Building an Obesity Treatment Plan: Advanced Cases

Obesity Treatment Workshop

Date: October 2-3
Accreditation: 9.25 CME/CE and 9.25 Medical Knowledge MOC Points (ABIM)
Level: Advanced
Times: Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 12:30-5:00 PM
Thursday, Oct. 3 – 7:30 AM-1:00 PM

Using the Obesity Medicine Association's four pillars of clinical obesity treatment, learn how to develop obesity treatment plans for patients with complex adiposity-related diseases. This case-based course is intended to build upon the core concepts of obesity medicine and help you gain the skills to implement more advanced techniques in your practice. You'll use real-life cases to practice building individualized treatment plans from start to finish.

  • Learn to manage four common adiposity-related diseases: obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Explore the impacts of obesity treatment on each of these associated diseases.
  • Find out what key components to look for in the evaluation, labs, medical history, and physical exam.
  • Learn how to identify and adjust any concurrent medications to support weight management.
  • Prioritize treatment approaches for each adiposity-related disease and based on what you find during the initial evaluation.
  • Examine the root causes of each associated disease and how to effectively treat both the obesity-related disease and the obesity.
  • Understand how to best communicate and collaborate with other providers on the patient's healthcare team.
  • Know when to refer to a disease specialist.

Schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 2

12:30-12:45 PM - Introduction to Building an Obesity Treatment Plan: Advanced Cases

Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Become familiar with the structure of this workshop, and learn how you can get the most out of it. In addition, discuss the importance of customizing obesity treatment plans to manage disease risk and improve obesity-related conditions.

12:45-1:30 PM - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Infertility

Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

  • Discuss the relationship between obesity, PCOS, and infertility.
  • Examine the role of insulin resistance in PCOS.
  • Identify evaluation and treatment strategies for patients affected by obesity and PCOS.
  • Discuss the impacts of weight loss on PCOS.

1:30-2:15 PM - Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • Discuss causes and health consequences of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Review screening tools for diagnosing OSA in patients.
  • Explore the impact of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnea.

2:15-2:30 PM - Discussion

Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

Discuss themes surfacing from the first two sessions. Begin thinking about what you learned in the context of your own practice and with your own patients.

2:30-2:45 PM - Networking Break

Enjoy coffee and refreshments during this 15-minute break from the sessions. Use this time to get lingering questions answered, network with other clinicians, or take a mental break!

2:45-3:30 PM - Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Jennifer Sprague, MD, PhD

  • Explore the role of insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  • Identify the key components to assess in patient history and physical exams for patients with obesity and diabetes.
  • Review the effects of dietary interventions on type 2 diabetes.

3:30-4:15 PM - Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Sara Karjoo, MD, Dipl. ABOM

  • Discuss the relationship between NAFLD and obesity.
  • Identify the risk factors for NAFLD and strategies for prevention.
  • Perform screening and diagnostic testing for NAFLD in patients.
  • Review the impacts of obesity treatment interventions on NAFLD.

4:15-5:00 PM - Q&A Panel

Get an opportunity to ask your questions about managing obesity and adiposity-related diseases to the panel of faculty experts.

5:00-6:00 PM - Welcome Reception

Kick off the first night of the conference and get to know the other clinicians attending the Building an Obesity Treatment Plan Workshop. Share tips and ideas as you get ready for the second day of the workshop, where you'll apply what you learned today into developing actual treatment plans using real-life patient cases.

6:30 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 Thursday, Oct. 3

5:45-6:30 AM - Vinyasa Power Yoga

Wake up with a morning yoga class focused on flowing movement and regulation of breath. Vinyasa yoga is a flowing, active, and challenging blend of different styles of yoga.

7:30-8:00 AM - Q&A Panel Breakfast*

Before you break into small groups for the day, ask your questions about the patient cases or any lingering questions you have from the first day of the workshop.

*This event is worth 0.5 CME/CE credits. In addition to class sessions, attendance at this event is required to earn the full 9.25 CME/CE credits for Building an Obesity Treatment Plan: Advanced Cases.

8:00-9:00 AM - Casework

  • Apply what you learned on the first day of the workshop as you work in small groups, guided by faculty experts, to develop treatment plans for complex patient cases.
  • Develop obesity treatment strategies using nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacologic interventions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Build treatment plans for four cases total throughout the day, spending one hour on each case.

9:00-9:15 AM - Networking Break

Enjoy coffee and refreshments during this 15-minute break from the sessions. Use this time to get lingering questions answered, network with other clinicians, or take a mental break!

9:15-10:15 AM - Casework

  • Apply what you learned on the first day of the workshop as you work in small groups, guided by faculty experts, to develop treatment plans for complex patient cases.
  • Develop obesity treatment strategies using nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacologic interventions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Build treatment plans for four cases total throughout the day, spending one hour on each case.

10:15-11:15 AM - Casework

  • Apply what you learned on the first day of the workshop as you work in small groups, guided by faculty experts, to develop treatment plans for complex patient cases.
  • Develop obesity treatment strategies using nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacologic interventions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Build treatment plans for four cases total throughout the day, spending one hour on each case.

11:15-11:30 AM - Networking Break

Grab your lunch, then bring it back to the classroom for the lunch session.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM - Casework (Working Lunch)

  • Apply what you learned on the first day of the workshop as you work in small groups, guided by faculty experts, to develop treatment plans for complex patient cases.
  • Develop obesity treatment strategies using nutritional, physical activity, behavioral, and pharmacologic interventions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Build treatment plans for four cases total throughout the day, spending one hour on each case.

12:30-1:00 PM - Q&A and Course Conclusion

  • Discuss key takeaways from the day’s casework.
  • Ask your questions about managing obesity and adiposity-related diseases in a final Q&A panel with faculty experts.
  • Consider how you will change treatment plans for patients in your own practice.
Sam Christensen

If you are serious about treating obesity, you must attend the Overcoming Obesity 2019 Conference. This conference will provide you with the latest evidence-based guidance on the four pillars of treatment: nutrition, physical activity, behavioral therapy, and pharmacotherapy. Whether you treat low-income patients, or those with super-obesity, or breast-feeding mothers, you will find topics relevant to your patients at any point in the lifespan.
- Sandra Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA