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New this fall…

ECHO OBN will be launching sessions at seven Bariatric Centres of Excellence (BCoE) across Ontario

  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton BCoE
  • Guelph General Hospital BCoE
  • Humber River Hospital BCoE
  • Toronto Western Hospital BCoE
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre BCoE
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre BCoE
  • The Ottawa Hospital BCoE
Hub SiteTeam MembersSession Dates Session Time
Guelph General Hospital Dr. Natasha Pereira-Hong (Lead) – Surgeon
Laurie Inkol – Registered Nurse
Morgan Lowe – Social Worker
Saloomeh Armin – Registered Dietitian
  • Sep 12
  • Sep 26
  • Oct 10
  • Nov 7
  • Nov 28
  • Dec 12
11-12:30pm
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Dr. Vanessa Boudreau (Lead) – Surgeon
Dianne Husbands – Registered Nurse
Sarah Teene – Registered Dietitian
Cathy Jerome – Registered Nurse
Dr. Sabreena Chohan – Psychologist
Krista Winters – Administrative Support
  • Sep 27
  • Oct 11
  • Oct 25
  • Nov 8
  • Nov 22
  • Dec 6
1–2:30pm
Humber River Hospital Dr. Stephen Glazier (Lead) – Internist
Roshni John – Registered Dietitian
Jennifer Schumacher – Social Worker
Alvin Wong – Registered Nurse
Karen Dixon – Registered Nurse
  • Sep 4
  • Sep 18
  • Oct 9
  • Oct 30
  • Nov 6
  • Nov 20
7:30-9am
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Dr. Scott Cassie (Lead) – Surgeon
Kelly Keeler – Registered Dietitian
Dr. Rachel Kushnier – Psychologist
Tracy Hill – Interdisciplinary Educator
  • Sep 20
  • Oct 4
  • Oct 18
  • Nov 1
  • Nov 15
  • Nov 29
7:30 – 9am
Toronto Western Hospital Dr. Sanjeev Socklingam (Lead) – Psychiatrist
Julia Skiadaresis – Social Worker
Laura Scott – Registered Dietitian
Wei Wang – Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Royal – Psychologist
Ashley Farrell – Information Specialist
Thiyake Rajaratnam – Information Specialist
  • Sep 12
  • Sep 26
  • Oct 10
  • Oct 24
  • Nov 7
  • Nov 21
12:00–1:30pm
The Ottawa Hospital Dr. Nicole Kolozsvari(Lead) – Surgeon
Aspen Viets – Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Brown – Registered Dietitian
Shawna McCusker – Social Worker
Bryan Feenstra – Manager
  • Oct 2
  • Oct 16
  • Oct 30
  • Nov 13
  • Nov 27
  • Dec 11
12:00–1:30pm
Kingston Health Sciences Centre Dr. Boris Zevin (Lead) – Surgeon
Don Cowell – Social Worker
Kristine Canty – Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Thompson – Administrative Support
Melodie Bowes – Registered Dietitian
  • Sep 9
  • Oct 21
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 4
  • Nov 25
  • Dec 9
2:30-4pm

Series 1 Schedule

Series Curriculum

SessionTopicObjectives
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

CME Credits

Sessions are accredited for CME credits. To earn credits, participants are required to attend, engage and complete weekly surveys.

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