Throughout the month of August, we will be sharing important milestones from Joslin’s rich history. More than a century after its creation, Joslin continues its legacy as an internationally recognized diabetes treatment and research institution. This month we are celebrating the talented and dedicated individuals who have contributed to and continue to focus on our mission of preventing, treating and curing diabetes.
“By learning new evidence-based advances in diabetes care, all members of the diabetes team— physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals—are better equipped to improve patient outcomes in the future,” says Richard S. Beaser, M.D., Joslin’s medical executive director of Professional Education.
At Joslin, lunchtime lectures are held twice a week in which internal and external experts share diabetes advances in the clinic and laboratory. Radiating outward are regional, national and international learning programs.
Led by Joslin experts as well as nationally known guest faculty, accredited courses provide knowledge and build skills of physicians and other health professionals as they fulfill their continuing medical education (CME) requirements. Among prominent events held in Boston are the annual Harvard-Joslin Diabetes Course and new Cardiometabolic Congress, attracting professionals from around the world. Much of this education is available online through the Joslin Professional Education Continuum (JPEC) portal.
Continuing education is also available for nurses, nutritionists and behaviorists who need updated information about diabetes detection, treatment improvements and prevention strategies.
A new symposium for all stakeholders is the Diabetes Innovation conference, held in Washington, D.C. Presentations are designed to provoke innovation and action to address the cost, productivity and quality-of-life impact of diabetes, obesity and related conditions on society.
Diabetes education begins early for students at Harvard Medical School, of which Joslin is a teaching affiliate.
Kidney specialist Robert Stanton, M.D., is just one of the physician-scientists who moves fluidly between seeing patients at Joslin Clinic and teaching HMS students. Dr. Stanton and other Joslin physicians make it a priority to work with medical students throughout different stages of their careers to ensure they will have ongoing access to Joslin’s leaders in diabetes care.