Review Course for the ABOM Exam

Date: September 26-27
Accreditation: 12.75 CME/CE and 12.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points
Level: Intermediate

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Prepare for Certification in Obesity Medicine

The Review Course for the ABOM Exam takes place on Sept. 26-27, 2018. This comprehensive obesity board review course is the most frequently recommended resource by physicians for preparing for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) exam. It covers the core content you need to know for the obesity board exam while also providing you with practical knowledge you can apply to treat obesity in your practice.

For the first time this year, the Review Course for the ABOM Exam will also cover sample test questions and offer Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit!

Attend the full conference (Review Course + Fall Obesity Summit) to earn 30 CME credit hours—enough to fully satisfy ABOM's Group One CME application requirement.

Wednesday, September 26

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, September 27

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.

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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