The session topics, objectives and dates are outlined below.  Individuals are encouraged to register for the series of sessions offered by one Bariatric Centre of Excellence.

Part 1: Etiology, Assessment and Treatment of Obesity

Introduction to Obesity in Ontario

Objectives:
Describe the OBN referral process & criteria for referral
Describe the OBN approach to patient assessment preparation/management prior to treatment
Describe concepts of weight bias & weight stigma & their impact on patient care

Dates:
Toronto Western Hospital – Sept 9, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Sept 13, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre- Sept 17, 2021  (12:00 – 1:30
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton- Oct 1, 2021 (11:30-1:00 PM)

Etiology of Obesity

Objectives:
Describe the comorbidities & chronic conditions associated with obesity
Identify factors & approaches that facilitate a discussion about weight with patients living with obesity
Initiate assessment & treatment discussion related to obesity in a non-judgemental & patient-centered way with a patient living with obesity

Dates:
Toronto Western Hospital – Sept 23, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Sept 27, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre – Oct 1, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton –Oct 15, 2021 (11:30 -1:00 PM)

Medical Management of Obesity

Objectives:
Describe the efficacy of lifestyle & dietary regimes in order to recommend options for patients living with obesity
Describe components of the OBN Medical Program-Initiate assessment & treatment discussions related to obesity with patients

Dates:
Toronto Western Hospital – Oct 7, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre – Oct 15, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Oct 18, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – October 29, 2021 (11:30 – 1:00)

Prescribing & Managing Anti-Obesity Drugs

Objectives:
Describe pharmacological options & their indications for treating obesity.
Recommend pharmacological options for therapy if clinically indicated for patients living with obesity.

Dates:
Toronto Western Hospital – Oct 21, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre – Oct 29, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Nov 1, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – November 12, 2021 (11:30 – 1:00)

Understanding Mental Health Impacts on Obesity Care

Objectives:
Describe common mental health concerns & their impact on weight management
Initiate assessment of psychiatric co-morbidities & the use of psychiatric medications & their impact on obesity care
Describe approaches to behavior management & motivational interviewing

Dates:
Toronto Western Hospital – Nov 4, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre – Nov 12, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Nov 22, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – November 29, 2021 (11:30 – 1:00)

Surgical Management of Obesity & Postoperative Care of Bariatric Surgical Patients

Objectives:
Describe components of the OBN bariatric surgical program, the types of surgery, resulting in anatomical changes & expected patient outcomes
Assess for common complications following bariatric surgery

Dates:
Toronto Western Hospital – Nov 18, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre – Nov 26, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Dec 6, 2021 (12:00- 1:30 PM)
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – December 10, 2021 (11:30 – 1:00 PM)

Part 2: Managing the Post Bariatric Surgical Patient

Assessment & Management of Nutritional Deficiencies Following Bariatric Surgery

Objectives:
Describe common vitamin & mineral deficiencies before & after bariatric surgery
Assess & manage vitamin & mineral deficiencies before & after bariatric surgery

Dates:
Guelph General Hospital – Sept 21, 2021 (1:00 – 2:30 PM)

Long Term Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies Associated with Bariatric Surgery

Objectives:
Describe potential long-term vitamin & mineral deficiencies following bariatric surgery (Iron Deficiency Anemia & Vitamin B12 Deficiency)
Assess & manage Anemia and Vitamin B12 deficiencies for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery

Dates:
Guelph General Hospital – Oct 5, 2021 (1:00 – 2:30 PM)

Postoperative Management of Comorbidities

Objectives:
Describe medication changes/absorption/pharmacokinetics for common comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, OSA
Asses & manage these comorbidities

Dates:
Guelph General Hospital – Oct 13, 2021 (1:00- 2:30 PM)

Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Mental Health

Objectives:
Describe how mental health impacts weight loss trajectories & weight regain
Identify practical behavioral/CBT approaches to weight regain
Recommend pharmacotherapy for binge eating disorder

Dates:
Guelph General Hospital – Monday, November 1 (1:00 – 2:30 PM) 

Pregnancy Considerations Following Bariatric Surgery

Objectives:
Describe physiological factors following bariatric surgery that contribute to the potential for malnutrition, increased potential for adverse perinatal outcome & increase risk of maternal morbidity and/or mortality
Describe optimal care for pregnancy after bariatric surgery

Dates:
Guelph General Hospital – Nov 3, 2021 (1:00- 2:30 PM)

Weight Regain

Objectives:
Describe expected weight trajectories for bariatric patients post-surgery
Identify an approach to assess for factors (physical & mental health) that may contribute to weight regain

Dates:
Guelph General Hospital – Nov 11, 2021 (1:00- 2:30 PM)