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Matthew Martin, MD
Chair


Adrian Dan, MD
Co-Chair


Corrigan McBride, MD
Executive Council Liaison

ASMBS Staff Liaison

TBD

Members

Judy Chen, MD FACS ABOM
Shaina Eckhouse, MD
Maher El Chaar, MD
Matthew Fourman, MD
Keith Gersin, MD
Chandra Hassan, MD

Kunoor Jain-Spangler, MD
Daniel Jones, MD MS
S. Julie-Ann Lloyd, MD PhD
Scott Schimpke, MD
Scott Shikora, MD
Yulia Zak, MD

Mission

  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery

Description

The Bariatric Surgery Training Committee is responsible for designing guidelines and resources for metabolic and bariatric surgery training and fellowship programs. It also certifies that trainees have received adequate training through validation of their experience and the development and continuous updating of examinations

Objectives

  • Establish the standard for bariatric surgery training by trainees in general surgery and advanced fellowship training
  • Collaborate with the Endoscopy Committee and the Integrated Health Committees with regards to training issues that cross into their domains.

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  • ASMBS Certificate of Satisfactory Training in Bariatric Surgery Fellowship (award annually)

Mid-Term

  • Create a Competency Based Fellowship Curriculum for Broad Adoption
  • Year 2 Pilot completed
  • Survey fellows and PD regarding content and evaluation tools
  • Modify curriculum and evaluation tools for year 2
  • Coordinate the EPA to meet the Fellowship Council work to standardize across all fellowship
  • Establish a survey to evaluate ASMBS members contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic efforts
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Issues committee to revise the ASMBS statement on credentialing for Bariatric Surgeons
  • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) related to the intra-operative and peri-operative care of bariatric surgery patients have been developed in collaboration between members of our committee and SAGES for use by the Fellowship Council. These EPAs have been mapped to various clinical competencies and a web-based pilot program is currently underway to validate this process as an instrument used to evaluate trainee aptitude for independent practice. The goal is to potentially role out this tool on a larger scale as a part of a Competency Based Educational Program.
  • Complete the review, processing, and decisions on the 2021 pool of applicants for the ASMBS fellowship certificate.

2020 Completed Projects

  • Launched a Fellow Lecture Series to ensure didactic requirements are met by fellows
  • Established a second pathway for Fellows to obtain their Certificate during the COVID-19 impact
  • With the support of the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Training Committee, a study was undertaken to evaluate the changing landscape of the early career job-market for new fellowship graduates. A national retrospective cohort survey over an 11-year period was conducted. Bariatric surgery fellowship graduates from 2008 to 2019 and Program Directors were surveyed electronically. Univariate analysis was performed comparing responses between earlier (2008–2016) and recent graduates (2017–2019). The analysis revealed decreasing opportunities for new graduates to obtain employment with a bariatric surgery focus and declining case volume numbers. These challenges may be useful to future trainees to determine their career path and choice to pursue a fellowship in bariatric surgery.
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