2024 Diabetes is Primary Certificate Program

Diabetes Is Primary helps primary care professionals on the front lines of diabetes care master knowledge and strategies to improve patient outcomes. Diabetes is Primary is based on the ADA's Standards of Care in Diabetes, the gold standard in diabetes treatment. These guidelines, updated annually, ensure that patients receive up-to-date, evidence-based care. Participants who complete this course will be prepared to put the latest evidence-based guidelines for diabetes care into practice. 

This certificate program will release courses on a rolling basis and will offer a total of 7.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. This program offers a program certificate of completion after completion of all modules and the post-program survey. Learners have access to earn a CME certificate and a program certificate until December 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the risks of diabetes progression
  • Implement lifestyle management strategies for the prevention and delay of diabetes
  • Analyze comprehensive diabetes management strategies utilizing person-centered care principles to optimize medication and complication management in a primary care context
  • Implement strategies to overcome barriers in transitions of care within a primary care setting
  • Develop tailored communication and diabetes education strategies for diverse patient populations, considering cultural factors in primary care patient demographics

Classification of Diabetes Types and Diagnosis | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the clinical characteristics and diagnostic criteria for various types of diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA), Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), and gestational diabetes
  • Differentiate between the pathophysiology of different types of diabetes
  • Evaluate case studies to proficiently diagnoses and classify diabetes type

Prevent and Delay Diabetes | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Identify the risk of prediabetes progressing to diabetes and the factors that influence this progression
  • Recognize diverse techniques and approaches for preventing and delaying the onset of diabetes by incorporating lifestyle modifications
  • Recognize approaches to prevent and delay the onset of diabetes using various medication options
  • Recall person-centered care goals for individuals at high risk for the progression of diabetes

Non-Insulin Glucose-Lowering Therapy | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Recall non-insulin glucose-lowering medications and their mechanisms of action
  • Determine the most appropriate non-insulin glucose-lowering regimen based on individualized factors
  • Identify the benefits and risks of different non-insulin glucose-lowering medication options

Insulin Management and Strategies | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Recall current recommendations for insulin use in diabetes and identify appropriate times to start a person with diabetes on insulin
  • Differentiate insulin products by their action profiles and clinical characteristics
  • Apply recommendations for intensification of insulin therapies to adjust treatment to meet individualized glycemic goals

Diabetes Complications Management | 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Implement practical approaches to managing microvascular complications associated with diabetes, including neuropathy, retinopathy, and nephropathy
  • Emphasize the role of lifestyle interventions in complication prevention and management

Transition of Care in Diabetes | 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Part 1: Transitions of Care from Inpatient to Outpatient
    • Identify and address obstacles that hinder the seamless transfer of patients from inpatient to outpatient settings
    • Apply strategies and interventions to facilitate secure and efficient transitions of care from the hospital to outpatient healthcare settings
    • Exhibit competence in the process of discharge planning, fostering interdisciplinary teamwork, and enhancing patient communication during the transition from inpatient to outpatient care
  • Part 2: Transitions of Care from Pediatric to Adult Setting
    • Recognize the unique challenges and barriers involved in the transition of care from pediatric to adult health care settings
    • Implement targeted interventions and protocols to ensure a smooth and safe transfer of pediatric patients to adult care
    • Demonstrate proficiency in interdisciplinary collaboration, and patient communication specifically tailored to the transition from pediatric to adult health care, considering the age and developmental differences of the patients involved

Diabetes Management in Older Adults | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Identify and explain the unique challenges faced by elderly patients with diabetes, including financial constraints, cognitive impairments, and the impact of Medicare on diabetes management
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate diabetes medications for elderly diabetic patients, considering factors such as polypharmacy, cognitive issues, and medication interactions
  • Make informed decisions regarding A1C goals and medication adjustments for elderly patients
  • Explore the application of CGM and other technological advancements to enhance diabetes management for older patients
  • Discuss the role of caregivers and provide recommendations for supporting elderly patients with diabetes, including life skills interventions, and coping mechanisms

Optimizing Nutrition and Lifestyle | 0.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Provide dietary guidance, including carbohydrate-counting techniques and meal-planning strategies
  • Offer practical dietary recommendations for patients facing challenges with dietary changes
  • Explore different dietary approaches, including intermittent fasting and specialized diets, and their implications for diabetes management

Empowering Diabetes Self-Management: Motivation and Communication | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Part 1: Motivation and Behavior Change in Diabetes Management
    • Explore evidence-based strategies for motivating patients to make positive behavioral changes in diabetes management
    • Introduce practical strategies for approaching patients with uncontrolled diabetes and initiating behavior change discussions
    • Explore techniques and interventions to facilitate behavior change in patients with diabetes, addressing both prevention and management aspects
    • Address the emotional aspects of diabetes diagnosis and its impact on patient's willingness to engage in self-care
  • Part 2: Effective Communication
    • Develop effective communication strategies tailored to patients with varying educational backgrounds
    • Provide real-life conversation examples to guide healthcare providers in discussing diabetes diagnosis, treatment options, and lifestyle modifications with patients
    • Explain the structure and components of Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs
    • Tailor diabetes education to diverse patient populations, considering cultural factors and lifestyle choices

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Walmart, Inc.

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