Spring Obesity Summit 2020

Date: April 3-5
Accreditation: 17.5 CME/CE

The theme for the 2020 Spring Obesity Summit is Treat Obesity First. Obesity is associated with hundreds of other chronic diseases, so why not address it at the root? Treating obesity first will help you better manage obesity-related conditions; it will also reduce the risk of your patients developing further complications and improve their overall health and quality of life.

At the Spring Obesity Summit, discover ways to Treat Obesity First in your practice.

  • Understand the impact of obesity treatment on adiposity-related diseases and conditions.
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines to the clinical treatment of obesity.
  • Learn practical strategies for selecting meal plans and making specific dietary recommendations to meet your patients’ unique needs.
  • Incorporate obesity treatment into a busy primary care practice.
  • Initiate the conversation about obesity with your patients.
  • Manage obesity and mental health.
  • Explore the potential underlying causes of obesity.

Schedule on Friday, April 3

6:00-6:45 AM - Experts on the Move*

Start your morning with a fast-paced walk led by Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA.

*This event is worth 0.75 CME/CE credits. Attendance is optional, but you will only earn the additional 0.75 CME/CE credits by attending Experts on the Move.

7:00-7:45 AM - Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

Grab some breakfast and visit the exhibitors. Explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

7:45-8:00 AM - Welcome Address

Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

Hear from the OMA President about trends in the field of obesity medicine, expectations for 2020, and OMA projects on the horizon.

8:00-9:00 AM - Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: Management of Diabetes by Treating Obesity First

Ken Fujioka, MD

Discuss the role obesity plays in diabetes risk, and the benefits of weight loss for glucose control. Review available treatment strategies to effectively manage patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes. This session will include discussion on the safety and efficacy of utilizing anti-obesity medications in treatment plans.

  • Predict the amount of improvement in blood sugar with weight management.
  • Adjust insulin safely as the patient with type 2 diabetes loses weight.
  • Assess the risks and benefits of prescribing anti-obesity medications in the patient with diabetes and obesity.

9:00-10:00 AM - Current Concepts in Obesity Medicine
9:00-10:00 AM - Utilizing the OMAcademy Resources for Health Professional Students and Residents

Current Concepts in Obesity Medicine
Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

This session will review current concepts and studies in obesity medicine to illustrate why losing weight and keeping it off is so challenging. We will discuss multi-component treatment options to address the challenges that patients with obesity face.

  • Recognize the mechanisms of obesity as a chronic disease.
  • Dispel common myths of obesity treatment and improve utilization of evidence-based obesity treatment options.
  • Address issues of bias and stigma in treating patients with obesity.

Obesity Medicine Educator Session: Utilizing the OMAcademy Resources for Health Professional Students and Residents
Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Learn to better utilize the great resources the OMA has for clinicians-in-training. Students and residents have limited opportunities to learn obesity medicine during their training. This session will review the OMA recommended curricula for health professional students and residents for either self-study, or to integrate into an obesity medicine rotation. The program is well suited for practicing providers who are currently involved in teaching clinicians-in-training or who are looking to get more involved in teaching about obesity medicine.

  • Identify the OMAcademy resources available to clinicians-in-training members.
  • Discuss integrating obesity education into an obesity medicine rotation.
  • Utilize the OMAcademy syllabus and curriculum in an obesity medicine rotation.

10:00-10:45 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

10:45 AM-12:15 PM - Obesity Algorithm Updates
10:45 AM-12:15 PM - Applying the OMEC Competencies

Obesity Algorithm Updates
Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA; Karli Burridge, PA-C, MMS, FOMA

In this session, two authors of the 2020 Obesity Algorithm® will discuss the latest revisions to this clinical resource and how it can be effectively incorporated into clinical practice. Through discussion of a patient case, they will demonstrate the application of this clinical tool in the evaluation and treatment of patients with obesity.

