Review Course for the ABOM Exam – Virtual

Date: October 7-8, 2020
Accreditation: 13.5 CME/CE and 13.5 Medical Knowledge MOC Points (ABIM)
Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 7 – 12:30-5:45 PM EDT
Thursday, Oct. 8 – 9:30 AM-7:00 PM EDT

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 30 CME/CE – enough to fulfill the “Group One” requirement for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam application – when you attend both the Review Course for the ABOM Exam – Virtual and the Fall Obesity Summit – Virtual.

  • 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 planning to take the exam

Schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 7

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

Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, Dipl. ABOM

  • Explain the definition and diagnosis of obesity
  • Recall the epidemiology, incidence, and prevalence of obesity
  • 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

Michelle Langaker, DO, Dipl. ABOM

  • Understand the components of an obesity-related history and physical
  • Recognize common co-morbidities
  • Recognize rare adipose disorders
  • Select appropriate diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests
  • Be aware of screening questionnaires and guideline resources

2:00-3:00 PM - Pathophysiology Part 1

Jeff Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • Understand the complexity of weight control at the CNS level
  • Review the peripheral hormones that assist with weight regulation
  • Review the CNS hormones that control energy balance
  • Follow the path of signaling from the hypothalamus, 1st and 2nd order neurons
  • Discuss genetic obesity disorders and their relationship to hormones

3:00-3:15 PM - Break


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

Jeff Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

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

4:15-5:30 PM - Behavioral and Psychosocial Diagnoses and Treatment

Carl Knopke, MD, FOMA, FAAFP, Dipl. ABOM

  • Recognize the role of eating-related behaviors in obesity
  • Identify eating disorders and underlying psychological disorders associated with obesity
  • Recommend psychotherapeutic interventions that positively impact maladaptive eating behaviors
  • Summarize National Weight Control Registry
  • Prescribe pharmacologic therapies that may mitigate the effect of maladaptive eating behaviors

5:30-5:45 PM - Lightning Round

William McCarthy, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • Lightning Round Review of Sample Test Questions (Round #1)

Schedule on Thursday, Oct. 8

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9:30-10:00 AM - Panel with ABOM Diplomates

  • Details coming soon!
  • 10:00-11:15 AM - Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

    Marisa Censani, MD, Dipl. ABOM

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

    11:15-11:30 AM - Break


    11:30-1:00 PM - Nutrition

    Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    • Define Macro and micronutrients
    • Identify GI sites of nutrient absorption
    • Define Obesity-related vitamin and mineral metabolism (Ca, PTH, B12, vit D)
    • Recognize Macronutrient diet composition and effects on body weight and metabolism

    • Diet
    • Define Calorie and micro/macro nutrient
    • Define very low calorie diet
    • Define meal replacements
    • Identify effects on co-morbid conditions

    1:00-1:45 PM - Physical Activity

    U. Inge Ferguson, DO, FACOI, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    • Learn the fundamentals of writing an exercise prescription
    • Understand mechanics of exercise
    • Recognize the effects of exercise on associated health conditions

    1:45-2:00 PM - Break


    2:00-3:30 PM - Surgery

    Josh Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS, Dipl. ABOM

    • List the types, risks, and benefits of the different weight-loss surgery (WLS) procedures
    • Understand the pre-operative medical assessment and preparation
    • Be aware of potential complications of weight loss surgery
    • Describe post-op medical and nutritional management
    • Understand weight loss surgery adolescents and WLS/pregnancy

    3:30-3:45 PM - Break


    3:45-5:00 PM - Pharmacotherapy

    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM

      Identify AOM (Anti-Obesity Medications) based on ABOM Test Content and make it relevant to clinical practice.

    • Prescription Dose and Frequency
    • Indications/Contraindications
    • 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

    5:00-5:15 PM - Break


    5:15-5:45 PM - Obesity Treatment Strategies

    U. Inge Ferguson, DO, FACOI, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

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

    5:45-6:15 PM - Practice Management

    U. Inge Ferguson, DO, FACOI, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    • To provide insight of patient care issues such as bias, stigma, communication, and ethics
    • To provide office practice tools and guides for use by those who treat obesity
    • To review advocacy, teamwork, and public health related to obesity

    6:15-7:00 PM - Lightning Round

    William McCarthy, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

    • Lightning Round Review of Sample Test Questions (Round #2)


    If you are enrolled in the Review Course for the ABOM Exam – Virtual, you will be given access to the recorded lectures for 90 days, once they get uploaded. The upload may take up to 4 weeks post conference.

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