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Obesity: Treat or Refer

Providing education and resources to build competency in treating obesity in a primary care setting or increase access to obesity medicine specialists to support obesity treatment.

What is Obesity: Treat or Refer?

Primary care providers are seeing the symptoms of obesity in their exam rooms daily. Whether cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, etc., clinicians need the tools to treat obesity at its root in order to resolve obesity-related diseases.

The Obesity: Treat or Refer education program seeks to...

  • Increase providers' understanding of obesity as a chronic disease.
  • Increase providers' comfort level and competency in treating obesity, or for those providers who are not comfortable treating obesity, increase referrals to obesity medicine experts in their patients' communities.
  • Create, curate and mentor a community of obesity medicine champions, inside and outside of health systems across the US to offer support and education.

Through a partnership with Project ECHO, the OMA will host monthly virtual ECHO sessions which will include a brief didactic lecture followed by a patient case study. Through lecture and experiential learning, participants will enhance their knowledge base of the disease of obesity and how to best clinically manage their patients with obesity. Learn more about Project ECHO by clicking here.

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Project ECHO: Obesity Medicine Association

By partnering with Project ECHO, the OMA joins in their mission to provide training and mentorship to transform and sustain strong health systems.

Treating the Disease of Obesity ECHO Program

The OMA ECHO program seeks to address primary care providers' confidence related to the diagnosis and treatment of the disease of obesity. Through the monthly Zoom sessions, participants will gain knowledge of obesity treatment through a lecture/presentation on a topic area followed by a case study discussion to apply the learning. Participants are asked to submit case studies for consideration ahead of each session for which they are registered.

Treating the Disease of Obesity Project ECHO Program Interest Form

Fill out the form below to receive more information on upcoming ECHO sessions. This is not a registration form for the ECHO sessions. Click here to register for sessions.

Find a Provider

Members of the OMA are physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers who have received specialized training to treat obesity and obesity-related conditions. Search the OMA Member Directory to find an obesity medicine specialist in your area.