EXAM ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS
qualifications for certification: cme pathway
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION: CME PATHWAY
Proof of an active, unrestricted medical license in the U.S. or Canada. Note: Training licenses are NOT accepted.
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 [waived for Canadian physicians]
REQUIRED CME CREDIT HOURS
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.
The credits must include at least 30 ABOM-designated GROUP ONE credits.
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 .
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.
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
All 60 CME credits must be earned within 36 months prior to the application deadline.
All CME credits must be earned and documented at the time of application.
The exam is offered on an annual basis at computer-based test centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The exam is comprised of four, one-hour blocks of 50 questions each.
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
- 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)
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.
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.
ObesityWeek®2023: Credits valid for 2024 exam and beyond as course takes place after the 2023 application deadline.
HARVARD BLACKBURN COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE (2024 Info Coming Soon)
CLICK HERE to learn about the 2023 course. 2024 info comong soon
Earn up to 35.5 CME credits when attending full course and one-day board exam review
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,
BOSTON COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE (live, live remote, and on-demand options)
The Boston Course in Obesity Medicine offers various formats for CME completion.
Recorded Option Available Now: Recorded content from the June 2022 course is available in 6 separate modules; up to 41.25 CME credits)
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE RECORDED COURSE
The content of these two programs above (In-person course and Live remote course) is the same, including:
- Obesity Treatment 2023, including all lectures, workshops, panel discussions and other presentations
- Obesity Medicine Board Review, including lectures, study resources and discussion of sample board examination questions
- Two days of online bonus material, including bonus lectures, workshops and panel discussions
- 4 months online access to all course presentations and materials after the course is over
- Highlights of the 2023 course program:
- Multidisciplinary evaluation of the patient with obesity
- Comprehensive evaluation and management of obesity in children and adolescents
- Evaluation and management of genetic and syndromic obesity
- Treating obesity to manage its complications
- Optimizing outcomes from obesity pharmacotherapy
- Strategies for maximizing patient access to effective obesity treatment
- Optimizing clinical benefits of metabolic/bariatric surgery
- Promoting nutritional and mental health during obesity treatment
- How recent developments in obesity physiology are advancing personalized obesity care
- Implications of obesity for fertility and maternal-fetal medicine
- Implications of obesity for cancer and kidney disease
- Effective communication about obesity with patients, colleagues, and the public
- Emerging models of economically sustainable and scalable obesity care
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).
Up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits
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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
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
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Description & Learning Objectives
Pediatric obesity has worsened dramatically over the last two years. The toll of the pandemic on some of our most vulnerable patients has been staggering. Obesity is a chronic disease and, as such, early identification and effective management are critical. Fortunately, the past few years have also brought advances in the treatment of obesity. Advances have been broad in behavioral interventions, bariatric surgery, and pharmacotherapy. This course is designed for pediatricians, family physicians and pediatric allied health professionals seeking to understand key recommendations to support improved skills in managing and treating obesity. This educational experience combines didactic training sessions, expert panels, and peer-to-peer learning for an engaging and comprehensive training.
Up to 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits
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- Disease State Network Year-in-Review: Nutrition and Obesity – Monica Agarwal, MD, MEHP, FACE; Reshmi Srinath, MD
- Precision Nutrition: Are We There Yet? – Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD
- Diabetes Diets: A Roundtable Discussion
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Pharmacotherapy, Endoscopic Devices and Metabolic Surgery for the Management of Obesity
- A Blind Spot: Weight Bias and Health Disparities in Obesity Care – Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS
Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:
- Assess recent research and clinical trials of dietary patterns, lifestyle interventions, bariatric/metabolic surgery and weight management medications
- Develop an integrative individualized approach to help our patients with metabolic disease
- Summarize the safety and efficacy of intermittent fasting diets, including time-restricted feeding, in the management of T2DM
- Identify the magnitude and importance of weight bias in healthcare settings and several strategies for mitigating weight bias in clinical practice.
- Review the impact of endoscopic manipulation of the gastrointestinal tract on appetite and estimate expected weight loss outcomes of currently available drugs and those on the horizon
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University of Minnesota Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity (ATPO) Virtual Conference (Feb. 21-23)
Registration opens this fall
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.
Health care providers, researchers, and others interested in the clinical management of pediatric obesity.
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, email@example.com or 612-626-2349.
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.