The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) has created education and a curriculum for a FREE four-week obesity medicine “supplemental education” that can be completed remotely/online. This curriculum and education is being offered for FREE to any student or resident currently enrolled in an institution’s health profession program. This online education includes a total of 31 hours of obesity-focused education.
How can you participate?
If you work for an institution that offers a health profession degree program and you are interested in making this FREE education available to your students or residents, please fill out the appropriate form. OMA staff will then be in touch with next steps.
Who is eligible to receive this free education?
- Institutions training Health professional students - MD, DO, PA, NP, PharmD, and DPT students.
- Institutions training Medical Residents – family medicine, internal medicine, and traditional rotating internship.
Why should you participate?
With the increased restriction on individuals allowed in hospitals and clinical settings, many students and residents are not being allowed to participate in their scheduled clinical rotations. These limitations have created an urgent need for online educational opportunities. The OMA wants to partner with institutions to provide supplemental learning at no cost during this time.
What is included?
- 24 recorded lectures
- 7 case studies
- Dedicated readings on obesity medicine
- Key journal articles on obesity medicine
Why obesity medicine?
Obesity has risen dramatically over the past 30 years and is expected to continue to rise in the coming decade1. Still, there remains a shortage of obesity education in medical schools as well as other health professional training programs2. The OMA online curriculum provides a solid foundation in obesity pathophysiology along with an in depth understanding of the role of nutrition, physical activity, behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy for the treatment of obesity.
More information on Obesity Medicine Student Education:
Mission: To provide foundational information and training in obesity medicine for health professional students and residents in a fully online format.
Purpose: The intention of this curriculum is to provide a four-week high quality online obesity education program for medical health professional students or residents. Obesity education is important because:
- Obesity is the most common disease encountered in medical practice.
- Obesity is a cause or contributing factor to over 200 other diseases.
- The treatment of obesity can improve or resolve many of these conditions.
- Nutrition and obesity education in medical school is limited, and most students graduating from medical school do not feel adequately trained to treat obesity.
Course Description: The obesity medicine online education will provide students and residents with the opportunity to build an understanding of the unique conditions surrounding the care of the patient with obesity. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assess patients with obesity and develop treatment recommendations utilizing self-directed, online educational programming and dedicated reading assignments. Students will develop the foundational tools necessary to address problem solving, patient assessment, and the coordination of health care for the individual with obesity.
Course Overview: The Obesity Medicine 4-Week Student Education is an online resource providing foundational study in the disease of obesity beginning with the pathophysiologic factors impacting weight. The course encompasses a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of the patient with obesity. Students will learn to identify and evaluate both the causes and health consequences of obesity. The medical treatment of obesity centers on the four pillars of obesity care: nutritional intervention, physical activity, behavioral therapy, and pharmacotherapy. The course will review each of these modalities and incorporate each component into patient evaluation and treatment. Effective patient care begins with a compassionate and empathetic approach, which is patient focused. Engagement tools such as the 5 A’s and motivational interviewing are essential components of effective patient communication. Beyond basic knowledge, successful integration of obesity medicine must include a broader scope of patient care including: prevention and screening; coordination of health care; continuity of service; and, family and community dynamics. Students will review these key foundational components of clinical obesity treatment through required readings, lecture modules, and case studies.
If your institution is interested in utilizing the FREE OMA educational content in obesity medicine, please complete the appropriate form. We will then reach out to each institution to receive a list of students (names and email address) that you would like us to enroll in this curriculum.