qualifications for certification: cme pathway




Proof of an active, unrestricted 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 [waived for Canadian physicians]



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. The Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners are: Obesity Medicine Association; Columbia Obesity Course; Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine/Review Course; The Obesity Society/ObesityWeek] .


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.



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.



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


2021Application deadline: September 1, 2021

2021 Application fee: $1,500


November 9-16, 2021 (Apply by September 1, 2021)


2022 exam to be administered in the fall of 2022 (exact dates announced late 2021)






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 all in-person AND online AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ offered by ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners:

  • Obesity Medicine Association
  • The Obesity Society/ObesityWeek®
  • Columbia Obesity Course
  • Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine/Review Course


  • 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.


COLUMBIA/WEILL CORNELL OBESITY COURSE (Up to 67.5 credits available)

Program Overview

Lifestyle behaviors – including diet, physical activity, alcohol abuse, and tobacco use – have been linked to an increased risk of the leading causes of death and chronic diseases in the US and around the world. The challenge of reversing the obesity epidemic has highlighted the need for new ways to teach complex skill sets which effectively target lifestyle behaviors, particularly diet and physical activity.  However, most health professionals (with the exception of registered dieticians) have little or no training in the science of nutrition, diet and physical activity. Moreover, health professionals lack training in facilitating behavior change. Many, in fact, do not engage in nutrition counseling at all.

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.

Target Audience

This course is intended for physicians who are seeking a broad and deep understanding of the etiology, prevention and treatment of obesity.  The course will prepare the practitioner to improve patient care, and to prepare for the ABOM exam.

Up to 67.5 CME Credits


OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION (Up to 60+ credits available)

Please note: Any CME credits earned through the Obesity Medicine Association (online or in person) will count toward the ABOM requirement as GROUP ONE credits. Below please find more about some OMA offerings. Visit the OMA site for a detailed listing of all available CME.

Obesity Medicine 2021 Conference Recordings (30+ CME credits)

Prep Bundle for the ABOM Exam (32 credits)


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 offers more than 200 on-demand presentations. Any CME credits earned through the Obesity Medicine Academy will count as GROUP ONE for Exam Applicants.

Click here to reach the Obesity Medicine Academy.

For 2022 exam applicants: Overcoming Obesity 2021 (live meeting in Chicago Sept. 23-26) and (virtual meeting Oct. 14-23)

The Obesity Society/OBESITYWEEK (60+ CME credits)

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 2020 ObesityWeek Interactive (up to 90 CME credits), TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam (up to 18 CME credits), Medical Management of the Metabolic-Bariatric Surgery Patient (up to 6.25 CME credits), and others.

ObesityWeek 2021: November 1-5, 2021 (credits earned can be used for 2022 exam and beyond. Credits not eligible for 2021 exam applications).

HARVARD BLACKBURN COURSE (Up to 7.75 credits available now; 2022 info coming soon)

The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine: Obesity Medicine Board Review (Recorded; Up to 7.75 credits) is an intensive review designed to prepare potential diplomates for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification examination. It is a comprehensive review of obesity medicine, targeted to physicians with a specialized interest in this discipline.

The topics covered include:

Pathophysiology of Obesity: Hormonal, Neural, and Environmental Contributors
Nutritional Assessment and Therapy
Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Exercise
Pediatrics: Patient Assessment and Management
Surgical Treatment of Obesity
Pharmacological Treatment of Obesity
Behavioral Assessment and Therapy
Genetic and Syndromic Obesity
Obesity Comorbidities
Question and Answer Lightning Rounds

The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine: Treating Obesity 2022 (info coming soon)

Highlights of the 2021 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



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.


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



A Comprehensive Look at the Disease of Obesity (COURSE BUNDLE, Up to 21.75 CME Credits): The A Comprehensive Look at the Disease of Obesity course has 12 modules with each module taking an in-depth look at a different aspect of obesity. If you want to understand why the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, how to screen and diagnose patients for complications of obesity, and how to broach the discussion with your patient on obesity treatment options, this course provides you with the details you need.

Components of the COURSE BUNDLE are also available as separate courses as outlined below:

Obesity: A Chronic Disease (Up to 5.75 CME Credits): The economic impact of obesity and its complications is enormous, accounting for one-fifth of $923 billion in healthcare expenditures in the United States. In a 2012 analysis, annual increases in Medicare spending for obese patients were more than twice that for normal-weight patients; once the analysis was adjusted for obesity-related chronic conditions, the difference in expenditures was no longer statistically significant. Despite these findings, many clinicians fail to diagnose and manage obesity as the serious disease it is. This course provides details establishing that obesity is a disease and helps you incorporate obesity screening in your daily practice.

Obesity: Comorbidities and Complications  (Up to 7.75 CME Credits): Obesity results from a combination of genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors, and it leads to numerous complications such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, cancer, gallbladder disease, and psychological disorders. The rise in obesity prevalence has paralleled a growing epidemic of diabetes, and obesity also contributes to the high rates of hypertension and dyslipidemia in the U.S. This course covers comorbidities and obesity complications such as:

  •  metabolic,
  •  cardiovascular,
  • organ-specific and;
  • hormonal and biomechanical.

Managing the Disease of Obesity (Up to 8.25 CME Credits): Many practioners often perceive obesity as a lifestyle rather than a medical issue. Therefore, healthcare practioners lack knowledge of recently approved pharmacologic treatment options for obesity as well as advances in surgical interventions. This course consists of four modules that will assist clinicians with discussing practical approaches to broaching the topic of obesity and helping patients implement lifestyle interventions. Also, it will provide healthcare practioners with details on discussing pharmacologic treatment options and bariatric surgery with patients.



Project ECHO: Approaches to Long-Term Weight Loss and Obesity Care

Open to all clinicians, this program seeks to educate primary care providers, care teams, and non-obesity specialists in best practices in obesity care and management. With many therapeutic and pharmacological options available, clinicians need additional resources to stay up-to-date in obesity management. This program, featuring live, interactive seminars and on-demand webinars, will focus on evidence-based methods for addressing obesity and managing its comorbidities in a compassionate manner, with a goal of ending stigma and improving health-related quality-of-life for patients. The aim is to address the obesity epidemic and associated diseases by educating clinicians around the world in best-practices and research directly from obesity-management specialists. There will be a total of 12 ECHOs throughout the next year, each focusing on a different aspect of obesity and associated comorbidities.



FP Essentials: Obesity (Up to 5 credits)

  • Summarize the factors that contribute to the high prevalence of obesity in the United States.
  • Summarize the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for adults and children with obesity.
  • Describe the behavior interventions recommended to achieve weight loss, noting dieting concerns for children.
  • List behavior strategies that can be helpful for patients in losing weight and main­taining weight loss.
  • Describe the indications for adjunctive pharmacotherapy.
  • List the drugs available for obesity management in adults and children and describe their most common adverse effects.
  • Cite the indications for and discuss the role of bariatric surgery.
  • Describe the three main bariatric surgeries and the common postsurgical complications. 




Clinical Encounters: Obesity

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 meed 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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