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The National Registry of Professions is the online resource to search the validity of any medical or professional license by name or license number. By filling in the full name or the license number the database will verify the validity of the medical license. There are two individual license numbers associated to any surgeon practicing bariatric surgery. The first number will be the license associated to practicing General Medicine. The second number will be the number associated to practicing General Surgery. The practice of Bariatric Surgery is regulated by the CONACEM and is awarded trough the Mexican College of Bariatric Surgeons in collaboration with the Mexican Board of General Surgery. (Both accreditations appear elsewhere in this page).
The Mexican College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (CMCOEM) is the Board that evaluates, examines, and certifies individuals who meet all the legal and academic requirements as well as meet the standards of excellence in the field of bariatric surgery. Surgeons desiring to practice Bariatric Surgery can only be certified by the CMCOEM in collaboration with the Mexican Board of Surgery. Additionally, the Mexican Board of Bariatric Surgery was charged with improving and broadening opportunities for the education and training of surgeons. The CMCOEM is an independent non-profit organization with worldwide recognition. Dr. Ariel Ortiz is the Past President of the CMCOEM and was elected by his peers in 2003 recognized as distinguished surgeon in education, research, and practice.
Board Certified General Surgeon means that The Mexican Board of General Surgery has granted the academic distinction and is the only academic certifying organization in Mexico that regulates, standardizes and certifies physicians in the practice of general surgery. The Board has national and international recognition for the quality of the certification process, performance and credibility of its staff and board members. All Bariatric Surgeons must be certified by this board in order to practice Bariatric Surgery in Mexico.
Designated by the letters FACS after the surgeons' name signifies that the surgeon has passed a rigorous evaluation. This evaluation takes an in depth look at the surgeon's education and training, surgical competence, professional qualifications, and ethical conduct and is only awarded when they have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons is also required to becoma a full member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for International Surgeons.
Designated by the letters IFASMBS These letters after the surgeons name denotes Fellowship in the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The ASMBS was founded in 1983 and its purpose is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. The designation of International Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has been bestowed upon Dr Ariel Ortiz Lagardere who has been an International Regular Member in good standing in the ASMBS for the past 5 years. Obesity Control Center is a facility currently participating as an International MBSAQIP Data Collection Center. Designation as a “International Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery” will be indicated by the letters IFASMBS after the surgeon's name.
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The Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SOEMBS) program offers opportunity to earn an individual certification without requiring that they partner with a hospital to leading surgeons around the world. For surgeons who perform surgeries at multiple hospitals or desire an individual designation separate from or in addition to their hospital’s designation the SOEMBS program is ideal.
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Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is a more advanced version of the basic life support (BLS) certification held by all the Obesity Control Center Medical and Surgical Staff. BLS is held by all our non-medical and administrative staff. ACLS involves responding to an unconscious person, analyzing the cause of the emergency, determining the treatment(s) needed and taking more advanced clinical steps to restore their breathing and heartbeat. ACLS providers are put to date in the use tools such as intubation, electrocardiograms and intravenous medications to treat the patient and determine the cause of the medical emergency and commonly use drugs to resuscitate or treat a patient who has experienced a heart attack, drug overdose or other trauma.
Our qualified healthcare providers that include our ward physicians, nurses, clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners and our surgical staff can provide ACLS. Though BLS is generally used in the pre-hospital setting all our non medical staff is proficient in and certified in BLS,
BLS certification is valid for one year, ACLS certification and recertification for two years.
Designated by the letters COEMBS. The Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) program is a global patient safety and quality improvement program available to all bariatric surgeons and facilities in the United States and the rest of the world. The COEMBS program reflects the specific needs of obese patients and the unique roles and responsibilities of bariatric and metabolic surgery providers crucial to patients’ safety and outcome. These responsibilities include the ongoing improvement at every level in safety and patient care. COEMBS also offers the first surgeon-only certification option, which is ideal for surgeons who perform surgeries at multiple hospitals. This accreditation evaluates the Facility or Hospital, the Bariatric Practice and the Bariatric Surgeon. This certification has been held by Obesity Control Center for the past 6 years.
Obesity Control Center has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® and joins the rest of our accredited organizations—all sharing a commitment to achieving the highest quality, patient-safe care possible. Only a handful of the world’s most prestigious and recognized hospitals undergo JCI’s comprehensive on-site survey and evaluation process to determine if they meet our demanding quality and patient safety standards.
What is an informed patient? At OCC we want patients to be aware of their health care rights through thorough information disclosure. You can expect to build a transparent and trustworthy relationship with us as your health care provider and expect the best possible care available. OCC places a high value as a health care organization and displays a fervent commitment to your safety and obsessively exercises adherence to these principles at every stage of care.
This accreditation is facility and practice specific. It can be seen as The Mexican version of the Joint Commission Accreditation, in fact it uses the same standards to review a facility and the medical practice. It has only been bestowed upon a handful of Hospitals in Mexico and has been recently awarded to Obesity Control Center having met the stringent requirements of this certification. It is required that any licensed Bariatric Surgeons in Mexico to practice his specialty in an CSG Accredited facility in order to receive Surgical Board recognition. Only Bariatric Surgeons with CGS General Health Council Accreditation are listed in the Mexican College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeons website as fully accredited to practice Bariatric Surgery. In early 1999, the Ministry of Health convened representatives of the main institutions involved in the provision of health services and training of professionals to integrate the National Certification Commission under the responsibility of the Secretary of the General Health Council, with the intention to design a model for the certification of healthcare facilities to support the improvement of the quality of the National Health System. This accreditation follows the model of the Joint Commission Standards and is updated accordingly. National Certification Program for Health Care Establishments hereinafter called National Certification System of Health Care Establishments, aims to "assist in the ongoing improvement of service quality and security that is provided to patients, so that allows participating institutions maintain competitive to achieve, sustain and improve its position in the environment "advantages.
The Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program is an independent accrediting body that seeks to improve the patient experience and excellence of care received by patients who travel for their medical care and treatment, whether within their own country or internationally. GHA’s goal is to share professional norms and set the standard for organizations serving medical travel patients. With a focus on the entire medical travel care continuum, patient experience and sustainable business practices – GHA seeks to provide both short term and long term value to our clients, whom we view as strategic partners.