Help Continue Diabetes Training Programs at Camp
In the early 1990s, Dr. David Langdon, Medical Director Emeritus, realized Setebaid’s diabetes camps would be an ideal training ground for physicians to gain an understanding of what children with chronic conditions, like diabetes, need from their providers. While Camp Setebaid’s central goal was to provide an outdoor camping experience for children with diabetes which facilitates their social development and ameliorates the isolating effects of a chronic disease, it also provided a well-supervised environment for young physicians to see patients in a non-clinic, real-life setting.
Setebaid began conducting training programs at camp to increase the number of primary care and emergency physicians who are knowledgeable and comfortable with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The long-term goal was to improve medical care for both children and adults with T1D in emergency departments, hospitals and clinics.
Today we continue the program by recruiting primary care and emergency residents, with nurse practitioner students and medical students for Setebaid diabetes camps each summer. Education during the week consists of an opportunity for supervised insulin management of children with diabetes, and for dealing with emergencies such as ketosis and hypoglycemia, combined with teaching sessions of 60-90 minutes every morning after breakfast. The curriculum for the teaching sessions always begins with a brief review of diabetes with emphasis on insulin replacement, ketosis, and hypoglycemia.
Setebaid Services does not charge physicians and universities do not cover the cost of operating this training program. That’s why we are asking for your help to continue this critical training program. Please click here to support this continuation of Setebaid’s program for physicians in training. Thank you!