Bariatric Times

JUL 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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12 Ask the Leadership Bariatric Times • July 2017 • September 25, 2017: Results of election are a nnounced to membership We encourage everybody to vote. The future of the society is the future of its leadership, s o it's important that members are engaged in this important process. How do ASMBS members get more involved with the society and rise to Executive Council eligibility status? As Past President and active member, how do you encourage involvement? Dr. Morton: Our society is always looking for new talent to emerge and contribute. With more than 25 active committees, there are plenty of opportunities for members to get involved. I believe the first step is serving on a committee. Once you are on a committee, the way to get engaged and move up is to do the work. The number one qualification for Executive Council nomination is service. The more you are able to do to help work toward the collective goal of improving and growing the society, the more mutually beneficial your service. Once on a committee, you can work hard and possibly go on to become a co-chair or chair. That aligns you for Executive Council position nomination. Other opportunities that lead to eligibility status include serving as co-chair of a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) committee or as a State Chapter President, both excellent programs that continue to elevate our field. If a member is considering getting more involved, I s trongly encourage them to just get started. That is great advice. Are there any other updates for our readership? Dr. Morton: Yes. I'd like to take this opportunity to inform the readership of the 2017 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference, taking place July 21-24, 2017, in New York, New York. I'm very pleased to share that for the first time this year, the conference will offer discipline- and theme-based tracks focused on the specific needs of various learner groups from ACS Quality Programs, including MBSAQIP. As an MBSAQIP surgeon leader and faculty member of this conference, I am excited to see this already large and phenomenal meeting now offering several sessions devoted to MBSAQIP. Presenters include other MBSAQIP surgeon leaders and members of Executive Council. We will be discussing improving quality in our discipline and address accreditation efforts. It's a great meeting, and I encourage everyone to attend. Fore more information and to register, visit programs/quality-safety- conference. FUNDING: No funding was provided in the preparation of this manuscript. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The author reports no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS; E-mail: "WE ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO VOTE . THE FUTURE OF THE SOCIETY IS THE FUTURE OF ITS LEADERSHIP, SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT MEMBERS ARE ENGAGED IN THIS IMPORTANT PROCESS .'' C a l l f o r Case Reports! D o y o u ha v e a n uni que c a s e t o s ha r e ? B a r i a t r i c T i m e s i s s e e k i ng s ubm i s s i o ns ! Case reports are short presentations of unique cases that stimulate research and the exchange of information and illustrate the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a disorder. Specifications: • At least 15 current references are recommended • Illustrative material is preferred • Must include abstract • Recommended length 1,000 to 3,000 words, not including references. ALSO ACCEPTING VIDEO CLIPS WITH SUBMISSIONS. If accepted, your video clip could be included in the Bariatric Times digital edition with your case report. To submit a case report, contact: Angela Saba, Managing Editor, Matrix Medical Communications E-mail:, Phone: (484) 266-0702; Toll-free: (866) 325-9907; Fax: (484) 266-0726 YOUR VIDEO HERE

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