The Mexico Board of Bariatric Surgerywas founded in 2013 through a joint effort of the Mexican Surgical Association, CONACEM, Mexican General Surgeon Board,
Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons, national, and regional surgical societies. These organizations recognized the need for a board that would evaluate, examine, and certify individuals who meet a standard of excellence in the field of bariatric surgery. Additionally, the Mexico Board of Bariatric Surgery was charged with improving and broadening opportunities for the education and training of surgeons.
The Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons is an independent non-profit organization with worldwide recognition. The directors are distinguished surgeons in education, research, and practice. They represent the principal surgical organizations in Mexico. The Mexico Board of Bariatric Surgery is one of the certifying boards that are members of the Mexican Board of Medical Specialties.
If your Surgeon is certified by the Mexican Board of Bariatric Surgery:
A surgeon certified in Bariatric surgery by the Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons Board has training, knowledge, and experience related to the diagnosis and comprehensive management of surgical conditions in the areas listed below. This includes preoperative, operative, and post-operative care as well as the treatment of complications in these areas.
General surgeons are also trained in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery, bariatric and metabolic diseases, and some in endoscopy.
General surgeons frequently obtain additional training and may develop expertise in related areas such as bariatric (weight loss) surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or end-of-life care, among others.
Not all surgeons are board certified. To be certified by the Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic SurgeonsBoard Certified means that a surgeon has met the highest standards of education, training and knowledge in the field of Bariatric Surgery.
Board certification is voluntary and demonstrates a surgeon´s commitment to quality patient care. In contrast, a medical license is required by state law for an individual to practice medicine and is not specialty specific.
What are the Requirements for Board Certification?
Board certification is intended to assess the qualifications of individuals who have completed extensive education and training in surgery, including the following stages:
Candidates for certification must have graduated from an accredited medical school in Mexico, U.S. or Canada.
Candidates must also have completed four years of training in a general surgery residency program in Mexico, US, or Canada.
Certifiedby the Mexican General Surgeon’s Board.
Training Course in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
2.Application for Certification
After demonstrating professional development, the surgeons may apply for certification by the Mexico Board of Bariatric Surgery. As part of the application, the hospital director must attest to the applicant´s surgical skills on bariatric surgery, ethics, and professionalism. Surgeons must also hold a valid Mexico medical license before they can be certified.
If the application is approved by the Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons, the surgeon is admitted to the required examinations for certification.
In the first phase of the examination process, surgeons must take and pass a written examination called the Certifying Examination. This evaluates their surgical judgment and decision-making skills. Candidates are interviewed by experienced bariatric surgeons who assess their ability to diagnose and treat diverse problems in general and bariatric surgery, as well as manage potential complications.
If successful on this examination, the surgeon is deemed certified in Bariatric Surgery and becomes a diplomate of CONACEM and the Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons.
To renew their certification, surgeons must be demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and continuing education as well as pass a written examination; this has recently been expanded into a more continuous process called Maintenance of Certification.
For more information, please visit Mexico College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons website at: