Top Line: VSP Premier Edge Training and Education, in partnership with Western University of Health Sciences, announced a new virtual diabetes education event on ways to best provide well-rounded care to patients living with the condition. The event is scheduled for May 22 and 5:30 p.m. Pacific. 
Close Up: Bringing together four different disciplines—optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and dentistry—the course highlights an interprofessional approach to patient care in diabetes. The free course qualifies for two COPE-accredited Continuing Education (CE) credits.
Loretta Ng, OD, FAAO; Preeti Kotha, PharmD; Chandler Paige Hubbard, DPM; and Dalia Seleem, DDS, PhD will present the course. The course will:
● Review interprofessional care based on the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry and Dentistry (PPOD) developed with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services.
● Provide insights into common diabetic conditions the panelists’ treat and consider critical for the management of patients living with diabetes.
● Offer ways to best provide holistic care, which includes reviewing pathological effects of diabetes on the body’s various systems, the clinical implications, and complications of unmanaged diabetes.
● Recommend potential modifications to achieve holistic management of diabetes in clinical practices.
Upon completion of the entire virtual event, if the practice has retinal imaging equipment, doctors will be eligible to receive the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Badge, which is displayed alongside their practice listing on the VSP Find a Doctor Directory on
VSP Vision vice president of clinical and medical affairs Valerie Sheety-Pilon, OD, said, “With more than 38 million Americans living with diabetes, and 1.2 million diagnosed each year, it’s critical we establish a holistic approach to care for those who are living with the disease. As a health-focused vision care company, VSP Vision is proud to offer this multi-disciplinary educational opportunity that highlights the importance of eye care for those living with diabetes.”
Vital Stats: This event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. PDT. Registration is open online here