Part 1TopicsLearning Objectives

Session 1
Introduction to Obesity in Ontario– 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
Session 2Etiology of Obesity – 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
Session 3Medical Management of Obesity– 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
Session 4Prescribing & Managing Anti-Obesity Drugs – Describe pharmacological options & their indications for treating obesity.
– Recommend pharmacological options for therapy if clinically indicated for patients living with obesity.
Session 5Understanding Mental Health Impacts on Obesity Care– 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
Session 6Surgical Management of Obesity & Postoperative Care of Bariatric Surgical Patients– 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

Part 2TopicsLearning Objectives

Session 7
Assessment & Management of Nutritional Deficiencies Following Baritaric Surgery– Describe common vitamin & mineral deficiencies before & after bariatric surgery
– Assess & manage vitamin & mineral deficiencies before & after bariatric surgery
Session 8Long Term Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies Associated with Bariatric Surgery– 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
Session 9Postoperative Management of Comorbidities– Describe medication changes/absorption/pharmacokinetics for common comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, OSA
– Asses & manage these comorbidities
Session 10Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Mental Health – Describe how mental health impacts weight loss trajectories & weight regain
– Identify practical behavioural/CBT approaches to weight regain
– Recommend pharmacotherapy for binge eating disorder
Session 11Pregnancy Considerations Following Bariatric Surgery– 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
Session 12Weight Regain– 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