Bariatric education days: Advances in bariatric care


University of Minnesota Medical School

Department of Surgery

Office of Continuing Professional Development
University of Minnesota Medical School


  • Daniel Leslie, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Surgery
    University of Minnesota
  • Rafael S Andrade, MD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Surgery
    University of Minnesota
  • Bridget Slusarek, RN, BSN – Allied Health Director
    Program Manager
    Department of Surgery
    University of Minnesota

This two day course will include case presentations, interactive lectures with question-and-answer periods, panel discussions, and the utilization of interactive technology (ARS).

This conference is intended for multidisciplinary members of the bariatric surgery and weight management team, including bariatric surgeons, nurses, nurse coordinators, program managers, dieticians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and psychologists. The material will also be valuable for primary care providers, insurance medical directors, insurance case managers, and hospital administrators.


Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify inclusion/exclusion criteria for bariatric patient selection
  • Discuss how the Essential Health Benefit will impact the future of bariatric surgery
  • Identify tools that will impact the patient in dealing with stress eating
  • Describe the importance of implementing a healing environment for bariatric team members and patients
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of bariatric emergencies for the general surgeon and bariatric team members
  • Identify the signs of addiction in the treatment of obesity
  • Describe treatment therapies for reflux in the obese patient
  • Discover eating behavior and the brain’s pleasure center: Redirecting the drive to eat
  • Review foregut surgical options in the obese and post bariatric patient


American Medical Association/PRA
The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Minnesota designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center
The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Office of Practice, Partnerships, and Professional Development, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity will be awarded up to 15.75 contact hours.

Minnesota Board of Psychology
This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology (Board Log #201502.228) for 15.75 continuing education hours.

Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals who participate in this CME activity may submit their Statements of Participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

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Overnight Accommodations
A block of sleeping rooms is available at the discounted rate of $133.00 single or double per night plus the current tax. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by the cut-off date of May 6, 2015. You may call 1-800-333-3333 and refer to the University of Minnesota Bariatric Education conference or and use the promotional code UNVOFM to receive the discounted rate. Reservations will be accepted on space and rate availability.

Parking Information
Parking is free to all participants. Valet parking is available for an additional charge.

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Registration fees include continental breakfast, morning/afternoon breaks and course materials. Lunch will be on your own both days.

Special needs such as dietary restrictions, lactation room, etc. should be indicated in advance; requests cannot always be honored on site.

You may choose one of the following methods to register for this conference:

Register online with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. In order to protect your credit card information, the Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) does not accept credit card payments by phone, fax, mail, in person, or on-site.

By Mail
Mail your check (payable to the Regents of the University of Minnesota) with the registration formto: Office of Continuing Professional Development, University of Minnesota Medical School, MMC 293, Mayo Memorial Building Room G-254, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

On-site registrants may pay by check or cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted on site.

Note: Participants are not considered registered until registrant information and payment have been received by our office.

PDFs of presentations authorized for distribution will be available approximately one week prior to the conference. An email will be sent to registered participants with directions to access the PDFs when they become available.

In the event you need to cancel your registration, the registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee, will be refunded if you notify us by 4:30 p.m. Central Time on May 13, 2015. No refunds will be made after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact our office by telephone at 612-626-7600 or 1-800-776-8636, or by e-mail at