Diabetes Care in Burlington, Vermont
More than 26 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a widespread and chronic disease which presents unique challenges to each person living with it. Successful diabetes management can be achieved with lifestyle modifications, medical management and blood glucose monitoring. For this reason, the UVM Medical Center provides a team approach that is specifically designed to meet the individual needs of each person with diabetes.
Our approach to comprehensive diabetes care
The University of Vermont Medical Center offers comprehensive care for all types of diabetes and strives to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes related complications.
Our Living Well with Diabetes program is nationally accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Our mission is to improve the health of people with diabetes and provide a caring environment that encourages patients and their families to fully engage in living well with diabetes.
To achieve this goal, our center uses a multi-disciplinary approach with a specially trained diabetes care team of endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, Certified Diabetes Educators, including registered nurses and registered dietitians, registered and licensed practical nurses and medical assistants.
The diabetes team also works closely with primary care providers to ensure you get the best care possible. The care we provide goes beyond clinical care, with a strong focus on patient education and ongoing partnerships with community education programs.
Whether you or a loved one has pre-diabetes, been recently diagnosed or has been coping with the disease and/or related complications for many years, our goal is to provide resources for managing your diabetes successfully.
Our diabetes specialists
The Diabetes program at the UVM Medical Center Endocrinology & Diabetes is comprised of the following professionals and team members:
- Board Certified Endocrinologists and Nurse Practitioners with extensive experience in the medical management of diabetes. Our physicians are board certified in Endocrinology and are professors at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine.
- Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE): A CDE is a registered nurse, registered dietitian, pharmacist or social worker with specialized training in diabetes education and care management. A CDE offers in-depth knowledge in nutrition, diabetes medications, communication, counseling, and education to provide tools for needed to successfully manage diabetes and avoid many of the diabetes related complications. The CDE certification is awarded by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators and is obtained by having met certain eligibility, education and exam requirements. All of the members of our Diabetes Education Team have obtained the CDE credential.
- Registered dietitians: Registered dietitians at the UVM Medical Center provide nutritional counseling that is individually tailored to your specific needs. Our dietitians pride themselves in providing culturally sensitive education. All of our dietitians are also Certified Diabetes Educators. They will assist you with weight management strategies and medical nutrition therapy to optimize your diabetes control.
- Registered nurses: Our registered nurses are able to skillfully address your questions and concerns about your diabetes management. They will be able to assist you with basic diabetes care issues as well as provide you with helpful resources so your issues are addressed in a timely fashion. They are available during clinic hours to help you with:
- Refilling prescriptions, including diabetes supplies
- Finding community resources
- Referrals to the UVM Medical Center Health Assistance Program
- Scheduling of urgent appointments and referrals to other departments.
- Our Certified Medical Assistants will greet you and escort you to the exam room. They will check your vital signs and review your list of medications to make sure that everyone involved in your care is aware of all of your current medicines.
- Our receptionists will greet you on arrival to our clinic. After your visit you will check out with one of our receptionists so that you can schedule any required follow up appointments. The receptionist will also print out the After Visit Summary so that you will have a record of any treatment changes, recommendations and subsequent The University of Vermont Medical Center appointments.
- We offer convenient lab services in our clinic. If your diabetes care provider has recommended blood or urine tests we are able to collect those samples before you leave the clinic.
- Primary Care Coordination: Specialists at The University of Vermont Medical Center coordinate medical management and diabetes self-care education with primary care providers to provide a patient-centered approach to diabetes care. Endocrinologists and Certified Diabetes Educators see patients at specialty clinics such as Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Cystic Fibrosis clinic to offer specialized diabetes care for patients with other health concerns. Our CDEs are also associated with the the UVM Medical Center Community Health Team and are able to provide coordinated diabetes management in collaboration with primary care providers as part of the patient centered medical home. Our Certified Diabetes Educators provide consultative services to inpatient diabetes education at The University of Vermont Medical Center so that newly diagnosed patients receive a consistent plan of care and appropriate follow up.
- ADA (American Diabetes Association) Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education The diabetes education program at The University of Vermont Medical Center is an ADA (American Diabetes Association) Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. In order to promote quality education for people with diabetes, ADA has developed a program to review diabetes education programs to determine whether the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education are met. Our education standards focus on the AADE7™ self-care behaviors which are essential for improved health status and greater quality of life for people living with diabetes. Currently we offer Our Living Well with Diabetes class quarterly. We now offer Saturday classes so that more people will be able to attend. We present an evening guest lecture series which includes many aspects of diabetes management.
- Insulin Pump Program: We provide insulin pump assessment, training and ongoing support for patients who are wearing insulin pumps and also for patients who are interested in insulin pumps. We maintain collegial relationships with insulin pump manufacturers as well as pump clinical trainers so that we can offer the most current technology. We also are knowledgeable and skilled in continuous glucose monitoring sensors.
- Research: We have an active clinical research program and are currently conducting several major diabetes studies. Patients who participate in research studies receive free diabetes care, medication and diabetes supplies. Research studies are scrupulously supervised by attending physicians and the University of Vermont review board.
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