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Program highlights include sessions focused on the areas important to you. Network with peers and make new connections outside of your specialty. ObesityWeek is the one conference where you’ll find everything you need, for your research, and for your patients. CME accreditation information can be found under the Education tab.

ASMBS Program Highlights

Surgeon Courses

Bariatric Endoscopy 3.5 CME

Endoluminal therapies to treat obesity and complications of bariatric surgery are expanding rapidly. New techniques and devices are allowing less invasive therapies to be applied for the betterment of our patients. This session will focus on the cutting edge modalities of endoluminal therapies in all aspects of treatment for obesity and weight-related disease.

Revisions 7 CME

This session is designed for residents in general surgery, fellows in minimally invasive, GI or bariatric surgery, general surgeons, GI surgeons, bariatric surgeons, surgical assistants and operating room nurses.

Students, Residents and Fellows 3.5 CME

This session provides a format for students, residents or fellows to present the research that was submitted for oral presentation in the Scientific Sessions but not accepted. Presentation content will be evaluated by our expert moderators with opportunity for critique and discussion that will be invaluable for the continuing development of the presenter’s research expertise. Junior faculty will find this session valuable as well.

Private Practice 7 CME

Participants should learn how to start and build a solid bariatric practice that has the correct elements to provide comprehensive care of the morbidly obese patient.

Integrated Health Courses

Pharmacology 3.5 CEU

This course is designed for bariatric physicians and surgeons, pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, and other clinical personnel involved with pharmaceutical care of the bariatric surgery patient.

IH Nutrition 7 CME

This course is designed to provide the bariatric dietitian with evidence-based guidelines to apply to all aspects of nutritional care of the bariatric surgery patient.

Behavioral Health I 3.5 CEU

The Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological and behavioral issues of bariatric surgery patients both before and after surgery. The course is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed counselors and other mental and medical health professionals who work with bariatric surgery patients. This educational content is determined for an intermediate/advanced level.

Behavioral Health II 3.5 CEU

Surgeon and Integrated Health Collaborative Courses

MBSAQIP 3.5 CME/CEU

This course will review the evolution of MBSAQIP since its inception in 2013 as well as feature MBSAQIP surgeon committee leaders, MBSAQIP staff, & particular MBSAQIP-Accredited Centers & their associated quality improvement projects relative to MBSAQIP Standard 7, Continuous Quality Improvement. The target audience is any/all personnel involved in the MBSAQIP or those centers who may desire to become an MBSAQIP-accredited center.

MBSAQIP Clinical Reviewers 7 CME/CEU

This course is designed for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Reviewers (MBSCRs) with data extraction, assignment of variables, report generation, preparation of data, and understanding of their role with their local MBS Committees and MBS Directors.

This schedule is subject to change.

TOS Program Highlights

The best in obesity science, prevention and intervention—all under one roof!

Dietary Interventions, including: CME

  • Dietary Intervention: Working It Out to Cut It Down
  • Empowering Solutions for Families and Communities: Final Results of the COPTR Trials
  • Fascinating Rhythms: How Timing of Eating Affects Obesity
  • The Impact of SSB Taxes and Lessons Learned
  • Obesity, Dietary Modification and Lifespan
  • The Psychology of Food Choice: Implications for Public Health and Policy

Physical Activity, including: CME

  • Evaluating Innovative Policies to Address Physical Activity
  • Exercise: New Targets for an Old Treatment
  • Joel Elmquist: Hypothalamic Integration of Exercise and Metabolism
  • Increasing Physical Activity: Less of the "What," More of the "How"
  • Just Do It: Physical Activity and the Brain
  • Lifting Weight to Keep It Off
  • Measuring Physical Activity and Screen Time: Ongoing Challenges and New Solutions

Basic Science—Metabolism and Integrative Physiology, including: CME

  • Exercise: New Targets for an Old Treatment
  • Fascinating Rhythms: How Timing of Eating Affects Obesity
  • Fanning the Flames of Cancer with Obesity
  • Claude Bouchard: Genetics of Human Obesity—What Are the Lessons Learned?
  • Managing Your Waist with Waste: Obesity and Tissue-specific Thermogenesis
  • Moving Forward with Bioenergetics of Menopause
  • Obesity, Dietary Modification and Lifespan

Basic Science—Neuroscience, including: CME

  • Harvey Grill: Treating the Hyperphagia Driving Obesity—Neural Mechanisms of Feeding Inhibition
  • Hypothalamic Integration of Exercise and Metabolism
  • Just Do It: Physical Activity and the Brain
  • The Skinny on GLP-1: CNS Reward Pathways
  • To Eat or Not to Eat? Your Brain Has the Answer
  • Trick-or-Treat: Effect of Early Life Food Environment and Obesity on Brain Function and Development

Intervention and Clinical Studies, including: CME

  • Laura Germine and Deanna Barch: Beyond "Blobology," Paper and Pencils—Emerging Technologies for Looking at Neurocognition and the Brain in Obesity
  • Empowering Solutions for Families and Communities: Final Results of the COPTR Trials
  • Fascinating Rhythms: How Timing of Eating Affects Obesity
  • Lifting Weight to Keep It Off
  • Opioids, Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
  • Rena Wing: Successful Maintenance of Reduced Body Weight
  • Wake Up! Importance of Sleep in Pathogenesis and Treatment of Obesity

Population Health, including: CME

  • Empowering Solutions for Families and Communities: Final Results of the COPTR Trials
  • Emily Oken: From Conception to Toddlerhood—New Developments in Early Life Determinants of Obesity
  • Measuring Physical Activity and Screen Time: Ongoing Challenges and New Solutions
  • The Psychology of Food Choice: Implications for Public Health and Policy
  • Sources of Heterogeneity of Obesity: Genetics, Lifecourse and Differential Treatment

Clinical/Professional Practice, including: CME

  • Clinical Pearls in the Medical Management of Bariatric Patients
  • Dietary Intervention: Working It Out to Cut It Down
  • Examining Success of Obesity Practice Models in a Variety of Delivery Settings
  • Innovative Patient Interactions for Obesity Management
  • Increasing Physical Activity: Less of the "What," More of the "How"
  • Novel Strategies to Improve Fertility and Pregnancy Outcomes
  • Mercedes Carnethon: Obesity and Diabetes—A Public Health Crisis in Hispanics/Latinos
  • Obesity and Eating Disorders: Crossroads or Impasse?
  • Joseph Skelton: Translating Obesity Research into Successful Clinical Programs for Children and Adolescents
  • Louis Arrone: Using Medication to Optimize Weight Loss—Adding to Subtract
  • Weight Bias

Health Care Policy/Public Health Policy, including: CME

  • Addressing Obesity through Charitable Food: The Food Pantry as Laboratory for Healthy Eating Research
  • Karen DeSalvo: Entering the Era of Local Control—Pushing Obesity Prevention Policy at the State and Local Level
  • Evaluating Innovative Policies to Address Physical Activity
  • The Psychology of Food Choice: Implications for Public Health and Policy
  • The Impact of SSB Taxes and Lessons Learned
  • It’s in All Our Best Interest–Perspectives on Nutrition, Fitness and Obesity from Outside Health
  • Eric Rimm: Public Health and SNAP: Looking Toward the 2018 Farm Bill

Check back for a detailed schedule, coming soon!

This is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change.