Weight First Interprofessional Training - Webcast

The Endocrine Society engaged four health care practitioners- an internist, a family practice physician, an osteopathic practitioner, and a nurse practitioner- to collaborate with faculty on the Guidelines on Pharmacologic Management of Obesity to develop a curriculum for primary care practitioners in obesity medical management best practices. The goal was to encourage primary care practitioners to treat weight first, rather than treating co-morbidities without directly addressing weight as a factor in overall health. The primary care leaders will present the curriculum to colleagues at their respective state chapter meetings over the course of 2016.

Target Audience

The target audience for this educational content is endocrinologists, primary care physicians, fellows, residents and allied healthcare providers who treat patients with obesity and weight management issues.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:

  • Review recent findings about the biologic regulation of eating and weight control
  • Discuss the clinical recommendations and benefits of sustained weight loss in overweight and obese patients
  • Apply principles of motivational interviewing and shared decision-making to improve the clinical management of obesity and promote behavioral changes
  • Understand current guidelines for managing obesity, including the role of pharmacological therapy as an adjunct to lifestyle changes in reducing weight gain and promoting weight loss
  • Review reimbursement options for intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) in obesity management

Additional Information

Target Audience: 
Clinical researcher
Scientific researcher
Nurse/Nurse practitioner
Physician assistant
Allied health professional
Competency Area: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Topic Area: 
Quality Improvement and Healthcare Delivery
General Endocrinology
Health Disparities
Level of Outcomes: 
Level 1 (Participation)
Level 2 (Satisfaction)
Level 3A (Learning: Declarative Knowledge (Knows))
Level 3B (Learning: Procedural Knowledge (Knows How))
Level 4 (Learning: Competence (Shows How))
Level 5 (Performance (Does))
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 CME Certificate of Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Caroline Apovian, MD - Program Chair
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition, Boston University
Director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Donna Ryan, MD
Professor Emerita at Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Christopher Still, DO
Director of the Geisinger Obesity Institute
Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
Danville, Pennsylvania

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 CME Certificate of Participation