Schedule

View the full schedule for the Overcoming Obesity conference in Washington, DC.

Review Course for the ABOM Exam (12.5 CME/CE)
September 26 – 1:00-6:00 PM
September 27 – 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
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Workshops (2-4.75 CME/CE)
September 26 – 10:00 AM-5:30 PM
September 27 – 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Separate registration is required for each workshop.
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Fall Obesity Summit (17.5 CME/CE)
September 28 – 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
September 29 – 8:00 AM-5:15 PM
September 30 – 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
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Wednesday, September 26

10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Workshop: Improving Patient Outcomes with Motivational Interviewing

Separate registration required. Not included as part of the Review Course for the ABOM Exam.

Back by popular demand, Dr. Colleen Fairbanks will guide two motivational interviewing workshops to help you have productive and impactful conversations with your patients. During this workshop, review the core skills of motivational interviewing and learn to effectively apply motivational interviewing techniques during the 20-minute patient appointment. Transform your typical patient questions into empowering interactions that support stronger patient-provider partnerships. Apply motivational interviewing techniques based on your patient’s individualized stage of change.

This workshop is limited to 45 participants. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Accreditation: 2 CME/CE
Level: Introductory
Speaker: Colleen Fairbanks, PhD
Registration: $99 for OMA members; $109 for non-members
Pre-requisites: Before attending this workshop, please complete one of the following:

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

Speaker: Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA

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.

1:00-3:00 PM - Workshop: Advanced Motivational Interviewing: Empowering Patients for Success

Separate registration required. Not included as part of the Review Course for the ABOM Exam.

Dive deeper into motivational interviewing. Learn how to assist patients with behavior change without asking a single question. Develop your communication skills by practicing reflective listening, affirmations, and tuning into your patients’ language of change.

This workshop is limited to 45 participants. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Accreditation: 2 CME/CE
Level: Intermediate
Speaker: Colleen Fairbanks, PhD
Registration: $99 for OMA members; $109 for non-members
Pre-requisites: Before attending this workshop, please complete one of the following:

1:00-5:30 PM - Workshop: Seven Steps to Survival: Developing Yourself and Improving Your Practice

Separate registration required. Not included as part of the Review Course for the ABOM Exam.

Owen Dahl, a top-rated speaker from our spring conference, returns to lead a hands-on leadership training that will teach you professional development skills and help you grow your practice. Start with an honest assessment of your practice. Evaluate where your practice is now and where it needs to be to continue to grow. Then, learn about key areas (patients, finances, planning, learning, staff engagement, staff transitions) and understand the impact of these key areas. Your workbook (included with your registration) will provide a step-by-step guide to help you improve care through culture, learning, tools, and principles necessary to meet today’s changing healthcare world.

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Accreditation: 4.25 CME/CE
Level: Advanced
Speaker: Owen Dahl, LFACHE, CHBC, LSSMBB
Registration: $249 for OMA members; $279 for non-members

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

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

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

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.

3:30-5:30 PM - Workshop: Complex Case Studies in Obesity Medicine

Separate registration required. Not included as part of the Review Course for the ABOM Exam.

There are many cases in obesity medicine that do not fit neatly into protocols. This workshop will give you the opportunity to come up with your own solutions for complicated cases. First, Dr. Marijane Hynes and her colleagues from George Washington University will present four different challenging cases they have faced. Then, guided by the speakers, you will discuss in groups how you would address each case. Each speaker will then present their actual course of action and the results, including references to back up why they chose the techniques they did.

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Accreditation: 2 CME/CE
Level: Intermediate
Speakers: Marijane Hynes, MD; Michael Knight, MD; Natalie Nicolas, RD; and Mihir Patel, MD
Registration: $69 for OMA members; $79 for non-members

3:45-4:00 PM - Break (Review Course)

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

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 - Welcome Reception

Kick off the first night of the conference at this fun networking event!


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.

8:00-10:00 AM - Pathophysiology

Speaker: Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA

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.

8:00 AM-4:00 PM - Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Take advantage of your proximity to your legislators while you’re in Washington, DC, for the conference! In collaboration with the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN), we’re planning an advocacy day on Thursday, September 27. Join fellow clinicians and other advocates from the obesity community on Capitol Hill to meet with legislative staff and encourage support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act and other initiatives for improving obesity care.

Registration is free, but you must register by Sept. 6 to reserve your spot! Space is limited to 80 participants.

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8:30 AM-3:30 PM - Workshop: Building an Obesity Treatment Plan

Separate registration required. Not included as part of the Review Course for the ABOM Exam.

The Obesity Medicine Association’s four pillars of clinical obesity treatment are nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication. During this workshop, learn the step-by-step process for developing comprehensive and individualized treatment plans for patients utilizing these four pillars. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to choose the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual patient to help them achieve their weight and health goals.

The format of this workshop is zone learning, meaning that each pillar will have its own interactive zone. You’ll learn about the fundamental aspects of each pillar, as well as clinically applicable tips and techniques, through actual cases presented by clinical experts in obesity medicine. This interactive format allows you to focus your attention on one pillar at a time and gain the skills to apply the key concepts of obesity medicine in your practice.

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Accreditation: 5.25 CME/CE
Level: Introductory
Registration: $209 for OMA members; $239 for non-members

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

Speaker: Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FOMA

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 to help you improve your practice.

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

Speaker: Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA

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

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

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

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

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 to help you improve your practice.

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

Speaker: Marisa Censani, MD

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 lighting-fast Q&A to review sample test questions.

6:00-7:30 PM - Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Enjoy an evening with games, activities, and refreshments, all while mingling with exhibitors and learning about products and services to help you improve your practice.


Friday, September 28

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

Each table will be assigned a clinical topic. 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, and Claudia Randall, MBA

8:30-9:15 AM - Stress-free Performance under Pressure

Speaker: Steve Taubman, DC, MDH, MCH

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 to help you improve your practice.

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

Speaker: Joshua Long, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS

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 Is Medicine

Speaker: Karlijn 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.

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

Speaker: Michael Ozner, MD

World-renowed 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-renowed 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 to help you improve your practice.

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

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

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

5:00-5:30 PM - Abstract Presentations

Speakers: TBD

Discover the practical implications of the latest research in the field of obesity medicine.

6:00-7:30 PM - Obesity Treatment Foundation Reception

Learn about the Obesity Treatment Foundation, OMA’s charitable foundation focused on building awareness of obesity medicine and supporting programs that further the field, including clinical research grants, publications, and scholarships for clinicians-in-training. Pick up a new treasure during the silent auction, proceeds from which will benefit the Foundation.


Saturday, September 29

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

Enjoy breakfast with clinicians from your home state. Tables will be assigned by state or region, allowing you to get to know your 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

Speaker: Steve Taubman, DC, MDH, MCH
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

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
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 - Pharmacological Combination Treatment Options for Obesity Management

Speaker: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS
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
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.

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

Use this extended lunch break 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

Speaker: Aaron Kelly, PhD, MS

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 - Managing Problems in Patients with Diabetes

Speaker: Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE, FOMA
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 - Genetic Testing and Obesity: Is There a Connection?

Speaker: TBD
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.

4:30-5:15 PM - OMA's Pediatric Obesity Algorithm

Speaker: Suzanne Cuda, MD, FAAP, FOMA

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.


Sunday, September 30

7:00-7:45 AM - Panel Discussion: 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.

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

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

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, 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, and Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS

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.

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