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What NOT to Do When Your Patient is a Colleague

Health care professionals who are endocrinologists, cardiologists or who work in these specialized fields know the complications of prediabetes or diabetes. Many of us have these patients. Sometimes it’s almost natural to talk with these patients differently than we’d talk with most of our patients who aren’t as well-educated. A woman, 59 years of age with prediabetes and strong history of cardiovascular disease complained of a slight chest pain not associated with exertion or shortness of breath, just an ongoing discomfort. Other than this, the patient — who is herself a health care provider —  is feeling fine.

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Dace Trence 2018 Complete Interview

Dace L. Trence, MD, FACE received her MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.  She completed an internal medicine residency through Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and, subsequently, returned to the University of Minnesota for Endocrine Fellowship.  Dr. Trence started practice with Group Health, Inc, in Minnesota, becoming Chief of Endocrinology, initiating several programs, including a Lipids Clinic, Diabetes Foot Care Clinic, and a Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinic.  After moving to Seattle to practice at Group Health of Puget Sound, becoming Chief of Endocrinology, then Chief of Medical Subspecialties, she then joined the faculty at the University of Washington. Currently she is a Professor in the Department of Medicine,  Director of the Diabetes Care Center and Director of the Endocrine Fellowship Program at the University of Washington.

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