2021 EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

qualifications for certification: cme pathway

QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION: CME PATHWAY (2021 EXAM APPLICANTS ONLY)

REQUIRED CREDENTIALS

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Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.

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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 [waived for Canadian physicians]

REQUIRED CME CREDIT HOURS (UPDATED FOR 2021 EXAM APPLICANTS ONLY)

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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.

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

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For the 2021 test cycle only, any ONLINE or IN-PERSON AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ offered by ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners [Obesity Medicine Association; Columbia/Weill Cornell Obesity Course; Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine; ObesityWeek events including the annual meetings of The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society Review Course for the ABOM Exam and ObesityWeek On Demand] will qualify for GROUP ONE credit.

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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.

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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. [After Nov. 1, 2017 for 2021 exam applicants]

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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 Prometric computer-based test centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Click here to locate a test center.

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES

2021 Application deadline: December 1, 2020

2021 Application fee: $1,500

NEXT TEST WINDOW

February 22-February 25, 2021

 

 

GROUP ONE CME REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must complete 60 CME credits on the topic of obesity, including at least 30 GROUP ONE credits. For 2021 exam applicants, 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
  • ObesityWeek® (The Obesity Society and ASMBS)
  • Columbia/Weill Cornell Obesity Course
  • Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

IMPORTANT: Below please find upcoming meetings from ABOM’s Primary Obesity Medicine CME partners that meet the GROUP ONE requirement. We will also accept CME earned through live stream or recorded versions of these courses for the 2021 exam application cycle only.

22aprAll Day01dec(Recorded April 2020) COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/WEILL CORNELL OBESITY COURSEEarn 53 CME Credits; Review Course

15mayAll Day31dec(Recorded May 2020) OMA: SPRING CONFERENCEEarn 30+ CME Credits

07octAll Day11OMA: Overcoming Obesity 2020 (New Orleans)Earn 30 CME Credits; Review Course

02novAll Day06ObesityWeek 2020 Events (Online/Interactive)Includes annual meetings of TOS and ASMBS

GROUP ONE ONLINE OPTIONS

For 2021 exam applicants, 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
  • ObesityWeek® (The Obesity Society and ASMBS)
  • Columbia/Weill Cornell Obesity Course
  • Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine
OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION ONLINE OPTIONS

Recordings from the 2020 Spring Conference:

2020 Spring Obesity Summit Recorded (21.25 Credits)

2020 Spring Practice Essentials (8.5 credits)

2020 Spring Motivational Interviewing (1.5 credits)

Also:

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. Any CME credits earned through the Obesity Medicine Academy will count as GROUP ONE for 2021 ABOM Exam Applicants.

Click here to reach the Obesity Medicine Academy.

 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION ONLINE OPTION

Obesity: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment, Review for ABOM Certification Exam (2020 ONLINE COURSE)

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 53 CME Credits

OBESITYWEEK (The Obesity Society and ASMBS) ONLINE OPTION

ObesityWeek OnDemand: TOS Review Course The Obesity Society’s recent review course for the ABOM exam, presented live during ObesityWeek 2019, is available online.  Earn up to 18 CME credits.

ObesityWeek OnDemand: ObesityWeek™ is a unique international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. ObesityWeek On Demand includes selected sessions from ObesityWeek™ 2019 sponsored by The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Only selected ASMBS sessions are accredited for CME in this enduring material format. (Up to 30.75 CME Credits)

GROUP TWO CME RESOURCES

Applicants may complete up to 30 GROUP TWO CME credits. 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.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGISTS

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.

 

AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

CME links will be added as they become available

 

 

 

ENDOCRINE SOCIETY

CME links will be added as they become available

 

 

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

Annals of Internal Medicine The American College of Internal Medicine offers CME activities through the Annals of Internal Medicine. Only obesity-specific topics are accepted.

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS

Clinical Updates in Women’s Health Care Monographs (only obesity-specific topics count toward the ABOM requirement):

https://www.clinicalupdates.org/selectIssue.cfm

Obesity

 

 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS

Please visit the American Academy of Family Physicians CME portal (only obesity-specific CME count toward the ABOM requirement)

https://www.aafp.org/cme.html

 

OBESITY CANADA

AT-HOME OPTION

Click here for more information about online offerings including a prep course for the obesity medicine certification exam.

Topics include:

  • 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 learn more about the live and at-home offerings from the ASMBS.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (Live Meeting, April 3-4)

2020 Pediatric Obesity Management: Evidenced Based Strategies and Practical Approaches

April 3-4; Itasca, IL

Up to 11 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

 

Course Description
As pediatric obesity has continued to worsen nationally; a need has emerged to equip more providers with skills to effectively manage and help their patients. Over the past several years, evidence-based obesity management strategies and sustainable practice-management approaches have emerged. The 2020 Pediatric Obesity Management: Evidence-based Strategies and Practical Approaches course, hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Obesity (SOOb) is designed for pediatricians, family physicians and pediatric allied health professionals seeking to improve their skills in obesity assessment and management. This educational experience combines selected pre-conference readings, expert panels, workshops and didactic training sessions for an engaging and comprehensive training.
CLEVELAND CLINIC OBESITY SUMMIT (Live Meeting)

Cleveland Clinic 15th Annual Obesity Summit

Coming soon

Click here to learn more.

MAYO CLINIC (Live Meeting)
CHICAGO OBESITY SUMMIT 2020 (Live Meeting)

CHICAGO OBESITY SUMMIT 2020

May 8, 2020 (7:40 AM-3:30 PM; University of Chicago Gleacher Center)

Description: The University of Chicago Medicine and the Illinois Obesity Society are pleased to collaborate on the 2nd Annual Chicago Obesity Summit, offering a diverse range of presentations on the different aspects of obesity as a disease, its comorbidities and management. It is open to physicians, advanced practitioners, behavioral health specialists, dietitians and pharmacists.

Up to 6 CME Credits

Click here for more information

Click here to register

OTHER

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)

American Academy of Pediatrics: 2020 Pediatric Obesity Management (Live Course): April 3-4, Itasca, IL

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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