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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Publications


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Books, Chapters, and Monographs

Lang T. Worth Remembering: Take-Home Points from the Targeted and Tailored Messages for Dealing with Depression (T2/D2) Conference. April 8, 2010, Sacramento, California. 25-page synopsis of this conference.
Lang T. How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences: A Guide for Clinicians and Laboratory Researchers. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 2010.  Japanese translation to be released in 2010.
Lang T, Secic M. How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers.  Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 1997.  360 pages.  Reprinted in English for distribution within China in 1998 and translated into Chinese in 2001.  Second edition, 2006. 450 pages. Japanese translation to be released in 2010.
Lang T. Common statistical errors in scientific articles.  In: European Association of Science Editors.  Science Editors’ Handbook. Surrey, England: European Association of Science Editors, 2003;2-3.1, 1-4.
Lang T. Rinsho kenkyu ni okeru toukei houkoku no shikata [How to report statistics in clinical research].  In: Harrison B, Barron JP, Kobayashi H, Harrison E, editors.  Igaku eigo komyunikeshon 2: Ronbun no kakikata – ouyouhen [Medical English Communication, volume 2. How to Write a Research Paper (Applied Skills)]. Tokyo: Asakura Shoten, 2003;281-92.
Lang T. Statistics for medical writers and editors.  In: American Medical Writers Association.  Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication, vol 3.   Bethesda, MD: American Medical Writers Association, 2001.
Goodkin DE, Lang T. Standardized reporting of randomized controlled multiple sclerosis clinical trials.   In: Rudick R, Goodkin DE, editors.  Multiple Sclerosis: Experimental and Applied Therapeutics.  London: Martin Dunitz Publishers, 1999.
Lang T, Talerico C. Improving comprehension: theories and research findings.  In: American Medical Writers Association.  Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication, vol, 2.  Bethesda, MD: American Medical Writers Association, 1997.
Lang T. Preparing Patient Education Handouts.  In: American Medical Writers Association.  Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication.   Bethesda, MD: American Medical Writers Association, 1994.
Reed R, Lang T. Health Behaviors.  St. Paul: West Publishing Co., First Edition, 1982; Second Edition, 1987.  A college text on personal health; 600 pages and an instructor's manual.
Lang T. An Overview of Proposal Development: A Guide for the Faculty at California State University, Chico.  The Graduate School, CSU Chico, 1989.
Lang T. The Stick and Cane in Close Combat: Joint Locks, Takedowns, and Surprise Attacks. Orange, California: Unique Publications/Action Pursuit Group, 2006. 300 pages.
Lang T. A brief history of jujutsu.  In: Musser D, Lang T.  Jujitsu: Techniques and Tactics.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1999. Translated into Chinese and Russian in 2005. 196 pages.
Lang T, Zier D. The Japanese Short Staff.  Burbank: Unique Publishing Co., 1985.  100 pages. 

