CME Information

Overview

The incidence of obesity has increased dramatically over the past 20 years and is considered to be an epidemic in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects more than one-third (36.5%) of adults in the United States. It is also a risk factor for some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and certain cancers. Despite the availability of clinical practice guidelines and effective therapies, they are not utilized by many health care providers. This CME series, Obesity Forum® 2017, aims to provide health care professionals with guidance on the appropriate use of therapies and strategies for delivering individualized care to patients with overweight or obesity via a multidisciplinary team. It will incorporate didactic presentations and interactive case-based discussions, as well as question-and-answer periods, to engage learners, facilitating better application of information into clinical practice.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is internal medicine physicians, general practice physicians, family practice physicians, endocrinologists, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with overweight or obesity.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Apply current practice guidelines and quality indicators to optimize screening, diagnosis, and treatment of obesity.
  • Implement a multidisciplinary team approach to address the full spectrum of weight-related issues and overall health concerns for patients with obesity.
  • Utilize effective strategies to enhance patient adherence to behavior and lifestyle modifications for the management of overweight or obesity.
  • Identify patients likely to benefit from anti-obesity medications and individualize therapy according to the benefit-risk profiles of pharmacotherapies as well as patients’ specific characteristics and needs.
  • Select appropriate candidates for bariatric surgery, initiate referrals for weight-loss procedures, and provide comprehensive postsurgical management.

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vindico Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 3.5 hours credit for completing this program.

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credit hours are subject to change. Audiotaping or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the program committee.

Participants of live and enduring activities may submit CME earned credits to the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) for certification requirements.

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