University of Wisconsin–Madison

Updates in Diabetes

2016 Fall Distance Learning Experience

updates in diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control 9.3% (29 million people) of the population have diabetes in the United States, and of that number, 8 million are undiagnosed.   As the population ages, this number will continue to grow.  Pharmacists in all settings need to stay up-to-date in the latest developments for therapies for patients with diabetes as well as strategies to help improve lifestyle choices. 

Diabetes affects more than the elderly, and severe health complications can result during pregnancy if the mother has diabetes for both the mother and child. 

This eight-lecture program encompasses a wide variety of topics to provide you with practical information that you will be able to use in your practice. 

The program starts with an overview of new pharmacotherapeutic agents in the diabetes pipeline and is followed by a discussion of diabetic retinopathy.  The series continues with a practical discussion of management of diabetes in older adults.  Obesity is an issue in the United States, and many patients with diabetes are obese.  The session covering pharmacotherapy for obesity will provide valuable insight. 

One means of managing diabetes is through the use of medication therapy management (MTM) and you will hear about one pharmacy’s efforts and successes in this area.  Because kidney health is impacted by diabetes you will learn strategies to minimize kidney damage.  Likewise, because a proper diet is crucial for a healthy life you were learn counseling strategies for positive lifestyle and dietary behaviors. 

Finally you will learn about the management of diabetes during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Successful completion of this course will provide you with 12 (1.2 CEUs) hours of ACPE accredited continuing education credit.  Though there is a lot of material, you are able to complete this course at your own pace and start/stop/rewind lectures at your convenience.  This program is designed for the busy pharmacist who requires flexibility in completing CE while balancing a demanding work/life balance.

For detailed course information, please view outline below.

Jointly provided by

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacy Professional Development
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, Continuing Education in Nursing


Registration Information


Refund Policy

Register by: Sep 13, 2019
Course date:Sep 13, 2016 - Sep 13, 2019
Course fee:


Handouts will be posted on the website or you may purchase for $50 when registering.

University of Wisconsin Clinical Instructors and Retired Pharmacists
The fee for Clinical instructors or retired pharmacists is $105.

Clinical instructors for selected UW School of Pharmacy experiential programs (e.g., 740, 741 & 760), who provide at least six lecture/discussion hours for SOP courses and retired pharmacists qualify for the reduced course fee.

Refund Policy: All requests for refunds, less a $25 administrative fee, will be provided.

Course Objectives

The goal of the 2016 Fall Distance Learning Experience is to provide updates on various aspects of therapies for and management of diabetes.

Learning Objectives (each lecture will have its own set of learning objectives):

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe communication strategies employed by the interprofessional team to advance the care of the diabetic patient;
  2. Describe the impact of a series of co-morbid conditions on the overall health of the diabetic patient;
  3. Describe the 4 stages of diabetic retinopathy and the treatment options for each stage;
  4. Develop patient specific goals for diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol;
  5. Identify A1c goals for conception, pregnancy and postpartum;
  6. Describe the components of counseling for positive lifestyle and dietary behaviors for improved health outcomes;
  7. Exemplify how MTM services and synchronization of medications can help improve adherence to medications;
  8. Recognize four evidence based interventions available to slow the progression of diabetic kidney disease;
  9. Analyze the therapeutic rationale of current novel pathways for pipeline therapies; and
  10. Describe the pathophysiology of obesity.

Course Outline

Lecture 1

Pharmacotherapeutic Agents in the Diabetes Pipeline
Denise Walbrandt-Pigarelli, PharmD, CDE

Lecture 2

Diabetic Retinopathy: Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention
Amitha Domalpally, MD

Lecture 3

Management of Diabetes in Older Adults
Trisha Seys Ranola, PharmD, CED, CGP

Lecture 4

Pharmacotherapy for Obesity
Kerry Goldrosen, PharmD

Lecture 5

How Pharmacists Can Play an Effective Role in Managing Diabetes Through Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Sessions
Hashim Zaibak, PharmD

Dimmy Sokhal, PharmD

Lecture 6

Diabetes and Kidney Care
Mary T. Sinnen, RN, DNP


Lecture 7

Counseling for Positive Lifestyle and Dietary Behaviors
Sue McCartney, RD, CDE

Lecture 8

Mangement of Diabetes During Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond
April Eddy, RN, MS, CDE, BC-ADM, APNP


Denise Walbrandt-Pigarelli, PharmD, CDE
Associate Professor (CHS)
University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Madison, WI

Amitha Domalpally, MD
Associate Scientist
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Trisha Seys Ranola, PharmD, CED, CGP
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Madison, WI

Kerry Goldrosen, PharmD
Senior Clinical Pharmacist
UW Health
Madison, WI

Hashim Zaibak, PharmD
HAYAT Pharmacy
Milwaukee, WI

Dimmy Sokhal, PharmD
HAYAT Pharmacy
Milwaukee, WI

Mary T. Sinnen, RN, DNP
Director, Nephrology Services
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Brookfield, WI

Sue McCartney, RD, CDE
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Coordinator
Wm S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison, WI

April Eddy, RN, MS, CDE, BC-ADM, APNP
Center for Perinatal Care
Unity Point Health - Meriter
Madison, WI


CE Credit

ICEP LogoIn support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin-Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Designation Statements

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison ICEP designates this live or enduring knowledge-based activity for 12 hours (1.2 CEUs) of CPE credit. Credit can be earned by successfully completing the assessment (70% or better score) and evaluation. Credit will be provided to NABP CPE Monitor within 60 days after the activity completion. There will be no partial credit awarded for partial attendance.

Enduring (home study):  JA0000358-0000-18-028-H01-P
Release Date: 09/13/2016
Expiration Date: 9/13/2019

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements (CME)

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs) or 8 hours. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be awarded for completion of program components including successful completion of the post-test (a passing grade of 70% is required) and completion of evaluation materials.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & Iowa Board of Nursing

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 8 ANCC  and Iowa contact hours.  (ANCC pharmacotherapeutic contact hours will be calculated and awarded as appropriate to meet requirements for advanced practice nurses.)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. A copy of the evaluations(s) may be sent to the Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 SW 8th St., Suite B, Des Moines, IA  50309.

Program Coordinator

Eric Buxton, PhD

Division of Pharmacy Professional Development
777 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-2431 FAX
(608) 265-2259

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