Published in February Issue             

Chair: Corrigan McBride, MD, FACS, FASMBS

The Bariatric Surgery Training Committee was established to design guidelines and resources for training and fellowship programs in bariatric surgery. Annually, its principal activity is to certify that trainees have received adequate training through validation of their experience in fellowship programs. This qualifies them for the ASMBS Certificate of Acknowledgement of Satisfactory Training.

As the field has continued to grow and change, so have the needs of trainees and the expectations upon them after completing their fellowships. The American Board of Surgery is developing a Certificates of Added Qualifications program that will require trainees to choose a specialty before sitting for their Board Certification. The ASMBS is taking the lead by being one of the first specialties to develop a completely renovated fellowship program curriculum with evaluation tools that evaluates fellows not only on cognitive skill and volume, but their technical skills.

For the coming year the Bariatric Surgery Training Committee will focus on further developing this program by launching a pilot program and developing additional training courses at the ASMBS Annual Meeting. It has long been a goal to have the American Board of Surgery formally recognize our specialty, and in 2016 we will be making significant progress on this front.