suggestions for preparation


The following texts are recommended by ABOM as possible resources for exam preparation. The list below is not exclusive as other texts not listed may also prove useful for the purpose of preparing for the obesity medicine certification exam. By listing the texts below, ABOM does not imply that all texts should be consulted in preparation for the exam. In addition, familiarity with any or all of these texts does not guarantee successful completion of the exam.


1. ABOM Test Content Outline

The examination is composed of four 60-minute test blocks, each with 50 items, designed to assess the knowledge base and the cognitive and deductive skills of candidates. The Test Content Outline provides a listing of all the subject areas that may be covered on the exam. Click here to view the Test Content Outline.

Please note: ABOM will use an updated test content outline for examinations beginning in 2025. The updated test content outline will be posted on this page after the conclusion of the 2024 exam administration window. Candidates for the 2024 exam should review the current test content outline linked to above.

2. Certification Exam Review Courses

The GROUP ONE organizations listed below offer review courses they have created independently based on the ABOM test content outline. To learn more about these courses, contact each organization directly. To find links to each organization’s website, visit the main CME certification Pathway Details page by clicking here.

  • Obesity Medicine Association
  • The Obesity Society
  • The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine
  • Columbia University/Weill-Cornell Medicine Obesity Course
  • Boston Course in Obesity Medicine
  • Bray Obesity Science Symposium

3. ABOM Sample Test Questions

The Sample Test Questions give candidates the opportunity to learn more about question format, style, and level of difficulty. Candidates will receive online access to the Sample Test Questions upon application completion and payment. Candidates registered for the upcoming exam may follow these instructions to access the Sample Test Questions:


  1. Log in to your account at https://abom.learningbuilder.com/account/login/
  2. Navigate to My Application > Current Application.
  3. On your application, in the section titled Review Sample Test Questions, click the Begin Sample Test button.
  4. The ABOM Sample Questions: Load Sample Questions page displays.
  5. Click the Begin Sample Questions button.
  6. The ABOM Sample Test Questions page displays.

4. Obesity Medicine Guidelines


AHA/ACC/TOS: Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults (2013) – Jensen et al. Circulation. PMID: 24222017.


An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Pharmacological Management of Obesity (2015) – Apovian et al. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. PMID: 25590212.


AACE/ACE: Comprehensive Clinical Practice Guidelines for Medical Care of Patients with Obesity (2016) – Garvey et al. Endocrine Practice. PMID: 27219496.


USPSTF Recommendation Statement: Weight Loss to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults (2018) – Curry et al. JAMA. PMID: 30326502.


USPSTF Recommendation Statement: Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors (2020) – O’Connor et al. JAMA. PMID: 33231669.


Canadian Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines (2020) – Wharton et al. CMAJ. PMID: 32753461.


AGA Clinical Practice Guidelines on Pharmacological Interventions for Adults with Obesity (2022) – Grunvald et al. Gastroenterology. PMID: 36273831.


Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Obesity Algorithm®

Tondt J, Freshwater M, Hurtado Andrade M, Afreen S, Paulo Aranas M, Haq N, Phadke G, Antoun J, Fryoux E, Benson-Davies S, Dawkins C, Karjoo S, Khan N, Orr M, Pile H, Magee J, Gugnani K, Rajpal A, Petcu A, Page S, Manek M. Obesity Algorithm e-book, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. www.obesityalgorithm.org. 2024. https://obesitymedicine.org/resources/obesity-algorithm/


Pediatric Obesity—Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline (2017) – Styne et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. PMID: 28359099.


AAP: Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity (2023) – Hampl et al. Pediatrics. PMID: 36622115.


Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

Cuda S, Censani M, O’Hara V, Conroy R, Kharofa R, Paisley J, Browne A, Browne NT. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. www.obesitymedicine.org/childhood-obesity. 2024. https://obesitymedicine.org/resources/obesity-algorithm/pediatric-obesity-algorithm/


AACE/ACE/TOS/ASMBS/OMA/ASE: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative Nutritional, Metabolic, and Nonsurgical Support of Patients Undergoing Bariatric Procedures (2020) – Mechanick et al. Endocrine Practice. PMID: 31682518.


ASMBS pediatric metabolic and bariatric surgery guidelines, 2018 (2018) – Pratt et al. Surg Obes Relat Dis. PMID: 30077361.


2022 ASMBS and IFSO Indications for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (2023) – Eisenberg et al. Obes Surg. PMID: 36336720.



ACOG Committee Opinion: Weight Gain During Pregnancy (2013) – ACOG. Obstetrics Gynecology. PMID: 23262962.


USPSTF Recommendation Statement: Healthy Weight and Weight Gain in Pregnancy (2021) – Cantor et al. JAMA. PMID: 34032824.



Full List of ACSM Position Stands: https://www.acsm.org/education-resources/pronouncements-scientific-communications/position-stands

List of ACSM Official Statements: https://www.acsm.org/education-resources/pronouncements-scientific-communications/official-statements

ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 11th Edition: https://www.acsm.org/education-resources/books/guidelines-exercise-testing-prescription

5. Reference Handbooks and Textbooks

  • Primary Care: Evaluation and Management of Obesity, 1st edition (2022) – edited by Robert Kushner, Daniel Bessesen, Adam Gilden
  • Obesity Prevention and Treatment: A Practical Guide, 1st edition (2022) – edited by James Rippe and John Foreyt
  • The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, 2nd edition (2020) – edited by Ninh T. Nguyen, Stacy A. Brethauer, John M. Morton, Jaime Ponce, Raul J. Rosenthal
  • Handbook of Obesity Treatment, 2nd edition (2019) – edited by George Bray and Thomas Wadden
  • The SAGES Manual of Bariatric Surgery, 2nd edition (2018) – edited by Kevin Reavis, Allison Barrett, Matthew Kroh
  • Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment, 2nd edition (2018) – edited by Michael Freemark
  • Managing Pediatric Obesity Using Advanced Therapies (2023) – edited by Claudia Fox
  • Bariatric Surgery Complications: The Medical Practitioner’s Essential Guide, 1st edition (2017) – edited by Robin Blackstone
  • Bariatric Surgery Complications and Emergencies, 1st edition (2016) – edited by Daniel Herron
  • Handbook of Obesity (2024) – Volume 1 (4th edition) and Volume 2 (5th edition) – edited by George Bray and Claude Bouchard


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