DIME's New Type 2 Diabetes eJournal Club Will Enhance Clinician Competence

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DIME’s new monthly CME activity addresses gaps in knowledge and competence among physicians and other healthcare professionals who treat and manage patients with type 2 diabetes.

DIME announces the new Diabetes eJournal Club, an online continuing medical education (CME) activity designed to address gaps in knowledge and competence among physicians and other healthcare professionals who treat and manage patients with type 2 diabetes. In the first half of 2011, the Diabetes eJournal Club will meet on the first Tuesday of the month—March 1, April 5, and May 3, and again on July 12. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

The Diabetes eJournal Club is directed to endocrinologists, primary care physicians, internists, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who treat and manage patients with type 2 diabetes. Each interactive monthly session discusses a recent peer-reviewed journal article and its relevance to clinical behavior in everyday practice. Diabetes eJournal Club sessions include:

  •     A live, 15-minute discussion between the moderator and lead author of a recent peer-reviewed publication; participants may download a copy of the journal abstract (or article in the public domain) to read in advance of the session
  •     Learner participation; a live, 15-minute question and answer session gives participants an opportunity to query the author about the article’s relevance to everyday practice
  •     Continuing medical education certification for physicians
  •     Session availability for 1 year as archived streaming media or MP3 download; archived activities include the discussion, Q&A, and pre- and posttests

The Diabetes eJournal Club focuses on cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes, who are two to four times more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes. Outcomes data from a DIME-certified CME activity show that a substantial number of clinicians need help implementing treatment strategies for type 2 diabetes that will achieve established therapeutic targets for glucose, blood pressure, and lipids and meet the recommendations of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

The goals of the Diabetes eJournal Club are to help clinicians understand the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and enhance their competence in prescribing new and established pharmacotherapeutic agents and following consensus guidelines for treatment. Sessions will enhance participants’ ability to:

  •     Describe aggressive, multifaceted treatment approaches that will provide glycemic control, target the underlying pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, control weight, and reduce cardiovascular risk
  •     Assess consensus recommendations for intensifying therapy
  •     Compare and contrast the mechanisms of action of available and emerging therapies, and their safety and efficacy as determined in clinical trials

The Diabetes eJournal Club is part of DIME’s CME/CE-certified eJournal Club series. Additional live or archived discussion groups focus on atherothrombosis and multiple sclerosis. Information is available at http://www.ejournalclub.org.

DIME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc, and Lilly USA, LLC.

DIME is an independent educational provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). DIME has been an accredited provider of CME for more than 17 years and was the first medical education company to receive Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME under its 2006 Updated Criteria for Accreditation. DIME’s areas of expertise include autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular and cardiometabolic diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, pain, and women’s health. DIME is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association. DIME is continually developing digital formats and other innovative platforms to meet the needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals. DIME is part of the Publicis Healthcare Communications Group. For additional information, please visit http://www.DIMedEd.org

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