The EXPLORE (Experience and Professional Learning Opportunities Result in Excellence) Diabetes conference will take place May 22 for health care professionals such as physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and more.
The conference will begin around 7 a.m. with registration, breakfast, vendors and opening remarks, leading into several hour-long presentations on different aspects of diabetes.
“Any health care professional would want to attend the conference to learn about what the updated standards of care are for somebody who has diabetes,” said Ann Watts, chair of the EXPLORE Diabetes Committee.
To start off the day, “Diabetes in the Elderly” by Julie Bynum, associate professor of medicine at The Dartmouth Institute, will be presented.
After Bynum’s presentation, Jack Leahy, co-director of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Vermont, will present “New Thoughts and Strategies for the Treatment of Type II Diabetes: Update on Medications and Diabetes.”
After a brief 30 minute break, Elizabeth Nardacci, certified diabetes educator from Albany Medical Center, will present “The Use of Insulin Pump Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes,” leading into an hour long lunch break.
Later in the afternoon, health care professionals will choose to attend presentations in either Track 1 or Track 2.
In Track 1, Stephen Merena, podiatrist at Fletcher Allen and assistant professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, will present “Diabetic Foot Management: Preventive Care to Limb Salvage,” with Claude Roland, doctor at Champlain Valley Vascular Surgery, presenting “Vascular Complications in Diabetes including Neuropathies.”
In Track 2, Joanne DeNovio, registered nurse at Ellis Health Center, will present “Find Support in ME: Move More, Eat Right, Take Care of ME,” with Watts presenting “An Update on the Nutritional Management of Diabetes.”
“As a group, we felt that there’s been a lot of cases in manage of care in all individuals that have diabetes and diagnosis in diabetes,” Watts said. “So, it’s just updating on the way that we handle nutrition when you have diabetes, how we provide education and what the appropriate guidelines are for individuals’ diabetes.”
To end the day, Lori Dandrow and Julie Rock from One Step Ahead Physical Therapy in Plattsburgh will present “Diabetes and Physical Activity.”
The EXPLORE Diabetes Conference is the seventh diabetes conference, with the last conference occurring on May 22, 2012, and the 53rd conference for EXPLORE itself.
EXPLORE was started in 2000 by the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton County Health Department, the Gamma Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and District 8 of the New York State Nurses Association.
Besides the original members, EXPLORE is a collaborative effort of the Adirondack Chapter of Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS, Adirondack Health, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Clinton Community College, Champlain Valley Health Network, CVPH Medical Center, HCR Home Care and Hospice of the North Country.
“EXPLORE’s mission is to facilitate access to continuing education for health care practitioners in our area,” said Christine Ransom, part of the EXPLORE Steering Committee and EXPLORE Planning Committee and librarian at CVPH.
EXPLORE tries to hold at least three conferences per year based on different health topics such as stress, end of life issues, strokes, colorectal cancer, infectious diseases and much more, with new ideas from the people of EXPLORE coming constantly including smaller gatherings for people who aren’t health care professionals.
Bynum will be presenting “Decision Making as an older adult with Diabetes in the West Side Ballroom May 21 from 6 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to all who wish to learn more about diabetes.
For more information about the conference or to register for the conference, visit http://www.plattsburghcas1.com/diabetes/.