CDE EXAM BOOT CAMP (Certified Diabetes Educators)

CDE EXAM BOOT CAMP (Certified Diabetes Educators)
CDE® Exam Boot Camp

Our two-day CDE® Exam Boot Camp offers participants an interactive and engaging experience. It’s like having your own personal CDE® Coach.  Within each topic, Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDE, BC-ADM, highlights the critical content area so you can focus your study time most efficiently.  She also provides multiple poll questions to helps students focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge, while learning the best test taking strategies. 

November 28th & 29th, 2017 - MHA | Madision, Mississippi 

Earn 27.7* CEs total10.5 CEs for the Live Course plus an additional 17.20 CEs through our Diabetes Ed Online University 

We believe in your CDE® success! That is why we put this special learning package together:
A live 2-day interactive course plus our Online Level 2 - Beyond Fundamentals Bundle (17.2 CEs) and the CDE® Prep Toolkit

Whether Live or Online, this CDE® Exam Prep Course Package offers participants an interactive and engaging experience. It’s like having your own personal CDE® Coach.

Member of MHA's HIIN 3.0 team: No registration fee charged to the attendee
Member of MS Hospital Association: $350 per person
All Others: $700 per person

All registration is online. You must have sign-on credentials for website in order to register. To receive sign-on credentials, please contact (provide complete contact information in order to receive credentials)

We know your time is limited. Coach Beverly helps you drill through the vast content with our intensive two-day Boot Camp, while keeping it focused and fun! You will finish this intensive program more confident and ready to succeed at the CDE® Exam.

Intended Audience: Our CDE® Boot Camp is designed for educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in achieving excellence in diabetes care and becoming Certified Diabetes Educators®.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDE, BC-ADM, has specialized in diabetes education for over 20 years. Beverly is a nurse entrepreneur, educator and clinician with a passion to improve diabetes care. She has a special knack of translating complex diabetes information into understandable terms that can be immediately applied in the clinical setting. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, a working educator and a nationally recognized diabetes expert.

She also believes that learning about diabetes should be meaningful and fun so participants leave feeling re-energized and excited about diabetes education.

Continuing Education: 
  • This program is approved for 10.5 units of continuing education. 

AGENDA November 28, 2017
8:00 am – 9:45 am   Diabetes: Not Just Hyperglycemia

Diabetes is complicated! This course starts with a brief introduction to the CDE® Exam content and philosophy. Then we move to discuss underpinnings of pancreas dysfunction and the different types of diabetes. Insulin resistance is addressed as well as the diagnostic criteria for the diabetes.

State the impact of diabetes in our communities
Explore insulin resistance and vascular disease
Discus key concepts in pathophysiology of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes
Review Diabetes Diagnostic Criteria

10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Standards of Care Update

Highlights the updates to the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and provide critical teaching points and content for Diabetes Educators. The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is a key resource for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care, education, and support.

Review changes and updates to the 2017 ADA Standards of Medical Care.
Identify key elements of the position statement
Discuss the application of these changes for diabetes educators.
Targeted interventions based on patient assessments

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm   Insulin Therapy - From Basal/Bolus to Pattern Management 

Reviews the effective use of insulin therapy to improve glucose control. Learn how to look at glucose patterns and determine appropriate insulin adjustment strategies. Also included are formulas to calculate therapy based on national guidelines.

Using basal/bolus insulin therapy to improve glucose control
Glucose patterns and adjustment strategies
Incorporating national guidelines into practice

2:45 pm – 4:30 pm    Insulin Intensive - Monitoring, Sick Days, Lower Extremities 

The purpose of this course is to spend focused time reviewing insulin pattern management, dosing strategies, basal bolus and carb counting calculations. We explore the ins and outs of monitoring, sick day management and provide a brief review of hypoglycemia and lower extremity assessment. This course content will boost your knowledge and confidence in recommending insulin adjustments to patients and providers.

Explore the importance of patient assessment in determining a realistic dosing strategy
Calculating insulin correction and carb coverage ratios
Strategies to minimize hypoglycemia and glucose monitoring strategies
Identify sick day management and lower extremity assessment

AGENDA November 29, 2017

8:00 am – 10:00 am   Meds for Type 2 - What you need to know 
Highlights the array of oral and injectable medications to treat hyperglycemia for people with type 2 diabetes. We explore clinical issues to consider when determining the best strategy to improve glucose control. We discuss cost, side effects, complexity and other factors into consideration.

Describe the main action, dosing and side effects of the different classes of diabetes medications
Highlight the key elements of the Medication Guidelines by AACE and ADA.
List the clinical factors to consider when determining the best strategy to improve glucose control

10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Exercise & Medical Nutrition Therapy
Reviews the latest nutrition guidelines and strategies to individualize this information based on the patient assessment. Included is a discussion on metabolic surgery, gastroparesis and disordered eating. We review the benefits of exercise and focus on the latest national guidelines for activity, strengthening and balance.

List Nutrition guidelines and weight loss strategies
Discuss individualized approaches medical nutrition therapy
Describe exercise benefits, guidelines and strategies

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Coping and Behavior Change
Provides the framework to assess patient barriers and support behavior change. We explore psychosocial issues that may be blocking patients from adopting healthier behaviors and provides strategies to identify and overcome these barriers.  We conclude with a review of the major learning theories with a focus on empowerment.

State strategies to assess coping skills
Recognizing depression, anxiety and diabetes distress
List 3 ideas to support behavior change
Discuss learning theories and goal setting

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Test Taking Coach Session (48 questions) bonus course!

Join your test taking Coach, Beverly Thomassian, as she reviews a variety of sample CDE test questions. She will explain how to dissect the question, eliminate wrong answers and avoid getting lured in by juicy answers.  Beverly will provide 48 test questions in advance and review as many practice questions as possible within the hour time frame.

11/28/2017 8:00 AM - 11/29/2017 5:00 PM
116 Woodgreen Crossing
Madison, MS 39110 United States


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