Resources for ABOM Exam Preparation

General Information

The Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians is administered by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) through Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) testing centers. The composition of questions for the examination and the sample test questions are the exclusive responsibility of the Board members of the ABOM. To maintain absolute confidentiality and separation between the examination writers and all preparatory or review courses for this examination, ABOM Board members are not allowed to teach, lecture, provide seminars, assist, make comment or in any way participate in such courses while serving on the Board and for a period of 3 calendar years following the end of their Board service. Find a current listing of Board members along with all relevant disclosures here.

The content of any preparatory or review course is determined solely by the hosting organization. The item domains and rubrics for the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians are available without charge on the public ABOM website to facilitate individual study as well as review course development. Content experts who present at preparatory and/or review course(s) for the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians are not provided information regarding examination questions, nor do they have preferential knowledge regarding actual questions included in the examination.

All examinees are reminded that the content of the examination remains confidential and any individual who violates the confidentiality attestation is subject to penalties to include prosecution to the full extent of the law.


Suggested Preparation

1. Become Familiar with the Test Content Outline

The written exam is a half-day exam consisting of 250 questions 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. The Test Content Outline can be viewed here.


2. Review Textbooks

  • Bray, G. & Bouchard, C., Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications, 3rd Edition, 2008.
  • Bray, G. & Bouchard, C., Handbook of Obesity: Etiology and Pathophysiology, 2nd Edition, 2004.
  • Mahan, K.L. & Escott-Stump, S.E., Krause’s Food and Nutrition Therapy, 13th Edition, 2011.
  • Shils, M.E., Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 13th Edition, 2012.
  • Steelman, G.M. & Westman, E.C., Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, 2010.


3. Attend a Review Course

Visit the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and The Obesity Society to learn about upcoming review courses.


4. Review the American Board of Obesity Medicine Sample Test Questions

The Sample Test Questions consist of 50 questions with a testing time of 2 hours taken over the Internet. The Sample Test Questions give candidates the opportunity to review an example of content included in the Certification Examination for Obesity Medicine Physicians, and to learn more about question format, style, and level of difficulty. Visit to apply online or contact Professional Testing Corporation at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


5. Remain Up-to-date

Continue to keep abreast of the current evidence in the field.




6. Take the Professional Testing Corporation Tutorial

A tutorial can be viewed online at


7. Other Suggested Resources and Study Guides

  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 8th Edition, 2010, American College of Sports Medicine.
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians. New Overweight and Obesity Evaluation And Guidelines. The Bariatrician, Spring 2010;25(1):31-39.
  • Barlow SE; Expert Committee. Expert Committee recommendations regarding the prevention, assessment and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity: summary report. Pediatrics. 2007; 120 (suppl 4):S164 – S192
  • Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity - 2007, Childhood Obesity Action Network.
  • Fabricatore, A.N., Behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy of obesity: Is there a difference? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2007; 107:92-99.
  • Hassink S. Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2007.
  • Kavey, R.E.W., Simmons-Morton, D.G., & Jesus, J.M., Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents: Summary Report. Pediatrics; 2011, 128(5): S1-44.
  • Mechanick, I. Jeffrey, Kushner, F. Robert, et al., American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Perioperative Nutritional, Metabolic, and Nonsurgical Support of the Bariatric Surgery Patient. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 2008; 4: S109 – S184.
  • Sim, L.A., McAlpine, D.E., Grothe, K.B., et al., Identification and treatment of eating disorders in the primary care setting. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010; 85(8):746-751.
  • Wadden, T.A., Butryn, M.L., Wilson, C., Lifestyle modification for the management of obesity. Gastroenterology, 2007; 132:2226-2238.
  • Wren, A.M. & Bloom, S.R., Gut hormones and appetite control. Gastroenterology, 2007, p. 2116-2130.


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