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Mark Molitch Part 1, Introduction and Educating Patients

In part 1 of this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Mark Molitch talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California about teaching medical students about the specifics of nutrition as it relates to diabetes management.

Dr. Mark Molitch is the Martha Leland Sherwin Professor of Medicine at Northwestern in the
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine. He has been active in clinical research in diabetes, focusing on diabetic nephropathy, and other areas of endocrinology.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve Freed: This is Steve Freed with Diabetes in Control and we’re here at the American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions 2017. We are here to present you some really exciting interviews with some of the top endos from all across the world. We’re here with a special guest, Dr. Mark Molitch who comes from the same area that I’m in and that’s the Chicago area and maybe we can start out with telling us a little bit about yourself and your practice.

Mark Molitch: Okay, I’m at the Northwestern in the endocrinology division. I see patients 3 half-days a week. I do clinical research, a lot of teaching of the resident students and nurses about various endocrinology topics in addition to diabetes.

Steve Freed: That’s interesting that you teach medical students…

Mark Molitch: I do.

Steve Freed: and diabetes is a disease that has a lot to do with knowledge and education, at least from my experience. If you don’t know what a carbohydrate is, you’re doomed for failure.

Mark Molitch: Absolutely.

Steve Freed: Is that one of the things that you teach? Realistically, physicians don’t have the time to educate and they can’t get paid for it. So, what do you teach them to do?

Mark Molitch: In a practice situation, we have dietitians that work with the patients; the nurses can work with the patients. Teach them about carbohydrate counting, how much insulin to use, how much carbohydrates in a meal. It’s hard to teach the students that level of detail. I mean they get general nutrition principles during a medical school education but, then the much more specifics about how to use that in diabetes management is hard to do in that setting and they don’t remember it over the next few years anyway.

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