Obesity Medicine Certification

The Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians is administered through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). (Click here to download a PDF of the ABOM Policies & Procedures).

The 2014 Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians will be administered December 6-13, 2014 at computer-based testing centers throughout the country. July 21, 2014 is the early application deadline. September 15, 2014 is the regular application deadline. Please click here to access the exam application.

 

Click HERE to read an important message from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. You can visit the ABOM website to view the Resources for Exam Preparation created by the ABOM.

 

Already pass the ABOM? Find out more about promoting this prestigious accreditation here.

 

2014 TOS Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine Exam

November 2-3, 2014

The TOS review course for the ABOM Exam is designed to increase physicians' obesity knowledge in preparation for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam. This year's course will be taught by some of the industry's top educators, and will include a new workbook - an important tool both in class for taking notes, and later as you study for the upcoming exam.

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

  • Describe the factors that predispose weight gain, including genetic factors, relevant neuropeptides, alterations in energy expenditure and environmetal factors.
  • Describe the appropriate steps in the evaluation of both adult and pediatric obese patients.
  • List the options that are available to treat obese patients including dietary strategies, physical activity interventions, medications and surgical options.
  • Describe an approach to determining which treatment is most appropriate for specific patient types.
  • Describe appropriate behavioral approaches to the treatment of obese patients.

The TOS review course for the ABOM Exam will be held at ObesityWeek in Boston, Mass. on November 2 and 3, 2014 from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Registration is open on the ObesityWeek website. 

 

TOS Practice Exam

The practice exam is an effective way to gauge strengths and weaknesses in your understanding of the content areas that appear on the Obesity Medicine Certification Exam. These questions were developed by clinicians and scientists that are content experts in their respective fields. The practice exam has 10 sections, including Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Practice Management, Behavioral Aspects, Adult Assessment, Pediatric Assessment, Pediatric Treatment, Physical Activity, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. The exam includes an explanation for each correct answer and references. You must complete the entire exam to view the correct answers.

PLEASE READ: Instructions for members and non-members to access the practice exam:

 

  1. Select "Register as a new user"
  2. Members/non-member must create a new username and password
  3. Click "send information"
  4. Once in the catalogue, be sure to select the “+” next to The Obesity Society Course List
    • Members login HERE
    • Non-members login HERE

ObesityWeek 2014, Boston, MA, November 2–7, 2014

ObesityWeek combines the scientific and clinical resources of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society to cover the full scope of the obesity issue, from cutting edge basic science and clinical research to intervention and public policy discussions that can impact the quality of life for millions who suffer from obesity. The meeting combines a variety of formats, ranging from poster presentations to live debates. The content and delivery has been developed by a committee of field experts with the needs of you, the learner, in mind. The meeting will be designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and will be valid for the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam. 

E-Learning Modules - Now Available

The Obesity Society has made three modules available, including Nutrition, Practice Managament and Pediatric Assessment. More will be coming soon. These modules are designed to familiarize physicians with obesity medicine content and can serve as one of several tools to prepare for the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine.

PLEASE READ: Instructions for members and non-members to access the e-learning modules:

  1. Select "Register as a new user"
  2. Members/non-member must create a new username and password
  3. Click "send information"
  4. Once in the catalogue, be sure to select the “+” next to The Obesity Society Course List
    • Members login HERE
    • Non-members login HERE

Obesity Week Preconference Courses

 

Establishing Healthy Habits at Home

November 12, 2013

This is an outreach session intended for the general public. The focus is on parenting strategies to prevent obesity from preconception through adolescence. It is an exciting experiment at reaching out to a lay audience to translate our research. These factors make it a prime candidate for a significant education grant. Chair(s): Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Steve Heymsfeld, MD, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, Dale Schoeller, PhD, Martin Binks, PhD

 

Mechanisms by which weight loss therapies improve the health of patients

November 12, 2013

The course will discuss data describing how weight loss drugs improve the health of patients, including data applicable to glucose, blood pressure, lipids, sleep apnea, etc. It is designed to help clinicians better understand the mechanisms by which weight loss therapies may improve the health of patients. Chair: Harold Bays, MD

 

Mobile Health (mHealth) boot camp for pediatric obesity: tools, techniques, measurement and trandisciplinary collaborations

November 12, 2013

This workshop will use prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity as model test-beds for mobile Health (mHealth) research and will offer a primer on mHealth from the ground up. It will include sessions on how to develop a transdisciplinary team for the chosen problem and capturing enormous amounts of data in real-time. Chair(s): Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA PhD, Erin Hennessy, PhD, MPH, Wendy Nilsen, PhD

*please note: precons depend on funding received by March 15th. If funding is not received, the precon will be cancelled.

 

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