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Unit 1 – Understanding Morbid Obesity


The fellow will obtain an in-depth understanding of obesity and its related diseases, including the surgical and non-surgical treatment of these modalities.


  1. The epidemiology of obesity, including adolescent and geriatric obesity
  2. The physiologic and interactive mechanisms of morbid obesity
  3. The psychological issues associated with morbid obesity
  4. Identification and management of nutritional deficiencies related to surgery
  5. Outcomes of bariatric surgery
  6. The fellow is expected to participate in quarterly institutional multidisciplinary conference (attended by nutrition staff, psychologists or psychiatrist, and non-surgical specialists), M&M conferences, and quality improvement and perioperative management conferences.
  7. The fellow must attend at least one bariatric surgery patient support group meeting during the fellowship year.
  8. The fellow is expected to contribute to the advancement of knowledge of obesity surgery and treatment of obesity and related diseases and is expected to submit an abstract and complete at least one clinical and/or research manuscript or research project (poster) during the fellowship year.

Clinical Skills

  1. The fellow will evaluate obese patients for appropriate management.
  2. The fellow will understand appropriate evaluation of the obese patient including end-organ by-products of the disease within the following body systems:
    • Cardiac disease
    • Pulmonary disease
    • Musculoskeletal disease
    • Psychological disease
    • Metabolic disease
  3. The fellow will provide patients with the information needed to choose appropriate management options.

To Apply

All applications are accepted strictly through Fellowship Council.

For more information:
Rebecca Augustine