qualifications for certification
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/Royal College (Canada) equivalent.
REQUIRED CME CREDIT HOURS
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 CME credits must include at least 30 credits earned through attendance at one or more of the GROUP ONE meetings listed below.
The remaining 30 CME credits may be completed through attendance at additional GROUP ONE meetings or through GROUP TWO study, which includes at-home CME activities and/or attendance at other live meetings where obesity is the specific educational topic.
CME CREDIT TIMELINE
All 60 CME credits must be earned within 36 months prior to the application deadline. [After Nov. 1, 2016 for 2020 exam applicants]
All CME credits must be earned and documented at the time of application.
The exam is comprised of four, one-hour blocks of 50 questions each.
Early deadline: October 15 ($1,500 fee)
Final deadline: November 15 ($1,750 fee)
NEXT TEST WINDOW
February 24-February 27, 2020 [Applications Closed]
Late February 2021 [Apply Now]
GROUP ONE CME REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for ABOM certification must complete a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours of continuing medical education (CME) recognized by the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 credits on the topic of obesity. At least thirty (30) credit hours must be obtained by participation and attendance at one or more of the following conferences:
- OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION SPRING CONFERENCE
- COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/WEILL CORNELL OBESITY COURSE (INCLUDES REVIEW COURSE)
- HARVARD BLACKBURN COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE (INCLUDES REVIEW COURSE)
- OBESITY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION FALL CONFERENCE (INCLUDES REVIEW COURSE)
- OBESITYWEEK (THE OBESITY SOCIETY REVIEW COURSE FOR THE ABOM EXAM AND SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS)
Please note: We have listed the upcoming meetings that meet the GROUP ONE requirement. We will accept attendance at previous versions of the same meetings as long as they occurred within 36 months prior to the application deadline.
GROUP TWO CME REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for certification may complete up to 30 CME credits through GROUP TWO study, which includes at-home CME activities and/or attendance at other live meetings where obesity is the specific educational topic. GROUP TWO study includes:
- At-home CME on the topic of obesity
- Live meetings on the topic of obesity not listed in GROUP ONE
- We will accept any CME credits from our primary obesity CME partner organizations (Obesity Medicine Association, The Obesity Society and ASMBS, Columbia/Weill Cornell Obesity Course, Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine)
- We will accept CME credits from other organizations as long as they are AMA PRA Category 1 and include the word obesity in the activity title.
- We do not accept CME credits from Medical Reference Tools that do not include activity-specific post-completion assessments.
GROUP TWO CME RESOURCES
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 MEDICINE ASSOCIATION
GROUP TWO AT-HOME CME RESOURCES
Obesity Medicine Academy
This bundle is designed specifically as a study aid for ABOM’s Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians. In addition to offering the maximum allowable number of Group TWO CME credits, this bundle contains OMA’s most recent Review Course for the ABOM Exam, as well as supplemental courses related to the four main topic areas on the Test Content Outline: Basic Concepts, Diagnosis and Evaluation, Treatment, and Practice Management.
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.
Click here to reach the Obesity Medicine Academy.
GROUP TWO LIVE CME RESOURCES
Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment
These one-day (6 CME) courses provide training on the essential components of clinical obesity treatment: evaluation, nutrition, physical activity, behavior, medication, and assessing outcomes. Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment takes place in cities throughout the U.S.,
Click here to learn more about this course and review upcoming dates and cities.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION
Obesity: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment, Review for ABOM Certification Exam (ONLINE COURSE)
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.
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 34.25 CME Credits
Expires September 30, 2020
LIVE COURSE to be held April 22-26, 2020. Will be eligible for GROUP ONE credit for applicants looking to test in 2021 and beyond.
HARVARD BLACKBURN 2017 OBESITY MEDICINE BOARD REVIEW
Course is currently closed for enrollment. Click here to be notified when it is available (estimated March 2020).
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.
What You’ll Learn
- 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
Up to 7.75 CME credits
OBESITYWEEK (The Obesity Society and ASMBS)
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 (Group TWO).
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)
AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
CME links will be added as they become available
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):
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS
Please visit the American Academy of Family Physicians CME portal (only obesity-specific CME count toward the ABOM requirement)
Click here for more information about online offerings including a prep course for the obesity medicine certification exam.
- 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)
April 3-4; Itasca, IL
Up to 11 AMA PRA Category 1 credits
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
Click here to learn more.
MAYO CLINIC (Live Meeting)
CHICAGO OBESITY SUMMIT 2020 (Live Meeting)
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.