Taking Care Over the Long Haul: Improving Diabetes Management in Commercial Truck Drivers

Taking Care Over the Long Haul: Improving Diabetes Management in Commercial Truck Drivers

Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
Half-Day Meeting -- Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 8:00 AM ET


8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Breakfast/Registration

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Long Distance Commercial Drivers: A Special Population With Special Risks

  • Elements of profession that contribute to poor health
  • Scope of the problem
    • Diabetes, obesity, and CVD
  • Contribution to road fatalities and premature death
    • Hypoglycemia, sleep deprivation, and CV events
  • Question and answer session

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Individualizing Diabetes Management in Truckers

  • Considerations for individualizing glycemic targets
    • A1c and glycemic patterns
    • Age and diabetes duration
    • Comorbidities
  • Treatment initiation and intensification
    • Overview of guideline recommendations
    • Oral and injection therapy options: pros and cons
  • Question and answer session

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Hypoglycemia risk and risk reduction

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Leveraging the diabetes educator to advance self-care

    • Healthy interventions: meals and food choices, physical activity, smoking cessation
    • Advancing self-care: blood glucose monitoring, meal scheduling, treatment adherence
  • Question and answer session

11:30 AM Adjournment


Program Director
Daniel Lorber, MD, FACP, CDE

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Flushing, New York

Pamela Allweiss, MD, MPH

Medical Officer
Division of Diabetes Translation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Jessica Castle, MD

Associate Professor
Division of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

Lucia M. Novak, MSN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM, CDTC

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland
Riverside Diabetes Center
Riverside Medical Associates, PA
Riverdale, Maryland


Goal Statement
The goal of this activity is to improve the competence of DOT-certified examiners and other clinicians in managing diabetes among commercial drivers, a targeted patient population at high risk for both diabetes as well as adverse diabetes-related health outcomes.

Target Audience
This program is intended for DOT-certified physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide assessments of commercial drivers with or at risk for diabetes.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the risk factors for diabetes and comorbid diseases between commercial drivers and the general population
  • Individualize and maintain glycemic targets for commercial truckers that reflect glycemic patterns, patient factors, and considerations for driving safety
  • Safely and appropriately select and combine antihyperglycemic medications to initiate and/or intensify individualized diabetes regimens for patients without glycemic control
  • Consider findings of cardiovascular outcomes trials when selecting antidiabetes regimens for commercial drivers with elevated cardiovascular risk factors


Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Clinical Care Options, LLC. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.