Bariatric Education Days: Managing Obesity Through the Lifespan

New for 2018: Integrative Health Coaching Workshop!
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Thursday, May 24, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018


The Westin Edina Galleria

This course, which is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare teams, will emphasize ways to improve the care of the obese patient throughout different stages of life. National and local experts in the field of obesity treatment will present research, innovations, and controversies for this complex disease. View Agenda


Obesity intersects with multiple dimensions of wellbeing and a comprehensive treatment approach throughout a patient’s lifespan is necessary to manage weight and improve health outcomes.

Join us for the 14th Annual Bariatric Education Days conference. This one-and-a-half day event will feature national and local experts in the field of obesity presenting research, innovations, and controversies for this complex disease.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge in this area and participate during interactive presentations and panel discussions. View agenda.


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

Educational Objectives

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

  • Recall current research outcomes regarding adolescence and weight loss surgery.
  • Discuss appropriate management of bariatric patients with GI complications and vitamin deficiencies.
  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery across the lifespan.
  • Describe the similarities and differences for treating obesity throughout a lifespan.


  • Debates
  • Integrative Health Coaching Workshop
  • Surgical Case Presentations and More!

Key Topics

  • Obesity Overview
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Obesity in Different Phases of Life
  • Lifestyle and Behavioral Approaches to Obesity Treatment
  • Vitamin Deficiencies and Gastrointestinal Disturbance
  • Future State of Treatment

Keynote Presenters

Samer Mattar, MD
2017-18 ASMBS President

Donna Ryan, MD
President-Elect of the World Obesity Federation

View the keynote presenters' biographies here

Presented By

University of Minnesota Department of Surgery


Daniel Leslie, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota

Bridget Slusarek, RN, BSN
System Director, Comprehensive Weight Management Services
Fairview Health Services


Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 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 (ANCC)

This activity is awarded up to 14.25 ANCC contact hours.

Minnesota Board of Social Work

The University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Professional Development has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as a CE Provider. This activity is offered for up to 14.25 continuing education hours.

Minnesota Board of Psychology

This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 15.0 CEs.

Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice

This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice for 14.25 Credit Hours.

International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC)

ICHWC- approved CE credits for Health Coaching are pending.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement 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.


Early Rate: On or Before April 27, 2018

Physicians: $325
Other Healthcare Professionals: $225
Medical Industry Professionals: $325
Residents/Fellows: Fee-Waived

Regular Rate: On or After April 28, 2018

Physicians: $400
Other Healthcare Professionals: $300
Medical Industry Professionals: $400
Residents/Fellows: Fee-Waived

Integrative Health Coaching Workshop

View workshop facilitators' biographies here

Thursday, May 24, 2018
5:30-8:30 PM
The Westin Edina Galleria
Fees: $50 for Bariatric Education Days registrants, $150 for Integrative Health Coaching Workshop only

Registration includes lunch on Thursday and continental breakfast and refreshment breaks both days.

Printed course materials cannot be guaranteed for on-site/walk-in registrants. Access to online course materials is provided in advance of the activity to registered learners. To ensure you receive all course materials before the start of the activity, please register in advance.


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

How to Register


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The Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435
Phone: 952-567-5000

Overnight Accommodations

A block of sleeping rooms is available at the discounted rate of $164 single or double per night plus tax. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by the cut-off date of April 22, 2018. To make your reservation online, click here; to make your reservation over the phone, call 888-627-8245 and ask for the Bariatric Education Days rate. Reservations will be accepted on space and rate availability.


Complimentary parking is available on-site.


Acknowledgement of Support

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their financial contributions to this activity:

  • Bariatric Advantage
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • EndoGastric Solutions
  • Ethicon
  • Gore & Associates
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Medtronic
  • Microline Surgical
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Olympus America Inc.
  • ReShape Lifesciences, Inc.
  • Stryker
  • Torax Medical, Inc.
  • University of Minnesota Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine
  • U.S. Army Healthcare

Also Exhibiting

  • University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

(List current as of 5/11/18)