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Matthew Martin, MD
Chair


Adrian Dan, MD
Co-Chair


Corrigan McBride, MD
Executive Council Liaison

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Amie Buehler

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
Logan Mellert, DO
Scott Schimpke, MD
Scott Shikora, MD
Rickesha Wilson, 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)
  • Create online lecture series to meet fellowship curriculum requirements

Mid-Term

  • Create a Competency Based Fellowship Curriculum for Broad Adoption
  • Modify curriculum and evaluation tools for year 2
  • Coordinate the EPA to meet the Fellowship Council work to standardize across all fellowship
  • Participate in the new Focused Practice Designation (FPD) in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program and certification to be offered by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Continue to develop the FELLOW Lecture Series program and transition to a revised curriculum for the ASMBS fellows certificate that can be met thru viewing the FELLOW lectures. Initiate a bariatric and metabolic surgery journal club aimed at the fellow level and to accompany the FELLOW lecture program
  • 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.

2021 Completed Projects

  • Launched FELLOW Lecture Series to ensure didactic requirements are met by fellows and established web page for on-demand viewing
  • Established a second pathway for Fellows to obtain their Certificate during the COVID-19 impact and extended this pathway thru 2021 year due to COVID disruptions to elective surgery case volumes
  • Creation of the FPD blueprint document and completion of the question writing for the first FPD certification exam
  • The Credentialing Guidelines Task Force convened several times to review credentialing guidelines for Bariatric Surgeons and are actively collaborating with the Access to Care Committee to revise them as applicable.
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