August 2020 Edition
1. Presidential Messages
ASMBS Presidential Message
Dear ASMBS Members,
This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. COVID-19’s impact on our lives and livelihoods are not retreating anytime soon. As the coronavirus extends to places that were quiescent initially, and remerges in areas previously embroiled, we realize that something resembling “normal” is still far off in the distance. It is a good thing we are up to the challenge. Resiliency is in our DNA. Our training – not just years of schooling, higher education and clinical training but the trial and tribulations of caring for patients every day – has prepared us for this. The road might be longer and more grueling than we had hoped, but we will persist. COVID-19’s financial impact threatens our surgical programs, our personnel and the hospitals in which we work. We will have to protect these resources we have worked so hard to attain in order to provide the best service for our patients. And when such economic realities take away such assets, we must learn to fight the battle another day, and rise up from those ashes with renewed purpose.
Why is it imperative that we not only survive but thrive? We have a more formidable opponent to topple – Obesity. Obesity is by far the most insidious threat to our nations’ health and well-being by any measure. The impact that obesity has on our nations’ collective quality and quantity of life today and tomorrow is exponentially greater than the impact of this virus. And there is no vaccine in sight for obesity. Our fight against obesity is an uphill battle. So yes – first we take on COVID – with mask wearing, social distancing, and refraining from social activities and many things we love to do. We have to be resilient, keep our energy up, our programs intact and our focus on public enemy number one – Obesity. When we signed up to tackle the biggest health threat to our nation, we knew it was going to be a difficult mission, and a marathon not a sprint. We got this.
Matt Hutter, MD, MPH, FASMBS
ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message
Greetings IH Members,
We hope that you, your patients, programs and loved ones are safe and healthy as we enter the last month of what has surely been one of the most challenging summers any of us have ever seen. Although we are disappointed to not be meeting for the ASMBS Annual Meeting in Atlanta this November, we are looking forward to getting back on track with our conferences in 2021. In the meantime, your IH leadership and committee members are hard at work on projects to bring value to you and your practices.
Watch for upcoming announcements about our ongoing IH Webinar Series. Our next webinar will take place on Thursday, August 27th at 7pm EST, and will discuss strategies for helping patients get back on track after COVID through budget management, mindful eating, exercising from home, and more. Registration information will be sent out soon.
And, if you have an interest in serving on one of the committees listed below, please apply on our ASMBS Join a Committee page. Getting involved with ASMBS often turns out to be a highlight of our committee members’ careers.
- IH CBN Certification Committee – The CBN Certification Committee is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the specialty of bariatric nursing care by maintaining the CBN certification program.
- IH Clinical Issues Committee – The mission of the Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee is to create evidence-based position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team, as well as issues related to the individual integrated health disciplines, with the goal of enhancing the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care.
- IH Communications Committee – The aim of the Integrated Health Communications committee is to facilitate communication within AMSBS Integrated Health membership, between integrated health and surgeon members, and with potential members.
- IH Membership Committee – The function of the IH Membership Committee is to act as liaison for members to ensure needs of membership are being met by the society, address member concerns, review membership applications, assist applicants in the application process when necessary, stimulate membership, and ensure access of members to society benefits.
- IH Multidisciplinary Care Committee – The mission of the committee is to provide evidence-based support for the role of the team members in the care of long-term success of the bariatric surgical patient. The committee is comprised of each integrated team member including exercise, behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, surgery, and obesity medicine.
- IH Program and Professional Education Committee – The mission of the IH Program and Professional Education Committee is to promote and support development of accredited post-professional education programs that advance the skills, clinical practices, and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize outcomes, and improve patients’ quality of life.
- IH Support Group Committee – The mission of the Support Group committee is to promote the development of the concept of support groups in the care of bariatric surgical patient, identify the needs of support group leaders and develop strategies to meet these needs.
With kindest regards,
Lisa West-Smith, PhD, LISW-S
President, Integrated Health Section of ASMBS
2. The Fellow Project
We are proud to introduce a new ASMBS-endorsed program organized to fulfill the didactic requirements for ASMBS certifications and standardize the required Fellowship Council Curriculum. Join us for this monthly interactive web-based and high quality series featuring renowned content experts in bariatric surgery.
Register ahead of time for one of the following options:
- Live: First Friday of Each Month at 7am EST with live Q&A
- Replay: Same Day at 3pm EST/12pm PST with live Q&A
Recordings of each session will also be made available on demand in the ASMBS Webinar Archive.
Registration is now open for this month’s session: The Importance of Social Equality and Justice in our Specialty with guest lecturer, Dr. Monique Hassan. Click here for more information.
3. #ASMBSisME Recognizes Members
The recently launched #ASMBSisME social media campaign highlights members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee as they share their stories. Our unique backgrounds are what bring value to this organization. They enable us to communicate effectively with our diverse patients.
4. Video Committee Featured Videos
The ASMBS Video Library is a curated collection of over 200 educational videos from past meetings and recent presentations from esteemed colleagues. The Video Committee has hand-picked a selection of videos to feature this month, including Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass with Handsewn Gastrojejunostomy by Drs. Pearl Ma and Kelvin Higa, Revisional SADI for Weight Regain in Sleeve Gastrectomy by Drs. David Williams, Bradley Schwack, Christine Ren-Fielding, George Fielding and Marina Kurian, and Laparoscopic Conversion of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy to Gastric Bypass for Intractable Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease by Drs. Abraham Abdemur, Ivan Fendrich, Melissa Gianos, Samuel Szomstein and Raul Rosenthal.
5. Obesity Care Continuum August 2020 Report
A new OCC Advocacy Report for August 2020 is now available in the ASMBS Newsroom. In this report, prepared by Chris Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative: Senators Call on CMS to Update Medicare Coverage, OCAN Calls on Congressional Leadership to Act on TROA Among Pandemic, and more. Click here to read the full article.