Diabetes Management Symposium

Friday, November 15, 2019
Glaser Auditorium
Southwest Tower
Swedish First Hill
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA

The Diabetes Management Symposium aims to update and empower primary care providers to manage diabetes and its complications, from all angles. This will emphasize targeted use of medications, technology, weight loss and sleep intervention. In addition, this course aims to foster a better understanding of the potentially dangerous and costly disease of NASH and how to evaluate these patients. Further, we will look at the paradigm shift in aggressively treating weight early in the disease process of diabetes, to dramatically reduce complications, mortality and health care costs.

This conference is intended for primary care providers, including those in family practice and internal medicine, as well as all other providers and allied health professionals treating patients with diabetes including pharmacists, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and dietitians.

*Online registration is closed. Walk-in registration will be available the morning of the conference.*



As the number of individuals with obesity and prediabetes continues to grow, primary care providers need to stay updated on current treatment strategies and help their patients prevent long-term complications. Providers need to feel competent in addressing these subjects by increasing their knowledge of these conditions and becoming familiar with the evidence base for treatment and successful outcomes. Using interactive discussions, current controversies in clinical management and new research and technology, this symposium will provide attendees with practical information on updated diagnostic, treatment, management and prevention techniques for diabetes. This evidence-based information will assist healthcare providers in providing high-quality, efficient patient care and increase successful patient outcomes. Attendees will be better equipped to care for patients, gaining insight from experts in the field on topics including data from the RISE trial, prevention of type 2 diabetes, NASH, the impact of sleep cycle, bariatric surgery, the DiRECT trial, VLCD and meal replacements, new ADA medication guidelines and new treatment technologies.

Fast Facts from the American Diabetes Association:

  • Over 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes
  • 84.1 million American adults have prediabetes
  • 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year
  • Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes
  • Diabetes is the primary cause of death for 79,535 Americans each year
  • $327 billion is the total economic burden in 2017 in the U.S. of diagnosed diabetes. This includes $237 billion in direct costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity.



By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss the new treatment recommendations for diabetes
  • Detail how to manage NASH and its potential severe complications
  • Utilize technology in managing diabetes in the primary care setting 
  • Review the profound impact of sleep on weight, insulin resistance and diabetes 
  • Describe the shift in approach to weight loss, as a treatment for diabetes, not a last resort


Accreditation with Commendation

Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AAFP Credits
This Live activity, Swedish Diabetes Management Symposium, with a beginning date of 11/15/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CDR Credits
Activity #151447 has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 6.5 CPEUs.

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advanced practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).


Frances E. Broyles, M.D.
Medical Director,
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Lina Fine, M.D., MPhil
Sleep Medicine Specialist
Swedish Sleep Medicine
Seattle, WA

Thomas Kowalski, MS, RN, CDE
Diabetes Patient Educator
Swedish Diabetes Education Center
Seattle, WA

Richard J. Lindquist, M.D.
Swedish Weight Loss Services
Seattle, WA

Samer G. Mattar, M.D., FACS, FRCS, FASMBS, DABOM
Bariatric Surgeon
Swedish Weight Loss Services
Seattle, WA

Rick Riess
Director of Behavioral Program Development 
Health Management Resources
Boston, MA

Jan K. Rystrom, RD, CDE
Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
Swedish Diabetes Education and Nutrition
Seattle, WA

Kristina M. Utzschneider, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Janet F. Wolfram, MN, RN, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
Swedish Diabetes Education and Nutrition
Seattle, WA

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias. 


Frances Broyles, MD, Course Chair
Julie Cantwell, RN, BSN, CDE
Brian Higginson, RD, CDE
Thomas Kowalski, MS, RN, CDE
Richard Lindquist, MD
Bobby Buglione, CME Specialist II
Caye Boosalis, CME Manager


  Advance Registration
M.D./D.O.   $245*
Allied Health Professionals                                        $125*
Residents/Fellows  $25*

*Starting November 4, add $30 to Advance Registration pricing.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by Monday, November 4, 2019, will receive a confirmation postcard via email. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, November 8, 2019. Please Note: No registrations are accepted by phone or email.

Special Accommodations
If you require specific dietary or physical accommodations, please contact Swedish CME at cme@swedish.org or 206-386-2755. 

Swedish First Hill is located at 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. Parking is available for a fee in the garage at the main entrance.

Registration Fees
Swedish CME is a self-sustaining unit and does not depend on or receive public monies in support of its educational efforts. The fees for this course include catering, all instruction materials, wi-fi access, online syllabus access and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.