qualifications for certification: cme 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 [waived for Canadian physicians]



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.


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


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.


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: If you complete 60 credits through GROUP ONE study, you do not need to complete GROUP TWO credits. 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.


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


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 and through live remote proctoring (2021 pilot program).


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


2021 Application deadline: Applications Closed

2021 Application fee: $1,500


February 18-February 25, 2021




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


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.



Obesity: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment, Review for ABOM Certification Exam (2020 ONLINE COURSE) (60 CME credits)

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 60 CME Credits


OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION (60+ credits available)

OMA Prep Bundle for the 2021 Board Exam (32 credits)

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)

Other Offerings:

(NEW) OMA Self-Assessment Program (SAP) – Volume 1 (9 CME 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 2021 ABOM Exam Applicants.

Click here to reach the Obesity Medicine Academy.


The Obesity Society/OBESITYWEEK (60+ credits available)

ObesityWeek 2020 (Virtual Meeting November 2-6) This virtual meeting will also be recorded, allowing attendees to earn 60+ CME credits. Attendees will have two full months to view conference sessions and claim CME on each of them. [Applicants for the 2021 ABOM exam must complete ALL 60 required credits by the December 1, 2020 deadline. Please keep this in mind when considering a timetable to earn the required credits.]

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). IMPORTANT–Only selected ASMBS sessions are accredited for CME in this enduring material format; Expires November 1, 2020 (Up to 30.75 CME Credits)

HARVARD BLACKBURN REVIEW COURSE (Up to 7.75 credits available)

The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine: Obesity Medicine Board Review 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.

Course participants will hear authorities in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, nutrition, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and psychology from the country’s leading obesity treatment and research centers speak on critical topics in the prevention and treatment of obesity and related disorders. Board review practice questions are incorporated into the course.

The topics covered are as follows:

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

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Consolidate knowledge of basic and clinical information within obesity medicine to comprehensively diagnose and treat patients
  • Optimize the opportunity to pass the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) subspecialty examination


Target Audience

This course is targeted to Primary and Specialty Care Physicians, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners. This course may also be of interest to physicians who practice in Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Lifestyle and Mind-Body Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Course Directors

Lee M. Kaplan, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute and Founding Director, Weight Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Sriram Machineni, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Up to 7.75 CME Credits


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.


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.




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

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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