Diabetes Education Certificate Course

Emory offers a three day Diabetes Educator Certificate seminar that is open to professionals of the health care team including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and others with present or planned involvement in the management and education of individuals with diabetes. Multi-discipline health care teams interested in organizing or improving a diabetes program are especially encouraged to attend. Professionals preparing to take the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) examination will find the course facilitates their study. 

This activity is approved for 26.4 continuing education hours by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), and 26 continuing education hours by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR).

Time is allocated for observations in the clinical setting with members of the health care team of your choice.

Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants per session.

*Completion of the Emory Diabetes Course does not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. CDE is a registered mark owned by NCBDE. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam.


Course Information

Course Agenda

Please see a sample of the most recent Diabetes Course Agenda. The agenda is subject to change for each course. Once registered, an updated agenda will be sent out to all participants.

Course Objectives

By the end of the 3-day course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of diabetes pathophysiology, epidemiology and clinical guidelines consistent with a diabetes educator practice level
  • Describe the complications of diabetes and identify appropriate pharmacological treatment options
  • Provide diabetes support and care in a culturally-competent manner across the lifespan
  • Apply principles of teaching, learning and behavior change to facilitate self-management skills on individuals with diabetes
  • Recognize the importance of an interdisciplinary diabetes care team
  • Identify principles of program management to systematically improve the delivery of diabetes education in their practice setting
  • Develop a process involving assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's diabetes education intervention
  • Describe and apply the AADE7 self-care behavior framework as a guide to the delivery of diabetes education

Faculty and Speakers

Maya Fayfman

Dr. Maya Fayfman received her medical training at Boston University School of Medicine. She then did her Internal Medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center and completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Emory University. She is now clinical faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. She is part of the Diabetes Research Group and Grady Hospital. Her research interests include inpatient management of diabetes and hyperglycemia and hospital outcomes in racial minorities.

Sonya Haw, MD

Sonya Haw obtained her medical degree in Wisconsin, at the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to complete an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota. She then pursued further subspecialty training in Endocrinology at Emory University. After completing fellowship, Dr. Haw joined the faculty at Emory University in the division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Her clinical work and diabetes research is based at Grady Memorial Hospital. Her interests are in diabetes, healthcare disparities and education

Francisco Pasquel, MD

Francisco Pasquel is an Assistant Professor at Emory University. He received his MD from Catholic University of Ecuador (2005). His postgraduate medical training included residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at Emory University School of Medicine. His current clinical research work is focused on incretin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes . His articles have been published in a number of leading journals, including Diabetes Care, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Endocrine Practice.

Guillermo Umpierrez, MD

Dr. Umpierrez is the Chief of Endocrinology and Diabetes for Grady Hospital and a Professor at Emory School of Medicine. He first joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1992 - 1997. He returned in 2003 to focus on diabetes and metabolic disorders. Dr. Umpierrez's research interests include mechanisms for ß-cell dysfunction in minority populations with ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes, the effects of free fatty acids on insulin secretion and hypertension in obese patients, and the inpatient management of insulin in critical and non-critical patients.

Priyathama Vellanki, MD

Priyathama received her Medical Degree from Northwestern University and joined the Emory Endocrinology team in 2014. She is currently a Principal Investigator of numerous studies and an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

David Ziemer, MD, MPH

Fellowship in Endocrinology & Metabolism at MCG and Research Fellowship Endocrinology & Metabolism USF. Served as a research associate at the VA Atlanta, an instructor in endocrinology at Emory/VA and now serve in current position. Past research interests in Insulin Resistance/Glucose and transporter mechanism of insulin action; current interest in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Speaker in professional diabetes course conducted in Diabetes Unit since 1992.

