Background

One tenet for providing quality patient care is that all members of the care team have a shared mental model. The ASMBS introduced the Essentials of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery App in 2016 to provide a source for multidisciplinary education on the perioperative care of bariatric surgery patients. The app includes a pre and posttest, six modules, and option for CME/CEU credits. Three years later, we anonymously surveyed registered users via Survey MonkeyĆ¢ to determine the utilization and impact of the app. The survey obtained formal IRB exemption.

Results

Over 3000 learners have registered: anesthesiologists (N=80), anesthetists (N=19), integrated health (N=1051), NP/PA (N=361), other physicians (N=384), surgeons (N=1508). A survey link was emailed three times in May 2019; 85 responses have been collected to date. Overall, respondents were satisfied with the ease of use of the app. 62% reported increased knowledge or skills; 33% made a change in performance. 79% of respondents recommended completion of the Essentials App for the Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) certificate, while only 46% favored completion for ASMBS Fellowship certification. Only 2% of registrants chose to purchase CME or CEU credits, but 84% favored expanding Essentials to provide a greater number of credits.

Conclusions

While the majority of respondents were satisfied with the new educational tool, they identified several areas with need for new or additional content. As ERAS and other best practices emerge for the care of the patient with obesity, the Essentials App will need future revisions to stay relevant.