How does it work?

Each Project ECHO OBN session is facilitated by a multidisciplinary “Hub” team from one of the Bariatric Centre of Excellence (BCoE). Community participants join to create a community of practice together with the BCoE.

 

 

Prior to the session:

  • Sessions are held via videoconferencing using Zoom. Zoom is a web-based videoconferencing application that is available for participants at no cost during the sessions.

  • To join, we ask that participants ensure they have a stable internet connection as well as a computer, webcam & microphone. Participants can also join by phone.

  • One to two days prior to each session, registered individuals will receive a meeting invitation that includes the information required to link into the session.

During the session:

Each session has 3 parts:

  1. Didactic Presentation: A short evidence based presentation given by one of the BCoE team members.

  2. Case Presentation:  Each participant is scheduled to present a patient case. Patient cases can be from their own practice. Sometimes colleagues are invited to present a case.

  3. Open discussion and Recommendations:  Both participants and Hub Team members can ask clarifying questions about the case and then formulate recommendations for the presenter for their consideration.

After the session:

  • Participants are asked to complete a weekly feedback survey.

  • Session materials including recommendations are shared with the community of practice. 


Series Curriculum

  Topic Objectives
1 Medical Management of Obesity
  • Describe new approaches to treatment and pharmacotherapy primary care providers can consider to manage obesity
2 Postoperative Care of Bariatric Surgical Patients
  • Describe BCOE referral process, the types of surgery, resulting anatomical changes, and expected patient outcomes
  • Identify presenting symptoms that may constitute a referral back to the BCOE
3 Assessment and Management of Nutritional Deficiencies Following Bariatric Surgery
  • Describe the vitamin and mineral deficiencies associated with bariatric surgery
  • Identify patient assessment, treatment strategies, and standard vitamin regime
4 Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Mental Health
  • Describe the need for monitoring mental health and addictions after bariatric surgery including substance use, mood and eating problems
  • Identify potential interventions to manage and prevent post-surgery mental health complications
5 Medication Management Following Bariatric Surgery
  • Describe medication changes/ absorption/ pharmacokinetics for common comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension
  • Describe the impact of surgery on the absorption of psychotropic medications
6 Weight Regain Following Bariatric Surgery
  • Describe expected weight trajectories for bariatric patients post-surgery.
  • Identify approach to assess for factors (physical and mental health) that may be contributing to weight regain

Cycle 3 Schedule

Hub Site Session Dates Session Time
Guelph General Hospital TBA 11:30 am-1:00 pm
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton TBA 11:30 am–1:00pm
Humber River Hospital   12:00-1:30pm
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre TBA 12:00-1:30pm
Toronto Western Hospital

Sep 10

Sep 24

Oct 8

Oct 22

Nov 5

Nov 19

12:00–1:30pm
The Ottawa Hospital June 3

June 17

July 8

July 22

Aug 12

Aug 26

12:00–1:30pm
Kingston Health Sciences Centre

TBA

12:00-1:30pm


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