Making the Connection - CME Anchorage, AK

February 03, 2018


Interactive & Engaging


Expert Faculty


6.25 CME Credits


Cutting Edge Education


Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch

An engaging & entertaining


For Savvy Healthcare Professionals


Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:30am – Registration & Breakfast
8:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
555 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

How Much:

Before January 24, 2018: $50 per person
After January 24, 2018: $65 per person
Registration is limited to only 200 professionals. Register early, this program will sell out.

Parking: Pay lots are available at various locations nearby the venue.

Registration for this conference is closed, but you can still attend! Just show up on the day of event!

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The most cutting-edge TYPE 1 & TYPE 2 diabetes education for


  • LEARN from the nations LEADING experts in diabetes treatment
  • Earn 6.25 CME CREDITS
  • Enjoy a healthy & delicious BREAKFAST & LUNCH
  • Recieve DOWNLOADABLE slide decks of all speaker presentations
  • Most importantly, help YOUR PATIENTS reach their treatment goals


This premier conference focuses on five distinct areas surrounding type 1 & type 2 diabetes management & education:

  • Clinical trials and why positive results disappear in real-world practice
  • The emotional barriers that affect diabetes management and how to work through them
  • Oral medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Injectable agents including GLP-1 receptor agonists, basal insulin and more intensive regimens
  • State-of-the-art treatment strategies for people with type 1 diabetes

Interactive Education

Cutting-Edge Research

Expert Speakers

I love this conference and I come back every year it’s happening in my city. The speakers are very knowledgeable & the conference is comprehensive.

– Conference Participant 2017

Making the Connection Conference Schedule

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7:30AM - 8:30AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
8:00AM - 8:15AMProgram Overview & Introduction
Steven V. Edelman, MD
8:15AM - 9:00AMThe Efficacy Mirage in Type 2 Diabetes : Why Do Clinical Trial Results Disappear in Real-World Practice?
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
9:10AM - 10:10AMYou Can’t/CAN Always Get What You Want…Good Health and a Long Life!
Steven V. Edelman, MD
This session is held in tandem with the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair for people with diabetes
10:10AM - 10:30AMSweet and Not-So-Sweet Emotions
William Polonsky
This session is held in tandem with the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair for people with diabetes
10:40AM -11:25AMBreak & Visit Health Fair
11:30AM -12:30PMWhich One, and When? Oral Medications for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Their Cardiovascular Affects
J. Ross Tanner, DO, FACP



12:30PM - 1:00PMEnjoy a Delicious & Healthy Lunch
1:15PM - 2:15PMClinical Applications of Injectable Agents: GLP-1 Receptor Agonists, Basal Insulin and More Intensive Regimens
Melissa Magwire, RN, CDE
2:15PM - 3:25PMCutting-Edge Strategies for the Treatment of People with Type 1 Diabetes
Steven V. Edelman, MD
3:30PM - 4:30PMCombined Patient-Provider Workshop:
"My Doctor Doesn't Get It! My Patients Don't Listen!

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, and Steven V. Edelman, MD
4:30PM - 5:00PMMaking the Connection: Insights & Observations
William Polonsky
This session will discuss participant observations and insights gained regarding the important and difficult issues that people with diabetes face on an everyday basis.
Session held in tandem with the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair for people with diabetes.


Early Bird Pricing until January 24: $50!

$65 per person after January 24

Registration for this conference is closed, but you can still attend! Just show up on the day of event!


Speakers & Faculty

*extra-relatable faculty (they’re living with type 1)

*Steven V. Edelman, MD
TCOYD Founder & Director

Dr. Edelman is the founder and director of Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System of San Diego. He is also the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Edelman, who has type 1 diabetes himself, has written more than 200 articles, five books, and has won numerous awards for teaching and humanitarianism. He has been chosen by the medical students at UCSD as the ‘teacher of the year’ numerous times. Among his many honors, Dr. Edelman has received the ‘Diabetes Educator Of The Year’ award by the American Diabetes Association, the ‘Distinction in Endocrinology’ award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and named ‘Top 1% of U.S. Endocrinologists’ by US News and World Report.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
Clinical Psychologist; Founder & CEO, Behavioral Diabetes Institute

Dr. Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world’s first organization totally dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology. Dr. Polonsky’s most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, and glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes.

Melissa Magwire, RN, CDE
Endocrine Clinic Supervisor, Shawnee Mission Endocrinology and Diabetes

Melissa Magwire has been an RN, CDE for the last 26 years. Her nursing career started in the Cardiovascular arena as an CCRN and transitioned to outpatient, adult endocrinology. Her current role is that of direct patient care and CDE support for 5 Endocrinology practitioners and consultation for 60+ Primary Care physicians. Ms. Magwire has been published in: Diabetes Obesity & Metabolism, American Journal of Therapeutics and Practical Diabetology. Melissa has been the research coordinator for multiple clinical trials including LEAD 3 and serves on multiple national and international advisory boards. She is currently finishing her Masters of Science in Diabetes Nursing and recently served as a cochairman for the American College of Cardiology Roundtable: Managing CV Disease Risk in Diabetes.

J. Ross Tanner, DO, FACP
Internal Medicine and Clinical Lipidology Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska

Dr. Ross Tanner completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with honors from Texas A&M University in 1991. Four years later, he graduated medical school with honors from the University of North Texas- College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In 2005 at inaugural board examination, he was the first physician to pass the rigorous American Board of Lipidology exam to become the first Lipidologist (cholesterol specialist) in Alaska. He completed his internal medicine residency at Texas A&M College of Medicine in 1994 as a chief resident. He was selected as physician of the year in 2005 from the states of Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Oregon by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. Shortly after arriving to Alaska, he was elected by his peers as President of the Alaska State Medical Association in 2007 and re-elected to server another term in 2012.

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After you have attended the Making the Connection conference click below to claim your CME credit. Be sure to reference your credit access code, found in the materials you will receive on the day of the conference.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Uni­versity of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Taking Control of Your Diabetes. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Cate­gory 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of re-licensure, the Califor­nia Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ (report up to 6.25 hours of credit and list “CME Category 1” as the provider number).

Physician Assistants: The AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Phy­sician assistants may receive a maximum of 6.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing education for pharmacist’s coursework which meets the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and is accepted as continuing education by the Medical Board of California.

Certified Diabetes Educators: The University of California, San Diego is accredited by the ACCME, which is on the NCBDE list of approved providers.

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