Past speakers and Topics

  • Janine Freeman, RD, LD, CDE, CDTC - Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Heather Fritz, CPNP, BC-ADM - Diabetes in Pediatrics
  • Elizabeth Ivey, RD, LD, CDE - Diabetes in the Elderly
  • Vicki Karnes, RN, CDE - Resources for the Uninsured
  • Sarah Piper, MPH, CDE - Behavior Change
  • Kristi Quairoli, PharmD, BCACP, CDE - Insulin Action and Workshop
  • Lynne Raphael, MS, RD, LD, CDE - Diabetes and Pregnancy
  • Betsy Rodriguez MSN, CDE - Assessment, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of DSME
  • Britt Rotberg, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, BC-ADM - Carbohydrate Counting and Becoming and CDE

Course Requirements

  • Degree or diploma in a health profession
  • This course is designed for clinicians who care for persons with diabetes in their general practice but who have not received specialized entry-level training in diabetes disease management
  • This course is also open to students preparing to take their licensure examination

Contact Hours

This activity is approved for 26.4 continuing education hours by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), and 26 continuing education hours by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR).

Course Dates and Location

Course Dates:

  • March 23 to 25, 2020
  • June 22 to 24, 2020
  • September 14 to 16, 2020
  • November 16 to 18, 2020

Course Location

Emory Faculty Office Building
49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr. SE
Atlanta GA 30303

Parking Lots
Grady-Butler Street Parking ($5 per day)
Sweet Auburn Market Parking ($10 per day until 6 pm)

If you choose to ride MARTA, get off the Georgia State MARTA station (E-1) and walk two blocks on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive or Piedmont Rd. The building is located on the corner of Armstrong St. and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive

Lodging: Please contact us at diabetescourse@emory.edu

Registration Information

Tuition is $550. This cost includes class materials and continental breakfast. If you are from a country besides U.S.A please select CHECK as the payment option and then contact us to proceed with the registration. Failure to do so may result in an additional fee if a refund is needed.

Scholarship information is available by contacting Ina Flores. Two scholarships will be chosen out of applications for the registration date. Scholarships must be recieved 6 weeks before the course. Awardees will be notified a month before the course.

Please make sure you complete the online registration and arrive to the "checkout." Once you have completed your registration, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive the email confirmation that means your registration is incomplete, so please log back in to complete it.

Credit card and checks accepted. Please mail check to:
Attn: Ina Flores
69 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr; Glenn Building/Endocrinology
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Register for the March 23-25, 2020 course

Register for the June 22-24, 2020 course

Register for the September 14-16, 2020 course

Register for the November 16 – 18, 2020 course

Policies and Procedures

a) Emory University is not responsible for lost or stolen items from your vehicle or the classroom during the course.

b) Any changes in travel plans due to inclement weather are not the responsibility of Emory University. 

c) In the event that the course is cancelled, the participants will automatically registered for the next available course.

d) Full payment is preferred to be completed 14 business days prior to the course date.  If the participant is unable to attend the program, cancellations can be done up to 7 business days before the start of the course.  Any cancellation after 7 days before the course will be refunded minus a $150 administrative fee.  Fees are not refundable for not attending the event without prior notification or cancelling the day of or after the course.  Please email Ina Flores to further discuss cancellations, special situations, and refunds if necessary. 

e) Participants will have until 12 noon on the first day of the course to arrive in order for the participant's spot to be held. No shows after this time will lose their spot unless medical proof is provided.

e) Any injuries sustained during the course are not the responsibility of Emory University.

Pre-Course Reading Material

Diabetes Webinars

Course History

In 1973, Emory University School of Medicine in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Human Resources initiated a program to educate health care professionals in the advances of diabetes care and education. The ultimate goal was to improve the delivery of care to persons with diabetes; Georgia citizens being the primary focus.

Led by John K. Davidson, MD, Professor of Medicine, Emory University, and Director of the Diabetes Unit, Grady Health System, the continuing education program "Modern Methods of Diagnosing and Treating Diabetes Mellitus and Its Complications: A Mini-Residency" was established. As an early advocate of the team approach to care, program faculty consisted of endocrinologists, nurses, dietitians, and podiatrists who specialized in diabetes care. Â

Multi-disciplinary health professionals involved in the care of persons with diabetes were encouraged to attend the comprehensive five day program. Class size was limited to 10 participants to maximize interactions among participants and faculty. Incorporated in the program were clinical observations with selected members of the diabetes care team. Programs of 1-2 days were occasionally offered with a specific content focus.Â

