Our diabetes education program is taught by a team of specialists, of whom many are certified diabetes educators (CDE). A CDE is a credential conferred by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). The CDE credential signifies a healthcare professional's competency in distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for persons with diabetes. The credential is obtained voluntarily and must be renewed in 5-year increments with specialized continuing education units or a board certified exam. Currently our staff includes seven CDE's within nursing, dietetics (nutrition) and pharmacy disciplines.
Survival Level Education
Survival Level Education includes information essential to a new diagnosis of diabetes. This one-on-one class is offered seven days a week, as needed. This class is frequently taught in the hospital when your child is newly diagnosed with diabetes. All caregivers are encouraged to participate.
Diabetes 101 is an 8-hour group class that builds on the basic information provided in the survival education class. Information is presented by a team including diabetes educator, dietitian, social worker and research nurse. This class usually takes place on Wednesdays. Patients, family and other caregivers are encouraged to participate. You will be scheduled for this class by your diabetes educator.
Take charge: Intensive Insulin Management
Take Charge: Intensive Insulin Management is an advanced class designed to help you/your child successfully manage your child's diabetes. The focus of this class is on building skills to increase flexibility in the diabetes management plan. Alternative insulin and insulin delivery systems (the insulin pump) are discussed. Parents and older children are invited to make an appointment for this Monday afternoon class (As this is a 3-hour class, younger children may have difficulty participating). Schedule this class by calling 214-456-5959.
Pump Mechanics and Management
Pump Mechanics and Management is the hands-on/how-to class for patients who have attended the Intensive Insulin Management class and have completed prerequisites for insulin pump therapy. This class is scheduled by the diabetes educator. Once you have received your pump from the manufacturer, contact the diabetes educator to schedule the class. This class includes two sessions: all day Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the following Monday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.
Nutrition Appointments are available if you need assistance with you/your child's meal plan or general nutrition information. Contact the diabetes dietitian at 214-456-5242.
Jumpstart Education Class
Jumpstart Education Class is offered to patients who are new to our clinic, having transferred from another endocrinologist or referred by their primary care provider. Topics include a review of diabetes basics and information specific to our clinic. This class is offered on an "as needed" basis and will be scheduled when you schedule your initial physician appointment.
Kid Fit is a class designed for patients and families with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. This class is scheduled by your endocrinologist and the diabetes educator. The entire family is encouraged to participate, as many of the goals for diabetes care involve lifestyle changes in which all family members can participate.