qualifications for certification
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION: FELLOWSHIP 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.
REQUIRED FELLOWSHIP DOCUMENTATION
Proof of successful completion of an on-site clinical fellowship with an obesity component including didactic and clinical training in the following topics: The science and clinical aspects of obesity (epidemiology, pathophysiology, genetics); Understanding obesity stigma and bias and its impact on patient care; Adult medical obesity treatment (i.e. nutritional therapy, behavioral therapy, exercise physiology, pharmacotherapy); Metabolic and bariatric surgery risks, benefits, and complications; Medical complications/comorbidities associated with obesity; Healthcare disparities related to obesity care and public health and policy interventions; Pediatric medical obesity treatment (only required if applicable to fellowship). Completion date of fellowship must be in the 36 months prior to the exam application deadline.
Letter of attestation from fellowship director confirming acceptable training on the topic of obesity or obesity-related conditions must accompany the application. Click here to download the required attestation letter template.
Once required credentials and fellowship documentation 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.
Effective August 15, 2023, only physicians who have completed a fellowship recognized by the Obesity Medicine Fellowship Council may apply for certification through the Fellowship Pathway. All other fellowship-trained physicians should apply through the CME pathway.
2023 Early Application Deadline: July 10, 2023 ($1,500 fee)
2023 Final Application Deadline: August 7, 2023 ($1,750 fee)
NEXT TEST WINDOW
October 2-14, 2023
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