Full Conference: Review Course + Fall Obesity Summit

Date: September 26-30
Accreditation: 30 CME/CE

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Bundle your registration and save! The full conference registration option allows you to attend both the Review Course for the ABOM Exam and the Fall Obesity Summit at a discounted rate. This is the perfect option for those planning to sit for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam because the 30 CME credit hours earned at Overcoming Obesity 2018 will fully satisfy the Group One CME requirement for the exam application.

The Review Course for the ABOM Exam (Sept. 26-27) is the most frequently recommended resource by physicians for preparing for the ABOM exam. It covers the core content you need to know for the exam, and for the first time this year, the Review Course will also go over the answers to sample test questions!

The Fall Obesity Summit (Sept. 28-30) is a can't-miss event. We're bringing in the world's top obesity experts to discuss hot topics in obesity medicine—like the microbiome, pharmacotherapy, ketogenic diets, Mediterranean diets, genetics, and precision medicine—and provide you with tips and tools for clinical application. Check out the full conference schedule below!

Wednesday, Sept. 26 (Review Course)

1:00-1:45 PM - Epidemiology and Determinants of Obesity

Speaker: Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

This presentation will discuss the prevalence of obesity in the United States; the genetic, environmental, and cultural factors that contribute to obesity; the financial costs associated with obesity; the pathophysiology of obesity-related disorders; and the psychosocial aspects of obesity.

1:45-2:30 PM - Assessment and Evaluation

Speaker: Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Review the components of a medical history and physical exam, including relevant laboratory and diagnostic tests, for patients with obesity. A diagnostic reference guide will be provided.

2:30-3:45 PM - Surgery

Speaker: Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS, Dipl. ABOM

Review the post-operative anatomy and its impact on nutrition; appropriate laboratory evaluation techniques for post-operative patients; vitamin deficiencies and replacement therapies; post-operative medication adjustments; and immediate and long-term post-operative complications and therapies.

3:45-4:00 PM - Break and Chair Yoga in Classroom

Stretch your legs, mingle, and network with other physicians planning to take the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam.

4:00-5:00 PM - Behavioral and Psychosocial Diagnosis and Treatment

Speaker: Colleen Fairbanks, PhD

Learn how to perform a comprehensive behavioral assessment; tailor individual treatment and target problem areas for change; use tools to assess readiness for change and resistance, including the Transtheoretical Model; and employ motivational interviewing techniques. In addtion, become familiar with different types of behavioral therapy and lifestyle approaches; understand the efficacy of meal replacements for weight loss and maintenance; and understand the critical components of maintenance.

5:00-6:00 PM - Pharmacotherapy

Speaker: Joynita Nicholson, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Learn about the mechanisms of action, indications, contra-indications, and side effects for each of the currently available FDA-approved anti-obesity agents. Review the drug combinations that may be used for obesity treatment.

6:00-7:00 PM - Conference Kick-off

Help us “kick off” the conference by wearing your favorite jersey to represent your hometown sports team!


Thursday, Sept. 27 (Review Course)

7:00-7:45 AM - Breakfast with Current ABOM Diplomates

Spend breakfast with current Diplomates of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) learning what it takes to pass the ABOM certification exam.

This breakfast is worth 0.5 CME/CE credits. Attendance at this breakfast is required for those who need to earn 30 Group One CME credits to apply for the ABOM exam.

8:00-10:00 AM - Pathophysiology

Speaker: Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Review the complexity of weight control at the CNS level; the peripheral hormones that assist with weight regulation; the CNS hormones that control energy balance; the path of signaling from the hypothalamus; first and second order neurons; the function of orexigens and anorexigens at the CNS level; and genetic obesity disorders and their relationship to hormones.

10:00-10:30 AM - Obesity Treatment Strategies

Speaker: Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Learn about strategies to manage obesity prevention, age-related metabolic changes, weight plateaus, maintenance, and other relevant guidelines.

