Welcome to YDEF...

Who we are…

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and the Society for Endocrinology. We serve three core functions for our members – Education, Advocacy, and Support.

Our mission… is to enable high-quality care for people with diabetes and endocrine conditions by delivering excellence in specialist education and providing an effective voice for our members.

We organise… a wide variety of national training events each year, the details of which are available in our event calendar. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. 

Our key link to our members is through our website calendar www.youngdiabetologists.org (this site) which highlights all of our events along with, information and useful links and is currently generating over 1.5 million hits per year.

We represent… the interests of specialist trainees at a number of national organisations including the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Royal Colleges.

YDEF Newsletter and Website… We are very happy to share information that is relevant to a country-wide trainee audience. We can advertise locum and substantive consultant jobs as well as research or teaching fellowships. We aim to keep trainees updated with our newsletter sent in alternate months.  Reasonable requests for inclusion in the newsletter must be emailed to us (info@youngdiabetologists.org.uk) before the 1st of the month to be guaranteed inclusion.

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants wing of Diabetes UK.

Upcoming Events

YDEF Courses in 2024

 At YDEF we have been very excited to return to delivering our favourite courses starting with the YDEF Technology Course in July 2024.

In 2024, we have many exciting courses planned, helping to address topics frequently missed in many regions. We are developing pathways that map these courses to the training stage and the wider D&E curriculum. Planned courses include the YDEF day (recently held just before DUK 2024), ABC of D&E (December 2024) as well as the highly demanding YDEF Technology course (July 2024) & Obesity (July 2024) together with other new offerings like Maternal Medicine at the end of this year. We will continue to support trainees to attend national and international meetings such as the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, NEYD and EASD.

YDEF, ABCD and Lilly Diabetes Masterclass Series

The 2021 & 2022 Series

In 2021 YDEF and ABCD ran a series of masterclass in conjunction with Lilly to provide virtual education to trainees in Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The 2021 & 2022 Masterclasses are available via the link below

Upcoming YDEF Courses

YDEF day 2025

Our flagship annual YDEF Day brings over a hundred specialist registrars and young consultants from across the UK. The next YDEF day will be held a day before DUK in February 2025 (dates to be released later) and will include some excellent talks ranging from endocrinology and diabetes. This day also provides a great opportunity to meet and network with other trainees, and consultants. In addition, we have presentations from our Marjorie Prize winners.

DUK membership is required for registration.

YDEF Obesity Course

The 2-day YDEF Obesity Course will take place in July 2024. Final dates to be decided and uploaded soon. This course covers all aspects of obesity medicine including recent updates in therapeutic advances this is one not to miss.

DTN-UK YDEF Diabetes Technology Course

Due to the very high demand our well-known Diabetes Technology course will again be held twice this year July and December 2024! This course covers various aspects of Diabetes Technology including CSII therapy, CGM, connected pens, Interpreting CGM downloads, Diabetes Distress, Diabetes technology Pregnancy, and Exercise as well as all you need to know about pumps and sensors.

For registration and more details please follow the event calendar

YDEF Day 2025

Our flagship annual YDEF Day brings over a hundred specialist registrars and young consultants from across the UK. The next YDEF day will be held a day before DUK in February 2025 (dates to be released later) and will include some excellent talks ranging from endocrinology and diabetes. This day also provides a great opportunity to meet and network with other trainees, and consultants. In addition, we have presentations from our Marjorie Prize winners.

DUK membership is required for registration.

YDEF Obesity Course

The 2-day YDEF Obesity Course will take place in July 2024. Final dates to be decided and uploaded soon. This course covers all aspects of obesity medicine including recent updates in therapeutic advances this is one not to miss.

DTN-UK YDEF Diabetes Technology Course 2024

Due to the very high demand our well-known Diabetes Technology course will again be held twice this year July and December 2024! This course covers various aspects of Diabetes Technology including CSII therapy, CGM, connected pens, Interpreting CGM downloads, Diabetes Distress, Diabetes technology Pregnancy, and Exercise as well as all you need to know about pumps and sensors.

For registration and more details please follow the event calendar

EASD Learning

EASD is a non-profit making, medical scientific association founded in 1965, which aims to educate, inform and engage healthcare professionals around the world. Their e-Learning platform was launched in 2018 to expand the reach of EASD’s educational goal to disseminate knowledge and proficiency in diabetes research and care worldwide. Registration is free of charge.

