Forrest Lang, MD, Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Lang lives in Johnson City and rounds on the Family Practice Service in rotation with the other faculty. His clinical experience includes practicing in the medically underserved areas of the South Bronx, North Philadelphia, Honduras, and nearby Southwest Virginia. Dr. Lang's main academic interest lies in 1) teaching, research and, faculty development in doctor-patient communication and 2) in developing rural programs to train the next generation of rural physicians. Dr. Lang and his wife, Carol and their three children and their families live here in Johnson City. Free time may find Dr. Lang running or biking or cultivating Johnson City's prime Monarch butterfly breeding grounds. Dr. Lang can be reached at: lang@etsu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarly Activities

2013

Paper, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:
Regional and National

Lang F, Gorniewicz J, Floyd, M. Breaking Bad News Communication Module: Incorporating Evocative Stories from Patients Improves OSCE Performance. Presented at the 46th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore, MD, May 1-5, 2013.

Grant Funded Project Participation:

Lang F (PI)
Instructional Models to Improve Cancer Communication
Funding: National Institutes of Health: NCI
Amount Funded: $306,417 for 7/1/12 – 6/30/13
Total Award: $1.5 million over 5 years
Start and End Dates: 7/6/09 – 6/30/14

2011

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations: 
Regional and National

Lang, F, Floyd, M and Stockwell, G.   Addressing the Ten Most Challenging Communication Moments in Caring for Patients With Cancer. Seminar presented at the 44th STFM Annual Spring Conference, April 27-May 1, 2011, New Orleans, LA. 

Other Sponsored Activities (grant submission/funded)

Project Title:  Instructional Modules to Improve Cancer Communication.  Co-Principle Investigators:  Drs. Fred Tudiver, Beth Bailey, Mike Floyd, Glenda Stockwell and Tim Urbin.  Funding Agency:  NIH/NCI.  Project Period/Grant Amount:  July 6, 2009 – June 30, 2014/$302,293 for Year 1; $314,821 for Year 2; $314,426 for Year 3; $321,962 for Year 4; $321,513 for Year 5: Total award: $1,575,015

2012

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:
Regional and National

Lang F, Gorniewicz J. Breaking bad news: can cancer communication modules incorporating evocative stories from patients and physicians, improve resident OSCE performance? Presented at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research & Teaching Forum, October 2012, Providence, RI.

Lang F, Janssen C, Enck R, Gorniewicz J. Discussing end-of-life issues with patients: good listening is good doctoring. Presented at the Behavioral Science Forum annual meeting, September 2012, Chicago, IL.

2010

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:

Regional and National

Hess RA, Lang FF and Grover SL. Assessment of an interprofessional communications course using standardized patients. Presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). July 10-14, 2010; Seattle, WA. PDF

International

Lang F, Floyd M. Using cancer patient stories to "power" communication modules. Presented at EACH Conference. September 5-8, 2010; Verona, Italy.

Lang F and Floyd MR. Teaching skills/effective learner-centered teaching strategies for small group. Presented at the 43rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM). April 25, 2010; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. PDF

Franko J, Bennard B, Lang F, Floyd MR, Moore J and Hixson C. Implementing a skills development program for international medical graduates seeking entry into US residency programs. Presented at the 43rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM). April 26, 2010; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. PDF

Lang F, Floyd MR, Tudiver F and Stockwell G. Using cancer patient stories to "power" communication modules. Presented at the 43rd Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM). April 26, 2010; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. PDF

2009

Journal Publications:

Blatt B, Kallenberg G, Lang F, Floyd M and Kemp E. Found in translation: Exporting patient-centered communication and small group teaching skills to China. Med Educ Online. 2009;14:6. PDF

Dorgan K, Lang F, Floyd MR and Kemp E. International medical graduate-patient communication: A qualitative analysis of perceived barriers. Acad Med. 2009;84(11):1567-1575. PDF

Blatt B, Kallenberg G, Lang F, Mahoney P, Patterson J, Dugan B and Sun S. Found in translation: Exporting patient-centered communication and small group teaching skills to China. Med Educ Online. 2009;14(6):1-8. PDF

Dorgan K, Lang F, Floyd MR and Kemp E. International medical graduate-patient communication: A qualitative analysis of perceived barriers. Am J Health Hehav.

