2017 Diabetes Update: High Impact Management for Clinicians

On November, 5, 2017, Touro University California (TUC) held its second annual diabetes conference, 2017 Diabetes Update: High Impact Management for Clinicians.  Organized by TUC’s Dr. Jay Shubrook and the Diabetes Research, Education and Management (DREAM) Team, the event brought together regional and national experts to address key aspects of care that affect busy providers and their patients. More than 70 physicians, pharmacists, PAs, NPs, nurses, and other interested providers from Northern California came to the Mare Island campus for this one day continuing education program. Participants learned practical skills and strategies to implement in their practices right away and improve treatment outcomes. The conference also welcomed 20 TUC students of the healthcare professions (osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and nursing) to participate and learn alongside local providers.

CME Office Team
The CME Office Team: Susan Harrington, Sarah Passage, and Richard Riemer, DO (Left to Right)

As an academic leader in diabetes research and education, Touro Faculty members provided interprofessional expertise: Kim Pfotenhauer, DO; Richard Riemer, DO; Jay Shubrook, DO; and Clipper Young, PharmD. Visiting speakers included Lawrence Fisher, PhD; Lawrence Lehrner, MD; Sandhya Manivannan, MD; Eden Miller, DO; and Joshua Neumiller, PharmD. The format focused on clinicians being equipped with the most critical tools for diabetes management—succinct lecture sessions and rotating workshops incorporated plenty of time for questions and answers with each of the Conference Faculty.

Overall, feedback was extremely positive. Participants found the content to be particularly relevant for their clinical practice and patient interactions. Providers specifically noted that attending the conference improved their understanding of patient counseling, prescribing medications and insulins, screening and treatment of complications in the nervous and renal systems, the benefits of group appointments, psychosocial assessments, and pediatric screening and treatment options. In the course evaluations, 94% of respondents said they would recommend this conference to a colleague. 

This course was provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education in the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM), managed by Sarah Passage. Alumni from TUCOM, the College of Pharmacy (COP), and the Physician Assistant (PA) program participated in the conference and all enjoyed coming back to the campus to continue their education within their respective professions. 

The DREAM team is already planning for next year’s program! Save the date: Sunday, November 4, 2018! 

The Touro DREAM Team (Joy Dugan, PA; Kim Pfotenhauer, DO; Jay Shubrook, DO; and Clipper Young, PharmD) is an interprofessional group of providers that provide comprehensive research, care, and education for people with diabetes and its related conditions. We are now developing continuing education for the providers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and northern California region. 

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