10:30-11:15 AM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors to learn about available products and services for your practice.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Physical Activity

Speaker: Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Learn about the differences among physical activity, exercise, and non-exercise activity thermogenesis; basic science of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology; the role of non-weight-related benefits of an active lifestyle, including a significant reduction in coronary artery disease and all-cause mortality; and the evidence involving physical activity and its role in weight loss and weight-loss maintenance.

12:15-12:45 PM - Nutrition (Part 1)

Speaker: Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Review the concepts of daily energy requirements, including the function, significant food sources, relevant deficiency, and excess symptoms of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Compare and contrast different types of dietary prescriptions, including each of their advantages, disadvantages, and necessary precautions.

12:45-1:45 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall while meeting with vendors whose products and services can help you improve your practice.

1:45-2:30 PM - Nutrition (Part 2)

Speaker: Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Review the concepts of daily energy requirements, including the function, significant food sources, relevant deficiency, and excess symptoms of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Compare and contrast different types of dietary prescriptions, including each of their advantages, disadvantages, and necessary precautions.

2:30-3:00 PM - Practice Management

Speaker: Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Learn how to recognize weight bias and stigma. In addition, learn how to recognize and address issues, policies, and office protocols related to treating the patient with obesity. Review the current guidelines available for adult obesity treatment.

3:00-3:30 PM - Childhood and Adolescent Obesity (Part 1)

Speaker: Marisa Censani, MD, Dipl. ABOM

Learn about age-related components to obesity diagnosis, including: the use of body mass index (BMI) charts, discussions with parents, lab evaluation, special considerations for families, past medical history, review of systems, and physical examination. Review the most common age-specific co-morbidities and their relationships to coding for reimbursement. Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatment for pediatric obesity and the recommended resources available for healthcare providers, children, and families.

3:30-4:15 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors to learn about available products and services for your practice.

4:15-5:00 PM - Childhood and Adolescent Obesity (Part 2)

Speaker: Marisa Censani, MD, Dipl. ABOM

Learn about age-related components to obesity diagnosis, including: the use of body mass index (BMI) charts, discussions with parents, lab evaluation, special considerations for families, past medical history, review of systems, and physical examination. Review the most common age-specific co-morbidities and their relationships to coding for reimbursement. Gain an understanding of evidence-based treatment for pediatric obesity and the recommended resources available for healthcare providers, children, and families.

5:00-6:00 PM - Lightning Q&A

Join the Review Course speakers for a lightning-fast Q&A to review sample test questions.

6:00-7:30 PM - Exhibit Hall Happy Hour and Poster Session

Enjoy an evening with games and refreshments in the exhibit hall. Mingle with exhibitors and poster
presenters to learn about the latest products, services, and research in obesity medicine.

6:30-8:00 PM - Mentorship Meet-up

If you are participating in the mentorship program, take this opportunity to meet with your mentor or mentees.

7:30 PM - Dine-arounds

Need dinner plans? Sign up to attend a dine-around! We’ll make a reservation at a restaurant near the hotel, so you can join a small group of fellow clinicians for an evening out.*

*Dinner costs are each individual’s responsibility.


Friday, Sept. 28 (Fall Obesity Summit)

6:30-7:15 AM - Walk with the Doc

Pack your walking shoes to participate in this fast-paced walk led by Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA.

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

Each table will be assigned a topic related to obesity medicine. Choose a table with a topic that interests you and discuss that topic with an expert over breakfast!

8:00-8:30 AM - Welcome Address

Speakers: Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM, and Claudia Randall, MBA

8:30-9:15 AM - The Mindful Practitioner: Thriving Under Practice Pressure

Speaker: Steve Taubman, DC, MDH

Learn about self-directed mindset changes that will promote calm expertise in growing a practice.

