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Inequitable Access and Outcomes: Health Care Disparities in Surgical Weight-Loss Procedures

Premiere Date: Monday, December 27, 2021

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. ABIM (MOC)
  2. Medicine (accme)
  3. Nursing (ANCC)
  4. Pharmacy (acpe)
  5. PA (aapa)
  6. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Friday, December 27, 2024


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MScMonica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc (Moderator)
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Dexter G. Turnquest, MD, FACS, FSAMBSDexter G. Turnquest, MD, FACS, FSAMBS 
General and Bariatric Surgeon
Diplomate Board of American Obesity Medicine
Regional Medical Director for Bariatrics - HCA Gulf Coast Region
Medical Director, Bariatric Program at HCA Northwest and
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospitals
Houston, TX

Statement of Need

Structural racism and systemic barriers to health care access can lead to increased risk and burden in surgical weight-loss procedures. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia report a 35% or higher prevalence rate of obesity in non-Hispanic Black adults. It is well established that obesity contributes to worse health outcomes. In order to mitigate disparities and ensure access to surgical weight-loss procedures, it is imperative that health care providers (HCPs) are aware of their own implicit/explicit biases about candidacy for weight loss treatment or bariatric surgery. Similarly, there is a need to develop interprofessional team approaches to care in order to improve on both preventative and follow-up care in patients with obesity.

This CMEOCast podcast will focus on the negative impact of inequitable access on surgical weight-loss procedures, including the key contributing factors for disparities in weight-loss surgery and strategies for mitigating these disparities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess key contributing factors for health care disparities in surgical weight-loss procedures.
  • Identify strategies to mitigate racial and ethnic disparities in surgical weight-loss procedures and outcomes.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from the Johnson & Johnson Institute and the Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and pharmacists

Credit Information

ABIM MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Royal College MOC:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

MIPS Improvement Activity:
This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Peek has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Turnquest has no disclosures to report.

Michael Franks, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Noreen Iftikhar, MD, (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Kathleen Blake, PhD, (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

CME Outfitters, LLC and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

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