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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Marriott Toronto Eaton Centre

Diabetes Simplified is a continuing medical education (CME) program focused on practical interpretations of the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG). Our 2024 program features topics from the 2023 Clinical Practice Guidelines update, along with Diabetes Every Day: a case-based review of select topics seen frequently in clinical practice.

This Group Learning program has been reviewed and accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the CFPC National Office for up to 8.50 Mainpro+ credits.

Overall learning objectives:

  • Describe when and how to help people living with type 2 diabetes attain diabetes remission.
  • Apply recently published guidelines and pharmacotherapy evidence to managing patients living with type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe the guideline recommendations for the management of mental health disorders and diabetes.
  • Manage common diabetes patient case scenarios seen commonly in clinical practice.

Cost: $40 (Diabetes Canada professional members), $50 (non-members)

Diabetes Simplified

Location Details

March 02, 2024
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

In-person event
Marriott Toronto Eaton Centre
525 Bay St.
Toronto, ON
M5G 2L2

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About the event


1. Remission of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Assess patients in clinical practice who may be candidates for diabetes remission
  • Explain to patients the benefits and long-term success rates of diabetes remission
  • Discuss the evidence to support different treatment strategies to attain diabetes remission
  • Explore how to translate and practically incorporate remission guidelines into practice

2. Pharmacotherapy refresher and update

  • Determine when and how to initiate basal insulin in people with type 2 diabetes
  • Discuss the role of SGLT2 inhibitors in people with diabetes and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)
  • Examine current Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) 2022 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes Management in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Discuss the evidence supporting the combination of a SGLT2 inhibitor and a GLP-1 receptor agonist

3. Diabetes and mental health

  • Discuss the bidirectional relationship between diabetes and mental health disorders
  • Screen people for diabetes distress and mental health disorders
  • Apply 2023 CPG recommendations to managing patients with diabetes and mental health disorders

4. Gestational diabetes

  • Screen a patient for gestational diabetes according to current guideline recommendations
  • Determine the optimal targets and management for patients with gestational diabetes
  • Discuss monitoring recommendations for gestational diabetes during and post-pregnancy

5. Dermatology and diabetes

  • Discuss skin conditions/presentations seen in people with diabetes
  • Determine the management of common dermatological conditions in people with diabetes
  • Screen people with diabetes for foot ulcers according to current CPG recommendations

6. Screening, managing, and diagnosing NAFLD

  • Discuss the prevalence, prognosis, and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in people with type 2 diabetes
  • Assess the person with type 2 diabetes and NAFLD according to current guidelines
  • Determine the current and future management strategies of people with type 2 diabetes and NAFLD

Gihane Zarifa, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MSc on Pharmacotherapy Refresher and Update

Dr. Gihane (Gen) Zarifa is an assistant Professor with the University of Toronto and a Fellow with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a staff physician at the Credit Valley Hospital, department of Family Medicine. She is a founding member of the University of Toronto Family Medicine Residency program at the Credit Valley Hospital in 2006. She has had many contributions to curriculum development and has been an active educator for both residents and peers. She has served as the Residency Academic Half Day Coordinator from 2006 to 2021. She has also been the Diabetes Chronic Disease Management Lead physician at the Credit Valley Family Health team since 2007 and has been an active contributor to many peer diabetes educational programs.

Akshay Jain, MD, FRCPC, FACE, CCD, ECNU, DABOM on Gestational Diabetes

Dr. Akshay Jain is the first Canadian physician to be triple board-certified by the American Boards in Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

He trained in Internal Medicine at Rochester, NY where he became the only 4-time winner of the prestigious Rochester Academy of Medicine Awards. He completed his Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harbor UCLA/City of Hope in Los Angeles, CA. He is the only non-American physician to win the AACE Rising Star in Endocrinology Award (2022) and to feature on Medscape’s list of 25 Top Rising Stars of Medicine (2020). He is the first North American to win the prestigious Etzwiler Diabetes Scholarship at the International Diabetes Center and Mayo Clinic in MN, USA. In 2017, he was awarded the Rising Star of Diabetes Award at the International Symposium on Diabetes.

He is a renowned educator and has spoken at over 900 medical conferences/events across the world till date. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, thyroid disorders and osteoporosis.

He has active YouTube/Instagram channels dedicated to patient education with thousands of views till date.

He is fluent in 6 languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Marwari and Urdu. In 2022, he won the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, the Healthcare Achievement Award by Drishti Magazine and was also featured on The Peak’s list of Emerging Leaders of Canada- 2023.

Lisa Maks, RN, MN, CDE on Remission of Type 2 Diabetes and Dermatology and Diabetes

Lisa has 35 years of nursing experience with 19 years in the diabetes field. She has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2004.

Lisa was a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre from 2011 – 2021.

Lisa recently started in a newly created position in BC as the Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist for Providence Healthcare in January 2022. The scope of practice for this Advanced Practice Nursing role includes providing expert consultation to Prescribers, Clinical experts, Quality Improvement Projects, Leadership, Education and Research.

Previously Lisa was Associate Clinical Professor with McMaster University School of Nursing in Hamilton, Ontario from 2008 – 2021.

James Kim, MBBCh, PgDip, MScCH(HPTE) on Screening, Managing, and Diagnosing NAFLD

Dr. James Kim is a general practitioner working in Calgary, with special interest in chronic diseases especially in diabetes, chronic migraine and binge eating disorder. He works as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Department of Family Medicine. He holds number of positions within Diabetes Canada including steering committee member of the Clinical Practice Guideline, and a co-chair of primary care interest group. He is a board member of Respiratory Medicine group within College of Family Physicians of Canada.


David Robinson, MD, FRCPC, DLFAPA, FCPA on Diabetes and Mental Health

David Robinson headshotDr. David Robinson is a general adult psychiatrist from London, Ontario. He is a slow learner, having worked in general hospitals for 22 years before discovering what a statutory holiday was actually supposed to be. A clerical error led to him being a former Psychiatry Residency Training Director and Assistant Undergraduate Director at Western University. Dr. Robinson has written many textbooks with Rapid Psychler Press. His hobbies include driving rally cars (including three Targa Newfoundland events) and photography, and he regularly deflects shots into his own net during recreational hockey games. He is currently completing his three-peat as the lead author for the Mental Health chapter in the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines.

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