9:15-10:15 AM - Mental Health Considerations in the Treatment of Obesity

Speaker: David Sarwer, PhD

Learn how to identify psychiatric conditions and eating disorders in patients with obesity, and understand how these conditions may interfere with obesity treatment. Learn about available tools you can employ to help address psychiatric problems and eating disorders during obesity treatment. Find out when you should refer your patient to a mental health or eating disorder specialist.

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

Visit the exhibitors to learn about available products and services for your practice.

11:00-11:45 AM - Update on Bariatric Surgical Procedures

Speaker: Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS, Dipl. ABOM

Learn about new developments in bariatric surgery, such as a more aggressive Roux-en-Y and SIPS (stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery). In addition, understand the FDA’s recent warning on gastric balloons.

11:45 AM-12:30 PM - Exercise Physiology

Speaker: Karli Burridge, PA-C

Learn how to evaluate patient readiness and abilities for safely and effectively incorporating aspects of physical activity into treatment.

12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall while meeting with vendors whose products and services can help you improve your practice.

1:15 PM - Trail Map Prize Drawing

At the conference, complete your exhibit hall trail map by collecting signatures from specified booths in the exhibit hall. Submit your completed trail map by the deadline to be eligible to win the grand prize - a $1,000 gift card!

1:30-2:30 PM - The Role of the Mediterranean Diet for Weight Control, Optimal Health, and Longevity

Speaker: Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

World-renowned nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Ozner, will discuss the benefits, risks, practical implications, and other relevant clinical information for the Mediterranean diet.

2:30-3:30 PM - The Ketogenic Diet

Speaker: Andreas Eenfeldt, MD

World-renowned nutrition expert, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, will discuss the benefits, risks, practical implications, and other relevant clinical information for the ketogenic diet.

3:30-4:15 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

This is the last opportunity to visit the exhibit hall to learn about available products and services for your practice.

3:35-4:10 PM - Committee Enrollment Overview

Serving on a committee is a great way to get more involved! Come to this committee overview to learn about the expectations for serving on a committee.

4:15-5:00 PM - Nutrition Panel

Speakers: Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, and Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA

Get your questions about the Mediterranean and ketogenic diets answered by these world-renowned nutrition experts.

5:00-5:45 PM - Clinical Research Abstract Presentations

5:00-5:15 PM - Identification of Individuals with Rare Genetic Disorders of Obesity Through Genetic Testing and Phenotypic Characterization: Design and Methodology
Rodayne Williams, BA

5:15-5:30 PM - Healthcare Utilization among Male Active Duty U.S. Army Soldiers
Brian Shiozawa, MD, MHA

5:30-5:45 PM - Improving Obesity Treatment in Primary Care
Sherlyn B. Celone-Arnold and Eric D. Peterson, EdM, FACEHP, CHCP

6:00-8:00 PM - Back to the 80s: Obesity Treatment Foundation Fundraising Event

Travel back in time and join us for the Obesity Treatment Foundation’s fundraising event!

Whether it’s moonwalking like Michael Jackson, playing trivial pursuit, bidding on fabulous silent auction items, or enjoying the sounds of the 80s with a live band, this year’s fundraising event has something for everyone!

100% of the funds raised at the event will support travel scholarships for clinicians-in-training, an annual research grant, and other educational opportunities for the medical community and the public.


Saturday, Sept. 29 (Fall Obesity Summit)

6:00-7:00 AM - 5k Fun Run

Pack your running shoes and participate in this fun run guided by Karli Burridge, PA-C.

7:00-7:45 AM - Meet Your Neighbors Breakfast

Get to know clinicians from your home state during breakfast. Tables will be assigned by state or region, allowing you to network with colleagues who practice obesity medicine near you.

8:00-8:45 AM - Understanding the Patient Point of View through Storytelling and Music

Speakers: Tom Willner and Anne McSweeney, LMSW

Tom Willner documented his journey as a patient with cancer in a musical. A main theme of his musical is empathy — understanding the patient's point of view. This theme resolnates in the field of obesity medicine because patients with obesity have likely experienced stigma, bias, loss, and even poor treatment by some healthcare providers. This presentation will include discussions coupled with songs along the theme of clinical empathy and truly understanding each patient's unique experience.

