Leslie Heinberg, PhD
Chair


Hilary Blackwood, NP
Co-Chair


Members

Karen Flanders, MSN CBN NP-C – IHEC/EC Liaison
Maureen Quigley, APRN
Dale Bond, PhD
Kelli Friedman, PhD
William F. Gourash, MSN, CRNP
Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, LDN
Christa Trigilio-Black, PA-C
Connie Klein, NP

Subcommittees


Behavioral Health Abstract Committee

Janelle Coughlin, PhD
Karen Grothe, PhD
Dale Bond, PhD
Kelli Friedman, PhD
Kristine Steffen, PharmD PhD
Ryan Marek, PhD
 

Nutrition

Laura Andromalos, MS RD LDN
Sue Cummings, RD LD
Carol Wolin-Riklin, MA RD LD

Post-Graduate

Connie Klein, NP – Chair
Christa Trigilio-Black, PA-C
April Smith, PharmD

Multidisciplinary

Kristine Steffen, PharmD PhD
Dale Bond, PhD  

Abstract

Maureen Quigley, APRN – Chair
Dory Ferraro, DNP
Kelli Friedman, PhD
Rachel Goldman, PhD
Laura Andromalos, MS RD LDN
Wendy King, PhD
Kellie Armstrong, RN MS CBN
Tammy Dodds, MPAS PA-C

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Amie Buehler and Kristie Kaufman

Mission

The mission of the Integrated Health (IH) Program and Professional Education Committee is to promote and support the development of accredited post-professional education programs to improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases; to advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery; and to be a resource for the educational and professional needs of our diverse membership.

To achieve this mission the IH Program and Professional Education Committee will:

  • Conduct on-going reviews of all IH professional education programs.
  • Review, to approve or reject, proposals for new programs or substantive changes to existing professional education courses.
  • Continuously advise, advocate, support and encourage ASMBS educational programs.
  • Promote educational collaboration with related disciplines and organizations.
  • Use available technologies to bring programming to members.
  • Pursue ways to provide quality, affordable programming.
  • Work in collaboration with the ASMBS CME/CEU director to further develop and maintain the Continuing Medical Education requirements of the ACCME (when appropriate) and discipline-specific continuing education credentialing requirements.
  • Work in collaboration to develop symposiums, courses, workshops and other educational offerings for the Scientific Session at Obesity Week, as well as any other educational programs/events.
  • Work to develop collaborative programs and courses at educational events.
  • Provide support for the course directors and presenters, and function as a liaison to ASMBS organizational resources.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of ASMBS course director and presenter guidelines.

Description

The Integrated Health Program and Professional Education Committee is responsible for working inc collaboration with the Program Committee to develop educational events for the ASMBS with Obesity Week being the primary educational event. The committee identifies needs, professional gaps, and barriers; reviews and grades submitted abstracts; selects relevant topics and educational design; secures guest speakers; and contributes to the development of overall conference programming. The IH Program and Professional Education Committee is responsible for the promotion and development of educational programs that advance the skills, clinical practices, knowledge and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize outcomes, and improve patients’ quality of life.

Projects

  • Planning for the Annual Spring Educational Event
  • Planning for ASMBS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek