Erudite Corporation has reached a five-year collaborative agreement with the University of Michigan Medical School to distribute its Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs to physicians through the Internet.

Erudite is a publisher that produces multimedia medical education and training courses and programs for healthcare professionals and delivers them through its World Wide Web site at The site will host the Medical School's CME programs. ``We are pleased with this new opportunity to deliver our continuing medical education programs to physicians,'' said Van Harrison, director of CME at Michigan.

Erudite was founded in 1998 by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), the largest health system in Michigan and the third-largest managed care organization in the country. A management group led by Frank J. Palazzolo (now Erudite's president and chief executive officer) acquired the company in 2001.

Erudite has a 10-year joint development agreement with HFHS, granting it use of HFHS's computerized video editing and delivery system, and exclusive rights to commercialize HFHS's existing video library of courses, including its complete Managed Care College Curriculum.