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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 3 benefits and 3 challenges to starting and running a SMA in a bariatric practice
  2. Describe similarities and differences between types of SMA in a bariatric practice (e.g., nutrition, surgery, medicine, and psychology)
  3. List resources needed for a successful SMA

8:00am Welcome
8:05am Lessons Learned from shared medical appointments in Medical Weight Loss
Bartolome Burguera, MD
8:25am The case for shared medical appointments in bariatric surgery
Blair Busby, PA-C
8:45am Choosing Validated Measures for Your SMA
Keri Seymour, DO
9:05am Shared Psychology Appointments- How we do it
Allyson Diggins, MA
9:25am Closing Q & A
9:45am Adjourn