Saturday, June 23, 2012

Team trip to San Diego for the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Peterson, Jane Reese (program coordinator & registered nurse), and myself just returned from San Diego with heads full of fresh ideas for the program and pockets full of business cards from new contacts from around the nation and the globe! I personally saw at least seven countries represented at the meeting (Australia, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, & United States) but I’m sure there were many more as well! 

The highlights of the meeting for me was:

a) the focus of the industry is seeing a switch from “weight loss surgery” to “metabolic surgery” as more and more research emerges of the prevention of and successful treatment of a variety of chronic disease states

b) how blessed this field is from starting with a strong team approach to patient care that values the collaboration between the surgeon, the nurse or nurse practitioner,  the dietitian, and behavior health professionals in creating optimal patient outcomes

c) and finally, the commitment of ASMBS to create a stimulating and cutting edge learning experience for the attendees so that we may bring back the best research and practices home to our current and future clients

Already looking forward to what’s new at next year’s meeting!!

Photo: Dr. Peterson & Jane Reese at ASMBS 2012

Written by: Anna Macnak, Registered Dietitian