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Gloria Beazley-Broad certifies to offer specialized diabetes care

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“Diabetes was always a passion of mine,” says Gloria Beazley-Broad. “I really felt there was a role that I could play in helping my patients learn more about their condition and improve their health.”

By Mike Boivin, BSc.Phm.

Photography by Brandon Gray

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Diabetes took on a personal meaning for the pharmacist three years ago when Gloria’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. “As I began this journey with him, I could see the gaps in the care that he was receiving. I felt that if we were experiencing these gaps, it was very likely that this was common for all my patients with diabetes.”

Although Gloria had a strong knowledge of diabetes, she felt she needed to become a certified diabetes educator (CDE) to help her patients more fully. “I have always admired pharmacists who have their CDE designation. It not only demonstrates their knowledge but also their commitment to improving the health of patients.”

Preparing for her certification exam took great preparation. “I would estimate that I studied approximately 25 hours for this exam. I used a self-prep course and read everything I could on diabetes and frequently accessed the guidelines.diabetes.ca website,” she recalls.

Gloria plans to put her CDE designation to immediate use. “At Laclie Pharmacy, we have a patient-focused practice, and I am looking forward to extending our care to all people in Orillia who have diabetes. My goal is to identify patients with diabetes and develop the long-term relationship needed to enhance their overall care.”

Gloria’s top tips on becoming a CDE:

  1. Start early. “You don’t want to cram. Remember, you are not studying to just pass an exam but to have the knowledge to improve the care of your patients.”
  2. Certification = Confidence. “I always felt comfortable counselling patients with diabetes, but this certification has improved my confidence and the quality of education that I provide.”
  3. Commit to patient care. “Remember that you are making a long-term commitment to diabetes education.”
  4. Make certification an enhancement of what you already do. “Pharmacists counsel and educate their patients; certification enhances and improves what they have always done.”
  5. Integrate it into your practice – “Certification without use is not helping anyone.”