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Participants will explore the importance of cultural, spiritual, and social influences on metabolic and bariatric surgery. Discover challenges, gaps in the research, and existing culturally appropriate evidenced-based guidance to put into practice to facilitate positive patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover the relationship between food, culture, and MBS.
  2. Recognize the relationship between cultural competence and positive patient outcomes in MBS.
  3. Practice effective intercultural communication in MBS.
  4. Apply evidenced-based guidance for the care of culturally diverse patients with MBS.

1:30pm Introduction and Housekeeping
Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT; Melissa Santos, PhD; Tracy Martinez, BSN RN CBN
1:35pm The Need for Cultural Competency in MBS
Serena Stevens
2:00pm Culture, Self-Identity and Intergenerational Impacts and Influences of MBS
Melissa Santos, PhD
2:25pm Successful Intercultural Communication in MBS
Tracy Martinez, BSN RN CBN
2:50pm Panel
Melissa Santos, PhD; Serena Stevens; Tracy Martinez, BSN RN CBN
3:00pm Break
3:45pm Intercultural Nutrition Care in MBS
Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
4:05pm Cultural Perspectives in Weight Loss and Health
Shireesh Saurabh, MD FACS FASMBS DABOM
4:25pm Panel
Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
4:35pm Case Study 1: Patient wants to Fast for Religious Reasons-what would you advise?
Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
4:45pm Case Study 2: Patient self- sabotages weight loss because of perception of “Loss of Cultural Identity”
Melissa Santos, PhD
5:00pm Case Study 3: Patient wants to become a vegetarian for spiritual reasons and already struggles with her bariatric diet after GBP
Tracy Martinez, BSN RN CBN
5:15pm Adjourn