After this lecture, break out into sessions focused on the topic of behavior. Sessions run concurrently, but you may choose which one you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

9:00-10:00 AM - Understanding the Patient Point of View through Storytelling and Music: Continuing the Conversation

Speakers: Tom Willner and Anne McSweeney, LMSW
Level: Introductory
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of behavior. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

The presenters will answer questions from the audience and provide a workbook to help guide understanding and conversations with patients.

9:00-10:00 AM - Mindful Eating: A Technique for Patients

Speaker: Steve Taubman, DC, MDH
Level: Intermediate
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of behavior. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

With his expertise in performance psychology, Dr. Taubman will discuss how to guide patients toward mindfulness, with particular focus on mindfulness in relation to eating behaviors.

9:00-10:00 AM - Understanding and Managing Food Cravings

Speaker: Julia Hormes, PhD
Level: Advanced
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of behavior. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Dr. Hormes will present her research on the physiology of food choice and eating behaviors within the context of obesity. She will then demonstrate the clinical application of her research, providing clinical tools to help you identify and manage food cravings in patients with obesity.

10:00-10:15 AM - Break

Stretch your legs, mingle, and network with other obesity medicine clinicians.

10:15-11:00 AM - Medications for Obesity-related Diseases

Speaker: Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM

Become more comfortable incorporating medications for obesity-related diseases into treatment. Dr. Harold Bays will describe conditions related to obesity for which there are therapeutic options and delve into the prescribing details for some of these medications.

After this lecture, break out into sessions focused on medication. Sessions run concurrently, but you may choose which one you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Anti-obesity Medication Basics

Speaker: Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM
Level: Introductory
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of medication. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Understand what FDA-approved anti-obesity medications are currently available and each of their risks, benefits, mechanisms of action, and contraindications. Feel more confident incorporating medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM - Pharmacologic Combination Treatment Options for Obesity Management

Speaker: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM
Level: Intermediate
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of medication. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Learn about viable medication combination options to add to a potential treatment plan and how to incorporate those combinations into treatment.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM - What's in the Pipeline for Anti-obesity Medications?

Speaker: Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM
Level: Advanced
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of medication. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Become familiar with the anti-obesity medications currently in mid- to late-stage clinical trials and how these medications, once available, will impact the treatment of obesity.

12:15-2:00 PM - Honors and Awards Luncheon (Members Only)

Members of the Obesity Medicine Association are invited to this special luncheon to celebrate those who have made significant contributions to the field of obesity medicine. (This is a ticketed event.)

12:15-2:15 PM - Extended Lunch Break

Members of the Obesity Medicine Association are invited to attend the Honors and Awards Luncheon during this extended lunch break. All others are encouraged to use this time to explore all of the sights and history Washington, DC, has to offer. Lunch will not be provided.

2:15-3:00 PM - Precision Medicine in Obesity Treatment

Speaker: Aaron Kelly, PhD

Learn about heterogeneity in obesity treatment and the benefits and limitations of predicting individual responses to obesity treatment with nutritional, physical activity, pharmacologic, behavioral, and surgical interventions.

After this lecture, break out into sessions focused on precision medicine. Sessions run concurrently, but you may choose which one you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

3:15-4:15 PM - An Obesity Medicine Approach to Managing Diabetes and Weight-related Complications

Speaker: Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM
Level: Introductory
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of precision medicine. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Obesity treatment may have a substantial impact on diseases associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes. Learn how to avoid treatment complications in patients who take insulin and other medications. Gain insight on the medications that may cause weight gain or impede weight loss.

