3rd Paediatric Diabetes Course in the Carribean

Activity Report

July 2013

The 3rd Paediatric Diabetic Course in the Caribbean for the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetics (ISPAD) was held at the Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad, July 27-28, 2013.

The workshop was a joint effort of The International Diabetes Federation. (IDF), the Caribbean College of Paediatricians (CCP), The Caribbean Endocrine Society (CARES) and Diabetes Association of Trinidad &Tobago. (DATT) The two day work shop was well received by participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago. Data from the sign in sheets showed 86 attendees on Day 1 and 103 on Day 2. The audience consisted of  mainly of Nutirionists, Physicians (paediatricians, family health practioners, internists and endocrinologists), nurses, pharmacists  and other health professionals. There was overwhelming support from the Trinidad and Tobago Nutrition and Dietitics Society. The workshop also drew the attention of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA); There was a presentation given by a  Research Scientist from CARPA which addressed  regional policies on Obesity in Children. The course was accredited 11.5 Continuing Medical Education Hrs by the Caribbean College of Family Physicains (CCFP).

The symposium on Living with diabetes (Symposium 7) which incorporated the children from the youth camp was the most highly rated (53%). The seminars that involved outpatient therapy (Sypmosium 2) and sick days (Symposium 5) were also well received as the comments from the participants indicated that this was a resource that was lacking in their practice in the management of children. The  participants noted that Symposium 4 – Meet the Experts was too short and the time for the round-robins need to be extended to adequately cover the topics.  The meet the expert workshop was a  repeat and the times allotted  for each rotation increased this year. The experts were assigned to groups and rotated throughout the groups discussing  cases on  the management of youth in various difficult circumstances. This was a very hands on and interactive workshop which the participants  stated again need more time for discussion.  The organizing committee also sought to incorporate cases studies in areas requeated previously such as the symposium on the hospitalized patients.  It is anticipated that for the next workshop; there will be less didactic sessions and more interactions to fulfil this criteria. 

Fifteen overseas  participants also got a chance to visit  and interact with the youth attending the Diabetes camp  on “Talent Night” and this was well receved by those who attended. The  workshop was covered over the two  by a reporter from the Guardian  who published the following article.