OBESITY MEDICINE CAREER INFORMATION

Why complete a fellowship in Obesity Medicine?

  • Designate yourself as an expert, specially trained and educated in the small but rapidly growing field of obesity medicine
  • Gain hands-on experience in:
    • Comprehensive treatment of obesity: observe, interact with, and learn from providers of all disciplines involved in obesity treatment (nutrition, psychology, exercise, surgery
    • Taking an obesity-specific patient evaluation
    • Prescribing anti-obesity medications and managing medications for obesity-associated conditions
    • Techniques for using motivational interviewing through a patient’s weight loss journey
    • Nuances of coding and reimbursement for obesity treatment
  • Join an intimate network of experts with increased opportunities for collaboration, professional growth, and development
  • Uniquely position yourself for work in advocacy and/or policy

What have obesity medicine fellows done after fellowship?

  • Sit for the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam
  • Stay on at their fellowship institution to work as an Obesity Medicine Physician, train incoming fellows, and develop educational activities
  • Join an Obesity Medicine Program at an academic institution and engage in research and clinical activities focused on obesity
  • Lead an obesity medicine program at an academic institution or community practice
  • Join an existing private practice Obesity Medicine clinic
  • Direct a medical weight management program for an orthopedic surgery center
  • Dedicate specified clinic time to obesity medicine in a primary care setting
  • Provide non-surgical obesity treatment in a bariatric surgery center of excellence

Education & Events

  • American Board of Obesity Medicine abom.org
    • Application deadline: December 1, 2020 ($1500 fee)
    • 2021 Test Window: February 18-25, 2021
  • Overcoming Obesity 2020 | Virtual | October 7-11, 2020 | fall.obesitymedicine.org
  • ObesityWeek 2020 | Virtual | November 2-6, 2020 | obesityweek.org

 

Obesity treatment guidelines & resources

Obesity treatment is more complex than simply telling someone to eat less and exercise more. The below resources provide an overview of comprehensive obesity treatment: