Obesity Medicine Basics

Course Dates

There are not currently any Obesity Medicine Basics courses scheduled. Check back in the fall for the 2018 course dates and cities.

Course Content

After attending Obesity Medicine Basics, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care professionals will gain the following knowledge. This one-day course is worth 7 CME hours.

  • Introduction to Obesity Medicine
    • Explain the concept of obesity medicine as a medical specialty and why it is important
    • Understand why obesity is considered a disease
    • Feel comfortable approaching patients about their weight
    • Know the basic screening procedures for obesity and obesity-related diseases in a primary care setting
  • Adiposopathy and Weight-related Disease
    • Understand the impact of the disease of obesity
    • Explain the concept of adiposopathy/sick fat and understand how it leads to other medical complications
    • Recognize diseases that may be related to a patient’s adiposity and have a fundamental understanding of the most common diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, etc.)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Patients
    • Feel comfortable and confident discussing obesity and related conditions with patients
    • Perform basic screening on patients affected by obesity in a primary care setting
    • Explain the diagnosis of obesity
  • Nutrition
    • Understand the fundamentals of various dietary treatment options, such as:
    • Protein-sparing modified fast / very low-calorie diets (VLCDs)
    • Calorie-restricted / balanced-deficit diets
    • Carbohydrate-restricted / high-fat diets
    • Fat-restricted / high-carbohydrate diets
  • Physical Activity
    • Understand the fundamentals of physical activity that may be used in treatment
  • Behavior
    • Know the impact of and need for behavior modification and the options that may be used in treatment
    • Understand the impact of the patient’s environment on treatment
  • Medication
    • Understand why it may be necessary to incorporate pharmacotherapy as part of an overall individualized treatment plan
    • Explain the currently available weight-management medications that may be used in treatment
    • Understand the basic mechanisms, benefits, and side effects of available weight-management medications
  • Assessing Outcomes and When to Refer
    • Discuss potential medical and/or legal consequences of inadequate treatment of obesity
    • Understand the basics for developing goals for therapy related to weight and improvement and/or remission of obesity disease parameters
    • Determine if patients should be referred to obesity medicine specialists

This schedule and its timing are subject to change without notice.

About the Obesity Medicine Basics Course

Obesity Medicine Basics is a one-day course, worth up to 7 CME hours. It provides introductory-level training about evaluating, diagnosing, and treating obesity in a clinical setting.

Obesity is a complex chronic disease requiring treatment by a qualified health care professional. Losing weight is not as simple as “eat less, exercise more,” and telling patients to do so doesn’t give them effective tools to lose weight.

Obesity Medicine Basics helps health care professionals better understand how to effectively help their patients with obesity and obesity-related conditions. The content is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and allied health care professionals who see patients with obesity in practice and seek practical strategies for helping their patients lose weight and improve their overall health.