The Management of Patients with Obesity

The Management of Patients with Obesity Fellows Training Series module features a series of lectures from world-renowned speakers on various aspects of obesity. The learner is asked to watch clips of each lecture and then complete the questions, which are based on the videos and other learning points in the APDEM curriculum. 


                                 Course Outline 
Video SeriesVideo Speaker(s)
Assessment of the Patient With Obesity                    Robert F. Kushner, MD
Metabolic Set Point of Body WeightRudolph L. Leibel, MD
Diet and Exercise Recommendations: Implementing Effective Behavior Change                               Marie McDonnell, MD               
Update on Clinical Practice Guidelines and Pharmacological OptionsDonna Ryan, MD
Bariatric Surgery: Indications, Assessment, and Postsurgical Care                                                     Maria L. Collazo-Clavell, MD, and Todd Kello, MD             

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this activity, learners will better be able to:

  • Incorporate key measures and updated algorithms for risk when assessing patients for obesity
  • Evaluate and apply intensive lifestyle interventions
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines in the selection and use of pharmacotherapy to treat patients with obesity
  • Evaluate and understand implications of bariatric surgery

Additional Information

Target Audience: 
Competency Area: 
Medical Knowledge
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Level of Outcomes: 
Level 1 (Participation)
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 ABIM MOC
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.00 CME Certificate of Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


Lisa L. Morselli, MD, PhD
University of Iowa

Asma Al-Zougbi, MD, MME
University of Iowa

Peer Reviewers

Lisa R. Tannock, MD
University of Kentucky

Ole-Petter Hamnvik, MBBChBAO, MMSc, MRCPI
Brigham and Women's Hospital


As a provider of CME accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Endocrine Society has a policy of ensuring that the content and quality of this educational activity are balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. The scientific content of this activity was developed under the supervision of the Endocrine Society’s guideline task force.


The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to the Endocrine Society and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the content. Financial relationships are defined by remuneration in any amount from the commercial interest(s) in the form of grants; research support; consulting fees; salary; ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds); honoraria or other payments for participation in speakers' bureaus, advisory boards, or boards of directors; or other financial benefits. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent planners with relevant financial relationships from planning or delivery of content, but rather to provide learners with information that allows them to make their own judgments of whether these financial relationships may have influenced the educational activity with regard to exposition or conclusion. The Endocrine Society has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following faculty reported relevant financial relationships:

Asma Al-Zougbi, MD: Medtronic, Family Shareholder.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Lisa L. Morselli, MD, PhD

Disclosure information for presenters is included in their individual recorded presentations.

The following peer reviewers reported relevant financial relationships:

Ole-Petter Hamnvik, MBBChBAO, MMSc, MRCPI: Fusion Pharmaceuticals, Consultant. 

The following peer reviewers reported no relevant financial relationships: Lisa R. Tannock, MD

Endocrine Society staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.



The educational content in this activity relates to basic principles of diagnosis and therapy and does not substitute for individual patient assessment based on the health care provider’s examination of the patient and consideration of laboratory data and other factors unique to the patient. Standards in medicine change as new data become available.


When prescribing medications, the physician is advised to check the product information sheet accompanying each drug to verify conditions of use and to identify any changes in drug dosage schedule or contraindications.


The Endocrine Society has determined that disclosure of unlabeled/off-label or investigational use of commercial product(s) is informative for audiences and therefore requires this information to be disclosed to the learners at the beginning of the presentation. Uses of specific therapeutic agents, devices, and other products discussed in this educational activity may not be the same as those indicated in product labeling approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Endocrine Society requires that any discussions of such “off-label” use be based on scientific research that conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and data analysis. Before recommending or prescribing any therapeutic agent or device, learners should review the complete prescribing information, including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse events.


The Endocrine Society will record learner’s personal information as provided on CME evaluations to allow for issuance and tracking of CME certificates. The Endocrine Society may also track aggregate responses to questions in activities and evaluations and use these data to inform the ongoing evaluation and improvement of its CME program. No individual performance data or any other personal information collected from evaluations will be shared with third parties.


This educational activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc. 

Accreditation Statement

The Endocrine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Endocrine Society has achieved Accreditation with Commendation.

The Endocrine Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 5.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) and American Board of Pediatric's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM and ABP MOC credit.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 ABIM MOC
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.00 CME Certificate of Participation

Enrollment Restricted

You do not have permission to enroll into this course

To participate in this activity you must be enrolled in a fellowship program participating with the Fellows Training Series, and a program administrator must add you to this course. If your program participates, please contact your program director or coordinator to add you to this course.

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