3:15-4:15 PM - Precision Medicine in Obesity: The Value of Genetic Information

Speaker: Ruth Loos, PhD
Level: Intermediate
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of precision medicine. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Learn about the relationship between genetics and obesity, including current research of genetic factors that influence individual variability for weight gain. Look ahead at the potential role of genetics in the prevention and treatment of obesity.

3:15-4:15 PM - The Relationship between the Gut Microbiome and Obesity

Speaker: Gerard E. Mullin, MD, MS
Level: Advanced
This session runs concurrently with two other sessions, all focused on the topic of precision medicine. You may choose which session you want to attend based on the topic, speaker, or skill level.

Understand the connection between the gut microbiome and obesity and the current knowledge on influencing the gut microbiome in the treatment of obesity. From a clinical standpoint, what can you do now? What can you expect to do in the future?

4:15-4:30 PM - Break

Stretch your legs, mingle, and network with other obesity medicine clinicians.

4:30-5:30 PM - OMA's Pediatric Obesity Algorithm

Speaker: Suzanne Cuda, MD, FAAP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

The Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® was first introduced in 2016 and has since gone through an intensive review and update for 2018. Learn what's new in the second version of the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm.

5:30-7:00 PM - Mentorship Meet-up

If you are participating in the mentorship program, take this opportunity to meet with your mentor or mentees.

5:45 PM - Dine-arounds

Need dinner plans? Sign up to attend a dine-around! We’ll make a reservation at a restaurant near the hotel, so you can join a small group of fellow clinicians for an evening out.*

*Dinner costs are each individual’s responsibility.


Sunday, Sept. 30 (Fall Obesity Summit)

6:00-7:00 AM - Bootcamp Workout

Start your day with physical activity at this bootcamp workout class.

7:00-7:45 AM - Panel Discussion during Breakfast: How Do We Address the Obesity Epidemic?

Submit your questions in advance through the mobile app for this panel discussion focused on making a significant impact in eradicating the obesity epidemic. Breakfast will be provided.

This breakfast is worth 0.75 CME/CE credits. Attendance at this breakfast is required for those who need to earn 30 Group One CME credits to apply for the ABOM exam.

8:00-9:30 AM - Body Mass Index: The Great Debate

Speakers: Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA, Dipl. ABOM, and W. Timothy Garvey, MD, Dipl. ABOM

The measurement of body mass index (BMI) has contributed to the recognition of obesity as a major public health problem. However, in many situations, BMI has become the sole diagnostic criterion for defining overweight and obesity and indicating the need for intervention. Should BMI be the primary measure of obesity? Understand both points of view as each presenter debates his perspective — one supporting the use of BMI as the diagnostic tool for obesity and the other in favor of the opposite.

9:30-10:30 AM - Tackling Weight Bias Inside and Outside the Clinic

Speakers: Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Dipl. ABOM, and Patricia Nece, JD

Patty Nece is a noted patient advocate for those affected by obesity. Dr. Scott Kahan treated her for obesity. Together, they will share their story and discuss ways in which patients can advocate for themselves, especially when faced with stigma, bias, and discrimination.

10:30-10:45 AM - Break

Stretch your legs, mingle, and network with other obesity medicine clinicians.

10:45 AM-12:00 PM - The Clinician Advocate

Speakers: Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM, and Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM

Dr. Ethan Lazarus and Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford are OMA’s representatives in the American Medical Association's House of Delegates and were heavily involved in the recent passage of the resolution regarding standards of care for patients with obesity. Together, they will discuss their work with the AMA and how you can engage in advocacy for the recognition and treatment of the disease of obesity.

Upcoming Events

26sep - 30sep 2612:55 pmsep 30Full Conference: Review Course for the ABOM Exam + Fall Obesity Summit12:55 pm - 12:00 pm (30) Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

26sep - 27sep 261:00 pmsep 27Review Course for the ABOM Exam1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (27) Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

28sep - 30sep 288:00 amsep 30Fall Obesity Summit8:00 am - 12:00 pm (30) Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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