Health and Wellness

Touro Holds Inaugural Diabetes Clinical Conference


Touro University California (TUC) is “tackling diabetes.” As you may know, the University has partnered with Solano County Public Health to become a state leader in offering the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to its residents. Now Touro wants to arm clinicians to tackle diabetes in their practices.

For local healthcare providers today, it should be easier to treat diabetes with so many new treatment options available. But it is NOT. It seems like every month we get more news about diabetes. Currently, 55% of people in California have diabetes or pre-diabetes. These conditions are largely preventable and wholly treatable. However, with patient visits getting shorter and shorter and the treatment options exploding, it is so much more difficult to treat diabetes today.

What is needed is practical professional education and skills that clinicians can implement in their practices right away. In response to this need, TUC is providing a high quality, low-cost clinical Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference, Diabetes: High Impact Management for Clinicians.  Organized by TUC’s Diabetes Research, Education and Management (DREAM) Team, the event brings together regional and national experts to address key aspects of care that affect busy providers and their patients. This one-day conference will be held on Touro University California’s Mare Island campus in Vallejo, California on Sunday, November 6, 2016.  Visiting speakers include Richard Aguilar, MD, William Polonsky, PhD, and Jim LaSalle, DO.

Topics will include an update on new medications, how to start and titrate insulin in your patients, hypoglycemia, an evidence-based approach to diabetes nutrition, the truth about high fructose corn syrup, building your team to address the diabetes epidemic, keeping patient engaged in treatment, fatty liver disease: what you do not know CAN hurt you, a management of hypertension in diabetes, cardiovascular disease treatment in diabetes, and a toughest-cases session where you can stump the expert panel with cases that you have seen. Sessions are short and to-the-point; the program is built to provide maximum interaction, so you can get your questions answered and gain the tools and strategies you need for improving treatment outcomes.

Diabetes: High Impact Management for Clinicians is designed for Physicians, Pharmacists, Physician’s Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and all other interested healthcare providers who fight diabetes day to day on the front lines. Need help picking between medications and how to talk to your patient about risks and benefits? Do you want to keep your patients engaged in the long haul? This conference is for you! We are confident that this will help you navigate diabetes in your practice.AMA PRA and AOA 1-A Credits will be available. Approved for 7.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. For more information, please visit our website: Early bird registration prices end on October 5!


Dr. Jay Shubrook is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Research for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University California. He leads the DREAM Team and the Touro Tackles Diabetes Program.





The Touro DREAM Team is an interprofessional  group of providers (DO, PharmD, PA) that provide comprehensive research, care, and education for people with diabetes and its related conditions. We are now developing continuing education for the providers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Follow the DREAM Team on Facebook (@DiabetesDREAMTeam) and on Twitter (@DiabetesTUCA)


  • Identify how and when to start insulin and other medications for patients with all types of diabetes.
  • Recognize the psychosocial factors which most often impact patients with diabetes and team based strategies for support.
  • Apply nutritional principles to help patients with diabetes improve health and address comorbidities.
  • Identify key non glycemic diabetes outcomes that may affect morbidity and mortality.


Richard Aguilar, M.D.

Private Practice; Executive Medical Director, Cano Health

Joy Dugan, P.A., M.P.H.

Outpatient Clinical Instructor, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine—California

Grace Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine—California

Jim LaSalle, D.O.

Family Practice, Excelsior Springs Clinic

Eden Miller, D.O.

Family Practice, High Lakes Health Care

Kevin Miller, D.O.

Family Practice, High Lakes Health Care

Kim Pfotenhauer, D.O.

Assistant Professor, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine—California

William Polonsky, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD

Jean-Marc Schwarz, Ph.D.

Professor, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine—California

Jay Shubrook, D.O.

Professor, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine—California

Clipper Young, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacist, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine—California

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