The Sweet & Low: A Diabetes Update for Rural Health Providers On-Demand



At the end of presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Review the epidemiologic burden of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the nation and within the State of Georgia.
  2. List risk factors for diabetes and recognize the importance of documenting the patient’s ethnicity, family history, and history of Gestational Diabetes in the patient’s medical record.
  3. List common presenting signs and symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.
  4. List the four testing methods recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for diagnosing Diabetes.
  5. Review the ADA’s evidence-based recommendations for medical care and treatment of type 2 diabetes using the 2020 Standards.
  6. Discuss ways to enhance patient adherence and understanding of the Diabetes care plan using  patient education materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  7. List and discuss an evidence-based stepwise approach to pharmacologic treatment of the patient with Type 2 Diabetes.


Chinwe E. Ukaonu, MD
Phoebe Family Medicine Residency
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine
Georgia Health Sciences University School of Medicine

Sharmon P. Osae, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus
University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy


Primary Care Providers, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, & Healthcare Professional Students



  • 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 joint providership of Mercer University School of Medicine and Southwest Georgia AHEC.  The Mercer University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Credit
    The Mercer University School of Medicine designates this internet based educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Submission of registration information, attendance and completed evaluation/successful post-test required for CME certificates.



  • The Georgia Board of Nursing deems Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) as an approved provider for nursing continuing education (CE). This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour towards the continuing education competency requirement for Georgia nursing licensure renewal. No partial credit offered. Activity #2020-06a.

Submission of registration information, attendance and completed evaluation/successful post-test required for Nursing  and  CME continuing education certificates.


Doug Patten, MD – Activity Director
SOWEGA-AHEC Board Member
Augusta University Medical College of Georgia
Associate Dean, Southwest Clinical Campus

Michelle Huskey, MS, RRT-NPS – Activity Coordinator
SOWEGA-AHEC, Continuing Education & Distance Learning Coordinator

Sandra Daniel, PhD, RN
SOWEGA-AHEC Board Member
Georgia Southwestern University, Dean, School of Nursing

Erin Lepp, PA-C, MMSc
Mercer University, College of Health Professions
Physician Assistant Program, Clinical Associate Professor

DISCLOSURES: All planners & speakers disclosed no potential conflicts of interest at this time.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: This educational activity has not received any commercial support.

Recorded October  2020