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CMCOEM Certification Requirements: Mexican College of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery

Board Certified Surgeon

Requirements for Certification 2017 – 2019


Taking as precedent the agreements that establish the guidelines that regulate the practice of bariatric surgery in Mexico, published in the DOF in 2009, the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases AC. (CMCOEM) has taken the initiative to integrate a certification process in obesity surgery that aims to select bariatric surgeons and patient safety.

Publication from the Official Journal of the Federation

On 01/09/2011 was published in the DOF the decree by which articles 81, 83, and 271 were reformed and by which the articles 272 Bis, 272 Bis 1, 272 Bis 2, 272 Bis 3 of the General Health Law was added. In which it was established that the Medical Specialties Boards that have a suitability declaration and are recognized by the National Normative Committee of Medical Specialties Boards, constituted by the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, the Mexican Academy of Surgery and the Specialty Boards Members, are empowered to issue certificates of their respective medical specialty. Likewise, it is established in:

Article 272 Bis. – To perform any specialty surgical medical procedure, professionals require:

I. A specialist license legally issued by the competent educational authorities.

II. A current specialist certificate that accredits capacity and experience performing the corresponding procedures and techniques in the matter, according to the Lex Artis Ad Hoc of each specialty, issued by the specialty Board as appropriate, in accordance with the article 81 of the current Law.

A medical Specialist may belong to a medical group whose bases of organization and operation will oversee associations, societies, colleges or federations of professionals in their specialty; groups that are responsible for ensuring the professionalism and ethics of the experts in this medical practice.

Based on our current legislation, it has been concluded that the certification must be in agreement with the Mexican Board of General Surgery (CMCG), to provide high ethical and legal value in compliance with the aforementioned indications.

Benefits of Board Certification:

  1. Supports surgeon’s ability to evaluate patients with obesity who are candidates for bariatric surgery.
  2. Supports the type of surgical treatment offered by the surgeon.
  3. Reduces the risk of surgical complication.
  4. Improves the post-operative outcomes.
  5. Commits the professional update.
  6. Provides an important tool to provide multidisciplinary management to patients with obesity.
  7. Gives security and confidence to the patients.

A Certification Whom it is Addressed

General surgeons dedicated to the care of patients with obesity, who are active partners of the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases, A.C.

CMCOEM Certification Process:

This evaluation consists of three stages. The first and second are exclusive competence of the CMCOEM. The third and final stage is the competence of the Mexican Board of General Surgery. It is important to note that this certification is proper of the school, and the Mexican Board of General Surgery will be our external certifier.

Certification Stages:

Integration of the candidate file for certification, fulfilling the following requirements.

a. Title and license of Medical Degree.
b. Title and license of General Surgery Specialty.
c. Current professional certification of the specialty, in this case, Certification of the Mexican Board of General Surgery.
d. Certified Courses or training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and/or gastrointestinal endoscopy.
e. Certified Courses or training in Bariatric Surgery.
f. Professional Practice certification endorsed by a public or private hospital that has a Certificate from the General Health Board.
g. Practical bariatric surgical history with at least 3 years of experience and with an average of 25 cases per year, with a minimum of 60% of the cases being stapling (Sleeve or Bypass) and with at least 60% of the cases being in a hospital with certification from the General Health Board. Please, consider the number of cases, as they will be requested in Stage II where they will have to be documented by the hospital where they were operated.
h. Proof as an Active Member of the CMCOEM or application for admission and acceptance confirmed by the admission and credentials committee.

Evaluation and Judgment: The documentation indicated in the previous paragraph will be reviewed and corroborated. Once the file is completed, the candidate will be notified online that the application was accepted and the first stage was approved, so payment will be requested to proceed to the next stage.

The objective is to know and evaluate the surgeon experience and skills, as well as the organization of its multidisciplinary group and the hospital where its practice is developed, this will be through an integration of clinical surgical cases that the candidate will deliver to the evaluation committee for its review and determine the type of procedures performed by the surgeon.

It will be deployed by the Mexican Board of General Surgery AC, and this board will only attend the applications ratified online or written by the CMCOEM from candidates that have fulfilled the requirements indicated in the first stage and that have approved the second stage. It will consist of a theoretical evaluation together with an oral evaluation. The results will be delivered online or printed by the CMCG directly to the interested party and the CMCOEM to conclude the process. (Those candidates who were evaluated and approved by the CMCOEM will not be considered as certified until the third stage is concluded by the CMCG).

CMCOEM Certification

The CMCOEM and CONACEM certification is non-profit and have a recovery cost divided into two stages:

  • Initial Payment: $4500 pesos, includes stage 1 and 2.
  • Second Payment: $7500 pesos. It’s made by completing stages 1 and 2 and includes stage 3.

These costs include access to the CMCOEM medical education platform for online counseling (, as well as the theoretical and oral exam that is performed and paid to the CMCG AC.

Dear Partner, the certification board of the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases
appreciates you sending the entire documentation in order to make optimum review optimum review

On behalf of the “Colegio Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas A.C”.

Please, keep your original deposit slip, please request the tax receipt from the 1st to the 25th of the month in which the payment was made, it cannot be invoiced at a later date because that deposit will become part of the monthly global income. To make your invoice, you must send the digitized receipt online. For any additional information and sending of digitized documentation and payment vouchers, please send via email to:

Certificates delivery:

The delivery of certificates will be held once a year at the next general assembly of the associates.

We thank you in advance for your interest in participating in this type of process that aims to an academic update and to the practice of a safer bariatric surgery. We are at your service for any questions or additional information you may have.

Certification Board



Dr. Noé Núñez Jasso. Coordinador
Dr. Miguel A. Dorantes Lagos
Dr. Martha Patricia Sánchez
Dr. Antonio García Ruiz
Dr. Arturo Meneses Cervantes
Dr. Felipe Joaquín Cantú Garza
Dr. Manuel García Garza
Dr. Eduardo García Flores
Dr. Federico Armando Castillo González
Dr. Juan Antonio López Corvalá
Dr. Pablo Gerardo Zorrilla Blanco
Dr. Jesús Montoya Ramírez

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