Making the Connection - CME Spokane, WA

June 2, 2018


Interactive & Engaging


Expert Faculty


6.25 CME Credits


Cutting Edge Education


Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch

An engaging & entertaining


For Savvy Healthcare Professionals


Saturday, June 2, 2018

7:30am – Registration & Breakfast

8:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Spokane Convention Center

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd

Spokane, WA 99201

How Much:

$50 per person

After May 23, 2018: $65 per person

Parking: $10 in the covered parking garage located below the Exhibit Halls. Entrance to this lot is located on West Spokane Falls Blvd.

Registration is limited to only 200 professionals. Register early, this program will sell out.

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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

I love attending this CME conference every single year to see what new therapies & trends are on the horizon for my patients with diabetes.

– MTC Conference Participant 2017

Interactive Education

Cutting-Edge Research

Expert Speakers

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 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
Tricia Santos Cavaiola, MD



12:30PM - 1:10PMEnjoy a Delicious & Healthy Lunch
1:15PM - 2:15PMClinical Applications of Injectable Agents: GLP-1 Receptor Agonists, Basal Insulin and More Intensive Regimens
Carol Wysham, MD
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, PhD, CDE
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 NOW until May 23: $50!

$65 per person after May 23, 2018


*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.

Tricia Santos, MD
Type 2 Track Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Santos did her endocrinology training under Dr. Edelman who sparked a love for all things diabetes and always kept things both “educational & entertaining.” Now she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD where she wears many different hats. She has a special interest in caring for diabetic patients and helping them take a more active role in managing their diabetes. She directs the Diabetes & Endocrinology courses at the UCSD School of Medicine. She also teaches doctors in training and primary care physicians where she focuses on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and involving the patient in medical decision making. Her love of teaching patients, students, and doctors has been recognized by several teaching awards. Her research focuses on investigating new and advanced therapies and technology for people with diabetes.

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.

Carol Wysham, MD
Section Head, Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology

Carol Wysham, MD graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, in 1980 and did her internship in internal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland in 1983. She had a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA, from 1983 to 1986. She was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota between 1986 and 1992. During that time she was also Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism, at the Ramsey Clinic in St. Paul. Currently, she is Section Head of the the Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Spokane, WA, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is also Chair, Washington State Diabetes Collaborative.

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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.

Dieticians: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ meet the requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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