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Bariatric Surgery: Increase Your Patient's Quality of Life and Longevity

Thursday, June 23, 2022


5:30pm - 6:30pm PST

Darci Crowley, RN-BSN | Bariatric Program Manager, Methodist Hospital

Ruby Gatschet, MD | Bariatric Surgeon, Prestige Bariatrics

John Azevedo, RD | Metabolic/Bariatric Counselor, Methodist Hospital

Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for the disease of obesity and its related comorbidities, yet it remains underutilized. If you are a part of the primary care team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, or registered dieticians this education is for you. This education will be delivered live in the virtual environment where you will get to hear from a variety of experts in the bariatric field, and have the opportunity to ask the questions that pertain to your practice. Upon completion of this education, you will be able to increase patient referrals for this highly effective yet underutilized obesity treatment; demonstrate familiarity with the differences in bariatric surgical options, mechanisms of action, risks, and benefits to be able to introduce and address initial questions regarding surgery as a treatment option of obesity; use shared decision making (SDM) and motivational interviewing (MI) to increase the effectiveness of obesity-related discussions with your patients; and support the goals of postoperative bariatric care and ensure that patients are in touch with their bariatric team. We look forward to answering your questions about how you can improve your patient's overall health and quality of life with bariatric surgery.


WTF – What the Fentanyl!?

Monday, June 27, 2022


12:30pm - 1:30pm PST

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


6:00pm - 7:00pm PST

Alicia Mikolaycik Gonzalez (Kurtz), MD | Host, Real Talk Podcast | Medical Director, Emergency Medicine | Marian Regional Medical Center | Santa Maria, CA

Toussaint L. Mears-Clarke, MD, FAAFP | Faculty Physician, Family Medicine Residency Program | Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology | Dignity Health Methodist Hospital of Sacramento

Fentanyl usage and overdose has been declared a public health crisis, but what can the healthcare team do? This education targets physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and pharmacists in emergency medicine, but can benefit every single member of the healthcare team. The livestreamed education will give learners the opportunity to learn from an expert in emergency medicine through lecture and opening the floor to questions from the learners.

Upon completion of this activity, the learners should be able to describe the unique features of fentanyl that have led to increased opioid-related deaths over the past year; accurately counsel patients on the risks of fentanyl use, and the options for Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder; start patients on MAT with buprenorphine, either while the patient is in withdrawal or as a self-start prescription; successfully provide harm reduction education to patients regarding opioid and fentanyl use; and talk openly and compassionately with patients about their drug use and treatment options, without stigma or judgement.