“Fighting Diabetes” is the Certificate Course for Family Physicians for Diabetes Management offered by the College of Family Medicine Pakistan (CFMP) . It is designed to meet the educational needs of primary healthcare professionals, particularly Family Physicians and General Practitioners with an interest in diabetes care. Other suitably qualified and experienced applicants may be accepted on the course at the discretion of the CFMP Course Director. Healthcare professionals need to be working in a clinical setting, managing people who have diabetes mellitus to undertake this course.
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Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
Type 2 diabetes, also known as “Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus” (NIDDM) or “Adult-Onset,” is the most common form of the disease, accounting for 90-95% of all diabetes cases. Typically it develops after age 40. The body either cannot produce enough insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it makes. The onset can be aggravated by being overweight, inactive, and eating a diet high in sugar.
Hold a current, active PMDC registration or the professional, Legally‐recognized equivalent in another country.
A minimum of 500 faculty supervised clinical hours in the internal medicine in an advanced diabetes management role OR 6 month house job in internal medicine from an HEC recognized medical institution.
Experience of at least 4years of clinical practice as a family physician where the doctor may be involved in the care of diabetic patients.
Associate membership of College of Family Medicine Pakistan