Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative

About OMEC

The formation of the Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative (OMEC) was a joint effort among the Obesity Medicine Association, The Obesity Society, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The purpose of the Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative is to develop obesity-focused competencies and evaluation benchmarks that can be directly incorporated into medical training programs by education committees and program directors.

OMEC will develop obesity-focused educational content for undergraduate, graduate, and fellowship programs. The ultimate goal is to introduce obesity medicine education early and ensure that physicians and health care professionals are adequately equipped to treat obesity when they begin their medical careers.

OMEC Steering Committee and Partner Organizations

Three organizations make up OMEC’s steering committee: the Obesity Medicine Association, The Obesity Society, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In 2016, leaders from these organizations met to discuss plans for creating a blueprint for obesity medicine education in medical schools, residencies, and fellowships.

Since then, the Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative has grown to include several organizations. Participating organizations are divided into working groups focused on developing competencies for six domains. Organizations involved in OMEC as either writers or reviewers include:

  • Obesity Medicine Association
  • The Obesity Society
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Academy of Osteopathy
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American Association of Physician Assistants
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • Endocrine Society
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine
  • Society of General Internal Medicine

OMEC Project Outline and Timeline

  • Phase I

    Phase I is the development phase. During this phase, the steering committee and writing organizations must:

    • Identify Domains and Competencies: Education will focus on six domains, each with a list of corresponding competencies.
    • Identify Benchmarks: Benchmarks allow for evaluation of the learner at any level for a given competency.
    • Identify Entrustable Physician Acts: EPAs describe routine activities that a learner can be entrusted to carry out with minimal supervision.
    • Develop Examples of Curriculum Content and Design: Content will include curriculum guidance, periodic evaluation, and standarized testing measures.
  • Phase II

    Phase II is the external review phase. Organizations involved in the external review process are:

    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    • American College of Sports Medicine
    • American Gastroenterological Association
    • American Sleep Apnea Association
    • American Society of Addiction Medicine
    • National Lipid Association
  • Phase III

    Phase III is the dissemination phase.