CERTIFYING PHYSICIANS

in the treatment of obesity

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 plan to certify as an obesity medicine physician.

EXAM INFO

2021 Test Window: February 18-25, 2021
2021 Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
2021 Application Fee: $1,500

DIPLOMATE STORIES

Explore first-person accounts from diplomates about the personal journeys that led to obesity medicine certification.

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

DIPLOMATE STORIES

Explore first-person accounts from diplomates about the value of obesity medicine certification.

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 designated GROUP ONE credits earned through ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners.
  • The remaining 30 CME credits may be completed through additional GROUP ONE credits 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.
  • Click here for a directory of obesity medicine fellowship opportunities.

 

Exam Details
  • The exam is offered once each year and is administered through computer-based test centers throughout the US and Canada. Live remote proctoring is also an option for 2021.
  • The 2021 test window is February 18-25, 2021.
  • The 2021 application deadline is December 1, 2020.
  • The 2021 application fee is $1,500.
  • All CME must be earned and documented at the time of application.

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. The 2021 test will be administered February 18 – 25, 2021.

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
  • Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit
  • Massachusetts General Hospital- Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute
  • Mayo Clinic: Nutrition & Wellness in Health & Disease
  • Obesity Canada

Medical Specialties

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

Public Health

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Global Obesity Prevention Center
  • Obesity Action Coalition
  • STOP Obesity Alliance
  • Trust for America’s Health

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CONTACT

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

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