Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Course

The Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Course is a 1.5-day course offering introductory education about the evidence-based approaches for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating obesity in a clinical setting. The content is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinicians-in-training, and other healthcare providers who treat patients with the disease of obesity.

On the first day, learn about the basic concepts that define obesity as a disease, the pathophysiology of obesity, and how to evaluate patients for obesity and related diseases using ethical, non-stigmatizing communication. Then review strategies for treating obesity using four treatment pillars: nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and pharmacotherapy. On the second day, work on patient cases to develop comprehensive treatment plans using interventions in all four treatment pillars. Gain tools to begin developing effective treatment plans for patients affected by obesity in your practice.

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2020 Course Dates and Cities

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CANCELLED: June 5-6 | Arlington, VA

CANCELLED: After weighing the emerging facts as well as our duties to our members, attendees, exhibitors, staff, and the local community, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel the Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Course in Arlington, JUne 5-6.

This course is worth up to 9.5 CME/CE credits.

Before May 15: $240
After May 15: $260
Clinician-in-training: $50

Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22209

William McCarthy, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM
Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Friday, June 5 – 12:45-5:30 PM
Saturday, June 6 – 8:00 AM-4:45 PM

August 7-8 | Atlanta, GA

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This course is worth up to 9.5 CME/CE credits.

Before July 17: $240
After July 17: $260
Clinician-in-training: $50

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter - Villa Christina
4000 Summit Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30319

Joynita Nicholson, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM
Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FOMA, FAARM, Dipl. ABOM

Friday, August 7 – 12:45-5:30 PM
Saturday, August 8 – 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Can't attend in person? Purchase the online recordings!

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Richard Lindquist, M.D., Dipl. ABOM, FAASP, FOMA, Ethan Lazarus MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM, Karlijn Burridge, PA-C, Nicholas Pennings DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM, Fatima Cody Stanford MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM

This course is worth up to 5 CME/CE credits

Member price: $100
Non-member price: $120

Why Attend?

Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize obesity as a disease with diverse etiologies.
  • Explain the basic physiologic processes involved in the disease of obesity.
  • Distinguish the various methods currently utilized to screen and diagnose overweight and obesity.
  • Perform a history and physical exam, and order testing specifically directed to evaluate and assess the disease of obesity and its potential underlying causes.
  • Recognize the manifestations of obesity-related diseases in a clinical setting.
  • Communicate with patients about their weight and any related conditions comfortably and compassionately in a non-threatening environment.
  • Recognize the importance of using a long-term approach to obesity treatment.
  • Develop nutritional treatment interventions tailored to the unique needs of patients affected by obesity.
  • Prescribe an individualized physical activity plan for patients affected by obesity.
  • Develop behavioral modification strategies unique to each patient’s needs.
  • Use anti-obesity medications appropriately as part of an overall treatment plan.
  • Implement a comprehensive individualized obesity treatment plan utilizing the pillars of obesity treatment (nutrition, physical activity, behavioral interventions, and pharmacotherapy) through interactive case studies.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Medical students, residents, and fellows

2020 Course Schedule

Friday Schedule

12:45-1:00 PM - Registration

12:55-1:00 PM - Welcome

1:00-2:00 PM - Understanding the Chronic Disease of Obesity

2:00-3:00 PM - Nutrition

3:00-3:30 PM - Break

3:30-4:15 PM - Physical Activity

4:15-4:30 PM - Q&A

4:30-5:30 PM - Reception

Saturday Schedule

8:00-8:45 AM - Behavior

8:45-10:00 AM - Medication

10:00-10:30 AM - Break

10:30-11:30 AM - Nutrition Case Presentation

11:30 AM-1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM - Physical Activity Case Presentation

2:00-3:00 PM - Behavior Case Presentation

3:00-3:15 PM - Break

3:15-4:15 PM - Medication Case Presentation

4:15-4:45 PM - Q&A and Conclusion


  • The Obesity Medicine Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 9.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
  • The Obesity Medicine Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education to physicians. The Obesity Medicine Association designates this program for a maximum of 9.50 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in the activity.
  • This Live activity, Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment, from 02/28/2020 - 08/08/2020, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 9.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • This activity is approved for 9.5 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 2.5 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 20024120. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Interested in Exhibiting? 

Call 303-770-2526 or email