From technology to treatment – access EASD e-learning modules and develop your knowledge of the latest clinical and research evidence underpinning best practice in diabetes care. There are more than 70 modules currently available and a new module is launched each month. To help learners keep abreast of new developments, the e-Learning site also includes a dedicated section called ‘Horizons’, offering users weekly updates on the latest innovations in diabetes treatment and research, with news from leading diabetes journals and conferences, diary dates, clips, debates and opinion pieces.

Nine e-Learning modules have now been accredited as educational resources for continuing professional development by the UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and will carry the college’s quality mark.

About YDEF

Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum is the trainee and young consultants’ wing of Diabetes UK and is supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and the Society for Endocrinology. We serve three core functions for our members – education, advocacy, and support.

Our mission is to enable high-quality care for people with diabetes and endocrine conditions by delivering excellence in specialist education and providing an effective voice for our members. We organise a wide variety of national training events each year, the details of which are enclosed in this brochure. These courses are unique and held in high regard; they continue to attract some of the most influential figures in UK Diabetes. The YDEF also represents the interests of specialist trainees at several national organisations including specialist training bodies.

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Did you know?

YDEF is regularly involved in contributing to professional care and guidance. Click here to learn more about our recent contribution ‘Language matters: Language and Diabetes

Did you know?

YDEF is regularly involved in contributing to professional care and guidance. Click here to learn more about our recent contribution ‘Language matters: Language and Diabetes

Answers to Your Questions

Answers to Your Questions

How old is YDEF?

YDEF has been supporting D&E registrars for more than 20 years.

Is YDEF free to join?

Yes, completely free as are many of the courses that we organise. You do need to be a member of Diabetes UK to join though.

Can I attend these meetings with or on behalf of a YDEF representative?

Yes absolutely, we are always looking for more people to get involved! Please get in touch.

What meetings or committees do YDEF sit on to represent D&E trainees?

Speciality advisory committee for D&E at the Royal college of Physicians, Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK Professional conference organising committee, Society for Endocrinology, BMA, Association of British Clinical Diabetologists

How is YDEF funded?

Being part of the YDEF committee is voluntary and not paid. YDEF gets free administrative support from Diabetes UK which we are very grateful for! Pharmaceutical companies financially support our courses and conferences but do not have any involvement in setting the agendas of these meetings – we are also very grateful for their support as the courses would not be possible without them.

How can I get more involved with YDEF?

We would love to hear from you so please just drop any of the committee members an email! We advertise for new committee members each January and interviews take place at the DUK conference which is normally in March.

Do we support trainees going to international conferences?

Speciality advisory committee for D&E at the Royal college of Physicians, Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK Professional conference organising committee, Society for Endocrinology, BMA, Association of British Clinical Diabetologists

Answers to Your Questions

Answers to Your Questions

How old is YDEF?

YDEF has been supporting D&E registrars for more than 20 years.

Is YDEF free to join?

Yes, completely free as are many of the courses that we organise. You do need to be a member of Diabetes UK to join though.

Can I attend these meetings with or on behalf of a YDEF representative?

Yes absolutely, we are always looking for more people to get involved! Please get in touch.

What meetings or committees do YDEF sit on to represent D&E trainees?

Speciality advisory committee for D&E at the Royal college of Physicians, Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK Professional conference organising committee, Society for Endocrinology, BMA, Association of British Clinical Diabetologists

How is YDEF funded?

Being part of the YDEF committee is voluntary and not paid. YDEF gets free administrative support from Diabetes UK which we are very grateful for! Pharmaceutical companies financially support our courses and conferences but do not have any involvement in setting the agendas of these meetings – we are also very grateful for their support as the courses would not be possible without them.

How can I get more involved with YDEF?

We would love to hear from you so please just drop any of the committee members an email! We advertise for new committee members each January and interviews take place at the DUK conference which is normally in March.

Do we support trainees going to international conferences?

“Yes! There is a EASD-Lilly scholarship each year to support 20 trainees to go to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference. There is also an annual North European Young Diabetologists (which takes rotates between Denmark, Holland and the UK) which is a conference for trainees doing research which YDEF supports 10 trainees to attend each year.”

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“Love your work guys, keep it up! You reminded me why I wanted to do endocrine since I was a med student. I desperately needed that boost between GIM frustrations”
Attendee at ABC of D&E (June 2018)

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“Love your work guys, keep it up! You reminded me why I wanted to do endocrine since I was a med student. I desperately needed that boost between GIM frustrations”
Attendee at ABC of D&E (June 2018)

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