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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.

8:00am Welcome
Karen Flanders, ARNP CBN MSN
8:05am Procedures – Include RYGB, LSG, DS/BPD and include SADI and OAGB
Stacy A Brethauer, MD
8:45am Revisional Surgery
Samer Mattar, MD
9:15am Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Deb Allis, PA-C MBA
9:30am Break
10:00am Adjustable Gastric Band
Rachel L Blind, ARNP BSN MSN NP RN
10:30am In-patient Management + Discharge Planning (include VTE)
Aura Petcu, CNS MSN NP
11:30am Diagnostic Testing – Radiology Testing and Indications
Mobola Oyefule, MD
11:50am Question and Answer
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Early Post-op
Marguerite Dunham, NP
2:15pm Late Post-op
Robin P Mason, ACNP-BC CBN
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Operative Considerations
Michael P Dougherty, II, PA-C
3:45pm Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation, Surveillance, Deficiencies (include treatment)
Katie Chapmon, MS RD
4:15pm Weight Recurrence/Weight Loss Medications
Connie Klein, APRN CBN
4:45pm Closing, Question and Answer
5:00pm Adjourn