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The Mayo School of Health Sciences Diabetes Intensive Training Course prepares individuals for professional practice in diabetes care in the inpatient and outpatient settings. During the course, learning experiences allow participants to establish knowledge, skills and competencies along with interpersonal interactions with experts in the health care field.

Professional knowledge

During the course, you:

  • Integrate the principles of theory and research of nursing and medicine into comprehensive health care plans for people with diabetes, including prevention, promotion and treatment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based medicine and clinical guidelines in treatment of diabetes inpatient and outpatient management
  • Acquire skills for self-directed lifelong learning and staying current in diabetes management (prevention, promotion and treatment)

Professional skills

During the course, you:

  • Acquire skills of screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis and comprehensive intervention, and prevention and treatment of diabetes, complications and comorbidities
  • Apply comprehensive diabetes management skills that provide positive patient outcomes in a cost-effective manner
  • Implement research data and evidence-based medicine in patient care plans
  • Practice independently and collaboratively as a team member applying knowledge to referrals to specialty care (nephrology, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, podiatry, diabetes education, dietetics and other appropriate disciplines)

Professional attitudes, behaviors and cultural competencies

During the course, you:

  • Commit to practice according to the ethical principles, legal requirements and values of Mayo Clinic
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for diversity and the ability to practice in diverse health care settings in a multicultural society
  • Exhibit appropriate and professional skills of interpersonal communication with all patients and other members of the health care team
  • Promote the advancement of diabetes management through practice, education and research and enhance the health and welfare of society


There are 11 inpatient clinical rotation start dates throughout the year. Each start date is a Monday, and the inpatient clinical rotations are Monday through Thursday for two consecutive weeks.

The outpatient clinical rotation dates are determined after appointment and acceptance into the course. The outpatient clinical rotations are scheduled as eight days (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), with flexibility of consecutive one or two weeks or spread out in one or two days a week over several weeks to allow flexibility in maintaining existing practice calendars.

For Mayo Clinic employees, the course should meet the Professional Development Assistance Program graduate course tuition assistance guidelines, but it is up to each individual to verify this on his or her own.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. Because we limit enrollment, faculty members are cohorts in learning with students and closely monitor their progress. Assistance is provided whenever necessary to keep all students on track with the course's learning goals and outcomes.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this course are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • Nov 19, 2013
  • ART454667