors Coping with Requirements to Publish in English-Language Journals?  
Since 1986 American Medical Writers Association. More than 200, 3-hour Core and Advanced workshops presented at national and regional conferences:
• Biostatistics for Medical Writers and Editors (required)
• Reporting Correlation and Regression Analyses (required)
• Preparing Biomedical Research Articles (required)
• Reporting Measures of Risk
• Critical Appraisal of Clinical Research Articles
• Reporting Clinical Trials (Advanced Curriculum)
• Reporting Diagnostic Test Characteristics (Advanced Curriculum)
• Improving Comprehension: Theories and Research Findings (required)              
• Preparing Patient Education Handouts 
• Preparing Tables and Graphs
• Institutional Pandering: What Writers Need to Know about Grantsmanship      
• Mentor-guided Analytical Thinking (MAT)
1992 The 1992 Nutrition Conference, a continuing education course sponsored by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; “Dr. Frankenstein, Science, and YOU"               
1990 Midwest Pediatric Gut Club, “Developing Patient Education Handouts” 
1989, 1990 Society for Technical Communication (Writer in the Workplace Conference, Sacramento, California)
• Writing for Informavores: Applications of Information Theory to Technical Communication
• Meaning, Sound, and Symbol: The Alphabet, Before and Beyond
• Seven Reasons for Writing in Circles: From Message to Meaning in Written Communication
1986  American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, annual conference, Seattle, Washington: “Medical Writing: Strategies and Skills”
1983   Loma Linda University Medical Center, “Coping With Stress.  A 4-hour workshop presented to the Department of Respiratory Care. Ten presentations.

California State University, Chico 
Publishing in Professional Journals.  Professional development seminar presented to the faculty at CSU Chico, January 1980.
Rape: A Model for Prevention. Keynote address presented at the Northern California Rape Prevention Conference, Chico, CA, June 1980.