Bariatric University – Multidisciplinary Management of Patients Seeking Better Health through Weight Loss

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Date & Location
Friday, May 11, 2018 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM   Volney Richmond Auditorium, Seattle, WA

Target Audience
Cardiology, Dietitian, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Practice, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, OBGYN / Obstetrics & Gynecology, Occupational Medicine, Orthopedic, Orthopedic - Joint Replacement, Orthopedic - Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine, Surgery - General

Obesity is now the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the USA, as measured in Quality-Adjusted Life-Years Lost. Thousands of patients present every day with obesity plus a weight-related disease that worsens with weight gain and improves with weight loss. Recent advances in strategies for management of obesity — including surgical, medical, endoscopic/procedural, and counseling/motivational — have created opportunities for weight loss success but have left a knowledge deficit among many providers who care for obese patients.

This single-day symposium brings together a diverse and experienced set of providers to present a comprehensive review of the field, including need for greater coordination of services and greater awareness of how to access the resources around us. Join us for this opportunity to meet and interact with the full range of providers who can assist our patients.

Teaching methods include lecture, question and answer with faculty, case presentation and panel discussion.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe mechanisms by which some bariatric/metabolic operations rapidly cause remission of type 2 diabetes
  2. Review the epidemiology and health impact of the obesity epidemic and new relevant clinical practice guidelines
  3. Discuss clinical data on FDA-approved medications for weight loss in obese patients and describe their appropriate use in clinical practice
  4. Summarize barriers to success in weight loss programs and propose strategies to address barriers to long-term success
  5. Identify which patients should be screened for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and apply evidence-based recommendations for the management of NAFLD
  6. Assess the effect of weight loss and weight gain on sleep apnea
  7. Review diabetes medications that have weight-negative effects
  8. Describe relevant bariatric procedures and techniques
  9. Review endoscopic techniques for management of weight
  10. Detect signs and symptoms of possible complications of common bariatric procedures
  11. Explain the workup and management of known metabolic complications following bariatric surgery, including hyperparathyroidism, postprandial hypoglycemia, and weight loss failure/re-gain
  12. Discuss the multidisciplinary management of bariatric surgical patients, and how organizing across specialties can improve the surveillance and management of these complex patients


The Virginia Mason Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Virginia Mason Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Determination of credit is pending.