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The world's first online clinical conference for diabetes treatment, research, and education has opened for business. On this new site, which is free, health care professionals and diabetes advocates around the globe may "attend" virtual lectures, network with colleagues, and discuss cases.
Social networking is all the rage on Web sites like YouTube and Facebook, where friendships are forged and relationships built online. PRESENT Diabetes is a pioneering effort to bring that web-based social networking to medical collaboration, by simulating a live clinical conference online.
The goal of the site, say founders Dr. Alan Sherman and Dr. Michael Shore, is to foster interdisciplinary diabetes teams among practitioners around the world.
PRESENT Diabetes allows members to attend live medical conferences and view lectures by renowned diabetes educators without ever leaving home. Participants earn free CME credits not only by viewing lectures, but also by participating in online discussion with peers.
Says Dr. Alan Sherman, PRESENT's CEO, "PRESENT Diabetes is pioneering the new ACCME provision to grant CME credit for time spent engaged in meaningful clinical discussion with peers. You're learning, so why shouldn't you earn CME credit for taking part in clinical discussion?"
PRESENT Diabetes already includes over two hundred multimedia streaming video lectures, with accompanying discussions by leading experts on cutting edge topics in general diabetes, the diabetic foot, cardiovascular interventions, nursing and wound care. All of the lectures are undergoing peer review.
Once you log on to the site, you're invited to register and create an online resume/CV, listing your fields of expertise and interest. Following those steps, you can join focus groups and brainstorm with other members on topics of mutual interest.
The discussion forums, instant messaging, Web chats and blogs are available 24/7/365, so that busy clinicians can visit when their schedules allow.
The worldwide diabetes community is large and diverse, including endocrinologists, internists, family medicine physicians, podiatrists, vascular specialists, nutritionists, pediatricians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, pharmacists, ophthalmologists and wound care specialists.
With PRESENT Diabetes, they can collaborate in order to improve patient outcomes and ultimately provide a better quality of life for their diabetic patients. To join this new and promising site, go to www.presentdiabetes.com.
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