Going to the AADE conference with CDN was an incredible experience. When I arrived in Houston I expected to learn at the conference how I could interact with and learn from diabetes educators as an aspiring physician assistant, but instead, I met many nurse practitioners, doctors, and physician assistants that were diabetes educators themselves. I had never realized pursuing a second title was something many medical professionals did to enhance their careers. An example is one of the presenters of a session I attended on diabetes management in cancer patients. Celia Levesque is an Advanced Practice Nurse and CDE, and she works with diabetic patients undergoing cancer treatments. She has become one of the nation’s leading experts on how to adjust insulin dosage based on what type of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other cancer treatment a patient is undergoing. It was fascinating to hear about her work and it made me realize that being a CDE as well as a nurse allowed her to do what she does. It made me want to become a CDE in order to help diabetic patients in whichever specialty of medicine I choose.
Through the conference, I was able to meet many medical professionals like Celia Levesque that will be great connections to have when I apply to PA school or my first job in the medical field. They all encouraged me to continue down the path I am on and to reach out to them if I had any questions. Careers in medicine are getting more competitive and I know that connecting with medical professionals at the conference will give me the upper hand. I want to thank CDN for giving me the opportunity to attend this conference.
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