Course Overview



This course will be held again on
November 9-11, 2018.

Information contained in this site is for the 2016 program.

Information for the 2018 program is not yet available.


Updates, Guidance, and Best Practices to Optimize Care for Patients with Diabetes

Anyone who provides care for people with (or at risk for) diabetes knows that these patients often have a myriad of comorbidities and complications, and that optimizing their care is frequently complex and challenging. It is with these challenges in mind that Harvard Medical School faculty have developed this new CME program, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Syndrome in Primary Care.   

This new program provides comprehensive updates, practice recommendations, and the newest evidence-based strategies for the treatment and care of the person with or at risk for diabetes. By attending, you can ensure that you are current with state-of-the-art approaches to:

  • Diabetes screening
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes, including insulin and non-insulin treatments
  • Improved options for insulin delivery and glucose monitoring
  • Integrating emerging concepts and therapies into day-to-day practice
  • Treating complications and comorbidities, including dyslipidemia, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and the diabetic foot
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Care of elderly patients with diabetes
  • Treatment of obesity


Education is focused on optimized patient care and outcomes and improving skills in the following areas:

  • Treating patients with type 2 diabetes who are not achieving their therapeutic goals
  • Office-based assessment and treatment of comorbidities and complications
  • Individualizing multifaceted approaches to lifestyle and weight management
  • Controlling blood glucose: guidance for more effective treatment plans
  • Insulin treatment: when to start, which insulins to use, and how
  • Cardiovascular risk reduction and care
  • Improving outcomes for diabetic foot disease
  • Optimizing treatment outcomes of older patients and patients with divergent ethnic backgrounds
  • Recognizing and treating recently recognized comorbidities such as sleep apnea and dental disease
  • Communicating with, motivating, and sharing resources with patients