Special Populations


Activity Description

CME Release Date: April 24, 2011
CME Expiration Date: April 24, 2012

Statement of Need

Because the majority of people with diabetes are cared for by their primary care providers, PCPs need a comprehensive review and update on diabetes management to provide optimal care. Advances in Diabetes, an annual CME course, initiated more than century ago by Elliott P. Joslin, MD, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School, is the longest-running continuously offered academic course in diabetes in the United States and, likely, the world. The course has evolved with diabetes practice and research as well as the changing continuing education needs of the medical profession.

This Internet enduring material was developed from the following presentations by the faculty on November 12, 2010 at the Advances in Diabetes 2010 course in Boston, MA.

  1. Osteoporosis in Women with Diabetes: Balancing the Clinical Concerns
    Harold Rosen, MD
  2. Hospital Care of Patients with Diabetes: A Systems-based Perspective
    Lyle Mitzner, MD
  3. Adapting Motivational Interviewing for Diabetes Patient
    Katie Weinger, EdD, RN
  4. Treating Diabetes in Older Adults: Achieving the Optimal Balance
    Medha Munshi, MD
  5. Diversity and Diabetes: Optimizing Clinical Impact
    Will Hsu, MD


Target Audience

This certified activity was developed for primary care providers with a practice population that includes significant numbers of people with diabetes.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, healthcare professionals should be able to:
  1. Follow appropriate guidelines for treatment of osteoporosis in women with diabetes. /li>
  2. Follow AACE/ADA guidelines for achieving glycemic targets in both critically and non-critically ill patients in the hospital.
  3. Use motivational interview strategies to improve engagement and diabetes self-care.
  4. Set individualized A1C, lipid and BP goals for elderly patients with diabetes based on the patients’ comorbidities, cognitive dysfunction and physical disabilities
  5. Develop cultural competency through strategies discussed in the activity: acquisition of knowledge, shift in attitude and adaptation of professional skills.

Faculty and Disclosures

Harold Rosen, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director - Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Disclosure: Dr. Harold Rosen has no relevant financial relationships.

Lyle D. Mitzner, MD
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician in Endocrinology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Staff Physician
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA

Disclosure: Dr. Lyle D. Mitzner has no relevant financial relationships.

Katie Weinger, EdD, RN
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Behavioral and Mental Health Research
Center for Innovation in Diabetes Education
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA

Disclosure: Katie Weinger has no relevant financial relationships.

Medha Munshi, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director of Joslin Geriatric Diabetes Programs
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Disclosure: Dr. Medha Munshi’s spouse is a consultant for Celgene Corporation, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

William C. Hsu, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Asian Clinic
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA

Disclosure: Dr. William Hsu is a consultant for LifeScan, Inc., and is on the speakers bureau and a consultant for Novo Nordisk Inc.

Planning Committee:

Martin J. Abrahamson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Medical Director and Senior Vice President
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA

Dr. Martin J. Abrahamson is on the advisory board for Halozyme Therapeutics, Merck & Co., Inc., Novo Nordisk Inc., and sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC, and receives grant/research support from Pfizer Inc.

Richard S. Beaser, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Medical Executive Director
Professional Education
Joslin Diabetes Center


Dr. Richard S. Beaser, Medical Executive Director, Professional Education, Joslin Diabetes Center, is a consultant for CeQur Ltd.

Accreditation and Designation of Credit

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants not eligible for CME credit will receive a certificate of completion.

Computer Requirements

To participate in this activity, your computer will need the following hardware and software:

PC Users:
Macintosh Users System OS X:
Credit Instructions
  1. Read the learning objectives, accreditation information, and faculty disclosures at the beginning of the activity.
  2. Click on the link below to register for the Webcast and view the online video and slides
  3. Complete the online posttest and evaluation.
  4. Physicians who receive a grade of 60% or better on the posttest and who complete the evaluation will receive a CME certificate as a PDF sent to their email address.
  5. All other participants who receive a grade of 60% or better on the posttest and who complete the evaluation will receive a certificate of completion as a PDF sent to their email address.

Questions About This Activity

For questions regarding this activity, including technical support, please contact cme@joslin.harvard.edu.

To read the policy on privacy and confidentiality that relates to the CME activity, click here.