NEW COMPANY OFFERS INDEPENDENT APPROACH TO MEDICAL EDUCATION

BOSTON, MA (September 14, 2010) - Amid growing concern over the relationship between the health care industry and continuing education programs for physicians, Lighthouse Learning, LLC was formally launched today as a new, fully independent provider of medical education for physicians. 

The company will offer a national curriculum in medicine spanning 12 major specialties: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, oncology, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, and rheumatology. Recognized clinician-educators - leaders with the strongest national reputations in these areas of medicine from institutions including Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic and Stanford University School of Medicine - will oversee the development of education programs as Curriculum Directors. 

Unlike existing medical education organizations, Lighthouse Learning receives no commercial support for the development of its curricula - the company is funded exclusively by the sale of curricula to medical societies, insurance companies, professional meetings companies, healthcare organizations and other entities. 

"Today, best practices in medicine continually evolve as new discoveries are made, and it's challenging to understand which information sources to trust," said Martin A. Samuels, MD, DSc(hon), FAAN, MACP, FRCP, Chairman, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Medical Education, Lighthouse Learning. "Through Lighthouse Learning, we will bring reliable, up-to-date clinical information from trusted medical experts directly to physicians, so they can make more informed and effective care decisions." 

Educational programs from Lighthouse Learning, available in digital, live presentation and print formats, will be uniquely targeted to both specialists and generalists. Programs on cutting-edge topics will be designed with multiple modules to address each audience. 

Lighthouse Learning, under the leadership of President and CEO Jon D. Leibowitz, Dr. Samuels as Director of Medical Education and Susan F. Pioli as Vice President for Program Recruitment and Development, is guided by an Advisory Board of distinguished, nationally known physicians in academic medicine. The Board, which includes Aram Chobanian, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine; Faith Fitzgerald, MD, of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine; Stephen Goldfinger, MD, of Harvard Medical School; Joseph Martin, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School; Laura Roberts, MD, of the Stanford University School of Medicine; and Michael Whitcomb, MD, of the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services, will support the company as it grows and expands its educational programs. 

Lighthouse Learning is currently developing its application for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), with provisional accreditation status anticipated by July 2011. In the interim, it will provide credit for participants in its education programs through joint sponsorship with nationally recognized, fully accredited entities. 

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About Lighthouse Learning
Lighthouse Learning is dedicated to presenting physicians with educational programs developed independently by the nation's leading experts across 12 specialties. Lighthouse Learning's cutting-edge curricula provide physicians with the reliable, up-to-date information they need to give the best possible care. Visit www.lighthouselearn.com

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