qualifications for certification
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION: CME 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.
REQUIRED CME CREDIT HOURS
A minimum of 60 credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) on the topic of obesity is required for certification. All CME must be AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™; AOA Category 1-A; or Mainpro-M1.
The CME credits must include at least 30 credits earned through attendance at one or more of the GROUP ONE meetings listed below.
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.
CME CREDIT TIMELINE
All 60 CME credits must be earned within 36 months prior to the application deadline. [After Nov. 1, 2014 for 2018 exam applicants]
All CME credits must be earned and documented at the time of application.
Once required credentials and CME are completed, candidates may submit an application to sit for the certification exam. Click here to begin an application.
Early deadline: October 15, 2017 ($1,500 fee)
Final deadline: November 15, 2017 ($1,750 fee)
NEXT TEST WINDOW
February 26-March 1, 2018
GROUP ONE CME REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for ABOM certification must complete a minimum of sixty (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. At least thirty (30) credit hours must be obtained by participation and attendance at one or more of the following conferences:
- OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION SPRING CONFERENCE
- OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION FALL CONFERENCE
- COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION OBESITY COURSE
- HARVARD BLACKBURN COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE
Please note: We have listed the upcoming meetings that meet the GROUP ONE requirement. We will accept attendance at previous versions of the same meetings as long as they occurred within 36 months prior to the application deadline.
GROUP TWO CME REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for certification may complete up to 30 CME credits through GROUP TWO study, which includes at-home CME activities and/or attendance at other live meetings where obesity is the specific educational topic. GROUP TWO study includes:
- Live meetings on the topic of obesity not listed in GROUP ONE
- At-home CME on the topic of obesity
- At-home and/or live CME closely related to obesity, limited to specific topics. Click here for a list of accepted obesity-related topics.
GROUP TWO CME RESOURCES
The ABOM partner organizations listed below offer a variety of options that qualify for GROUP TWO credit. This is not an exhaustive list and ABOM will accept other CME credits offered by organizations not listed below as long as they meet the GROUP TWO requirement.
OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION
GROUP TWO AT-HOME CME RESOURCES
Obesity Medicine Academy
The Obesity Medicine Academy is the Obesity Medicine Association’s online learning platform for evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical obesity education. The Obesity Medicine Academy offer more than 200 on-demand presentations.
Click here to reach the Obesity Medicine Academy or choose from one of the following exam preparation bundles:
- 2017 ABOM Exam Prep Bundle (33 CME)
- 2016 ABOM Exam Prep Bundle (30 CME)
- 2016 Review Course for the ABOM Exam (12.5 CME)
Click here to reach the Obesity Medicine Academy.
GROUP TWO LIVE CME RESOURCES
Obesity Medicine Basics
These one-day (7 CME) courses provide training on the essential components of clinical obesity treatment: evaluation, nutrition, physical activity, behavior, medication, and assessing outcomes. Obesity Medicine Basics takes place in cities throughout the U.S.,
Click here to learn more about this course and review upcoming dates and cities.
AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Digestive Diseases Self-Education Program® (DDSEP) 8 Chapter 15: Nutrition, Obesity and Eating Disorders
Learners will be able to review the role of macronutrients and micronutrients in human health, and the signs and symptoms associated with deficiency states in order to effectively use assessments to manage digestive disorders. It is also vital to understand the role of obesity and common eating disorders in regards to gastroenterology as well as the techniques of enteral and parenteral nutrition support. (Up to 6 CME credits)
Nutrition, Obesity and Eating Disorders
This self-education program comprises 32 board-style questions, which test learners on a specific topic area covered on the ABIM certification and recertification exams. By identifying knowledge gaps in a particular subject area and providing resources for self-directed learning, this module will serve as a useful tool in studying for the board exam as well as meeting the needs of a life-long learner. (Up to 3 CME credits)
Obesity GI SAM
Obesity comprises 30 board-style questions highlighting the medical knowledge needed by clinicians to help with the weight management of their patients. By identifying knowledge gaps and providing resources for self-directed learning, this module will serve as a useful tool in studying for the board exam as well as meeting the needs of a life-long learner. (Up to 10 CME credits)
- Review recent findings about the biologic regulation of eating and weight control
- Discuss the clinical recommendations and benefits of sustained weight loss in overweight and obese patients
- Apply principles of motivational interviewing and shared decision-making to improve the clinical management of obesity and promote behavioral changes
- Understand current guidelines for managing obesity, including the role of pharmacological therapy as an adjunct to lifestyle changes in reducing weight gain and promoting weight loss
- Review reimbursement options for intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) in obesity management
(Up to 6.75 CME credits)
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be better able to:
- Stratify risks and discuss the clinical recommendations and benefits of sustained weight loss in overweight and obese patients
- Describe the role of hormonal and neural mechanisms in the regulation of appetite, food intake, and body weight
- Discuss current strategies for reducing weight gain and promoting weight loss
- Discuss the efficacy and safety of new and emerging treatment options in obesity management
- Apply updated practice guidelines in a clinical setting
(Up to 2.5 CME credits)
- Describe the role of hormonal and neural mechanisms in the regulation of appetite, food intake, and body weight
- Recognize the behavioral approaches to obesity management that are most impactful in practice
- Describe the mechanism of action, safety, and efficacy of new medical therapies for obesity
- Explain the comparative effectiveness of the surgical treatments for obesity, including what is known about mechanisms of action
- Develop an approach to choosing a treatment strategy that is most optimal for managing obesity
(Up to 1 CME Credit)
THE OBESITY SOCIETY
ObesityWeek OnDemand The Obesity Society makes key content from the most recent ObesityWeek meeting available in an online program with ObesityWeek On Demand. This program is designed to address the three most common requirements for continuing education programs: CME, Comprehensive Content and Convenient Technology.
