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ASMBS Hosts Spring Educational Event
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s Spring Educational Event brought hundreds of attendees, educators and exhibitors to Miami, Florida to discuss the most important issues in metabolic and bariatric surgery.
The Spring Event is the smaller of two events hosted annually by ASMBS. The second event, ObesityWeek 2014, combines the ASMBS and The Obesity Society’s annual meetings, creating the largest obesity-focused conference in the world. The Spring Event, according to ASMBS, serves as both an alternative to the larger ObesityWeek, and as an opportunity for those looking to get the latest information about their field.
“This event provides an alternative for attendees that may prefer smaller events, or are not able to easily travel in November due to their busy call coverage or travel schedules,” ASMBS Executive Director Georgeann Mallory said. “The Spring Event allows for one-on-one engagement with exhibitors, speakers, and ASMBS leadership.”
For three days, attendees were able to experience a range of courses focusing on both surgeons and integrated health professionals. These ranged from roundtable discussions, medico-legal issues, hands-on surgical labs and video tips from the experts. All courses are lead by ASMBS speakers and faculty, including members of ASMBS leadership.
The exhibit hall and social events used the smaller event size to their advantage, taking on a more personal atmosphere. The exhibit hall opted for single tabletops over the larger booths seen at ObesityWeek and other large conventions, focusing more on conversation with representatives. Similarly, the social event encouraged direct engagement with ASMBS leaders, allowing attendees to speak directly to ASMBS leaders in a relaxed, friendly environment.
Both the Spring Educational Event and ObesityWeek aim to increase engagement with international attendees. For the Spring Event, ASMBS incorporated in-room Spanish translation into some of their most popular events, including a special debate on several controversial issues.
“Many of the issues that are debated at ASMBS meetings have global implications. ASMBS is a world leader on many important issues, and our position statements can influence the views of dozens of other organizations. We want to make sure the global bariatric community can be involved in these conversations, so we encourage international attendance to all of our meetings,” Mallory said.
ASMBS has held thirty annual meetings since their creation, and a multitude of smaller events, including the Spring Educational Event. While each event has its own uniquely designed program and invited speakers, Mallory explained, many specific courses and sessions are built on year-after-year, incorporating new information and responding to the needs of ASMBS members.
ASMBS will be hosting their 31st annual meeting at ObesityWeek 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, from November 2nd-7th. Registration for this event is currently open. ASMBS has also announced that the 2015 Spring Event will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, with additional details available in the coming weeks on ASMBS’s website.