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Medical Professionals Invited to Diabetes Special Skills Workshop May 5 - 4/12/2012

Medical professionals from all local hospitals are invited to attend a Diabetes Symposium on May 5, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis. Gaston Dana, DO, will lead a unique special skills diabetes workshop. This series will include lectures in the morning, a luncheon, and four teaching stations at which participating professionals can gain hands-on training and new skills.

The four teaching stations, including Performing a Fundoscope Examination; Evaluating the Lower Extremity; Diet, Nutrition, and Exercise; and Introduction to Insulin Pump Training. After completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion. This workshop will be helpful for a wide range of health professionals, including MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, medical students, and professionals in all medical specialties. DOs, MDs, PAs, and NPs are eligible for CME credit.

Dr. Gaston DanaDr. Dana is a frequent speaker on diabetes-related topics and is an internist and emergency medicine physician. The event is sponsored by the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA) and supported by the Marian University College of Medicine (MU-COM). Registration for the full IOA conference can be found at the IOA web site, To register for only the workshop, call IOA at 317.926.3009 or 800.942.0501 for a pro-rated fee. The luncheon is included with the registration cost.

The Indiana Osteopathic Association is taking on the global epidemic of diabetes by helping to provide training and education to those providing primary care for these patients. “This is a comprehensive workshop that attendees will leave having gained new skills and a new understanding of the challenges of caring for patients with diabetes,” said Chris Lowery, DO, president of the IOA.

MU-COM’s Dean, Paul Evans, DO, says Marian University wanted to support this special skills workshop to improve healthcare provider skills in managing an increasing number of diabetics in this region.

The American Diabetes Association reports there are 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes, and another 79 million with prediabetes. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, as much as 8.1 percent of Indiana's adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes compared to the national average of 7.5 percent.

“If we are to help keep health care costs manageable and help improve health outcomes in our nation, we need to make great strides in understanding, preventing, and treating diabetes,” said Dr. Dana. “It is one of the most fascinating diseases to manage. There is so much innovation and promise in future therapies.”