AMERICAN CONGRESS OF OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS
Motivational Interviewing: A Patient-Centered Approach to Obesity Management
Obesity among U.S. children and adults continues to grow at alarming rates, and family physicians are well positioned to engage in motivational interviewing with obese patients to improve outcomes. Learn the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines to help improve them. (Up to 1.5 CME credits)
Management of Obesity in Adults: Part II
Read this bulletin to equip yourself to better identify obesity risk and improve the level of care you offer adult patients who are battling an ever-rising body mass index. After, take the self-assessment quiz to claim credits. (Up to 2 CME credits)
CANADIAN OBESITY NETWORK (CON)
CON LIVE CME EVENT
Earn GROUP TWO CME credits at the Canadian Obesity Summit April 26-28 in Banff Springs, AB. Click here to learn more.
CON AT-HOME OPTION
Click here for more information about online offerings including a prep course for the obesity medicine certification exam.
- Module 1: Epidemiology, Etiology and Obesity Prevention
- Module 2: Biology of Obesity
- Module 3: Complications of Obesity
- Module 4: Assessment
- Module 5: Lifestyle
- Module 6: Behavioural Therapy and Pharmacotherapy
- Module 7: Surgical Management
- Module 8: Obesity in Special Populations
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR METABOLIC AND BARIATRIC SURGERY
Click here to more about the live and at-home offerings from the ASMBS.
MAYO CLINIC NUTRITION AND WELLNESS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE (LIVE MEETING 9/25-26, 2017)
Description: Nutrition, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors are vital components in the promotion of health and in the treatment of disease. This program will highlight ambulatory nutrition and wellness topics with multidisciplinary faculty. Current clinical topics will be highlighted through presentations, interactive case studies and panel discussions. Participants will have many opportunities for interaction with course faculty selected for their expertise, knowledge and clinical acumen.
CME: 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
CLEVELAND CLINIC OBESITY SUMMIT (LIVE MEETING 9/28-29, 2017)
Description: The Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit attracts a diverse mix of health care practitioners interested in discussing innovative solutions to the causes of obesity, preventive strategies, and therapeutic management approaches. This Summit features diverse sessions designed to engage you with colleagues as well as patient interviews, live surgeries, interactive workshops, case-based lessons, and question and answer sessions. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from shared experts broadcast between two locations – Cleveland, OH and Biloxi, MS.
CME: 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
LEARN MORE: www.ccfcme.org/ccfobesity17
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: ADVANCED THERAPIES FOR PEDIATRIC OBESITY (LIVE MEETING 10/13, 2017)
Description: Severe pediatric obesity has reached epidemic proportions and lifestyle modification therapy is often insufficient for affecting clinically significant weight reduction. Pharmacological therapies are emerging as a recognized adjunctive strategy to address this otherwise recalcitrant disease.
CME: 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
Important Information Regarding Acceptable CME:
ABOM applicants seeking certification through the CME Pathway are required to meet minimum continuing medical education (CME) credit hour requirements on the topic of obesity as set forth in the current ABOM Policies & Procedures. All CME credit hours submitted to the ABOM are subject to review. The ABOM will not accept CME credit hours on topics outside the field of obesity medicine. The ABOM has sole discretion regarding whether a CME credit hour will be accepted for the CME Pathway. The ABOM CME requirement is intended to direct self-study in an in-depth and comprehensive manner that prepares applicants to become ABOM Diplomates but does not guarantee an applicant’s success.