Committees

Committees

The Obesity Society has several committees to assist the Council in planning and administering the programs and activities of the Society. Appointments to the committees, except the Nominating Committee, are made by the President-Elect annually prior to the annual meeting.

TOS Committees Include:

Advocacy

Responsible for tracking legislative and regulatory activities that relate to the obesity field, setting priorities based on the strategic plan and determining the best approach for addressing the issues, with guidance and approval from Council.

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Annual Program

Responsible for establishing the scientific content of the annual scientific meeting under policies established by the Council.

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Audit

Responsible for planning and carrying out the annual audit in conjunction with the Society's auditors.

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Awards

Responsible for administering the awards program of the Society.

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Clinical

Advises the Society on matters that relate to the clinical care and/or treatment of obese patients; serves as a vehicle for member clinicians to express their ideas and concerns to the Council; advises and guides the President on the appointment of members with a clinical interest in obesity to the Education and Public Affairs Committees in order to ensure full and accurate communication.

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CME Oversight

Responsible for oversight of the entire Continuing Medical Education (CME) program at TOS; provides periodic analysis of the CME program's effectiveness; determines strategic improvements to the CME Mission; periodically reviews and approves the organization’s CME Mission, policies, and standardizes procedures for CME Program management; provides guidance and intervention to resolve of relevant conflicts of interest; and reviews the self-study materials for ACCME submission for accreditation and reaccreditation cycles. 

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Diversity

Responsible for developing and implementing policy to ensure representation of individuals of diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity) at all levels of the Society-from Council to representation at the annual meeting.

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Early Career

Represents the interests of the student/postdoctoral and early-career faculty members of the Society and plans and organizes student activities at meetings, including scholarly and social events.

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Education

Responsible for planning and coordinating the continuing education courses and other educational activities sponsored by the Society.

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Ethics

Implements the Code of Conduct of the Society and provides counsel on ethical matters to members of the Society.

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Finance

Reviews quarterly financial reports, the annual Treasurer's report, the investment policies, and proposes any changes in the investment policy if necessary.

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Guidelines Advisory

Evaluate the current landscape of guidance/best practices across relevant societies and identify areas of need.

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Membership

Responsible for recruiting new members and reviewing the credentials of all individuals applying for membership as a Fellow in the Society.

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Nominating

The Nominating Committee is responsible for developing the slate of candidates for vacant positions on Council. The members of this committee are selected by vote from the membership.

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Public Affairs

Insures that members are informed about national issues of concern in obesity research, treatment, and prevention; maintains an active interest in knowledge of relevant legislative and governmental activities which may affect obesity research and treatment and utilizes such knowledge to inform the Council, other committees and members of these legislative and administrative issues.

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Publications Board

Oversees the official publications of the Society and makes recommendations to the editor-in-chief, publisher and Council for the improvement and expansion of the official publications of the Society.

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Scientific Review

Responsible for reviewing and scoring the scientific content of grant applications related to the study of obesity for the Society's grants program.

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In addition to standing committees, the Society, on occasion, appoints ad hoc and task force groups for short-term activities and/or to handle emerging issues.

Get Involved: TOS Volunteer Support Group (VSG)

Are you interested in getting involved and engaging with TOS leadership? Members may join the Volunteer Support Group!
The strength of TOS is directly related to the involvement of its volunteer members. Through a network of volunteers including Executive Committee and Council leadership as well as Committee and Task Force involvement, TOS has utilized the generous commitment of time and knowledge of its members. With TOS Committees and Task Force positions assigned for the coming year, we have created a new opportunity to become involved in what we hope to be engaging activities.

The newly developed Volunteer Support Group (VSG) is a resource pool of volunteer members that TOS will reach out to periodically to work on various and specific projects. From Scientific Review to Communications to Advocacy, see how you can lend your experience to advance our goals. If you're interested in finding out how you can join contact communications@obesity.org.

Contact Us

Please contact governance@obesity.org or 240-485-1955 if you have any questions.