MedStar Georgetown’s Diabetes Education Program is a resource available for patients with diabetes. The program staff consists of a Registered Nurse/Program Coordinator and a Registered Dietitian and is part of the larger MedStar Diabetes Institute. We currently offer classes for Prediabetes and Diabetes. Alternatively, patients may sign up for individual education sessions for Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT). Pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes may sign up for individual appointments.
Educational topics include:
- Diabetes Survival Skills
- Diabetes pathophysiology
- Risk factors
- Acute complication management
- Carbohydrate Counting
- Glucometer teaching
- Insulin teaching
- Lifestyle changes
- Beginning an exercise regimen
- Laboratory basics: Understanding the numbers
We work with each patient to develop an individualized education plan with attainable goals in hopes of improving patient outcomes. We understand that the majority of daily diabetes management takes place outside of the doctor’s office. With our program, you will learn how to become an active participant in your health.
Jenny Sapolsky, BSN, RN, CDE Certified Diabetes Educator/Program Coordinator
Linda Rozzelle, RD, LD, CDE, Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator
- Alison Mullarkey, NP
- Julie Gibbons, NP
- Frances Ford, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
- Jonathan Puhl, PharmD
MedStar Georgetown's Diabetes Education Program is accredited and formally recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
All classes and individual education sessions scheduled by appointment only.
Classes & Individual Sessions covered by most insurance policies, eligibility checked prior to appointment
Referral required for all services except Prediabetes class (this class is self-pay with a flat rate of $25)
For more information and to schedule an appointment with the diabetes education team, please call:
Main Phone: (202) 444-5528
Alternate Phone: (202) 444-0856
Appointments & classes are located on the 6th Floor of the Pasquerilla Health Center (PHC) Building on the campus of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The program is within the General Internal Medicine Practice.
- Diabetes Education Class Series: First 3 Thursdays of each month 8:00-9:30am
- Prediabetes Class: 1st Tuesday of each month 9:00-10:30am
Potential future class topics: Grocery Shopping Made Easy; Weight Loss Class Series
“The dietitian and pharmacist were very helpful. I now understand what my medication is for, and how to try to maintain a good A1c.” – A patient who attended our Diabetes Education Class series
“By following the meal plan we outlined together, my blood sugars remained stable throughout my pregnancy. I never needed insulin or diabetes medications. Thank you!” – A gestational diabetes patient
“The information that I gained through this program truly was life changing. Thank you for your care!” – A patient who met with our dietitian 1 on 1 for nutrition counseling
“The instructors were very knowledgeable about what they were teaching and allowed the class to ask questions.” – A patient who attended our Diabetes Education Class series