DX Review Course for the ABOM Exam

Date: October 22-23, 2021
Accreditation: 12.5 CME/CE and 12.5 Medical Knowledge MOC Points (ABIM)
Friday, October 22 – 12:30 PM – 5:45 PM EST
Saturday, October 23 – 10:00 AM – 6:45 PM EST

Prepare for board certification in obesity medicine at the leading Review Course for the ABOM Exam! The Review Course offers a thorough review of the core content covered on the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam with a clinical focus – so you’re not only prepared to take the test, but you’re well equipped to deliver evidence-based care for your patients with obesity. The Review Course includes case-based questions during each session and during lighting round Q&A sessions at the end of each day.

Why Attend?

Earn up to 24 CME/CE – when you attend both the Review Course for the ABOM Exam and the DX Fall Obesity Summit.

  • Study the core content you may be tested on
  • Understand the pathophysiology of obesity, evaluation and assessment techniques, and the different treatment approaches
  • Practice taking sample test questions in each of the four main topic areas: Basic concepts, diagnosis and evaluation, treatment, and practice management
  • Get study tips and advice from current ABOM Diplomates
  • Meet other physicians from your area planning to take the exam

Topics covered in the Review Course for the ABOM Exam include:

  • Epidemiology and Determinants of Obesity
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Pathophysiology
  • Behavioral and Psychosocial Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
  • Practice Management

Schedule on Friday, Oct. 22

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12:30-1:15 PM- Epidemiology and Determinants of Obesity

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the Definition and Diagnosis of Obesity
  2. Recall the Epidemiology, Incidence, and Prevalence of Obesity
  3. Recognize the Societal cost of obesity:
    • Understand the Genetic, environmental, and cultural factors of obesity
    • Know the Anthropometric components of obesity - BMI, WC, %BF
    • Understand the Clinical components of obesity - disease comorbidities

1:15-2:00 PM - Assessment and Evaluation

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the components of an obesity-related history and physical
  2. Recognize common co-morbidities
  3. Identify rare adipose disorders
  4. Select appropriate diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests
  5. Be aware of screening questionnaires and guideline resources

2:00-2:15 PM - Break


2:15-3:15 PM - Pathophysiology Part 1

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the complexity of weight control at the CNS level
  2. Articulate the peripheral hormones that assist with weight regulation
  3. Recall the CNS hormones that control energy balance
  4. Describe the signaling pathways from the hypothalamus, 1stand 2nd order neurons
  5. Explain the function of orexigens and anorexigens at the CNS level
  6. Discuss genetic obesity disorders and their relationship to hormones

3:15-4:15 PM - Pathophysiology Part 2

Jeff Sicat, MD

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the emerging science on the intestinal microbiome and its effect on weight regulation
  2. Explain the impact of disordered sleep on metabolic parameters
  3. Review the functions of different types of body fat and the impact of their distribution
  4. Discuss obesity-related co-morbidities

4:15-4:30 PM - Break


4:30-5:30 PM- Behavioral and Psychosocial Diagnoses and Treatment

Abby Bleistein, MD

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify Obesity Related Behavioral Problems
  2. Recommend Psychotherapeutic treatments
  3. Summarize the predictors of long-term weight maintenance from National Weight Control Registry
  4. Prescribe Relevant Pharmacologic therapies when indicated

5:30-5:45 PM - Lightning Round

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice exam-style case-based sample questions

Schedule on Saturday, Oct. 23

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10:00-11:15 AM - Nutrition

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define Macro and micronutrients
  2. Identify GI sites of nutrient absorption
  3. Discuss obesity-related vitamin and mineral metabolism (Ca, PTH, B12, vit D)
  4. Recognize Macronutrient diet composition and effects on body weight and metabolism

11:15 AM-12:00 PM - Physical Activity

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of writing an exercise Prescription
  2. Understand mechanics of exercise
  3. Recognize the effects of exercise on associated health conditions

12:00-12:15 PM - Break


12:15-12:45 PM - Breakfast with ABOM Diplomates

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss strategies for preparing for Obesity Medicine Board Certification with board certified physicians
  2. Discuss opportunities for practicing in obesity medicine after obtaining board certification.
  3. Review your questions from day one of the course with obesity medicine experts.

12:45-1:45 PM - Pharmacotherapy

Learning Objectives:

  1. List FDA currently approved anti-obesity medications (AOM’s).
  2. Summarize FDA prescribing information for AOM’s.
  3. Name off label and over-the counter medications that may benefit obesity.
  4. Describe the effects FDA approved and off label medications on obesity comorbid conditions.
  5. Identify Drug-Drug, Drug-Nutrient, and Drug-Herbal interactions
  6. Discuss multi0drug combination therapy.
  7. Manage drug-induced weight gain.
  8. Explore alternative, emerging, and investigational therapies
  9. Identify AOM (Anti-Obesity Medications) based on ABOM Test Content and make it relevant to clinical practice including:
    –Prescription Dose and Frequency
    –Risks, Benefits, and Adverse Effects
    –Effect of Comorbid Conditions
    –Monitoring and Follow Up
    –Drug-Drug, Drug-Nutrient, Drug-Herbal Interactions
    –Off Label Usage/Over-the-counter (OTC)
    –Multi-drug/Combination Therapy
    –Management of Drug-Induced Weight Gain
    –Alternative, Emerging, and Investigational Therapies

1:45-2:00 PM - Break


2:00-3:30 PM - Surgery

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the Types, risks, and benefits of the different weight-loss surgery (WLS) procedures
  2. Describe the Pre-operative medical assessment and preparation
  3. Identify potential Complications of weight loss surgery
  4. Describe Post-op medical and Nutritional management
  5. Discuss weight loss surgery Adolescents and WLS/pregnancy

3:30-4:00 PM - Obesity Treatment Strategies

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize lean body mass aspects of weight loss, across age and gender, along with risks of excessive weight loss
  2. Identify the key elements in obesity prevention, weight gain/regain, and weight plateaus
  3. Describe the effects of obesity treatment on obesity associated conditions i.e. comorbid conditions

4:00-4:30 PM - Practice Management

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand patient care issues such as bias, stigma, culture, and ethics
  2. Recognize office practice tools and guides for use by those who treat obesity
  3. Recognize the roles of advocacy, teamwork, and public health related to obesity

4:30-4:45 PM - Break

4:45-6:00 PM - Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Marisa Censani, MD, Dipl. ABOM, FOMA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the epidemiology and risk factors for childhood obesity including environmental influences
  2. Summarize the 2007 Expert Committee Recommendations and flow charts in detail
  3. Review ABOM recommended resources for pediatric obesity
  4. Discuss evaluation and treatment of a child affected by obesity

6:00-6:45 PM - Lightning Round

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice exam-style case-based sample questions

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