Course Overview


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 CME program, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Syndrome in Primary Care.   

This 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
  • The latest advances in insulin delivery and glucose monitoring
  • 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
  • Integrating emerging concepts and therapies into day-to-day practice


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

  • Using insulin: when to start, which insulins to choose, and how to intensify treatment
  • Treating people 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
  • Assessing the severity and optimizing management of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Personalizing nutrition plans and exercise prescriptions
  • Cardiovascular risk reduction and care
  • Improving outcomes for diabetic foot disease
  • Optimizing treatment and care of older patients and people with diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • Recognizing and treating recently recognized comorbidities such as sleep apnea and steatohepatitis
  • Preparing for emerging strategies and treatments that will soon impact your day-to-day practice
  • Communicating with, motivating, and sharing resources with patients