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:
Regional and National

Lang F. Cancer patient stories: Leading a journey towards more compassionate communication. Presented to: Riverside Methodist Hospital; October 27, 2009; Columbus, OH.

Lang F. Human patient simulator objective structured clinical evaluation in family medicine. Presented at: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 42nd Annual Spring Conference; April 30, 2009; Denver, CO.

Grover S, Lang F , Floyd M, Kemp E and McCord E. Breaking down barriers: An interprofessional course in communications for health professionals. Poster Presented at: American Public Health Association, 136th

International

Lang F. Storytelling, oncology, and medical communication – Analysis of cancer patients' stories. Presented to: European Association for Communication in Healthcare; October 5, 2009.

Invited Presentations:

Lang F. Storytelling, oncology, and medical communication analysis of cancer patients' stories. Presented at: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 42nd Annual Spring Conference; April 30, 2009; Denver, CO.

2008

Journal Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Kemp, E., Floyd, M., McCord-Duncan, E. and Lang, F. Patients Prefer the "Tell Back-Collaborative Inquiry" to Assess Understanding of Medical Information. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, January 2008; Vol. 21, No. 1.

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:

Regional and National

Lang F, Floyd M, Stockwell G and Bennard B. Guidelines and strategies for meeting challenging situations encountered when teaching communication skills. Presented at: 41st STFM's Annual Spring Conference as a Presentation Lecture-Discussion; April 30-May 4, 2008; Baltimore, MD.

Annual Meeting, Public Health Without Borders; Oct 25-29, 2008; San Diego, CA.

Workshops and Paper Presentations

Lang, F., Floyd, M., Stockwell, G. and Bennard, B. Guidelines and Strategies for Meeting Challenging Situations Encountered When Teaching Communications Skills (ID: 8787). Accepted as lecture-discussion presentation at the 41st STFM Annual Spring Conference, April 30 - May 4, 2008, Baltimore, MD.

Dorgan, K., Lang, F., Floyd, M. and Kemp, E. International Medical Graduate-Patient Communication: A Qualitative Analysis of Perceived Barriers. Presentation selected as the top paper by the Intercultural Communication Division for presentation in the Intercultural Communication Division at the 2008 SSCA Annual Convention, Savannah, GA, 2008.

Invited Presentations:

Lang F. Storytelling, oncology, and medical communication. Presented at: American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) Research and Teaching Forum; Oct 17-19, 2008; Madison, WI.

Lang F. Guidelines and strategies for meeting challenging situations encountered when teaching communication skills. Presented at: STFM's Presentation Lecture-Discussion; May 2, 2008; Baltimore, MD.

Lang F. Effective approaches to addressing feelings in OB-GYN. Presented at: East Tennessee State University during the OB GYN Grand Rounds; May 21, 2008; Johnson City, TN.

2007

Journal Publications:

Kemp EC, Floyd MR, McCord-Duncan E, and Lang FJ. Patients Prefer the Method of "Tell Back-Collaborative Inquiry" to Assess Understanding of Medical Information. Am Board Fam Med 2008 21 (1).

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:

International:

2007 AACH Forum: International Conference on Communications in Healthcare, October 9-12, 2007, Charleston, SC: Developing an integrated patient centered and storytelling qualitative, interview approach to explore potential sources of cancer health disparities. Inter-professional Communication Course – Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Invited Presentations:

International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine, "Teaching veterinary-client-patient communication", Washington, D.C., July 14, 2007.

International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine, "Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) - OSTEs (teacher's evaluations) - Assessing veterinarian-patient communication and teacher-learner interaction", Washington, D.C., July 14, 2007.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 40th Annual Spring Conference, Theme Session, "Facilitating Healthy Behavior Change: From Evidence-based Guidelines to Experience-based Learning", Chicago, IL, April 25-29, 2007.

Other Scholarly Activities:

Communication Skills Task Force, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), Philadelphia, PA, December 10-11, 2007.

Grant Research - Interviews of Cancer Patients' Stories - Funded by ASCO ($50,000) and ACTRID ($7,000) - Principle Advisor for Dr. Harsha Vardhana (Ongoing project) July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008.

Grant Submission:

Submitted: June 2007. Funding source: Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Dr. Lang will serve as Principal Investigator with Bruce Bennard as Project Evaluator.

