EXAM ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

qualifications for certification: cme pathway

QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION: CME PATHWAY

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REQUIRED CREDENTIALS

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Proof of an active, unrestricted medical license in the U.S. or Canada. Note: Training licenses are NOT accepted.

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Proof of completion of a residency in the U.S. or Canada.

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Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board or Osteopathic Medicine equivalent [waived for Canadian physicians]

REQUIRED CME CREDIT HOURS

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A minimum of 60 CME credits 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.

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The credits must include at least 30 ABOM-designated GROUP ONE credits.

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For the current test cycle, any ONLINE or IN-PERSON AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ offered by ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners will qualify for GROUP ONE credit. See below for a current list of GROUP ONE partners .

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Applicants may complete up to 30 GROUP TWO CME credits. GROUP TWO credits include any AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from sponsors other than those designated as ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners. GROUP TWO credits must include the word “obesity” in the course title. Please note: GROUP TWO credits are available as an option for those applicants who wish to earn credits from course sponsors outside of the Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners. If you complete 60 credits through GROUP ONE study, you do not need to complete GROUP TWO credits. 

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Please note: There is no cap on the number of GROUP ONE credits that may be used to satisfy the requirement. You may complete all 60 credits through ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners.

CME CREDIT TIMELINE

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All 60 CME credits must be earned within 36 months prior to the application deadline.

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All CME credits must be earned and documented at the time of application.

EXAM ADMINISTRATION

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Once required credentials and CME are completed, candidates may submit an application to sit for the certification exam. Click here to begin an application.

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The exam is offered on an annual basis at computer-based test centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

EXAM FORMAT

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The exam is comprised of four, one-hour blocks of 50 questions each.

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Candidates may use up to 35 minutes of break time between exam blocks.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES

 

2024 Early Application Deadline: July 10, 2024 ($1,500 fee)

2024 Final Application Deadline: August 7, 2024 ($1,750 fee)

NEXT TEST WINDOW

 

October 14-26, 2024

Pearson VUE computer-based testing centers

 

 

 

 

GROUP ONE CME REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must complete 60 CME credits on the topic of obesity, including at least 30 GROUP ONE credits. For the current exam cycle, GROUP ONE credits include any AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ offered by ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners:

  • The Obesity Society/ObesityWeek®
  • Columbia/Weill Cornell Obesity Course
  • Boston Course in Obesity Medicine
  • Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine
  • Obesity Medicine Association

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There is no cap on the number of GROUP ONE credits you may use to satisfy the requirement. All 60 credits may be GROUP ONE.
  • ABOM does not accept CME credit for multiple versions of the exact same content delivered in different formats. If you have completed a live/virtual course and recordings of the same course, please submit only ONE set of credits to count toward the requirement.

GROUP ONE CME OPTIONS

COLUMBIA/WEILL CORNELL OBESITY COURSE (on-demand option=60+ CME credits) (In-person/Live Remote course May 1-4, 2024=30.75 CME Credits)

ON DEMAND OPTION (60+ CME credits)

Obesity: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment, Review for ABOM Certification Exam (60+ CME credits)

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Discuss the epidemiology and changing patterns of obesity and its determinants.
  • Discuss the role of nutrition in health and human disease as it relates to obesity management.
  • Describe the role of genetics and the environment in the etiology of obesity.
  • Apply evidence-based medicine to challenges of weight loss and maintenance of weight loss.
  • Describe current medications and surgical approaches to obesity treatment.
  • Describe the role of sleep and stress in the development and treatment of obesity.
  • Use nutrition counseling skills to help patients improve their diet.
  • Use nutrition counseling skills to help patients engage in healthy behaviors.
  • Apply exercise counseling strategies which can be conveyed to patients.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Scroll down to the middle of the page and look for the button that says “Register For The Three-Course-Package”

Please email ihnce@cumc.columbia.edu for specific questions about this course.

IN-PERSON AND LIVE REMOTE OPTION (30.75 CME Credits)

The 2024 course will be held May 1-4. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This Obesity course provides an overview of obesity medicine, focusing on nutrition, lifestyle, behavior change, and complex case management while integrating pharmacological and surgical options and covering childhood, adolescent, and adult populations.

