How to Get Started

There are two ways to learn about or get started in the Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss Program.

Instructions to get started online:

  1. View the Information seminar (see tab below).
  2. Print out and complete the patient screening form (see tab below) and mail or fax to our office (Fax:  717-531-0806).
  3. Make an appointment with your PCP and have them complete the Physician History Form (see tab below), order blood work, and provide 6 months of office progress notes.
  4. Mail or fax the doctor's letter, office notes and blood work results to our office.
  5. Call our office to confirm receipt of the doctor's letter, labs and office notes.
  6. Once all information is received, our team will review it to determine candidacy for Penn State Surgical Weight Loss.  (Please allow one week for your information to be reviewed.)
  7. Once your chart review is complete, you will be contacted by our office regarding your candidacy for weight loss surgery.

Instructions to get started in person:

  1. View our calendar to see what Program Information Sessions are coming up >>
  2. Call (877) 609-6848 to register to attend the Information seminar.  At the seminar you will have the opportunity to ask questions of our bariatric surgeon.  All forms will be distributed to you at the seminar.
  3. Submit your completed screening form at the end of the seminar. 
  4. Make an appointment with your PCP and have them complete the Physician History Form, order blood work, and provide 6 months of office progress notes.
  5. Mail or fax the doctor's letter, office notes and blood work results to our office (fax:  717-531-0806).
  6. Call our office to confirm receipt of the doctor's letter, labs and office notes.
  7. Once all information is received, our team will review it to determine candidacy for Penn State Surgical Weight Loss.  (Please allow one week for your information to be reviewed.)
  8. Once your chart review is complete, you will be contacted by our office regarding your candidacy for weight loss surgery.

Please complete the Surgical Weight Loss Screening Form and bring it to the information session.  If you need to register for the information session, please call 717-531-7260 or 1-877-609-6848.

Take the Physician Form to your family doctor for completion and return it to our Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss Program.  You may send it to us by fax or hand carry it along with the requested laboratory tests and one year of office progress notes to your first office visit.

Our information seminar video is available here for viewing.