Publications: Articles and Letters

Lang T. Assessing Competence in Medical Writing and Editing: Certification or Self-Assessment? AMWA J.  In press
Lang T. Letter to Editor.  Response to the article titled” “Use of the Passive Voice in Medical Journal Articles.” AMWA J.  In press.
Harvey B, Lang T. Hypothesis Testing, Study Power, and Sample Size. Chest 2010;137: DOI: 10.1378􏰃chest.10-0067. Invited article.
Lang T. A checklist for Chinese authors publishing clinical research in scientific journals. Di-San Junyi Daxue Xuebao [Acta Academiae Medicinae Militaris Tertiae] (The Journal of The Third Military Medical University) 2010;32(19):2039-44. [Invited article]
Lang T. CONSORTing with a QUOROM of MOOSES: The Standards Movement in Scientific Reporting. Neurourol Urodyn 2010;29(1):28-9 Invited article.
Lang T. Just Who Are We and What Are We Doing, Anyway? Needed Research in Medical Writing.  Invited article.  AMWA J 2009; 24 (3): 106-112.
Lang T. When a Picture Needs 1,000 Words. Chest 2009;135:1688-91. Invited article.
Lang T. What do you think constitutes authorship? AMWA J 2008; 23(2): 65-7.
Lang T. The need for accurate statistical reporting: Invited Commentary. Adv Physiol Ed 2007;31:Dec.
Lang T. Documenting research in scientific articles: guidelines for authors.  1. Reporting research designs and activities. Chest 2006;130:1263-68. Invited article.
Lang T. Documenting research in scientific articles: guidelines for authors.  2. Reporting hypothesis tests.  Chest 2007;130:317-9. Invited article.
Lang T. Documenting research in scientific articles: guidelines for authors.  3. Reporting multivariate analyses.  Chest 2007;130:628-32. Invited article.
Lang T. How we became medical writers: survey responses of AMWA Members. AMWA Journal, in press.
Lang T. How to write an article for publication in a Western scientific journal: advice for Asian authors from an American medical writer.  Chinese J Evidence-Based Med 2005;5:404-7.
Lang T. Tips for using commas. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage [Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Tips for writing English sentences. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Tips for writing English paragraphs. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Sources of ambiguity in English writing. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Striking out with readability formulas.  AMWA J 2004;19:95-6. [Invited article]
Lang T. Systematic reviews as research assignments for training physicians.  Acad Med 2004;79:1067-72 
Lang T. Twenty statistical errors even YOU can find in biomedical research articles.  Croatian Med J 2004;45:361-70.
Lang T, Hodge P, Olson V, Romano P, Kravitz R. Nurse-patient ratios and patient, nurse employee, and hospital outcomes: a systematic review.  JONA 2004;34:326-37.
Lang T. Guidelines for reporting statistics in biomedical research. Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2003: www.medizin.uni-koeln.de/kliniken/augenklinik/graefe.html.
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 7: Common errors in conclusions.  AMWA J 2006;21:17-8. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 6: errors in research designs.  AMWA J 2005;20:112-5. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 5: errors in reports of diagnostic tests.  AMWA J 2005;20:10-1. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 4: errors in correlation and regression analysis.  AMWA J 2005;20:10-1. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 3: errors in data displays.  AMWA J 2004;19:9-11. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 2: errors in multivariate analysis and in interpreting differences between groups.  AMWA J 2003;18:103-7. [Invited article]  Reprinted in The ATA (American Translators Association) Journal 2005;34:43-7.
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 1: errors in descriptive statistics and in interpreting probability values.  AMWA J 2003;18: 67-71. [Invited article] Reprinted in The ATA (American Translators Association) Journal 2004;33.
Lang T. Quality assurance for pharmaceutical documents.  Jpn Pharmacol Ther 2002;30:837-43.
Lang T. Editing and proofreading pharmaceutical writing.  Jpn Pharmacol Ther 2002;30:845-9.
Lang T. How to stay out of bars (why dot charts are better than bar charts).  AMWA J 2002;17(3):27-9.
Lang T. Collaborative review of editing and writing (CREW): a method for training medical writers and editors.  AMWA J 2002;17(1):23-4.
Lang T. Mentor-guided analytical thinking (MAT): a method for training medical writers and editors.  AMWA J 2002;17(1):26-7.
Altman DG, Schulz KF, Moher D, Egger  M, Davidoff F, Elbourne D, Gøtzsche PC, Lang TA, for the CONSORT Group. The revised CONSORT statement for reporting randomized trials: explanation and elaboration.  Ann  Intern Med 2001;134:663-94.
Altman DG, Schulz KF, Moher D, Egger M, Davidoff F, Elbourne D, Gøtzsche PC, Lang TA, for the CONSORT Group. The CONSORT statement: revised recommendations for improving the quality of parallel-group randomized trials. Ann Intern Med 2001;134:657-62; Lancet 2001;357:1191-4; JAMA 2001;285:1987-91.
Lau J, Ioannidis JP, Balk E, Milch C, Chew P, Terrin N, Lang TA, Salem D, Wong JB. Evaluation of technologies for identifying acute cardiac ischemia in emergency departments. Evid Rep Technol Assess 2000;26:1-4.
Lang T. Masking or blinding?  An unscientific survey of mostly medical journal editors on the great debate.  (A Not Brief Enough Report) [serial online] Med Gen Med March 13, 2000.   [Invited article]
Lang T. Medical writing: where it’s been, where it’s going. AMWA Journal 2000;15:9-12.
Lang T. A curriculum for biomedical writing and editing.  CBE Views 1999;22(1):3-5.
Lang T. CONSORTing with a QUOROM of MOOSES: what it takes to report medical research.  AMWA J 1997;12(3):2-5.
Lang T. Assessing the productivity and value of a hospital-based medical editing service. AMWA J 1997; 12(1):6-14.
Lang T. Physical and processing characteristics of manuscripts submitted for author's editing.  CBE Views.  1996;19(5):111-5.
Lang T. Why medical writers should learn about statistics: the n's do justify the means.  AMWA J 1994;9(2):45-50.
Lang T. Medical journals: an overview of the industry.  AMWA J 1989;4(2):26-32.
Lang T. The effects of word processing on the writing process.  AMWA J 1989;4(4):14-7.
Lang T. The technology of writing: a brief history of the alphabet.  AMWA J 1988;3(4):8-12.
Lang T. A technical writing laboratory: the puzzle exercise. Tech Writing Teach 1988;25(2):132-7.
Lang T. Technical writing is not one of the humanities.  AMWA J 1987;2(5):3-8.
Lang T. Conveying movement in print: how to present martial arts techniques in photographs and text.  J Asian Martial Arts 2008;17:38-53.
Lang T. Katsu: traditional Japanese resuscitation techniques.  Ann Emerg Med 1984;1:40-4.