Educational Objectives

  1. Understand the complexity of the development and treatment of obesity.
  2. Apply best practice approaches to preventing and treating pediatric and adolescent obesity.
  3. Identify, classify, and determine appropriate treatment approaches for people with obesity, including lifestyle, advanced pharmacological approaches, and bariatric surgery.
  4. Create treatment plans for people with obesity that include motivational interviewing, behavior modification, and nutrition and physical activity plans.

Please email ihnce@cumc.columbia.edu for specific questions about this course.

 

THE OBESITY SOCIETY/OBESITYWEEK (on-demand and live options, 60+ CME credits available)

Please note: Any CME credits earned through The Obesity Society (online or in person) will count toward the ABOM requirement as GROUP ONE credits. Visit the TOS site for a detailed listing of all available CME.

On-Demand Education from The Obesity Society: Courses include ObesityWeek Interactive (up to 94.25 CME credits), TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam (up to 17.5 CME credits), Medical Management of the Metabolic-Bariatric Surgery Patient (up to 6.25 CME credits), and others.

Click here to learn more

Please email contact@obesity.org for questions about CME offerings from The Obesity Society.

HARVARD BLACKBURN COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE (Live virtual course to be held June 9-14, 2024; On-Demand Review Course)

CLICK HERE to learn about the 2023 course. 2024 details coming soon

Highlights of the 2023 program include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the patient with obesity
  • Medical management of the patient with obesity
  • Emerging precision medicine approaches to obesity and metabolic disorders
  • Optimizing medical outcomes after bariatric surgery
  • Effective counseling and motivation techniques
  • Medical and surgical treatment of children and adolescents with obesity
  • Emerging strategies and therapies for genetic obesity
  • Navigating our understanding of how diet influences metabolic processes
  • Building and maintaining a successful Obesity Medicine practice
  • Enhancing communication about obesity with patients, referring providers, payers, and the public

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2023 course. 2024 info coming soon

ON DEMAND OPTION

CLICK HERE to access the Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine: Board Review for the ABOM Exam (Up to 8.0 CME credits)

Please email msweeney21@mgh.harvard.edu for questions about the Blackburn Course.

BOSTON COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE (June 12-16, 2024)

CLICK HERE to learn more

June 12, 2024: Review Course for the ABOM Exam to be held through livestream only

June 13-16, 2024: Main course to held live in Boston, MA and livestream for distance learners.

Please email BostonObesity@gmail.com  for questions about the Boston Course in Obesity Medicine.

OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION

OMA Academy: Variety of online courses including a Prep Bundle for the ABOM Exam (32 credits) and a Review Course for the ABOM Exam (12 credits).

Obesity Medicine 2024 (Live Meeting in Denver, CO, April 24-28)

Up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits

Registration opens soon. Click here to be notified when registration opens.

Please note: Any AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits from OMA will count as GROUP ONE toward the requirement.

CLICK HERE to visit the OMA website and learn more about CME activities

Please email info@obesitymedicine.org with questions about CME offerings from the Obesity Medicine Association.

GROUP TWO CME RESOURCES

Applicants may complete up to 30 GROUP TWO CME credits. GROUP TWO credits are not required. GROUP TWO credits are available as an OPTION for those who wish to complete CME credits outside of ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners.

GROUP TWO credits include any AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from sponsors outside of those designated as ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners. GROUP TWO credits must include the word “obesity” in the course title. Please note: ABOM does not accept CME credits from Medical Reference Tools that do not include activity-specific post-completion assessments.

The 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.

CLEVELAND CLINIC OBESITY SUMMIT (On Demand, Up to 14 CME credits)

Cleveland Clinic’s 16th Annual Obesity Summit features a diverse mix of faculty experts discussing innovative solutions and new strategies for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease management. Dedicated sessions highlight the causes of obesity and diabetes, preventive strategies and therapeutic management approaches. Topics include: Lifestyle, diet, exercise, surgery, medical treatments, pediatric and adolescent obesity, complications and much more.

