OSF Healthcare Careers

Weight Loss Program Specialist - Part Time - COL000151

Hours per week: 16
Status (Benefits): Part-Time
Work Schedule: Hours will vary - morning to early evening depending on department needs
Location: 2200 E Washington St, Bloomington, IL, United States

2200 E Washington St, Bloomington, IL, United States

Job Description


The Weight Loss Program Specialist provides professional leadership in working with the bariatric program staff, hospital personnel, referring physicians, and patients. Provides specialized care to the bariatric patient population by effectively coordinating office activities. The goal is to optimize patient outcomes and improve the quality of life to the morbidly obese through efficient program management and clinical and educational expertise.




Clinical background required. 

Knowledge of principles of psychology, human development, nutrition, exercise and behavior as normally acquired through completion of requirements for a BS (Bachelor Science) degree in Psychology, Exercise Science/Kinesiology, Social Work, Nursing or other related field.


At least 2 years of medical practice experience, preferably within a bariatric surgery practice or program.


Current State licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dietitian, Registered Nurse.

Experience working in hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers desired.


The job incumbent is required to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care appropriate to the patients served who have excessive weight/obesity issues and may be candidates for bariatric surgery. 


This requires that the incumbent demonstrates knowledge of the principles of development and nutrition as well as the physical, emotional and psycho-social needs of the patient population served.


Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with patients, families, medical staff and the community. 


Ability to provide effective leadership and develop and maintain a variety of internal and external cooperative working relationships. 


Public speaking skills necessary to communicate effectively with the media, professional, lay groups, and insurance companies.


Able to effectively sustain multiple simultaneous tasks.


Attentive to detail and accuracy.


Analytical skills necessary in order to gather and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.


Responsibilities may include a variety of roles:

 Clinical Specialist

 Team Specialist

 Patient Educator

 Patient Care Specialist

 Patient Advocate

 Support Group Facilitator


Following is a detailed description of each role:

  • Team Specialist : As team specialist, the program specialist can facilitate the process of interaction between the healthcare disciplines, thereby enhancing the communication process.  Effective communication between team members will result in a high-level of patient care and an effective assessment and treatment model.  Early identification of any potential or existing problems in the team process will likely prevent a breakdown of communication, and can only serve to provide a modality for continuous monitoring of and improvement in the delivery of patient care. 
  • Patient Educator: The unique quality of the relationship between the patient educator and the patient lends itself to frequent, therapeutic encounters in the clinical setting.  The program specialist can often identify the “teachable moment” when a patient is most receptive to acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills necessary for self-modification of health behaviors.  As one element of the chronic disease treatment model, patient education is hoped to result in the desired lifestyle changes necessary to achieve adequate weight loss and maintenance of that loss over a lifetime.
  • Patient Care Specialist: The care of the morbidly obese patient requires an understanding of and sensitivity to the unique needs of this patient population.  The clinical setting for the delivery of care should provide for these special needs, which includes the availability of equipment, which can accommodate the morbidly obese patient.  The evaluation and treatment of these patients involves a comprehensive, multifaceted, and sometimes tedious process that requires reinforcement of information disseminated by all members of the team. 
  • Patient Advocate: The program specialist has traditionally helped to solve problems that may fall between the job descriptions of other health professionals.  As patient advocate, the specialist can facilitate patient decision-making by providing knowledge, thereby helping the morbidly obese patient move from passivity to action on his/her own behavior.
  • Support Group Facilitator: Most bariatric programs offer a support group for their patients.  The use of groups as a means of providing support for a specific segment of the general population has a longstanding history.  The group setting provides an informal social network, which has been demonstrated to play a role in the mitigation of stress and the handling of dilemmas unique to the group.   The support group provides a vehicle used by the program specialist to assist obese individuals in meeting their needs for social support. 




Dietitian preferred.


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