Other Interviews, Publications, and Presentations

Presentation titled “Getting Published: summarized in an article of the same title in The DO, a publication of the American Osteopathic Association 2006;47:28-36.
Presentation titled “Getting Published: summarized in an article of the same title in The DO, a publication of the American Osteopathic Association 2006;47:28-36.
Interviewed for an article on the risks and benefits of clinical trials in the Indian journal, Clinical Quest: Spotlight on Drug Development 2004;1:13-20.
Interviewed by the journal, Nature, for an article on statistical errors in the scientific literature. May 26, 2004.
Interviewed for an article in the Japanese journal, Medical Writing for the Department, Meet the Author: How to Report Statistics in Medicine. Medical Writing 2001;9:17-21.
Interviewed for an article about the University of Chicago’s Medical Writing and Editing Certificate Program.  Chicago Magazine 2001; Aug: 68-70.
Interviewed for an article on statistical reporting titled: Vital Statistics, by Linda Wasmer Smith. Reaction Times 1995; Nov: 9-14. 
Interviewed for an article titled: Can Your Patients Read What You Give Them?  Patient Education Newsletter 1994;1(1):1-2,7.  Atlanta: Pritchertt & Hull Associates, Inc. 
Interviewed for an article titled: Write Within the Writers Context.  Writing Concepts: The Business Communications Report 1995; 6(5):3-4.  Springfield, VA: Writing Concepts, Inc.
Lang T, editor. Masters Theses, Papers, & Projects: Guide to Style and Format. The Graduate School, CSU Chico, 1980.
Lang T. The Rural Clinical Nurse Placement Project: A Report to the Legislature and The Rural Clinical Nursing Option: An Implementation Manual.  Rural Clinical Nurse Placement Project, CSU Chico, 1980.
Lang T, editor. The Final Report of the Rural Drug Needs Assessment Project and The Executive Summary of the Final Report of the Rural Drug Needs Assessment Project. Human Services Center, CSU Chico, 1979.
Lang T. Experimentally induced conformity.  Paper presented to the Western Psychological Association Conference for Undergraduate Research, Santa Clara, CA, May 1973.