Attention Bariatric PAs, NPs, and CNSs!
Advanced Practice Providers –
Symposiums for You at ObesityWeek!

Published in September/October Issue             

The Advanced Healthcare Provider Task Force has been busy exploring credentialing options for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) – Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. During this process, we identified a need for further education for PAs, NPs, and CNSs. As a result, ObesityWeek has added 2 sessions to the scientific session dedicated to APPs – one for the new provider to bariatric surgery, and the other for the more experienced provider.

The task force was formed in response to the survey for APPs and consists of surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinical nurse specialists. Survey results indicated a strong interest in a certification and will be shared in an upcoming article. Thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned for additional information regarding credentialing.

If you haven’t already registered, or would like to view the schedule for ObesityWeek, please click on the link below:


And don’t forget to attend the Professional Networking Group for Advanced Practice Providers on Wednesday 11/2/16 from 4:15-6:00 pm at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room R05.

We look forward to meeting you at ObesityWeek. If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at: kflandersnp@gmail.com

Karen Flanders, MSN, CNP, CBN
Chair, Advanced Healthcare Provider Task Force
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery