Lipid disorders underlie some of today’s most important health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Management of lipid levels is critical—but fewer than 25% of patients in the United States ever reach their target lipid levels.
At Gladstone, Thomas P. Bersot, MD, PhD, directs two lipid-level management efforts: assisting patients directly and training healthcare providers to do the same.
The Gladstone Lipid Clinic manages patients with lipid disorders who have been referred to the Clinic by private physicians and the San Francisco County health care system. The Clinic also provides an ideal training environment for UCSF internal medicine trainees and students.
The Gladstone Lipid Disorders Training Center trains practicing physicians, pharmacists, nurses and dietitians in the management of plasma lipid disorders. The courses provide lectures, laboratory demonstrations and discussions for trainees. In a demonstration clinic, course participants interview patients from the Gladstone Lipid Clinic and review their case histories.
The Center activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association and the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease. The National Lipid Association is accredited by ACCME with the goal of providing continuing medical education for physicians.