Course Overview



This course will be held again on
May 4 - 7, 2022.

Information contained in this site is for the 2021 program.
Information for the 2022 program not yet available.

The Comprehensive Harvard Medical School Diabetes Update

Diabetes Update will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies. 


At a time when our diabetes knowledge and treatment options have advanced so much, why do clinical outcomes remain suboptimal, with so many patients unable to achieve good control of their disease?

The answer is rooted in three challenges:

  • Keeping pace with rapidly advancing options for diabetes care
  • Accounting for a patient’s unique biological, psychological, social, financial, educational, and cultural factors
  • Overcoming structural healthcare barriers, requiring clinical strategies to fit within a particular mold

This course is designed to equip clinicians to meet these challenges in order to provide evidence-based, optimal care to their patients.


This program affords you the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field of diabetes who are distinguished for their outstanding teaching, knowledge, and innovations in clinical care.

  • Expert guidance to design comprehensive treatment programs (non-pharmacological and pharmacological) for patients with diabetes
  • Guidance to account for biological, psychological, emotional, social, financial and cultural factors that impact the development and progression of diabetes
  • The newest data on the identification of patients at risk for type 2 diabetes and strategies to prevent or delay the disease process
  • The latest scientific information on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and its implications for clinical practice 
  • New guidelines and practice recommendations for nutrition and physical activity
  • Deep dive into the current nutritional controversies in diabetes care
  • Thorough review of current anti-diabetic medications
  • How to navigate the recent and controversial data related to some anti-diabetic medications
  • New technologies in diabetes care: updates and implications for day-to-day care
  • Research breakthroughs
  • Best practices that drive more effective treatment plans
  • Tips and tricks for navigating barriers within healthcare systems
  • Strategies to assess and improve low adherence to therapy
  • Medical vs. surgical management of obesity


This program also provides comprehensive education to optimize the diabetes care you provide for special populations:

  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • The elderly
  • Overweight individuals
  • People with obesity
  • Patients at high cardiovascular risk
  • Individuals with low adherence to therapy
  • Patients at low socio-economic levels
  • Subjects with low health literacy/education
  • Individuals with depression/emotional distress


In the course of four days, you will gain new, encompassing, evidence-based approaches to address the challenges seen in most clinical practices. More importantly, you will leave with knowledge—part art, part science—to make a real difference in the lives of your patients. 


The 2021 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 60 days after the end of the course.