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  1. riva
    riva July 20, 2010 at 8:33 am | | Reply

    As someone who was at the Roche social media summit, I appreciate Diana writing a follow up to our session. While we there felt as though Diana was a bit caught, like “a deer in the headlights,” with our impassioned concern for patients who do not have access to educators, I respect Diana letting us know we were heard. And that the AADE is already taking steps to act on some of our suggestions. Particularly more routes to becoming a diabetes educator, including a path for patients.

    At one of the largest hospitals in Singapore the diabetes unit takes in and works with patients for a year. If at the end of that year the patient is doing well, they are asked to mentor other patients. You can see the reward for both. It offers the question could something like that occur here?

    The intent of these sessions we had with reps of the ADA and AADE was to open a door, and I feel as though we have done that. Thanks Diana, thanks Amy.

  2. riva
    riva July 20, 2010 at 9:59 am | | Reply

    Having attended the Roche social summit I am glad Diana wrote this follow-up. I think we all felt at the summit she was a bit like a “deer caught in the headlights” on the spear of our impassioned concern that there aren’t enough diabetes educators around, and what’s being done to let more go in the trade?

    I’m happy to know we were heard and the AADE is already implementing things they heard, like more routes to becoming an educator, and a route for experienced patients to also be educators.

    When I visited a prime hospital in Singapore there diabetes unit accepts patients for a year. At the end of the time if patients are doing well and improve, they are asked to mentor others at the unit and share their learning and experience. Can we not have such a track here? Makes so much sense to help reinforce the mentor’s habits and provide a patient-bond for the newly diagnosed.

    Thanks for the follow-up Diana, and Amy.

  3. Bob Fenton
    Bob Fenton July 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Amy for getting this perspective from them. Is the white paper she mentioned available to the public? If so, would you be kind enough to post the link.

  4. @AADEannualmtg
    @AADEannualmtg July 21, 2010 at 3:37 am | | Reply

    AADE’s white papers can be found online at:

    AADE has a variety of other practice documents online that may be of interest to you as well.
    They can all be found at which includes “official documents such as position statements, guidelines for practice, white papers, technical papers, and” other documents

  5. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson July 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm | | Reply

    I too appreciate Diana sharing her thoughts here. We are a passionate group, and I’m sure that came through loud and clear!

    We want to help bring better care, and access to care, to as many people living with diabetes as possible, and we are scared to death by the current shortage and lack of incentive to enter the field.

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