International Diabetes Center: Professional Education and Consulting

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International Diabetes Center’s education programs provide practical, evidence-based information, learning activities and educational tools to help professionals expand their knowledge and improve patient care. With an extensive history of excellence in research and clinical diabetes experience, IDC has a wealth of real-world expertise to share with healthcare professionals and industry organizations.


Healthcare Professional Programs

A wide range of education programs are offered for primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, pharmacists, students and interns. Held on-site, these programs provide both hands-on experience and networking opportunities. Programs are based on current research and practices, and are taught by experienced faculty active in diabetes research, education and care. These programs provide the knowledge and skills needed to improve patient care. 

Foundations for Diabetes Educators offers insights from experts, case studies and hands-on learning to help those who are new to diabetes build a strong foundation in diabetes care and education. 

Advanced Strategies for Diabetes Educators helps those who are experienced in diabetes learn about new technologies and comorbidities. Topics include advanced insulin dose management, continuous glucose monitoring and advanced nutrition. 

Diabetes Technology Symposium discusses diabetes technology advancements such as hybrid closed-loop systems, continuous glucose monitoring, ambulatory glucose profile and more to keep health professionals current.

Clinical Diabetes Management in Primary Care is for primary care clinicians, emphasizing application though practice-based case studies and in-depth sessions on topics such as insulin therapy, hypertension, lipids and noninsulin therapies. 

IDC Symposium for Advanced Diabetes Educators is our annual symposium for diabetes educators that explores the latest trends in diabetes care and education to keep health professionals up to date. 

Caring for Adult Patients with Diabetes provides an overview of the diabetes care plan, nutrition therapy and classes for medication, for nursing staff and dietitians who care for adult patients. 

Diabetes Care in a Backpack is for school nurses and staff. It deals with management issues for children and adolescents with diabetes, such as psychological concerns, nutrition, medication and diabetes technologies. 

Learn more about and register for continuing education programs.

IDC also provides international training programs for healthcare professionals practicing outside of the United States. Programs are held both on-location in the host countries and on-site at the IDC. Over the past 20 years, IDC has trained healthcare professionals in more than 40 countries including China, India, Russia, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Call 952-993-1107 for more information.

Industry Professional Programs

IDC offers customized industry training programs that include classroom instruction, interactive case studies, patient panel discussions and a review of current research to help organizations meet their marketing or strategic plan objectives. The programs provide a practical understanding of diabetes from the perspective of patients and healthcare providers, which will result in enhanced value in the marketplace.

IDC also offers online training that allows organizations to provide diabetes knowledge to their sales force and others within the organization. 

  • Diabetes Essentials for Industry Professionals is a foundational program for those new to diabetes or those in need of a refresher course.  
  • Advanced Diabetes Topics for Industry Professionals is for those with extensive field-experience looking to take their diabetes knowledge to the next level. The self-paced, interactive learning modules are engaging and help make complex disease information more understandable. Call 952-993-3830 for more information. 

Consulting Services

IDC has a proven record of helping hundreds of healthcare organizations, including the Indian Health Service, improve outcomes in diabetes care and education. Diabetes Connections, our three-phase consulting program, includes an organizational assessment, evidence-based training and extensive follow-up. Through clinically proven Staged Diabetes Management guidelines and algorithms, skill building and sharing of strategies to integrate diabetes care and education, IDC helps healthcare organizations develop a systematic approach to treating diabetes. Call 952-993-3848 for more information.


Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Webinar

Program overview

This web-based training highlights International Diabetes Center’s (IDC) approach to integrating hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery to optimize management of type 1 diabetes. Session 1 focuses on the important steps to initiate the hybrid closed-loop system into your practice. Topics include key research study results, safety and efficacy of the MiniMed 670G hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system and practical aspects of getting started. Session 2 begins with a brief review of Session 1. It then focuses on ongoing management of the MiniMed 670G system including reviewing reports, making adjustments and patient education. We also look at the future of hybrid closed-loop systems and the artificial pancreas.

View the webinars:


Adult and pediatric endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified diabetes educators.


  • Richard Bergenstal, MD, Adult Endocrinologist, Executive Director of International Diabetes Center
  • Anders Carlson, MD, Adult Endocrinologist, IDC Medical Director
  • Amy Criego, MD, MS, Pediatric Endocrinologist, IDC Medical Director
  • Beth Olson, RN, CDE, Program Manager and Research Study Coordinator


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Grant support

Supported by educational grants from Medtronic and Abbott Diabetes Care.