Diabetes Clinic - Multidisciplinary Comprehensive
General Clinic Information
Call it a Diabetes Retreat Day, where once a year, you can get checked head to toe by all of the specialists you need to maintain your health with diabetes. This Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic (MCDC), unique in the United States, offers a one-stop-shop approach ending in a comprehensive evaluation that could take up to a week to complete seeing one specialist at a time.
During this day our patients take several group classes given by our registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators aimed at improving their knowledge in:
- nutrition and diabetes
- carbohydrate counting
- sick-day rules
They also eat and learn at a group breakfast and lunch, where they apply what they learn, swap information with others and ask questions.
In addition, patients undergo individual, one-on-one, evaluation and counseling sessions with each of the MCDC team members, as needed, including:
- diabetes educators
- adult endocrinologist
- pediatric endocrinologist
- social workers when needed
The MDCD is located on the 1st floor of the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. To make an appointment, or for additional information, call 205.996.3636. The clinic is open four days a week.
In the event that you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment we appreciate your cancellation at least 24 hours in advance.
After Hours and Emergencies
If you need to reach your physician after hours, please call UAB Paging at (205) 934-3411 and ask for the Endocrinologist on call. If this is a true medical emergency, please dial 911 for immediate assistance.
What to Bring with You
When you come to your appointment, please bring your insurance card, all prescription and over the counter medications that you are currently taking, and any additional information that your referring physician has not already sent to our clinic. You may wish to bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the classes.
What to Expect
One week before their appointment, some patients will be asked to stop by the clinic to be fitted with a subcutaneous sensor—a device that continuously monitors blood glucose levels. When patients arrive for their all-day appointment, the collected data will be downloaded for evaluation. Patients will undergo a comprehensive set of fasting laboratory tests, both in the clinic and in Lab Services. Patients then meet with nutrition and diabetes educators to explore appropriate diets and lifestyle options. Patients and family members will be treated to a diabetes-appropriate lunch that puts into practice the morning discussions.
In the afternoon, patients will rotate through in-depth evaluations by Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic surgery, and other specialties as needed. Social workers and nutritionists also will provide consults. At the end of the day, a clinic coordinator will develop a comprehensive clinic note to give the patient and send to the referring physician that provides evaluations from each specialist and recommendations for future care.
Some insurance providers may require a referral or pre-certification before seeing a specialist of this nature. Please be sure to bring a copy of this referral or pre-certification with you for insurance/billing purposes. If you are unsure of what your insurance company requires, please contact them in advance of your appointment and they will be happy to answer any of your questions. Your co-pay is expected at the time of your visit; however, our financial counselors are available to discuss any problems or special circumstances. Our financial counselors may be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (205) 801-9910.
Depending on your physician, your lab results will be discussed with you on your return visit, mailed to your home, or called to you by a member of our staff. Although it may take up to two weeks to receive the results of some specific tests that may be ordered, please be aware that any emergent abnormal lab or test values will be relayed to you by your physician as soon as the results are obtained.
The Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic cannot prescribe medications to new patients prior to their appointment. Please contact your referring physician for all prescription needs prior to your new-patient appointment. Once you are an established patient in our clinic, please notify your physician of all prescription needs at the time of your visits. In the event that you need a prescription prior to your return appointment please call 205.996.3636 at least three days in advance of running out of the medication(s). Also, please ensure that you request all medication refill needs during the call. Once you’ve contacted our office for refills, please wait 48 business hours and then contact your pharmacy to ensure that the medication has been called in.
Patients with Limitations
Patients visiting The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital may take advantage of convenient parking in the deck adjacent to the Clinic. Located at 2100 6th Avenue South, the parking deck is connected to the second floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital by a weatherproof sky bridge. High-top van access is restricted to the first floor of the clinic parking deck. Therefore, patients arriving in high-top vans and requiring wheelchair assistance should be dropped off at the front door of the clinic before the driver parks the vehicle. Valet parking is available on Level 2 of the deck; wheelchairs and additional assistance are located here as well.
Adolescents/Young Adults Transition Clinic: (205) 801-7450
Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic