Date: April 21-22
Accreditation: 9.5 CME/CE

Practice Management Essentials will focus on how to get started with an obesity medicine practice. The content is intended for physicians recently certified in obesity medicine, as well as other primary care or specialized physicians, NPs, and PAs who have the clinical obesity medicine knowledge but want to successfully set up and run an obesity medicine practice.

During Practice Management Essentials, identify coding patterns for obesity encounters through case scenarios, and understand the role of accurate ICD-10 coding to optimize insurance reimbursement. Sessions will also review strategies for expanding your obesity medicine team, optimizing the virtual visit, and building a solid marketing foundation for your obesity medicine practice.


Schedule on Wednesday, April 21 (EDT)


  • 12:00-12:45 PM - Epidemiology and Determinants
    • 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
  • 12:45-1:45 PM - Pathophysiology Part 1

    Angie Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    • Understand the complexity of weight control at the CNS level
    • Articulate the peripheral hormones that assist with weight regulation
    • Recall the CNS hormones that control energy balance
    • Describe the signaling pathways from the hypothalamus, 1st and 2nd order neurons
    • Explain the function of orexigens and anorexigens at the CNS level
    • Discuss genetic obesity disorders and their relationship to hormones
  • 2:00-3:00 PM - Pathophysiology Part 2

    Angie Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    • Understand the emerging science on the intestinal microbiome and its effect on weight regulation
    • Explain 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
  • 3:00-3:45 PM - Assessment and Evaluation
    • Understand the components of an obesity-related history and physical
    • Recognize common co-morbidities
    • Identify rare adipose disorders
    • Select appropriate diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests
    • Be aware of screening questionnaires and guideline resources
  • 4:00-5:00 PM - Behavioral and Psychosocial Diagnoses and Treatment
    • Identify Obesity Related Behavioral Problems
    • Recommend Psychotherapeutic treatments
    • Summarize the predictors of long-term weight maintenance from National Weight Control Registry
    • Prescribe Relevant Pharmacologic therapies when indicated
  • 5:00-5:15 PM Lightning Round Questions

Schedule on Thursday, April 22 (EDT)


  • 8:00-8:30 AM - Breakfast with ABOM Diplomates

    Discuss your questions on the content reviewed during the review course with a panel of 3 ABOM diplomates.

  • 8:45-10:00 AM - Nutrition
    • Define Macro and micronutrients
    • Identify GI sites of nutrient absorption
    • Discuss obesity-related vitamin and mineral metabolism (Ca, PTH, B12, vit D)
    • Recognize Macronutrient diet composition and effects on body weight and metabolism
  • 10:00-10:45 AM - Physical Activity
    • Learn the fundamentals of writing an exercise Prescription
    • Understand mechanics of exercise
    • Recognize the effects of exercise on associated health conditions
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Pharmacotherapy
    • List FDA currently approved anti-obesity medications (AOM’s).
    • Summarize FDA prescribing information for AOM’s.
    • Name off label and over-the counter medications that may benefit obesity.
    • Describe the effects FDA approved and off label medications on obesity comorbid conditions.
    • Identify Drug-Drug, Drug-Nutrient, and Drug-Herbal interactions
    • Discuss multi0drug combination therapy.
    • Manage drug-induced weight gain.
    • Explore alternative, emerging, and investigational therapies
    • Identify AOM (Anti-Obesity Medications) based on ABOM Test Content and make it relevant to clinical practice including:
      • 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
  • 12:00-12:30 PM - Obesity Treatment Strategies
    • Recognize lean body mass aspects of weight loss, across age and gender, along with risks of excessive weight loss
    • Identify the key elements in obesity prevention, weight gain/regain, and weight plateaus
    • Describe the effects of obesity treatment on obesity associated conditions i.e. comorbid conditions
  • 1:15-2:30 PM - Surgery
    • List the Types, risks, and benefits of the different weight-loss surgery (WLS) procedures
    • Describe the Pre-operative medical assessment and preparation
    • Identify potential Complications of weight loss surgery
    • Describe Post-op medical and Nutritional management
    • Discuss weight loss surgery Adolescents and WLS/pregnancy
  • 2:30-3:00 PM - Practice Management
    • Discuss patient care issues such as bias, stigma, culture, and ethics
    • Identify office practice tools and guides for use by those who treat obesity
    • Summarize the roles of advocacy, teamwork, and public health related to obesity
  • 3:15-4:30 PM - Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
    • Discuss the epidemiology and risk factors for childhood obesity including environmental influences
    • Summarize the 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
  • 4:30-5:15 PM - Lightning Round Questions

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