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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

  • 15+ post-graduate courses
  • 2 hands-on, skills labs
  • 50+ oral abstract research presentations
  • 40+ scientific sessions

Surgeon Courses

Flexible Endoscopy CME

This hands on and didactic course will build upon basic endoscopic skills by teaching more advanced techniques specific to the treatment of bariatric complications and an understanding of the equipment and devices needed to treat the complications endoscopically.

The High Risk Patient CME

This session highlights surgical and medical options for high risk patients. Examples of types of patients to be discussed are those with complex medical diseases including but not limited to renal failure patients awaiting transplant, heart disease and coagulation disorders to name a few. Participants will be familiar with recommendations and further stratification of these more complex patients.

Students, Residents and Fellows CME

This session provides a format for students, residents and fellows to present their research in an oral presentation format that did not qualify for the Scientific Sessions. Presentation content will be moderated by past presidents of the ASMBS with opportunity for critique and discussion that will be invaluable for the continuing development of the presenters’ research expertise. Junior faculty will find this session valuable as well.

Practice Management CME

Participants will learn how to start and build a solid bariatric practice that has the essential elements to provide comprehensive care to bariatric patients. Attendees will be educated about different ways to have their practice be viable and sustainable economically in the current challenging healthcare climate..

Integrated Health Courses

Bariatric Mythbusters CEU

The field of bariatric surgery is relatively new in the world of medicine and it continues to evolve. Many protocols have not been standardized from program to program which leaves room for variation. In some cases, protocols are passed from one generation of clinicians to the next with limited evidence for their support. To provide the highest quality care to our patients, it’s essential that we investigate the evidence backing our protocols. Join us for a multidisciplinary myth-debunking session and challenge your perceptions regarding best practices in bariatric surgery.

Shared Appointments CEU

Providers often find themselves offering repetitive advice to patients regarding surgery, medicine, nutrition, psychological support and exercise. Comprehensive treatments are desperately needed and shared appointments provide support for patients and better efficiency for providers. This course will help bariatric caregivers develop, implement and evaluate shared appointments for their patients.

Cultural Competence CEU

Bariatric surgery patients represent diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, a variety of religions, primary languages, sexual and gender identities. Patients bring their own cultural traditions, perspectives and expectations to bariatric care. This course will focus on increasing IH professional’s ability to provide culturally competent care to their patients.

IH Practice Management CEU

This course will help IH professionals build and maintain successful bariatric surgery practices. A focus on helping patients complete goals to reach surgery, improve adherence and follow-up and receive support from the teach and each other will be reviewed.

Surgeon and Integrated Health Collaborative Courses

Incorporating Technology into Your Practice CME/CEU

Looking to begin or strengthen your social media presence for your practice? This session will focus on the top ways to incorporate emerging technologies into your practice.

Getting the “Band” Back Together CME/CEU

With adjustable gastric banding on the decline as compared to other bariatric surgeries, there are still places where this tool has a benefit. This session will highlight the use of the adjustable gastric band in current practice and best practices and identifying appropriate patients for banding in today’s environment will be discussed. Avoiding pitfalls and complications of the procedure and how it fares in today’s market will also be discussed.

This schedule is subject to change.

TOS Program Highlights

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

Multi-Perspective Symposium on: CME

  • Food Addiction or Hedonic Eating?: Setting the Record Straight

Basic Science—Metabolism and Integrative Physiology, including: CME

  • Dale Schoeller: Accurate Measure vs. Expert Opinion—Can Doubly Labeled Water Reveal Truths About Energy Expenditure and Obesity?
  • Debate: Fat Chance or Sure Thing? Physiological Significance of Brown Adipose Tissue in Human Energy Balance
  • Endocrine Disruptors and Obesity-related Outcomes: Windows of Susceptibility in Women’s Health
  • Ketone to Be Tone: Targeting Ketogenesis for Metabolic and Cognitive Health
  • Living Off the Fat of the (G)land
  • The Wonder Woman Effect: How Estrogen Fights Obesity

Basic Science—Neuroscience, including: CME

  • Always a Bridesmaid: Hypothalamic Neuropeptides Besides AGRP and POMC
  • Dana Small: Functional Brain Imaging of Appetite Control
  • George Kunos: Targeting the Peripheral Endocannabinoid System for Obesity Treatment
  • Stress Factors in Binge Eating and Obesity
  • The Brain and Metabolism: A Two-way Street
  • Walking the Line: Neural Control of Decision Making and Food Choice

Intervention and Clinical Studies, including: CME

  • David Arterburn: The Kindest Cut—Is RYGB Still the Gold Standard?
  • Debate: “One Person’s Meat Is Another Person’s Poison:’ Meat-based Vs. Plant-based Diet for Obesity
  • Fitness and Fullness: The Hunger Games
  • Keep Your Wits About You: Does Weight Loss Mitigate Cognitive Decline?
  • Living Off the Fat of the (G)land
  • The Sorting Hat: Pediatric Precision Measures

Population Health, including: CME

  • Endocrine Disruptors and Obesity-related Outcomes: Windows of Susceptibility in Women’s Health
  • Joe Selby: Obesity Research in the Age of PCORI—Accomplishments, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions
  • Stress Factors in Binge Eating and Obesity
  • Taking Risks and Solving Challenges in Perinatal and Infant Obesity Research
  • Tug-of-War! Genes vs. Environment Throughout the Life Course
  • Wendy Troxel: Sleepless in the City

Clinical/Professional Practice, including: CME

  • Diets in the News: When, What or How Much?
  • Donna Ryan: Weight Loss Medications—Winning Combinations and New Directions
  • Exercise: Can You Work It Out?
  • Louis Aronne: Weight Loss Maintenance—Winning the War Not the Battle
  • Making It Work: How to Get Coverage for Obesity Treatment for Children and Adults
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management
  • Surgery: Cut to the Chase, What Do I Need to Know?
  • The Diversity in Patient Perspective
  • The Masters: Art of Behavior Change
  • Unfounded and Inappropriate Weight Loss Treatments

Health Care Policy/Public Health Policy, including: CME

  • Making It Work: How to Get Coverage for Obesity Treatment for Children and Adults
  • Obesity Is a Disease, Now What? Implications for TOS Advocacy
  • Research and Policy Controversies in SNAP
  • Save our Children: Battling Childhood Obesity Through Prevention Policy
  • The Scoop on Food Labeling From Inside the Industry
  • Trickle Down Obesity Treatment: The Unintended Health Benefits of Social and Economic Policy
  • William Purcell: How Music City Was Transformed Into a Walkable Community Through Evidence-informed Policy Change

Joint TOS/ASMBS Symposia, including: CME

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Advocacy
  • Bile Acid
  • Cardiac Risk and Mortality Reduction
  • Microbiome
  • Weight Regain and Precision Medicine

Check back for a detailed schedule, coming soon!

This is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change.