  • Discuss the rationale and context behind recent updates to the Obesity Algorithm.
  • Explore the science behind obesity as a disease.
  • Apply the Obesity Algorithm in clinical practice.

Applying the OMEC Competencies
Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

What do health professional students and residents need to learn about obesity medicine? How do you assess their progress? The Obesity Medicine Education Collaboration (OMEC) involved 40 obesity and education experts from 13 medical societies working together to develop 32 core competencies in the 6 ACGME domains. The competencies provide metrics and benchmarks to medical learners at every level of training. This session will a review of the competencies and provide instruction on practical application. This is a must have tool for educators in obesity medicine as well as a useful means to measure your own progress in learning obesity medicine.

  • Identify the obesity medicine core competencies and associated benchmarks.
  • Apply the OMEC competencies to a current obesity medicine education program.
  • Utilize the OMEC competencies and associated benchmarks for learner assessment
  • Utilize the obesity medicine core competencies as part of a self-assessment

12:15-1:30 PM - Lunch

1:30-2:45 PM - Anti-Obesity Medications: When and How Should They Be Initiated?

Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

This presentation will use case studies to demonstrate when and how to institute FDA approved anti-obesity medications using evidence-based practice. The case studies will demonstrate how to monitor the use of medications once initiated, and review how to adjust medications when appropriate.

  • Identify evidence-based guidelines for pharmacologic management of the chronic disease of obesity.
  • Describe available pharmacotherapeutics that can be utilized to support treatment of the chronic disease of obesity.
  • Utilize case studies to demonstrate appropriate timing and selection process for use of medications in the treatment of obesity.

2:45-3:30 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

3:30-4:30 PM - 800,000 Rx’s Per Month: What Do We Really Know About Phentermine?

Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA

This presentation will bring both new and seasoned practitioners up to date on what we know, don’t know, and what we need to ask next. It will discuss the barriers that still exist to getting answers around the use of phentermine. Review the recent literature on phentermine and discuss dosing, safety, and efficacy of the drug. This talk will also discuss current biases surrounding phentermine and review state laws that regulate its use.

  • Review the data currently available on phentermine safety, efficacy, limiting factors in use, and long term outcomes, with particular focus on the last 2 years of key publications.
  • Apply the full scope of data in clinical decision making with individual patients.
  • Recognize the legal and professional bias toward sympathomimetics and how to manage that bias among peers and referral networks.

4:30-5:30 PM - Is It All in My Head? The Role of Mental Health in Obesity

Houman Varghai, MD, FACP

Understand how to fully assess patients for underlying mental health disorders, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or prior trauma that can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors, which in turn can cause weight gain, and prevent maintenance of weight loss. This lecture will discuss a stepwise approach to initiating a workup for mental health disorders including how to start a conversation with the patient, prescribe medications, and recommend therapies. Case presentations will reinforce your ability to evaluate patients for mental health disorders.

  • Describe the pathophysiology that links mental stress and weight gain behavior.
  • Discuss mental health with patients during visits for weight management.
  • Understand best practices and treatments for mental health to improve weight loss and weight maintenance.

6:00-9:00 PM - Member Reception

OMA Members Only

Join your fellow OMA members for an eclectic and entertaining evening at The Duce, a hip refurbished warehouse in downtown Phoenix. Enjoy vintage-inspired refreshments and appetizers while taking your turn playing retro games!

This is a ticketed event – pre-registration is required. Reserve your ticket during the conference registration process. Each OMA member has the option to bring one guest for an additional fee.

  • OMA Member: Free
  • Guest: $30

Schedule on Saturday, April 4

6:00-7:00 AM - Fun Run

Get your blood pumping during a morning fun run.

7:30-8:00 AM - CME Breakfast Panel*

Grab breakfast and ask a panel of experts all of your questions you have from the first day of the Summit.

*This event is worth 0.5 CME/CE credits. In addition to class sessions, attendance at this event is required to earn the full 17.5 CME/CE credits for the Spring Obesity Summit.