Submitted: 02/02/07. Funding source: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Title: Development and Implementation of an Inter-Professional Healthcare Communications Curriculum. Principal Investigator: Dr. Forrest Lang. Summary of the Project: Collaborate with the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy to develop, test, and disseminate a comprehensive, patient-centered communications curriculum to cultivate caring attitudes among students in several healthcare disciplines. Date of the project: 01/01/08-12/31/10

2006

Journal Publications:

Editorial Advisor for GME-TODAY course series, "Interpersonal and Communication Skills" September 2005.

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:

International:

International Faculty Development Workshop on Challenging Teaching Situations in Communications. European Asssos. Of Communications in Healthcare Conference. Basil Switzerland Sept 2006

Invited Presentations:

Dorgan, K.A., Bambino, L.E., Floyd, M., Lang, F., & Femp., E. (2006). Communication and Cultural Adaptation: Sources of Anxiety Among International Medical Graduates in Rural Apalachia (Juried). Manuscript presented at American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research and Teaching Forum; Atlanta, GA.

STFM 2006 Forum for Behavioral Science, "A Forum at the Forum" – "Difficulties in Teaching Communications Skills: It Don't Come Easy"; Chicago, IL, September 15-17, 2006

Invited by the Chinese Medical Doctor Association to Teach a "Train the Trainers" course in health care communications. The Trainees will in turn teach other Chinese Doctors elements of Patient Centered Communications. August 20-25, 2006

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 32nd Annual Predoctoral Education Conference, "An Experience Based Faculty Development Model for Small-group Leaders of Communication Skills," Charleston, SC, February 2-5, 2006

Other Scholarly Activities:

The Gabriel Smilkstein Award for Excellence in Innovative Approach to Behavioral Science Instruction in Family Medicine will be presented to Forrest Lang, MD at the STFM 2006 Forum for Behavioral Science, in Chicago, September 14-17, 2006

Dr. Lang's BMJ-Learning paper on Breaking Bad News has been selected for inclusion in training site for UK interns about core clinical matters.

Serving on the Search Committee to identify suitable candidates for the Chair of Family Medicine.

2005

Journal Publication:

Lang F, M.D. "Breaking Bad News." British Medical Journal, July 2005(In Press)

Lang F, MD, Ferguson KP, MS, Bennard B, PhD, Zahorik P and Carolyn Sliger, MSEH "The Appalachian Preceptorship: Over Two Decades of an Integrated Clinical-Classroom Experience of Rural Medicine and Appalachian Culture" Academic Medicine, 2005 August;80(8):717-23

Schirmer JM, LCSW,  Mauksch L, MEd, Lang F, MD, Marvel MK, PhD, Zoppi K, PhD, Epstein RM, MD, Brock D, PhD and Pryzbylski M, PhD. "Assessing Communication Competence: A Review of Current Tools" Family Medicine, 2005;37(3): 184-92

Paper, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:

Regional and National

Lang F, MD, Professor, Vice-Chair and Director of Medical Education Division.  "Evaluation of the Inter-Professional Aspects of a Course Teaching Communication Skills to Medical, Nursing, and Public Health Students."

Presentation at 38th STFM Annual Spring Conference, "The Effect of Training, Gender, and Academic Factors on Communication Skills Assessment", New Orleans, LA, April 30 – May 1, 2005.

Invited Presentations:

WVRHEP/AHEC Faculty Development Conference, "Evidenced-Based Models for Communication Skills" and "Teaching Communication Skills" to rural primary care physicians, Charleston W VA, September 24, 2005.

European Association for Communication in Healthcare, 2005 AAPP, Presenting "Án Experience-Based, Interactive, Communications Faculty Development Module" and Moderating "Assessing Communication Skills" Chicago, IL, October 6-8, 2005.

Healing Through Story a Multidisciplinary Conference Celebrating the Oral Tradition, "Storytelling as a Vehicle to Enhance Cancer Patient-Physician Communication", Minneapolis, MN, February 25-27, 2005

The 2005 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, "Interpersonal and Communication Skills", Kissimmee, FL, March 3-5, 2005.

Other Scholarly Activities:

Inducted into the James H. Quillen College Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society September 13, 2005.

Editorial Advisor for GME-TODAY course series, "Interpersonal and Communication Skills" September 2005.

Serving as a reviewer on the Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare ICCH to be held in Chicago, IL, October 5-6, 2005