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    freeCE offers pharmacy staff and independent pharmacies the opportunity to offer specialized diabetes management services to their patients. This training program equips learners with practical knowledge, hands-on skills, and the confidence needed to recommend effective diabetes self-managed care.

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    It's estimated that 1 in 10 Americans are living with diabetes, making the disorder one of the most common diseases in the United States. Education for healthcare professionals is critically important in combating this growing challenge. This hands-on training program recognizes the role of pharmacy professionals in providing diabetes education and equips them with the skills needed to improve patient care and outcomes.

    Program Description

    This 6-credit Hands-On Diabetes Management training program is an intensive educational experience designed to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes education for patients. The program incorporates case studies and hands-on skills training focused on the situations most likely to be encountered—as well as the services most needed by patients with diabetes.

    It includes demonstrations for competency in blood glucose testing, injection techniques, and diabetic foot exams. In addition, analyzing and assessing the overall health status of patients to identify needed monitoring and interventions will be discussed.

    • Recognize the role of a pharmacist in providing diabetes education
    • Identify the benefits of medication treatment management for diabetes care
    • Recognize appropriate counseling points for patients with diabetes in the pharmacy

    Using a Glucometer
    • Compare and contrast the most common glucometers
    • Identify steps of how to use a glucometer
    • Recognize the variables that impact blood glucose readings from a glucometer

    Blood Glucose Monitoring Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)
    • Compare and contrast CGM devices
    • Recognize step-by-step details of how to put on a sensor for Freestyle Libre and Dexcom G6 devices
    • Identify variables that impact glucose readings from CGM devices

    Injection Techniques Using a Syringe or Pen
    • Describe proper insulin drawing technique from a vial
    • Recognize barriers to injection therapy
    • Describe the proper use of the injectable pens

    Sick Day and Hypoglycemia Management
    • State recommendations for sick day management
    • Identify elements of appropriate management of hypoglycemia
    • Differentiate different ways to prevent hypoglycemia

    Foot Testing and Peripheral Neuropathy
    • Discuss diabetes complications that affect legs and feet
    • Recognize appropriate steps for performing a foot exam in a pharmacy
    • Identify available over the counter (OTC) and prescribed products for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy


    Samuel Grossman PharmD, CDCES, FADCES

    Dr. Samuel Grossman is a diabetes educator and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in primary care at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Health Care System. Dr. Grossman has experience both in inpatient settings and outpatient settings. In the primary care clinic, he consults patients in areas of medication management which includes hepatitis C, HIV, pulmonary diseases, women’s health, Men’s health, and diabetes care. Dr. Grossman is a member of the pain committee and consults patients with risk for opiate addiction, including the use of Naloxone. In addition, Dr. Grossman is the cardiology specialist clinical pharmacist. In his cardiology clinic, Dr. Grossman sees patients with a variety of cardiac diseases for medication education and anticoagulation.

    Furthermore, Dr. Samuel Grossman serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing/ Physical Therapy of the City University of New York, and Adjunct faculty at Skaggs School of Pharmacy of the University of Colorado. Dr. Grossman is a member of the Chronic Disease Advisory Board to the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services of the state of New Jersey. In addition, he is the Advocacy Chair and a member of the New Jersey Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association and the Grassroot Coordinator & Co-Leader for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) New Jersey Coordinating Body.

    He is the recipient of the 2012 “Diabetes Educator of the Year” award from AADE New Jersey Coordinating Body and the recipient of the 2013 “Specialty Pharmacist of the Year Award” awarded as part of the national Next Generation Pharmacist Award Program. He is also the 2021 recipient of the ADCES "Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the Year" award. Dr. Grossman has published numerous publications and presentations about improving patient care in chronic diseases.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Hands-on Diabetes Management (HODM) Certificate:

    • Registration costs $156 for members, $266 for non-members.
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
    • This program's final exam consists of 50 unique multiple-choice questions.
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final exam.
    • You may not leave the final exam in the middle and return at a later time.
    • The final exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 6 credits upon final completion
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certificate before it expires from your account.
    • This specialty certificate is accredited for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses.


    Hands-on Diabetes: A Practical Way to Manage Diabetes