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2019 Family Medicine Symposium: Chronic Weight Management

Inspira Health Network - Continuing Medical Education

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Physician Regular Registration Fee
Feb 26, 2019 $80.00 $5.07
Advanced Practice Clinicians, Allied Health Providers & Others
Registration Fee includes: Nurses/NPs/APNs, PAs, Paramedics, Techs & all others.
Feb 26, 2019 $70.00 $4.56
Inspira Residents & Fellows ONLY!
Pre-registration REQUIRED for free admittance to symposium. Inspira I.D. badge must be presented at on-site sign-in, if requested.
Feb 26, 2019 Free $0.00
Family Medicine Symposium Planning Committee   more info Feb 26, 2019 Free $0.00
Exhibitor   more info Feb 1, 2019 $500.00 $23.19
Medical Students ONLY!   more info Feb 26, 2019 Free $0.00

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2019 Family Medicine Symposium:

Chronic Weight Management



The 2019 Family Medicine Symposium: Chronic Weight Management has been designed as a live activity to provide current perspectives, clinical challenges and recent advances in the treatment of obesity. Obesity is a common condition that is associated with numerous medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus. Primary care physicians have an important role in helping patients develop a successful weight loss plan to improve their overall health. For people affected by obesity, the options for weight loss are vast and confusing. Most programs only talk about short term results, rarely do they talk about long-term results, which can be attributed to patients often regaining the weight they lose.

The updates presented at this symposium are intended to address on-going gaps in knowledge, competence and performance for physicians and interprofessional teams involved in the treatment of obese patients, with a focus on the identified issues. 


The Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity

The surgical weight loss mechanism is generally considered to involve restriction, malabsorption, or a combination of these mechanisms. Restrictive procedures decrease the size of the stomach, resulting in early satiety and decreased caloric intake. The operations performed include laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) and vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG).

Based upon the procedure, post-op complications can vary and may include gastroesophageal perforation, improper band positioning, early postoperative band slippage requiring repositioning, acute stomal obstruction, band infection, bleeding, dumping syndrome, anastomotic leak, GI hemorrhage, gallstone formation and nutritional deficiencies. 

As a result of attending this activity, participants should be better able to: 

  • Identify the major categories of bariatric operations and their mechanism of action.
  • Describe the common complications from bariatric surgery.
  • Discuss the results of bariatric surgery.

 Treating Obesity as a Disease

The etiology of obesity is multifactorial, ranging from lifestyle choices such as excess food intake and insufficient physical activity, to use of medications that have weight gain as an undesirable side effect. Obesity meets all accepted criteria of a medical disease, including a known etiology, recognized signs and symptoms and a range of structural and functional changes that culminate in pathologic consequences. This topic discussion will address the etiologies of obesity.

 As a result of attending this activity, participants should be better able to: 

  • Identify the four pillars of obesity medicine treatment.
  • Discuss how a weight management program clinic is run.
  • Review obesity treatment options in your practice.

 Diagnosis of Pediatric Nephrology

Obesity-related hypertension is highly prevalent among children in the U.S.. There are multiple mechanisms by which obesity can lead to elevated BP and increased CVD risk. First-line antihypertensive therapy for children with obesity-related hypertension is weight loss. In addition, instituting a heart healthy lifestyle that includes daily physical activity and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, fiber and low-fat dairy, that is also low in carbohydrates and sugar-sweetened beverages is essential in the treatment of obesity-related hypertension. There may be challenges to this in children with obesity, related to comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, and decreased mobility. A multidisciplinary approach is often required for maximal effectiveness.

As a result of attending this activity, participants should be better able to:  

  • Recognize new epidemiology of pediatric hypertension.
  • Identify challenges in the diagnosis of pediatric hypertension.
  • Describe new technology used to diagnose pediatric hypertension.



  Alexander Onopchenko, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Director of Surgery

Atlanticare Physician Group Divisional Director

General Surgery

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

Atlantic City, NJ

   Rameck Hunt, MD, FACP

Medical Director, Weight Management Program

Penn Medicine Princeton Medicine Physicians

Princeton, NJ

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Rutgers RWJ Medical School

New Brunswick, NJ

 Joshua J. Zaritsky, MD practices Nephrology in Lancaster, Pensacola, and Wilmington  Joshua Zaritsky, MD, Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Nephrology

Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE    


This educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of Family Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians, Surgeons, Cardiologists, Emergency Physicians, Hospitalists, Residents, Advanced Practice Clinicians, Nurses and all other interested physicians and interprofessional healthcare providers who treat patients with chronic weight management issues.   


4:30 pm                       Sign-in, Dinner & Exhibits


5:00 pm                       Welcome & Overview                               Nicole Zucconi, DO                                                                                                       

5:15 pm                       The Surgical Treatment of                     Alexander Onopchenko, MD

                                    Morbid Obesity


6:15 pm                       Treating Obesity as a Disease              Rameck Hunt, MD                                         


7:15 pm                       Diagnosis of Pediatric Nephrology       Joshua Zaritsky, MD                                       


8:30 pm                       Evaluation & Closing Remarks 


Inspira Health Network is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statements

Physicians: Inspira Health Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Garden AHEC is in the process of reviewing content for this symposium relative to the NJSNA continuing nursing education standards and requirements. If all content is found to meet the NJSNA requirements under the continuing nursing education approval program, 3 CE Contact Hours will be provided. These 3 CE contact hours are currently pending and subject to change once the review process is completed by Garden AHEC.


Are there requirements to enter the event?

Inspira Health Network Residents and Fellows must present their ID badge to confirm their free registration, if requested. Medical Students must present identification to confirm their free registration, if requested.

 What are my transportation and parking options for this event?

The Luciano Conference Center at Cumberland County College is on the college campus located at 3322 College Drive in Vineland, N.J. For directions visit or call 856-691-9196. Parking for the symposium is free in lot G.  

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

 Call Susan Hansen, 856-641-7511 or e-mail

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


Registration fee includes access to all activity CME/CE, buffet dinner, symposium materials and exhibits.

 What is the refund policy?

Cancelation policy: A full refund minus a 20% registration cancelation fee will be granted if the cancelation is made in writing, postmarked and/or received at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the symposium. Send attn: Susan Hansen, or Inspira Health Network, MSO Box #44, 1505 W. Sherman Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360.

Inspira Health Network's CME Program reserves the right to modify the activity content, faculty and agenda and to cancel this activity, if necessary.


It is the policy of Inspira Health Network to comply with the American with Disabilities Act. If any participant of this activity has a disability that requires special accommodations, please contact Susan Hansen at or 856-641-7511 at least 2 weeks prior to the symposium and we will be happy to provide assistance. 

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Cumberland County College - Luciano Conference Center
3322 College Dr
Vineland, NJ 08360

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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