Diabetes Diploma is a one-year postgraduate course that is designed for doctors. The course is offered by Arab Diploma. To enroll in the course visit Arab Diploma website from here

COURSE AIMS

The general aims of this program are to create:
  • Medical doctors who have the necessary knowledge and skills to take care of patients with diabetes according to the international standards.
  • Professionals who are able to behave according to ethical and legal principles and able to work effectively within a multi-professional team.
  • Practitioners with understanding of evidence-based medicine and with lifelong learning abilities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:
  • Describe epidemiology of diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss the etiology and pathogenesis of different types of diabetes.
  • Recognize the clinical features, and complications of diabetes.
  • Recognize the principles of pharmacological and non-pharmacological managements of diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss the principles of prevention and early detection of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss the principles of diabetes management in the inpatient setting.
  • Discuss the principles of diabetes management in special situations
  • Discuss the principles of diabetes management during pregnancy.
  • Diagnose and classify different types of diabetes mellitus.
  • Set up an individualized management strategy for different patients with diabetes mellitus.
  • Formulate a management plan for diabetes cases with acute decompensation.
  • Use information technology to evaluate current relevant data from literature, in order to solve a clinical problem.
  • Write medication prescriptions, considering patient's body weight, age and other health conditions.
  • Perform carb counting
  • Use insulin syringes and pens to administer insulin.
  • Use glucometer to measure capillary blood glucose level.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course consists of 12 modules that run over 46 weeks (6 hours/week)
Module 1: Principles of Diabetes
Module 2: Pharmacological Management of Type 2 Diabetes
Module 3: Insulin Therapy
Module 4: Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk
Module 5: Microvascular Complications
Module 6: Diabetes in The Inpatient Setting
Module 7: The Foot in Diabetes
Module 8: Diabetes and Pregnancy
Module 9: Diabetes in Special Situations
Module 10: Other Complications of Diabetes
Module 11: Education and Self-Management In Diabetes
Module 12: Obesity and Diabetes


MODULES OUTLINES

Module 1: Principles of Diabetes
The module aims to provides participants with necessary knowledge on diabetes epidemiology, pathophysiology, classification and diagnosis. It will also provide an overview of standards of care of patients with diabetes and lifestyle interventions aimed at managing and preventing diabetes. The module will be an opportunity for participants to gain understandings of evidence-based medicine and practice literature searching and appraisal, skills that are necessary to proceed with further modules.
Module 2: Pharmacological Management of Type 2 Diabetes
The aim of this module is to provide understanding of different drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes including biguanides, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, incretin-based therapies, and SGLT2 inhibitors. Participants will gain understanding of drug mechanisms, effectiveness and side effects. They will also develop skills on using a patient-centered approach when starting and advancing pharmacological therapy of type 2 diabetes.
Module 3: Insulin Therapy
In this module participants will gain knowledge and skills that are necessary to initiate, maintain and advance insulin therapy. It will provide in-depth understanding of physiology of insulin secretion and action as well as insulin types and insulin regimens. It will equip participants with skills required to initiate and advance insulin therapy in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Module 4: Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk
This module will provide overview of epidemiology, pathogenesis and evidence-based management of cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes. In particular, the diagnosis and management of dyslipidemia and hypertension in these patients will be covered. Other issues including management and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease in diabetes as well as the cardiovascular safety of anti-diabetic medications will be discussed.
Module 5: Microvascular Complications
This module aims to provide a complete overview of diabetic microvascular complications including diabetic nephropathy, retinopathy and neuropathy. It will facilitate acquiring knowledge on epidemiology, pathogenesis, and risk factors of these complications. Participants will develop skills on providing evidence-based prevention and management of patients who are at risk or living with microvascular complications.
Module 6: Diabetes in The Inpatient Setting
The module is an excellent opportunity for participants to gain necessary knowledge and skills required to deal with the patient with diabetes in the in-patient setting. The management of diabetic emergencies including diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, and hypoglycemia are addressed. It will be prepared to manage patients with diabetes in different patient settings including the medical ward, the coronary and intensive care as well as patients undergoing surgery and other procedures.
Module 7: The Foot in Diabetes
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and manage different foot pathologies in diabetes. Participants will develop skills required to assess and evaluate the foot in patients with diabetes, stratify the risk of developing foot problems and implement preventive evidence-based measures. The module will also address different foot complications including infections, ulcers and neuroarthropathy and provides an insight into surgical and surgical management of these complications.  
Module 8: Diabetes and Pregnancy
The module focuses on different aspects related to hyperglycemic disorders during pregnancy. Screening, diagnosis and classification of hyperglycemic disorders in pregnancy will be addressed in addition to an overview of pathophysiology of hyperglycemia during pregnancy and its maternal and fetal adverse outcomes. It will equip participants with appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality care of women with diabetes who are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
Module 9: Diabetes in Special Situations
This module is an opportunity for participants to get exposed to special situations that may complicate the management of diabetes. In particular, management of patients with diabetes in patients who are observing Ramadan fasting and those who are undergoing hemodialysis will be covered. The approach to some specific forms of diabetes including steroid-induced diabetes and post-transplant diabetes will also be addressed.
Module 10: Other Complications of Diabetes
This module will address several diabetes complications that are not classified as microvascular or macrovascular complications but are of particular concern to patients with diabetes due to their impact on their lives. Participants will gain understanding of recognition and management of different gastrointestinal and skin disorders in diabetes as well ass addressing sexual dysfunction in patients with diabetes.   
Module 11: Education and Self-Management in Diabetes
The module introduces the participants with theory and practice of diabetes education.  It will provide an overview of structured diabetes education programs and the evidence on the benefits of self-management education in achieving diabetes management goals. Participants will develop necessary skills to integrate self-management techniques in their patient’s care.
Module 12: Obesity and Diabetes
Diabetes and obesity are closely inter-related. This module will explore this relationship and provides comprehensive understanding of obesity including epidemiology, classification, diagnosis, Complications as well as pharmacological and surgical management approaches.

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES

  • Illustrated lectures: Large group plenary lectures in lecture halls to set the scene for a topic, highlight important issues and arouse curiosity in relevant areas.
  • Practical teaching:  this teaching takes place in order to teach practical aspects of diabetes including dose preparation, dose injection, and carb counting.
  • Clinical teaching (mentorship): this teaching strategy takes place in the diabetes clinic to demonstrate to trainee the core clinical skills like history taking and physical examination of patients with diabetes, and to teach them medical ethics, communication skills, and the clinical reasoning and judgment.
  • Tutorials: it is used as a form of interactive learning to present, debate or discuss certain topic and to give a constructive feedback to the students.
  • Online learning: using Moodle as a platform to create personalized learning environments. This virtual learning environment (VLE) will complement other learning methods used in each module. The VLE is accessible using log-in credentials provided to enrolled students at the induction day.

ASSESSMENT

Different assessment methods will be used including, but not limited to, multiple choice questions, assignments and case portfolios.
Each module has its own assessment methods depending on the content and the learning outcomes of the module.
For details on assessment methods used for each module refer to the module guidebook.
In order to complete the diploma, the student must attend at least 75% of all teaching hours and pass all the modules.
In case of failure to pass one or more modules the student has two further chances to retake the module assessment.