Do We Need New Diagnostic Criteria for Gestational Diabetes?

Inconsistent schools of thought and a wide variety of guidelines create challenges for physicians to keep up with best- practice care for individualizing therapy for their patients especially when managing and treating gestational diabetes. This course will examine, summarize and explain new testing criteria as well as arguments for and against them. It will also help physicians select and implement the best treatment for gestational diabetes both during and after pregnancy.


Target Audience

Hospitalists, Internists, Family Practitioners, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Surgeons, Endocrinologists, Podiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians and other interested healthcare practitioners.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the relevant background supporting the need for new gestational diabetes mellitus diagnostic criteria.  
  • Summarize the new International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Group’s (IADPSG) recommendations. 
  • Explain the arguments for and against the IADPSG recommendations.
Additional information

Tieu J., McPhee A.J., Crowther C.A., and Middleton P. (2015). Screening and subsequent management for gestational diabetes for improving maternal and infant health (Review). The Cochrane Collaboration. New York, NY:  John Wiley & Sons


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Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Donald R. Coustan, M.D. 
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division
Providence, Rhode Island

Donald R. Coustan, M.D., indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentations or discussions.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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