Interview with Dr. Diana Isaacs | Keynote for DiabetesEd Virtual Conference

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES

We are thrilled that Diana Isaacs will be joining our Virtual Course on October 6-8, 2021!

Dr. Isaacs was named 2020 ADCES Diabetes Educator of the Year for her educational platform promoting the use of technology, pumps, and CGM therapy for people with diabetes plus other innovations.  Dr. Isaacs was awarded the Ohio Pharmacists Association Under 40 Award in 2019. Dr. Isaacs has served in leadership roles for several pharmacies and diabetes organizations. She has numerous diabetes publications and research projects with a focus on medications, CGM and diabetes technology.

As the CGM Program Coordinator and clinical pharmacist specialist in the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center, Dr. Isaacs brings a wealth of clinical knowledge combined with extensive research experience to this program.

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Diana Isaacs

Question: What do you love about being a Diabetes Specialist?
Dr. Isaacs: I have the opportunity to help people manage their diabetes through my expertise and support. I start many people with diabetes on CGM and I see first hand how life changing the technology is for them. People are very grateful for my help and it is so rewarding.

Question: Over the past year, what has been most challenging about providing diabetes care during the pandemic?
Dr. Isaacs: I miss doing the group classes and shared medical appointments but we’ve had to majorly scale back taking into consideration room size and safety. Also, many people are struggling with mental health during the pandemic and many are afraid to come to clinic. However, we have made great strides by increasing access through virtual care.

Question: What role do you see technology playing in people with diabetes lives over the next few years?
Dr. Isaacs: Technology is exploding. Virtual care is allowing us to reach way more people with diabetes and making it more convenient for everyone. Mobile apps and blue tooth technology are making it so the healthcare team can access a person’s diabetes data from anywhere (With their permission of course). There also continue to be huge improvements in insulin pump, continuous glucose meter, and smart insulin pen technology.

Question: What actions can Diabetes Specialists take to increase access to diabetes technologies including insulin pumps, CGMs and Smart Pens.
Dr. Isaacs: We need to stay up to date on all of the technology because it’s evolving so quickly. Some strategies to do this include attending professional meetings, meet with your sales reps, check out websites like diabeteswise.org and DANAtech (offered through ADCES). There are many continuing education opportunities offered through various organizations, including your website (www.diabetesed.net).

Also, if you get a chance to try a demo (Such as obtaining a sample of a smart pen, or CGM) and wearing it. That’s the best way to learn!. There are also various demo mobile apps that give the user experience. (Ex. T:Simulator for Tandem insulin pumps).

Question: Would you share your hobby (ies) and how you maintain work life balance?
Dr. Isaacs: I have 5 kids ages 2-9, so they keep me pretty busy. One day a week I completely disconnect from all electronics and just spend time with the family. I also enjoy running and run almost every morning before starting my day. With the pandemic I stopped going to the gym. I live in Cleveland and am proud to say I ran outside even when it was 3 degrees with lots of snow and ice on the ground.


Dr. Diana Isaacs will be speaking at our upcoming
Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course
Join us live on October 6-8, 2021

Come join our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program!

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

If you are seeking a state-of-the-art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need. This program can also be a great addition to your CDCES or BC-ADM exam study plan.

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!

CEs: Includes over 30 CEs
Program Info: 2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)
Speakers: View Conference Faculty.
Dates: Registration fee includes access to recorded content through July 31st, 2022.

Two Registration Options


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Deluxe | Oct. 6-8 | 30+ CEs

Deluxe Virtual Program for $499 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

+Plus Syllabus, Standards and Swag:

  • Diabetes Educator Course 2021 Syllabus Hard Copy – over 100 pages -This spiral-bound workbook contains the printed version of all of the instructor’s slides.
  • ADA 2021 Standards of Care Book -The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is a key resource for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care, education, and support.
  • DiabetesEd Services highlightersMedication PocketCard and Pen

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Basic | Oct. 6-8 | 30+ CEs

Basic virtual program for $399 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!


Bonus Courses worth 12+ CEs, FREE

When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!

  • Test Taking Toolkit – Over 200 sample test questions!
  • Level 2 – Assessing and Promoting Well-Being: From Population Health to a Person-Centered Approach 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hospital and Hyperglycemia 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hyperglycemic Crisis, DKA and HHS Standards 1.0 CEs
  • Level 2 – Meds Management Update for Type 2 – 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Pregnancy and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – From Tots to Teens – Diabetes Standards 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Older Adults and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter – 1.0 CE

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

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