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Our History

It all began in 1951. Our founder, Jerry Pettis, acquired a $10,000 loan, to start an organization that would offer CME/CE to medical professionals nationwide. Pettis was a public relations advisor for the Los Angeles County Medical Association and became a California Congressman later on in his career. The idea of helping medical professionals meet, what is now considered Continuing Medical Education credits, all started with a trip to a physician’s office. While Pettis waited in the physician’s office, as he finished up with a patient, Pettis noticed a stack of medical journals on the physician’s desk and wondered how any one doctor found the time to read and learn from the great amount of information in the journals. The following year, Pettis founded the Audio-Digest Foundation as a nonprofit affiliate of the California Medical Association, and launched its first recorded series of medical lectures.

Since 1952, the Audio Digest learning platform has evolved from a reel-to-reel based business to one of the most technically advanced continuing medical education platforms. In our 60+ years of service to the medical industry we have published more than 17,000 medical lectures across 16 specialties and issuing over 2,000,000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits Credits every year. We offer thousands of accredited courses from over 120 leading institutions like Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Cleveland Medical Clinic.

Audio Digest has been an accredited provider of CME since the accreditation requirements were established for physicians in 1981. Our education content is also accredited for physician assistants, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses (e.g., NP’s, CRNAs), psychologists, registered dietitians and pharmacists. We are one of the only organizations to have earned the distinction of being awarded Joint Accreditation (ACCEM fore physician, ACPE for pharmacists, and ANCC for nurses) which promotes continuing education specifically designed to improve inter-professional collaborative practice in health care delivery.

Our mission is to provide high-quality, convenient and affordable continuing professional education to physicians and other healthcare professionals so they can meet the growing requirements to learn and to improve patient care, thereby promoting/enhancing the health of the general public.

We are committed to supporting education in the healthcare community through contributions, grants and scholarships. Every day we strive to uncover new educational resources, investigate new communications technology and develop new educational programming aimed at improving patient care and enhancing public health. We are proud of our heritage, commitment to the medical community and will continue to foster learning in the medical field.

Our History
Our History
Our History

Circa 1950's

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