WHY CERTIFY?

Obesity is the most prevalent chronic disease in our society. Yet, many physicians are not trained in how to manage it. The American Board of Obesity Medicine certifies physicians looking to bridge this gap. Apply now to become an ABOM diplomate.

OUR MISSION

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care.

PLAN TO CERTIFY

Determine if you meet minimum requirements, learn about pathways to certification, begin your personal plan to certify as an obesity medicine physician.

EXAM INFO

Test Window: February 26 – March 1, 2018
Early Application Deadline: October 15
Final Application Deadline: November 15
Computer-based testing centers

OUR PARTNERS

We work with organizations including the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, the Endocrine Society, and many more.

HOW TO CERTIFY

Determine if you meet minimum requirements, learn about pathways to certification, begin your personal plan to certify as an obesity medicine physician.

EXAM INFO

Test Window: December 3-10, 2016
Early Application Deadline: July 15
Final Application Deadline: August 30
Computer-based testing centers

OUR PARTNERS

We work with organizations including the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, the Endocrine Society, and many more.

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Minimum Requirements

 

  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of a residency in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.
CME Pathway
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours of continuing medical education (CME) recognized by the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 Credits on the topic of obesity.
  • The CME credits must include at least 30 credits earned through attendance at one or more of designated GROUP ONE meetings.
  • The remaining 30 CME credits may be completed through attendance at additional GROUP ONE meetings or through GROUP TWO study, which includes at-home CME activities and/or attendance at other live meetings where obesity is the specific educational topic.
  • The 60 credit hours must be completed within the 36 months preceding the final application deadline.
Fellowship Pathway
  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of a residency in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an on-site clinical fellowship with an obesity component where the fellowship director attests to at least 500 hours on the topic of obesity or obesity-related conditions.
Exam Details
  • The exam is offered once each year and is administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners at Promteric test centers throughout the US and Canada.
  • The next test window is February 26 – March 1, 2018.
  • The early application deadline is October 15. The final application deadline is November 15.
  • Click here to find the Test Content Outline and a complete list of exam resources.
How to Apply
  • All applications must be completed through the ABOM Online Application Portal.
  • You will need PDFs of your proof of active medical license, proof of active ABMS board certification, proof of completion of residency, and CME documentation in order to complete the application.
  • Click here to access the Online Application Portal.

 

CERTIFICATION EXAM INFORMATION

The certification exam is administered annually each December. The next test will be administered February 26 – March 1, 2018.

Please complete the form below to receive more information.

PARTNERS

Primary Obesity CME

 

  • Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition
  • Harvard Medical School Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine
  • Obesity Medicine Association
  • The Obesity Society

Obesity-Related CME

 

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Canadian Obesity Network
  • Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit
  • Massachusetts General Hospital- Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute
  • Mayo Clinic: Nutrition & Wellness in Health & Disease

Medical Specialties

 

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • The Endocrine Society

Public Health

 

  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Global Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Obesity Action Coalition
  • STOP Obesity Alliance
  • The Obesity Treatment Foundation
  • Trust for America’s Health

CONTACT

Tel: 303-770-9100
2696 S. Colorado Blvd.
Suite #340
Denver, CO 80222
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