The Assessment Based Certificate (ABC) Course is designed for advanced practice providers including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinical nurse specialists who have been involved in the care of patients with severe obesity. The ABC course curriculum includes all educational components and will culminate with an exam, testing on the knowledge of the attendee. A minimum of two years of experience in this specialty is required to take the certificate exam which will be offered the next day.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe severe obesity and the epidemiology of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  2. Review evaluation and indications of potential candidates for surgery
  3. Discuss preop/periop/postop management of metabolic and bariatric surgery patients
  4. Identify signs and symptoms of complications following metabolic and bariatric surgery, including diagnostic testing and management
  5. Discuss treatment options for weight recurrence including pharmacological intervention and revisional surgery

8:00am Welcome
Karen Flanders, NP-C CBN
8:05am Epidemiology
William Gourash, PhD CRNP RN
8:20am Nutrition
Sue Benson-Davies, PhD DCN MPH RDN LN FAND
8:40am Behavioral Health
Lisa West-Smith, PhD LISW-S
8:55am Co-Morbid Conditions
Heidi Bednarchuk, MSN ARNP CNS CBN
9:25am Patient Education
Ginny Ledbetter, MSN APRN ACNS-BC CBN
9:40am Break
10:10am Procedures
Erik B Wilson, MD
10:30am Operative Considerations
Michael Dougherty, PA-C
10:55am In-patient Management + Discharge Planning (include VTE)
Aura Petcu, AG-ACNP CNS
11:40am Substance Use & Abuse
Ninoska D Peterson, PhD
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Early Postop
Marguerite Sheipe-Dunham, CRNP CBN
1:35pm Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation, Surveillance, Deficiencies
Sue Benson-Davies, PhD DCN MPH RDN LN FAND
1:55pm Late Postop
Kristen Rosati, BS MPAS PA-C
2:35pm Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Deb Allis, PA-C MBA
2:50pm Adjustable Gastric Band
Rachel Blind, NP-BC
3:10pm Break
3:30pm Weight Recurrence/Weight Loss Medications
Connie Klein, NPC CBN
3:50pm Revisional Surgery
Eric DeMaria, MD
4:05pm Age Extremes + Pregnancy
Karen Flanders, NP-C CBN
4:25pm Closing Q&A
5:00pm Adjourn