The Diabetes Center of Excellence is proud to offer our patients MyCareTeam Clinical (MCT Clinical), an online diabetes management system that allows you and your diabetes care provider to maintain regular contact and better manage your blood sugar levels, diet, calorie and carbohydrate counting for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

MyCareTeam lets you download your blood sugar readings from most meters through a secure Internet site and the data can then be easily added to your electronic medical record. Once the data is gathered, it can be accessed, evaluated and closely monitored by all members of your care team, improving your overall care and health.


Patient of the Month

Extraordinary Success Stories

Cary Garner was diagnosed in 1999 with T2 diabetes and initially attempted to control his blood sugar with diet and exercise. As Cary was asymptomatic, after the diagnosis he started monitoring for complications during his annual checkups, but remained “low-key” and didn’t make meaningful changes to his lifestyle. He was not very successful at controlling his diet and gained weight. Cary is a disabled veteran, he graduated from West Point, and attributes his exceptional organizational skills and self-discipline to his military background. Between 2005 and 2015, Cary was using more and more insulin. Having started at a very low dose, he gradually increased his insulin to the upper limit but with AIC of 8 and after a family intervention, Cory transferred to the DCOE in January 2016. Since January, Cary and his care team experimented with different combinations of medications, insulin and diet. With the help of Dr. Kavita Seetharaman, Cary arrived at his most successful combination yet: Meformin, Trulicity and Jardiance along with a vigorous diet and moderate exercise. Cary succeeded in bringing his diabetes under control, lowering his high blood pressure, losing almost 60lb, and bringing profound changes to his life. Cary credits the DCOE with providing him with guidance on everything he needed in regards to his diabetes. As a huge believer in preventive medicine, Cary is committed to managing his health to the best of his ability, to decreasing the odds of complications, and increasing his quality of life. 


  • Dr. Schaal Speaks on Diabetic Retinopathy

    At the October 11, 2016 Endocrine Grand Rounds, the DCOE was privileged to host Dr. Shlomit Schaal, the new head of the UMMHC/UMMS Ophthalmology Department. Her talk addressed misconceptions regarding traditional understanding of diabetic retinopathy as well as new findings to help guide diagnosis and future treatments. Traditional thinking has been that diabetes eye complications are due exclusively to small blood vessel damage but Dr. Schaal presented innovative research suggesting that changes to the retina’s photoreceptors may play a more active role than has previously been appreciated. Dr. Schaal also emphasized the importance of early diagnosis  and new treatment approaches, and discussed the advantages of the advanced OCT technology we hope to soon have available for our DCOE patients.

  • Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

    On Saturday, September 24th, the 2016 Central MA Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes took place on the UMass Medical School University Campus. This lively, fun-filled event saw more than 1000 participants which included DCOE faculty, staff and family. This is a dramatic increase from its first campus debut in 2010 with about 370 participants. Participants enjoyed either a one-mile or three-mile course, a Diabetes Information Expo & Family Fun Day, On hand for entertainment were representatives from The Red Sox, Patriots, New England Revolution, Worcester Bravehearts, and Worcester Railers. The event is on track to raise its $250,000 goal which goes towards research and programs for prevention, better management and ultimately a cure.  

  • Dr. David Harlan to serve as a Judge

    The DCOE co-director, Dr. David Harlan, will serve as a judge for the Diabetes Innovation Challenge that seeks to find transformational advancements in diabetes. The Challenge is organized by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), in partnership with T1D Exchange, a nonprofit focused on accelerating innovations that improve outcomes in type 1 diabetes, present the first Diabetes Innovation Challenge. This exciting multi-staged event is an opportunity to identify, support, and incubate transformational innovations in types 1 and 2 diabetes. 


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