Minds & Medicine

Who We Are

The education of the doctor, which goes on after he has his degree is, after all,
the most important part of his education.

- John Shaw Billings, MD
Director, New York Public Library
Surgeon & First Librarian
Library of the Surgeon General’s Office

Promoting Lifelong Learning

Letters & Sciences’ mission is to improve healthcare through lifelong learning for clinicians, and in so doing, validate the value of these educational offerings to improving patient outcomes.

Letters & Sciences develops and implements scientifically rigorous education to meet the continuum of learning for healthcare practitioners, developing activities that advance learners’ competence (skills, knowledge, and attitudes required for performance), and that are evidence-based, reflect the most recent clinical advances, consistent with treatment guidelines, and promote patient-centered care.

Communicating Science Through the Science of Communication
Letters & Sciences’ educational priorities focus on:

  • Defining educational gaps based on literature searches, expert interviews, participant and faculty evaluations, national healthcare priorities, epidemiological and survey data, and guidelines and quality improvement goals;
  • Providing clinically relevant educational activities, enduring materials, and resources by focusing on advances and breakthroughs in medicine based on participants’ unmet educational needs;
  • Identifying leading investigators and clinicians to serve as highly respected, independent, unbiased faculty;
  • Applying scientific rigor to content development, enhancing knowledge and skills so clinicians can optimize patient care and outcomes;
  • Designing the most relevant and effective educational formats using current adult education principles and practices;
  • Maintaining educational alliances with academic and clinical institutions, medical societies, and leading clinical investigators;
  • Assessing educational impact, retention, and integration into clinical practice, at the highest possible level of validation.
Committed to Standards

Educating healthcare providers is a privilege that we accept as a formidable mantle of responsibility. Letters & Sciences has practiced and supported exceptional criteria for accuracy, integrity and regulatory responsibility. We welcome the shifting paradigms in continuing education that are emphasizing practice-based learning, implementing new metrics to assess quality and rewarding high-performance healthcare organizations, while calling on policymakers to support the development of information technology tools. In the context of continuous improvement of the educational delivery process, we endeavor to provide educational activities that promote lifelong learning, as well as collaborate with academic, professional, and regulatory institutions. With a transformation of CE underway, many aspects of the process will benefit, with the ultimate advantage to the practitioners and their patients.

Transforming Healthcare Delivery & Delivery of Continuing Education

At the same time that healthcare delivery is being remodeled and transformed, medical knowledge is accelerating at an exponential rate that is outpacing acquisition, especially in those therapeutic arenas (oncology, neuroscience, reproductive medicine, infectious disease) in which our organization primarily is focused. Cognizant of our role and responsibility to advance the pace of meaningful education to parallel that of emerging data and innovation, Letters & Sciences partners with ranking academic and clinical institutions, as well as professional societies, to fulfill this mission. Together, we focus on incorporating principles of adult learning to transmit scientifically rigorous content so that knowledge is integrated into practice paradigms to improve performance and outcomes.

Evaluating Educational Transmission & Adoption
Letters & Sciences continuously evaluates individual activities and our overall education program to assure alignment with our mission and to apply expert scrutiny to ensure accurate data analysis and unbiased delivery. Letters & Sciences creates an individualized evaluation plan for each activity utilizing pre- and post-test data, immediate post-session evaluation data, and long-term post-session assessment. All individual activities are designed to achieve one or both of the following outcomes:

  • Learners acquire new knowledge and/or strategies toward promoting best practices;
  • Learners utilize competencies acquired through educational activities to improve clinical practice.
Assessing Outcomes

The evaluation methods that Letters & Sciences employs depends on the educational format of the activity and the level of outcome that we are aiming to assess, applying the model defined by Moore, Green & Gallis in developing outcomes-based evaluations.

Tithing Pro Bono Services

Letters & Sciences extends our responsibility to a “tithing” philosophy in which we commit a percentage of our work to the public good without compensation. These pro bono services for activities and programs are identified based on meaningful areas of need in oncology, neuropsychiatry, reproductive medicine and infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS). Medical and nursing societies, non-profit organizations, universities, and medical centers interested in our pro bono services are encouraged to submit requests for consideration.

CNE Accreditation
Letters & Sciences is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

We voluntarily sought accreditation by the ANCC. This means that we are continually reviewed by experts in continuing nursing education to ensure that we comply with current educational and nursing standards to deliver the best continuing nursing education, using the latest educational technology and knowledge.