Diabetes Dream Team
The Diabetes Research Education And Management Team (DREAM Team)
Touro California's DREAM Team — part of the College of Osteopathic Medicine — is dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and empowering all those affected by prediabetes and diabetes.
- million Americans have diabetes
- million US adults— 1 in 3 —have prediabetes.
- 1 in 4
- health care dollars is spent on people with diagnosed diabetes.
The DREAM Team's Dream
To improve the quality of life and empower people with diabetes through:
- Partnering to provide education, resources, and support to improve self-management.
- Offering exceptional interprofessional clinical care
- Providing transformative leadership and professional education
- Continuing to assist underserved populations.
- Implementing innovative patient-centered research.
The mission of Touro University California’s DREAM Team is to Educate and Empower people affected by Prediabetes and Diabetes through:
- Increasing access to quality diabetes care and enhancing the patient experience of those living with diabetes,
- Working in a collaborative team to prevent and treat diabetes,
- Being leaders in interprofessional diabetes education and research,
- Providing education and empowerment to those working toward a brighter future for people with diabetes.
Making The Dream Work
Touro California's DREAM Team, established in 2015 and led by internationally renowned diabetes specialist, Dr. Jay Shubrook, takes an interprofessional approach to tackling the spectrum of diabetes disorders, conducting cutting-edge diabetes-related research projects, providing team-based clinical care to patients with prediabetes and diabetes, educating healthcare professionals and healthcare students on the most up-to-date diabetes treatment, and leading community outreach efforts in diabetes prevention and education.
- The DREAM team's research areas focus on prevention and early intervention of type 2 diabetes, prevention and treatment of diabetes-related complications, and psychosocial aspects of patient engagement and diabetes self-care.
- The DREAM Clinical Team provides diabetes consultation services to Solano County Family Health Services and Ole Health patients.
- In the path of educating health professionals and students, the Team’s work focuses on the following:
- Diabetes Update Conference: High Impact Management for Clinicians. This annual event is hosted each November in recognition of diabetes month. It brings together speakers from across the country to present the audience with new developments in the field and practical patient care pearls in diabetes management. This diabetes symposium is for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other interested healthcare professionals who care for patients with diabetes.
- Diabetology Fellowship Program for board-eligible and board-certified Family Medicine and Internal Medicine practicing physicians. This program trains primary care physicians to serve as diabetologists (diabetes clinical care experts). The Fellowship offers an intensive 12-month training around all types of diabetes and its complications.
- Pharm2Home Residency Program. This unique program offers a pharmacy resident the opportunity to work in an interprofessional environment on the Touro California campus and in the community (interacting with hospital staff). The program provides a combination of ambulatory care and public health experience.
- National DPP Lifestyle Coach Training. The DREAM Team at TUC has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a national lifestyle coach training entity. Trained Lifestyle Coaches from CDC DPRP-recognized organizations effectively deliver the evidence-based National DPP Lifestyle Change Program.
- Inter-professional Diabetes Week. This inter-professional learning experience involves students from all TUC colleges including medical students, as well as physician assistants, nursing and pharmacy students. During this week, students explore the world of diabetes through an interprofessional curriculum, which includes online pre-recorded lectures, live lectures, labs/workshops, review sessions, and a mega case discussion session.
- Diabetes Certificate Program. This learning opportunity comes in an “Open University” format, where students can explore and learn without worrying about grades and credits. This new platform is for students interested in acquiring an advanced level of knowledge in diabetes and applying the knowledge beyond the standard curriculum in each academic program on campus.
- Other opportunities for TUC students interested in learning more about diabetes, in working in an interprofessional team, and reaching out to the community include rotations during clinical years (for medical, pharmacist, and PA students), work-study positions, and volunteer opportunities (through MOBEC).
- The team’s community outreach efforts in diabetes prevention and education, include: