Duquesne Hosts The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Program

Duquesne University School of Pharmacy recently hosted an intensive educational experience for practicing pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. The program was attended with 38 participants from diverse backgrounds including, Duquesne preceptors and residents, student pharmacists and recent graduates, which represented areas from acute care to community practice. Duquesne faculty members, Dr. Autumn Stewart, Dr. Suzanne Higginbotham and Dr. Pam Koerner, taught the program in conjunction with a registered dietician from Giant Eagle.

"The interactive nature of the program and the variety of experiences from our participants lead to great discussion and an opportunity for learning for pharmacists at all levels," commented Stewart. "The program uses several cases of patients with diabetes to develop and practice essential skills for providing impactful patient care services to the diabetic population."

Additionally, the program which is part of the American Pharmacists Association's, Continuing Pharmacy Education, prepares participants with clinical experience evaluating and adjusting drug therapy regimens for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, counseling patients about lifestyle interventions, analyzing and interpreting self-monitoring of blood glucose results, and assessing the overall health status of patients to identify needed monitoring and interventions.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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