CLICK HERE to learn more and register

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS (Up to 11.75 CME credits)

OBESITY CME FOR THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN

This online course will provide you with the latest, proven strategies for treating and managing obesity-related diseases, and practical tips to help patients make healthy lifestyle choices about exercise and nutrition.

Case studies are presented, as well as, a panel discussion led by experts in treating obesity. Session topics include weight bias, childhood obesity, nutrition security, eating disorders, noncompliance, and other related topics.

With AAFP online CME, you can:

  • Download PDFs of all presentation slides
  • Report your CME after each presentation
  • Start or continue a presentation at any time

CLICK HERE to learn more and register

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

Obesity Management Learning Series (3 CME credits; Free to ACP Members): Topics include lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery

 

AACE

Improving Obesity Diagnosis and Treatment through Endocrinology and Primary Care Collaboration (3.75 CME credits)

ACE’s Improving Obesity Diagnosis and Treatment through Endocrinology and Primary Care Collaboration is designed to equip primary care physicians, physicians in-training, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered dietitians, nurses, and other health care providers with evidence-based knowledge to foster the understanding of obesity as a complex, chronic, progressive, and treatable multi-factorial, neurobehavioral disease, and provides treatment strategies, including information on the safety and effectiveness of anti-obesity medications (AOMs) as adjuncts to lifestyle modifications and bariatric procedures.

This self-paced, online course contains multiple modular activities that allow for high-levels of learner involvement, interactivity, feedback, and focus on case-based approach, including:

  • Patient video providing insight into the patient experience.
  • Expert presentations
  • Self-assessment style patient cases.
  • Interactive digital patient simulations.
  • A Rapid Recap with additional resources.
CLICK HERE to register and learn more

 

University of Minnesota Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity (ATPO) Virtual Conference (Feb. 21-23) (Up to 10 CME credits)

Virtual Meeting

CLICK HERE for more information and to register

Additional information:

The Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine (CPOM) sponsors the annual Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity (ATPO) Conference. 

This conference delivers state-of-the-art educational content covering all aspects of pediatric obesity clinical management, including pathophysiology, complications, stigma, lifestyle therapy, and pharmacotherapy.

ACTIVITY PURPOSE/STATEMENT OF NEED
Youth with severe obesity are often unable to lose a clinically-meaningful amount of weight with lifestyle modification alone. Pharmacological therapies are emerging as a recognized adjunctive strategy to address this otherwise recalcitrant disease, yet no guidelines currently exist for the responsible clinical use of obesity pharmacotherapy in the pediatric patient.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Health care providers, researchers, and others interested in the clinical management of pediatric obesity.

FORMAT
Case studies, lectures, and group discussion. This course is planned and hosted by the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics. For more information please contact the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine, cpom@umn.edu or 612-626-2349.

 

 

SCOPE E-Learning from World Obesity Federation (WOF)

ABOM will accept WOF SCOPE e-learning module credits that are converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This conversion must be done independently by the physician prior to submitting the credits as part of an application for the ABOM certification exam. Please contact WOF directly for information about how to convert credits: scope@worldobesity.org or click here to visit the AMA website for instructions.

Click here to access the SCOPE E-Learning platform with 60+ online modules on obesity management

A sampling of topics includes:

  • Emerging Therapies in Obesity Medicine
  • Obesity and CVD
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Telemedicine in Obesity Care
  • Managing the Complicated Patient

Have questions? Contact scope@worldobesity.org

 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

Obesity Assessment and Evaluation (1.5 CME credits): This Assessment and Evaluation CME module will support building capacity at the point of care around the clinical practice recommendations in the Clinical Practice Guideline to better identify, assess and evaluate pediatric obesity in primary care. 

Obesity Treatment (1.5 CME credits): The Treatment module will support building capacity at the point of care around the clinical practice recommendations in the CPG to specific to the longitudinal treatment of pediatric obesity in primary care. 

 

 

 

OTHER

Vindico Obesity CME (Must meet obesity-specific guidelines related to GROUP TWO CME)

Medscape Obesity CME (Must meet obesity-specific guideline related to GROUP TWO CME)

Pri-Med (Must meet obesity-specific guidelines related to GROUP TWO CME)

 

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.

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