By Ranjan Sudan, MD
New Orleans was the place to be for the ASMBS Spring Educational Event in May. Even though overall attendance at the meeting was the best ever, the feel was still cozy and it was a great opportunity to get to know new people and spend time with the leadership of the society and the invited speakers.
The program itself delivered many interesting and timely discussion on topics such as metabolic effects of bariatric surgery and sleeve gastrectomy. There was something for everybody from live telecast of bariatric operations to band adjustment for the non-surgeon.
The best part about these sessions was that being small, everyone had the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with the discussants. The speakers too were very relaxed and that made for a really good learning environment.
Representation from members of Integrated Health was particularly strong and the programing catered to their needs very nicely through the Certified Bariatric Nurse course as well as sessions on quality and the Town
A program highlighting the plight of overweight National Football League players and the difference that bariatric surgery had made in their lives was very informative. It emphasized that men are still lagging far behind women in seeking surgical options to address their weight and medical problems.
Overall I learned a lot and enjoyed myself as well. This meeting got two thumbs up from me and I will personally put it on my agenda for next year.