Participant Experience


Past participants of this course consistently report that this program has inspired and improved their clinical practice and outcomes. Here are a few comments from recent attendees:

I am much more comfortable now choosing a second and third diabetes agent in patients on metformin who need better control.”

“I am more confident in my knowledge of the new agents and use them a little more in selected situations, and understand their limitations, risks, and potential benefits better. I search more diligently for occult hypoglycemia in my nursing home patients with more frequent blood sugar monitoring.”

“After attending this course, I now assess cultural and healthcare literacy more consistently, and address exercise and nutrition more specifically.”

 “I am sharing what I learned in this course with other clinicians, including the latest in self-monitoring and insulin administration, different insulin available, medications both new and old in treatment of Type 2 DM, ethnic and cultural considerations, motivational interviewing, and barriers to diabetes management.”

“I have a better understanding regarding cardiovascular risk reduction potential of the newer agents and take this into account in treatment decisions.”

“The content was very complete. It helped me to reassess my bias towards patients, helped me to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the different medicines available to provide a more personalized treatment. For instance, l now screen for Diabetes in Asian patients with BMI over 23, have established a goal for LDL under 70 for patients with Diabetes, have become more aggressive in regards to Pre-Diabetes by stressing the need to change patient's lifestyle.”

“I now treat hypertension to achieve the goals regardless of age. I became more aware of the cost of the different medicines, which in many patients is an important barrier to treatment.”

“I can better address the challenges that my patients may be experiencing, which prevent them from adhering to their treatment regimen. I also carefully look at my patients who may have other comorbid conditions and their current treatment regimens, and seek out ways to adjust their regimen to better improve outcomes.”

“The course provided a practical approach towards managing DM. Above all I liked the comprehensive approach of nonpharmacological management of DM. Starting from the ways of identifying patients at risk to develop DM to addressing stimulating physical activity, emotional behavior and healthy eating habits in different ethnic groups, promoting health and monitoring their response.”

“First, I am more comfortable with starting new therapies for pts with DM, and in particular tailoring these therapies to their comorbidities and individual characteristics. On the other hand, I am ALSO more comfortable using "OLD" therapies for pts. in whom they seem appropriate, especially in those who struggle with finances.”

“Diabetes Update has helped me to risk stratify my patients better; appropriately use meds with CV benefit; screen and treat earlier; get away from clinical inertia; review the evidence better with certain treatments.”

 “I [learned to] listen more rather than ‘feed’ my advice, implement more programs to include cultural diversity, work on an incentive program to get more patient involvement, apply motivational interviewing better, and practice what I preach.”

“My increased pharmacological knowledge from this course helps me to modify patient care plans as appropriate. I definitely gained more comfort with some of the newer medications and increased my knowledge regarding some of the newer ADA recommendations, which I am incorporating into my care of patients. I am also committed to reviewing and updating our care protocols for patients in regard to the use of diabetes educators.”

“Extremely well-planned event. Encompassed all major areas of diabetes that needed to be covered. Will definitely be attending again next year.”

“The lectures on patient-centered care were very insightful and helpful and have changed the way I collaborate with patients. I am also more facile with the use of the new oral agents and where they fit in the armamentarium of diabetes drugs. Really well-done course.”

“Over the years I have attended quite a few programs, and this is by far the best one so far. All of the speakers were knowledgeable and had a sense of how to treat patients since they are actively working and not just academic.”

“The emphasis on communication with patients, helping them set goals, be better at listening was really helpful…. This course gave me a LOT of food for thought.”

“This is a great meeting. I am extremely pleased I attended and will be returning. I am glad I chose this course as my CME activity of the year.”

“This conference was very educational and I am implementing a few different things in my practice. First, I utilize some of the provider methods we learned about—listening to patients more, letting them explain without interrupting, and really using these motivational interviewing questions to try and help them solve their problem. I also take cost more into consideration when it is appropriate. I am using the information I learned about CGM to educate my fellow providers and patients.”

“The focus on different populations triggered an alert: ‘some of my patients will need another approach.’”

“This was an EXCELLENT program, probably the best I have attended in my years as a diabetes specialist. Well-worth the cost of the program.”