8:00-8:15 AM - Break

8:15-9:15 AM - Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: Incorporating Behavioral Health into the PCP’s Office

Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP

Primary care providers are uniquely positioned to help patients learn behavioral strategies for weight loss and to support patients with weight management. In this session we will review key strategies that primary care providers can use to provide behavioral obesity treatment. In addition, we will discuss models of care to help patients achieve and maintain healthy weights.

  • Describe the 5As counseling framework as a model of obesity management in primary care.
  • Discuss effective strategies for promoting weight loss in primary care.
  • Identify key strategies to help patients with long-term weight loss maintenance.

9:15-10:15 AM - Obesity Medicine 2020 Keynote Address: The Mythology of Modern Day Dieting

Yoni Freedhoff, MD

From fad diets, to extremes of exercise, to being hungry, to shaming as a motivator, how society approaches weight management is rife with harmful myths. Take a tour of some of diet world's most pervasive and destructive myths followed by a tour of Boringville - those behaviours that while not sexy enough to sell millions of books or prop up a guru, are powerful enough to actually make a lasting impact on your and/or your patients health.

  • Recognize and identify some of the more pervasive myths supporting modern day dieting and weight management.
  • Briefly explore the science behind the recommendation of specific diets and their long-term impact on weight.
  • Consider the impact of actionable, but far less dramatic, approaches to improving lifestyle irrespective of weight.

10:15-11:00 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Understanding Food Addiction
11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Talking to Patients About Obesity

Next Level in Obesity Management Track: Understanding Food Addiction
Connie Stapleton, PhD

Food addiction is a highly debated topic. In this session, we will discuss the research findings related to food addiction and strategies for addressing food addiction with your patients. We will review methods for evaluating patients for food addiction in order to prescribe appropriate interventions. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the value of having an open discussion with patients about family history of addiction and uncovering the possibility of food as a substance of abuse and dependency.

  • Identify factors indicating that food affects the brain similarly to other addictive substances.
  • Review common ways of assessing patients for food addiction.
  • Recognize the benefits of addressing the topic of food addiction with individuals who meet the criteria for a probable food addiction.

Building Blocks of Obesity Medicine Track: Talking to Patients about Obesity
Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

Every clinician needs to understand the process of opening the conversation about obesity with their patients. So many patients have experienced such bias and stigma in healthcare settings that we must be able to overcome this resistance. Without starting the conversation, treatment cannot be initiated. This presentation will demonstrate ways to open the conversation as well as ensure the office environment is appropriate for patients with obesity. We will review current research to more fully understand the patient perspective as well as research that demonstrates our own possible bias related to patients with obesity.

  • Review research indicating what patients want from providers related to the conversation around obesity.
  • Describe weight bias and how it affects the conversation about obesity.
  • Recognize current practices and resources for providing obesity care, including staff education, the office environment, and equipment, to improve the conversation.

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch in the Exhibit Hall for those not Attending Working Lunch

12:10-12:50 PM - Working Lunch: Evolution and Obesity - Current Perspectives

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH

Obesity is driven by modern civilization. Appreciating the intersection of human evolution and modern society will inform our understanding of obesity and the obesity epidemic. This approach also offers clues to improve public health and clinical approaches for obesity prevention and treatment.

  • Examine key aspects of human evolution and modern society in the context of the obesity epidemic.
  • Translate insights from evolution and biology to inform obesity prevention and treatment.

1:00-2:00 PM - Gastrointestinal and Liver Health in Obesity
1:00-2:00 PM - The Key Studies in Obesity Medicine

Next Level in Obesity Management Track: Gastrointestinal and Liver Health in Obesity
Lisa Ganjhu, DO

The impact of obesity on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver is not as widely understood as other common adiposity-related diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This lecture will educate the practitioner on how obesity can impact GI dysfunction, malignancy, and the microbiome. Learn how to incorporate the four pillars of weight management - nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and pharmacotherapy - into a treatment plan to manage common/uncomplicated GI liver disease.

