Making the Connection Between Patients and Providers


An Interactive Online CME Conference Experience | AUGUST 1, 2020


Cutting-Edge Presentations


Engaging Panel Discussions


6 CME Credits


Live Q&A Sessions with Experts


Networking with Professionals

A ONE-OF-A-KIND VIRTUAL CME Conference Experience
For Healthcare ProfessionalsFROM AROUND THE WORLD!

We’re excited to bring cutting-edge education to you from the comfort of home! Whether you’ve attended an MTC event before or will be joining us for the first time, we’ve been given the opportunity to rescope our educational events and give our participants a virtual, live CME conference anywhere in the world!


8:00am – 3:00pm CDT: Conference Program
3:00pm – 3:45pm CDT: Networking Opportunities with Other HCPs & Virtual Health Fair


This event will be hosted on Zoom. All registered participants will receive a link via email to join the event. If you have not used Zoom before you can test out the functionality before the event using Zoom Test Room.


This event is $25.

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This UNIQUE EVENT offers the engagement and entertainment of an in-person CME CONFERENCE while ENHANCING THE USER EXPERIENCE with specialized components including:

•  INTERACTIVE presentations from EXPERTS in diabetes treatment
•  ENGAGING PANEL DISCUSSIONS on modern topics as they develop daily
•  Earn 6 CME CREDITS*
•  Extended LIVE Q&A on topics YOU want to discuss
•  Networking with healthcare professionals FROM AROUND THE WORLD
•  INFORMATIONAL LECTURES available for one week after the conference*

*If you have already participated in a 2020 Making the Connection (either live or virtual) event, you cannot claim credit twice

*Lectures will be online after the conference for pre-registered participants. Please note that attendees must attend the virtual/live conference in order to claim credit, as the recorded lectures are not accredited and attendees cannot claim credit for watching post conference.


We focus on four distinct areas of the most cutting-edge diabetes management strategies:

•  Patient-provider relationships with a focus on communication methods to improve adherence and persistence
•  Oral agents for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and their effect on cardiovascular health
•  Injectable therapies, including insulin, for use in patients with type 2 diabetes and their cardiovascular impact
•  Time in range and the unmet needs of type 1 diabetes


EXPERT SPEAKERS & INFORMATIVE PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS – A rare opportunity to get modernized education from the nation’s leading experts in diabetes care and management from the comfort of home.

STATE-OF-THE-ART PRESENTATIONS – Interactive presentations with groundbreaking information presented by powerhouse speakers and opinion leaders in diabetes care.

LIVE Q&A DISCUSSIONS – A unique live discussion where you can get your questions answered in real-time by seasoned healthcare professionals.

NETWORKING ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL – Interact & engage with healthcare providers from all over the world on a group or individual level and make professional connections.

INTERACTIVE HEALTH FAIR AND EXHIBITOR ENGAGEMENT – Explore the virtual health fair where you can connect with our innovative exhibitors including state-of-the-art device companies and leading pharmaceuticals through educational videos, take-home information and one-on-one communication

“I just wanted to THANK YOU for taking everything online. All conferences and all the information you provide is so educational. I also feel EMPOWERED after being online with you.”

– TCOYD 2020 Community Member

Interactive Education

Cutting-Edge Research

Expert Speakers

Making the Connection Conference Schedule

8:00AM - 8:15AMProgram Overview & Introduction
Steven V. Edelman, MD
8:15AM - 9:15AMUnderstanding and Addressing Problematic Adherence to Oral and Injectable Cardiometabolic Medications
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
9:15AM - 10:30AMA Focus on Time in Range, Unmet Needs and Modern Management of Type 1 Diabetes
Jeremy H. Pettus, MD
10:30AM - 11:00AMBreak
11:00AM - 12:30PMEffective Use of Oral Medications for Type 2 Diabetes: Lowering Cardiovascular Risk While Improving Glycemic Control
Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC
12:30PM - 1:00PMBreak
1:00PM - 2:15PMPractical Application of Injectable Agents and Their Cardiovascular Effects: Individualized Treatment Strategies
Steven V. Edelman, MD
2:15PM - 2:45PMCombined Patient-Provider Workshop:
 Doctors Are From Mars, Patients Are From Venus
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, and Steven V. Edelman, MD
2:45PM - 3:00PMClosing Session
3:00PM - 3:45PMNetworking Opportunities with Other HCPs and Virtual Health Fair


Additional speakers will be announced soon

*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.

Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC
Endocrinologist, Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto

Dr. Blumer is an endocrinologist in Toronto, Canada. He is a director of the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and is Chair of the Endocrine Society Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Dr. Blumer has been awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association’s highest clinical honor, the Gerald S. Wong Award, given in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to people living with diabetes; and has been the recipient of the Professor M. Viswanathan Gold Medal Oration Award. Dr. Blumer has delivered lectures across the Americas as well as in Europe and Asia including presenting at scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation, the Endocrine Society, the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society, the Chinese Society of Endocrinology, the Emirates Diabetes Society, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. In addition to his scientific publications, Dr. Blumer has authored 9 books including works on diabetes, cooking with diabetes, prescription drug therapy, celiac disease, and doctor-patient relationships.

*Jeremy Pettus, MD
Type 1 Track and Professional Education Director, Endocrinologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Jeremy Pettus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 15 years old.  Since that time he has dedicated his career to educating and treating others like himself.  He is currently an Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.  There, he focuses primarily on clinical trials to develop and test new and innovative therapies for people living with diabetes.  These include studies ranging from medications to reverse or slow the disease once it occurs, to islet cell transplantation strategies, to device studies such as artificial pancreas technology.  As somebody who has the disease himself, sees patients with type 1, and is actively working on curing/treating the disease, we are honored to have him as our Type 1 Track director.  Dr. Pettus travels across the country and the world meeting other leading physicians and scientists and brings this information directly to TCOYD conference participants.


Learning Objectives

At course completion, participants should be able to:

1. Identify the different pathophysiologic defects associated with type 2 diabetes and how all the pharmacologic agents (oral and injectable) address these specific abnormalities. 7. Design a treatment plan for multiple daily injection regimens and insulin pump therapy.
2. Develop individualized treatment strategies based on the living standards of care and patient characteristics.8. Explain how to interpret continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data.
3. Discuss the recently published cardiovascular-renal outcome trials on oral and injectable type 2 medications.9. Demonstrate the ability to select effective therapeutic adjustments based on CGM trending or rate of change arrows, time in range, and standard deviation.
4. Summarize the most up-to-date clinical information on GLP-1 RA and SGLT-2 inhibitors.10. Recognize the physical and emotional barriers that prevent patients with diabetes from being persistent and adherent to their therapeutic regimen(s).
5. Evaluate the use of SGLT-2 and GLP-1 RA in patients who have cardiovascular risks factors and are at risk or have a history of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).11. Employ innovative and dynamic strategies for communication with patients to strengthen provider-patient relations and improve patient outcomes.
6. Discuss approaches to combination therapy with the currently available oral agents, as well as physician and patient-directed insulin titration strategies and the basal-bolus approach.


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 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.0 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

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

Pharmacist Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 6.0 contact hour(s) (0.6 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.  (Universal Activity Number – 0530-9999-20-092-L01-P) 


This is a knowledge based activity.


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