Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 278-286

Launching a new fellowship: Bariatric Anesthesia

Department of Anesthesia, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

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Abdelazeem A Eldawlatly
Department of Anesthesia, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_311_22

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The dream is now real! We had started thinking of establishing “Bariatric Anesthesia Fellowship” (BAF) program in our setting since 2012. The reason was the increasing number of bariatric surgical cases for weight loss under general anesthesia (GA). The journey till establishing the BAF program consisted of two phases. Phase I started in 2012 to establish clinical practice guidelines (CPG) in “Anesthesia for Patients with Morbid Obesity undergoing weight loss surgery”. Phase II started in 2015 to establish BAF program. In 2021 the first draft of BAF program was submitted to the medical education for approval. In March 2022, we got the interim approval of the program. Though the journey took sometime but ultimately it ended with success and achieving the dream. In this review, we are going to discuss a roadmap consisted of two phases in an attempt to reach our goal of establishing the BAF program.

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