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Winthrop-University Hospital Announces Acquisition of The Diabetes Core Curriculum Workshop - Archived
April 30, 2013
- Four day workshop to prepare participants to take the CDE and BC-ADM exams -

Committed to building the next generation of diabetes educators, Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the Diabetes Core Curriculum Workshop (DCCW). Created in 1994 by Carol Molfetta RD, CDE of ProHealth Consulting, the DCCW is a unique four day, multidisciplinary, comprehensive diabetes course given in a dynamic ‘live’ venue that provides participants the specialized knowledge and skills needed to provide care and education to persons with diabetes. The DCCW has achieved national recognition as a prestigious continuing education course. Winthrop will offer the Diabetes Core Curriculum Workshop (DCCW) twice per year beginning in Fall 2013.

The Diabetes Core Curriculum workshop has been structured to help diabetes educators update their knowledge, enhance their application and analytic skills and build confidence through professional self-development. Led by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, the course is designed to prepare attendees to take the CDE examination. It also helps attendees prepare for the Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) examination.

“There is a growing body of research supporting and quantifying the effectiveness of diabetes education in improving metabolic outcomes for patients with diabetes. Increased contact with diabetes educators has also been associated with lower hospitalization rates and reduced costs,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute. “The rising incidence of diabetes should result in a high demand for diabetes educators especially among low income and minority populations. The range of work settings will broaden, and will include not only the traditional hospital outpatient and physician office positions, but also non-traditional settings as well. This is why the acquisition of the DCCW is so important. It allows Winthrop to provide the pathway that supports and inspires those who are beginning their career as diabetes educators, as well as provide continuing education to current diabetes educators.”

The next course will be held October 21 to 24, 2013 at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, NY and it will be open to professionals in all health disciplines, including, but not limited to, advanced practice and registered nurses, registered dietitians, pharmacists, physicians, mental health professionals, podiatrists, physicians, optometrists, and exercise physiologists.

Under the umbrella of Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute, the DCCW is part of a considerable portfolio of diabetes-specific services that boldly positions Winthrop as the regional leader in diabetes care.

  • Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center, now in its 34th year, was the first diabetes education program in New York State to achieve national recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
  • Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program is also ADA accredited and is among the US News & World Report top-ranked children’s hospitals for diabetes and endocrinology.
  • The Comprehensive Diabetes Care program of the Division of Endocrinology faculty practice is one of the few Endocrinology practices on Long Island to achieve NCQA Diabetes Provider Recognition.
  • Winthrop is the first major teaching hospital in New York State to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care.
  • A new building housing Winthrop’s Research and Academic Center is currently under construction. As a gateway to new discoveries, the first platform of research is devoted to diabetes and obesity research.

To find out more information about the DCCW course, please call Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute at (516) 663-6976 or please visit the website at

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Carol Molfetta, RD (right) congratulates Virginia Peragallo-Dittko,RN (left), Executive Director of Winthop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute, on Winthrop’s acquisition of the Diabetes Core Curriculum Workshop.