The frequency of programs offered since 1973 have varied from 6-18 times per year with the name of the program, topics and format evolving over time. It is estimated that over 4,000 health professionals have attended a diabetes program or workshop supported by this initial endeavor which popularly became known as "The Grady Course"; a must for anyone involved in the delivery of diabetes care.Â

Kindly submitted,

Kathy Berkowitz, APRN, BC, FNP, CDE
Past Professional Course Coordinator, 1990-2003

Participant Testimonials

"As a former student of your Diabetes Course (May 2014), I'm proud to report I finally took and passed the CDE exam yesterday!  The Emory course was a great addition to my Diabetes Education foundation and was so helpful in preparing me for the CDE.Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, experience and knowledge!" DeAnna, CDE

"I can't tell you how informative and organized the conference was. I feel honored to have been a participant. Gave a talk yesterday at our staff meeting of >20 employees on much of what I learned and they were so delighted with the new information. Keep up this good work!" Becky

"Amazing learning course, very knowledgeable presenters. People very passionate about diabetes. Britt was very helpful and dedicated to every single one of us. She provided all the support and guidance and exceeded expectations." Anonymous

"Overall best money I ever spent continuing education in the past 19 years! " Amy

"This was the most exciting CE I have attended, thanks for keeping it interesting." Eric

"I loved the observation sessions, such a unique opportunity! I would recommend this course to anyone studying for the CDE exam or anyone who needs a refresher." Annette

"BRAVO! Definitely on of, if not the best course overall and best prep course I've ever attended. Topics on point and speakers obvious experts in the field. Topics and presentations tailored to the audience. Course was well organized and great mixture of didactic, observations and group projects added value to the learning experience. Britt was high energy and as we say in the military "high speed". Britt was the perfect co-facilitator. Â Their prep work and daily planning was obvious evidenced by a smooth transition and how quickly the day flew by each time. Both Britt and Yasmine were friendly, professional and proactive. LOVED!" Gail

"The speakers were engaging and the lessons were interactive." Anonymous

"The Director and the whole team were outstanding. I was telling my supervisor today it really surpassed my expectations. The class was a perfect size for interactive learning. It was also nice to meet other educators that shared their experiences"Â Ana

"Was the best course I have attended to. Extraordinary!!! I'm very impressed will all of your work, i'll be back! Excellent job!" Lily

"All lectures had great value and were attentive to participants needs. As a result to the course I feel better prepared to work with patients with diabetes. I also feel better prepared for the CDE exam and have been able to identify areas I need to focus on for the test. I would definitely recommend this course and attend again in the future as a refresher"- Anonymous

"Exceeded expectations. All presenters were excellent with good information. Great job!" Anonymous

"Once again thank you for coordinating an excellent program. You are a well organized, well prepared, resourceful, excellent coordinator and over all a great person. I am very impressed with your performance, you exceeded my expectations. I do not have enough words to thank you, for all the resources and support." Yazmin

"We should be the one to thank you. You made us feel at home & took a good care of us. Thanks again & hope to keep in touch. You have great program." Welela

"Thank you and all the caring and compassionate practitioners who provide quality care to the diabetic patient population at Emory, Grady and the community. As well as teaching and assisting all of us refine, improve and tweak our knowledge and skills to better serve our own patients. The 3-day course, like the 1 day course, reinforces my determination to be better at caring for my own patient population. Thank you for the continunous encouragement and reinforcement. You make me and my passion for my work feel valued and more empowered than ever! As weary as I am, my spirit soars to continue to make a difference in the quality of life of my patients. Accolades and praise you, Britt and the team you bring together for this valuable educational opportunity! YOU make a difference" Pam

"Great course! Britt was so helpful and available to answer questions" Sharon

"Thank you so much for everything during the Diabetes Course. I gained a great deal of knowledge, please keep me posted of any upcoming webinars" Jennifer

"Thanks so much for a wonderful experience" Cindy

"It was awesome" Maire

"Wonderfull!! Kenneth

"Great course! Worth every penny!" Ann

"Excellent job. Thanks for the opportunity" Erika

"Great pre-course communication" Susan