Diabetes Symposium

Hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Friday, October 7, 2016
Marycrest Auditorium (Second floor, Hospital Building)
700 West Avenue South, La Crosse, Wisconsin

This program is designed to update physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other health care professionals on current practices and research in diabetes care. At the conclusion of the conference the participant will be able to:

  • Describe treatment approaches for glucose variability
  • Describe common treatment regimens for patients with diabetes in the hospital setting
  • Utilize case studies to develop a treatment plan to improve blood glucose control
  • Identify key nutritional factors relating to kidney disease
  • Identify the key elements and essential characteristics of Motivational Interviewing
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing skills in a patient interaction to effectively promote behavior change

Continuing Education Credits

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 6.5 contact hours are being offered. You must attend entire program and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.


7:30 a.m.

Registration, Exhibits, & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Merri Jo Guggenbuehl, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.E.
Supervisor, Diabetes Education Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

8:10 a.m.

Brittle Diabetes - What to Do - (slides)
Steven A. Smith, M.D.
Department of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

9:10 a.m. 

Break & Exhibits

9:30 a.m. 

The Inpatient Nurse's Role in Diabetes Care - (slides)
Kristina Pearson, A.P.R.N., M.S., C.N.S.
Department of Nursing - Diabetes, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

10:30 a.m.

"Step into Diabetes Control" Using the AACE/ACE Algorithm
Jane Korducki, M.D.
Department of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

11:30 a.m.

Lunch & Exhibits

 12:15 p.m.

Diabetic Neuropathy Management - (slides)
Venkateshwaran K. Iyer, M.D.
Department of Nephrology, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

1:15 p.m. 

Nutrition and Your Kidneys - (slides)
Paula Przywojski, R.D., C.D., C.D.E.
Clinical Dietetics & Nutrition Services, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

2:15 p.m.

Motivational Interviewing: an effective way to support and encourage positive change - (slides)
Nicole J. Jones, R.D., C.D., C.D.E.
Novo Nordisk, Inc.

3:45 p.m.


Registration Information:


  • $80 for staff of Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare
  • $90 for all others
  • No refunds will be available. Conference organizers retain the right to cancel the program.
  • Meals are included with the cost of registration

Registration deadline is Friday, September 23, 2016.

Register online and pay with your credit card or view the conference brochure (and pay via check).

Contact Cathy Pupp at 608-392-4172 if you have questions.