  • Recognize the impacts of obesity on the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
  • Describe how weight loss can potentially reverse dysfunction and/or reduce the risk of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and NASH.

Building Blocks of Obesity Medicine Track: The Key Studies in Obesity Medicine
Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA

In this presentation, we will discuss the key studies in obesity medicine that provide evidence for why obesity is a disease requiring long-term treatment. We will also discuss key research related to various obesity treatment strategies. This presentation is designed to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based findings to draw from in discussing obesity medicine with patients and other physicians.

  • Explore the research behind why obesity is a disease and what treatment options are available.
  • Communicate the evidence for why obesity is a disease with patients and healthcare providers.
  • Discuss relevant research in support of obesity treatment strategies.

2:00-2:15 PM - Break

2:15-3:00 PM - Hidden Causes of Obesity
2:15-3:00 PM - Addressing and Treating Obesity in the Outpatient Family Practice Setting

Next Level in Obesity Management Track: Hidden Causes of Obesity
Srividya Kidambi, MD, MS

In this session, we will explore how to identify the hidden causes of weight gain, such as medications, diabetes treatment, hypogonadism or other hormonal conditions. These hidden causes can complicate the assessment and treatment of patients with obesity. We will review the literature on the hidden causes of obesity to understand how to more effectively assess and treat patients with obesity, and explore treatment options for special populations with obesity.

  • Identify hidden causes of weight gain.
  • Assess patients for hormonal conditions of obesity.
  • Review strategies for evaluating and treating special populations with obesity.

Building Blocks of Obesity Medicine Track: Addressing and Treating Obesity in the Outpatient Family Practice Setting
Keren Wilson, DO

This session will review how a primary care clinician can address, prevent, and treat obesity in the outpatient setting. This presentation will emphasize practical information to incorporate in patient visits.

  • Address patient weight during a primary care visit.
  • Advise patients, depending on age, on best lifestyle modifications.
  • Incorporate anti-obesity medications into a primary care setting when appropriate.

3:00-3:45 PM - Final Break in Exhibit Hall

This is the last opportunity to visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new products and services to use when treating patients with obesity.

3:45-4:45 PM - Evidence-based Dietary Treatment of Disease
3:45-4:45 PM - Recognizing and Utilizing Weight Loss Patterns in Lifelong Weight Management

Next Level in Obesity Management Track: Evidence Based Dietary Treatment of Disease
Marijane Hynes, MD, Dipl. ABOM

This session will provide an evidence-based review of what every clinician should know regarding dietary recommendations for various disease states. We will identify dietary treatments for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, liver disease and chronic kidney disease. This presentation will include an update on Calcium, Vitamin D and Omega 3 supplementation.

  • Advise patients on current evidence-based nutritional information.
  • Identify effective dietary strategies for patients suffering from various health conditions and food sensitivity.
  • Review current data on calcium, vitamin D and omega 3 supplementation.
  • Reinforce healthy diets and eating habits based on current evidence, not fads.

Building Blocks of Obesity Medicine Track: Recognizing and Utilizing Weight Loss Patterns in Lifelong Weight Management
W. Allen Rader, MD, MFOMA

New practitioners to obesity medicine may not have experienced weight set points and weight loss resistance points throughout a patient’s lifetime. This presentation is to display with graphs, patient examples of the most common resistance points in weight loss, how to evaluate in each individual patient, and suggestions for intervention.

  • Understand lifelong intervention using patients’ previous weight levels in managing weight loss barriers.
  • Discuss benchmarks of weight loss progress in a weight loss program and how they relate to set points and resistance points.
  • Utilize pattern recognition throughout the lifespan of each individual patient.

6:00 PM - Dine-arounds

Need dinner plans? Sign up at the member center to attend a dine-around, and join a group of fellow attendees for dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.*

*Dinner costs are each individual's responsibility.

