MomMD Spotlight: Dr. Hamidi-Sitouah and Her Experience in Treating Diabetes
Having completed her fellowship, internist and diabetologist Nachida Hamidi-Sitouah shares her expertise in diabetes treatment in the primary care setting. With a sharply focused, back-to-basics approach, she hones in on the importance of patient history and insulin therapy.
Dr. Hamidi-Sitouah worked for three years as a primary care physician in a community clinic. Throughout her time there, diabetes quickly became the most prevalent disease in her caseload. The emergence of numerous anti-diabetic drugs and the complexity of some of her patients held an interest for her in pursuing a diabetes fellowship. She also had many patients who were “non compliant” with the diet, medications and insulin. Nothing she would have done or said seemed to make a difference, but she didn’t expect a better knowledge in the field to help her manage them differently.
Upon completing her fellowship, she returned to her previous job at the same community clinic and started seeing mostly patients with uncontrolled diabetes. She was surprised to realize that what she learned the most from her fellowship was how to better use the old drugs, especially insulin, rather than how to use the new ones. She left the fellowship with a simple conclusion that by spending time with the patients and taking a good history, it becomes possible to improve diabetes control. After making this discovery, the idea of sharing it with others excited her.
Dr. Hamidi-Sitouah had previously made mistakes that her fellowship taught her to fix, so she decided to write a book in an effort to keep others from making the same errors.
Her book is called Diabetes for Primary Care: A Step-by-Step Approach, and it describes how experts manage diabetes with a simplified approach that focuses on the practical aspects.
This book highlights the most common mistakes made by primary care providers and the potential causes of treatment failure in diabetes, focusing on insulin therapy.
And finally, it provides you with a template for a patient’s pre-visit checklist that will gather all necessary information during office visits. Dr. Hamidi-Sitouah believes this will not only help guide you in your decision making process but will also save a tremendous amount of your valuable time.
Her book is now available on lulu.com and on Amazon.com:
Diabetes for Primary Care