TCOYD Virtual Conference and Health Fair PLUS

DECEMBER 12, 2020

An INTERACTIVE AND EDUCATIONAL experience for Type 1s, Type 2s and Those Who Care from around the world—with NEW TOPICS, SPEAKERS AND DISCUSSIONS!

Join us for a day of enlightening education, live interaction with medical experts and industry leaders, and connecting with others who get it! PLUS we’ve got a fresh lineup of current topics. Immerse yourself in our experiential virtual platform for the most state-of-the-art, engaging experience the diabetes world has ever seen. From entertaining video presentations on prevalent diabetes topics, to intriguing Q&A sessions and live chats with industry leaders, to networking with our worldwide diabetes community, we’ve taken virtual events to the next level.
Come for the education, stay for the entertainment, giveaways and lifelong connections!


9:00am – 3:00pm PDT: Conference Program
9:00am – 4:00pm PDT: Health Fair Exhibits and Networking


This event will be hosted on a virtual conference platform called vFairs, which is accessible through any internet browser. All registered participants will receive a link via email to join the event.


This event is complimentary.
Registration deadline is December 8th.


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Get diabetes education like never before! We’ve created a virtual world where you can interact with experts and fellow attendees, while receiving enriching education from the comfort of your own home with compelling features including:

•  NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN entertaining and cutting-edge video presentations on CURRENT DIABETES TOPICS
•  LIVE DISCUSSION AND Q&A OPPORTUNITIES with Experienced Medical Pros and Motivational Speakers
•  ONE-ON-ONE COMMUNICATION and GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITIES provided by innovative exhibitors
•  NETWORKING LOUNGE connecting our worldwide diabetes community
•  Informational lectures and UNLIMITED ADDITIONAL TOPICS available for 30 days after the conference
•  COMPLIMENTARY registration!


EXPERT SPEAKERS & GROUNDBREAKING PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS – Have fun and be entertained while you learn about diabetes breakthroughs as our powerhouse speakers, many who live with diabetes themselves, bring the education and the excitement right to your home.
EXTENDED LIVE Q&A DISCUSSIONS – Get all of your questions answered in real-time through a live discussion panel where you can engage with the top minds in diabetes about current topics going on in the diabetes world right now.
INTERACTIVE HEALTH FAIR AND EXHIBITOR ENGAGEMENT – Explore the virtual health fair where you can not only learn more about our cutting-edge exhibitors, but also receive take-home downloadable information, engage in one-on-one communication with industry leaders and participate in interactive games.
NETWORKING ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL – All attendees are invited to check out the Networking Lounge throughout the day where you can interact & engage with attendees from all over the world on a group or individual level and make connections for life.
ON-DEMAND WORKSHOPS FOR 30 DAYS – To keep the education going after the live event, you have the unique opportunity to check out our additional workshops presented by our expert faculty to expand upon the topics you learned and beyond.

“I just wanted to thank you for having an amazing team and being willing to TAKE EVERYTHING ONLINE. All conferences and all the information you give over is SO EDUCATIONAL. I also feel EMPOWERED after being online with you.”

– TCOYD 2020 Community Member

Virtually Meet People Like YOU!

Share your own experience & learn from others!

Be Part of Something BIG

We literally fill the virtual room with people ready to take control of their diabetes!

You Ask, We ANSWER!

Get your questions answered by experts and industry leaders during our live lecture sessions and at our exhibitor booths.


*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.

*Jeremy Pettus, MD
Type 1 Track and Professional Education Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant 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.

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.

Schafer Boeder, MD
Type 2 Track Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Schafer Boeder, MD, is a board-certified endocrinologist who diagnoses and treats people with a variety of endocrine conditions, with a particular focus on diabetes. His research is focused on new medications, devices, and technologies to help patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He is active in patient education through organizations such as Taking Control of Your Diabetes, where he speaks on topics such as current and future therapies for diabetes.  Dr. Boeder was chief fellow during his endocrinology and metabolism fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

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.


Registration deadline is December 8, 2020.

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