Schedule on Sunday, April 5

7:00-7:45 AM - Breakfast with the Experts*

Choose from a list of topics in obesity medicine and discuss best practices and innovative strategies for managing the chronic disease of obesity with other practicing obesity specialists.

  • Discuss best practices of obesity evaluation and treatment with practicing obesity specialists.
  • Explore innovative strategies for managing obesity in various practice settings.
  • Recognize the importance of treating obesity first to improve associated health conditions and overall patient health.

*This event is worth 0.75 CME/CE credits. In addition to class sessions, attendance at this event is required to earn the full 17.5 CME/CE credits for the Spring Obesity Summit.

7:45-8:00 AM - Break

8:00-9:00 AM - Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Mediterranean Diet

Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of the Mediterranean, plant-based and ketogenic/low-carbohydrate diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the Mediterranean, plant-based, and ketogenic or low carbohydrate diets.

  • Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of Mediterranean nutritional patterns.
  • Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing the Mediterranean diet.
  • Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
  • Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a Mediterranean dietary plan.

9:00-10:00 AM - Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Plant-based Diet

Leigh Ettinger, MD, MS

These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of the Mediterranean, plant-based and ketogenic/low-carbohydrate diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the Mediterranean, plant-based, and ketogenic or low carbohydrate diets.

  • Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of plant-based nutritional patterns.
  • Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing a plant-based diet.
  • Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
  • Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a plant-based diet plan.

10:00-10:15 AM - Break

10:15-11:15 AM - Implementing Nutritional Strategies: Low-carbohydrate and Ketogenic Diets

Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA

These sessions will review the medical evidence that supports the use of the Mediterranean, plant-based and ketogenic/low-carbohydrate diets for the treatment of obesity and adiposity-related conditions (cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, dysglycemia, cancer, etc.). We will discuss practical implementation strategies, macronutrient composition, permitted foods, and sample meals and snacks for each nutrition plan. We will also review how to assess your patients’ nutritional needs and strategies to mitigate the potential risks and complications of each nutrition plan. After this session, attendees will understand how to recommend individualized nutrition plans for their patients using the Mediterranean, plant-based, and ketogenic or low carbohydrate diets.

  • Describe the health benefits and distinguishing characteristics of low carbohydrate/ketogenic nutritional patterns.
  • Identify potential risks and complications and discuss strategies for managing a low carbohydrate/ketogenic.
  • Explain how to assess individual dietary needs based on health risks, medical conditions, degree of adiposity, age, and level of physical activity.
  • Develop a nutritional plan for individual patients utilizing a low carbohydrate/ketogenic dietary plan.

11:15 AM-12:00 PM - Implementing Nutritional Strategies Q&A

Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA; Leigh Ettinger, MD, MS; Sara Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA

In this closing session, the panelists will take audience questions on how to implement the Mediterranean, plant-based, and low carbohydrate or ketogenic diets in the treatment of obesity.

  • Discuss specific implementation strategies for the Mediterranean, plant-based and low carbohydrate or ketogenic diets.

Spring Obesity Summit Learning Objectives

  • Integrate the latest advances in the evaluation and treatment of the complex chronic disease of obesity.
  • Implement behavioral health obesity treatment strategies in a primary care setting.
  • Identify, evaluate, and treat various adiposity-related diseases and recognize the impact of obesity treatment on those conditions.
  • Integrate effective communication with patients and healthcare providers regarding the disease of obesity and options for long-term medical treatment.
  • Utilize the Obesity Algorithm® guidelines for the clinical treatment of obesity and associated conditions.
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines for pharmacologic management of the disease of obesity.
  • Review the safety and efficacy of phentermine for obesity treatment, and explore the regulations surrounding its use.
  • Utilize a variety of nutritional treatment interventions tailored to the unique needs of patients, including dietary restrictions, medical conditions, health risk, and weight loss goals.

Commercial Support

This course is supported by Abbot Nutrition

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