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OBESITY FORUM® 2019 - Scottsdale, AZ


OBESITY FORUM® 2019 - Scottsdale, AZ

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 (39.8%) of adults, as well as 20.6% of 12- to 19-year-olds 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. The OBESITY FORUM® 2019 CME series 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, including in adolescents, via a multidisciplinary team. It will incorporate didactic presentations, as well as the patient perspective, interactive case-based discussions, and a segment on the most pressing questions asked at last year’s forums – Obesity Management FAQ, facilitating better application of information into clinical practice.

Course Chair

Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS Professor of Medicine Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL


Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness Medical Director, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Washington, DC

Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS Professor Emerita Pennington Biomedical Research Center Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA

Christopher D. Still, DO, FTOS Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute Medical Director, Employee Wellness Geisinger Health System Danville, PA

Patient Advocate

Patricia Nece, JD Board of Directors, Obesity Action Coalition Chair, OAC Weight Bias Task Force Alexandria, VA


7:30 AMRegistration and Breakfast

8:00 AM Introduction and PretestRobert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

8:05 AM Pulling It All Together: Current Trends in Obesity ManagementModerated by Donna H. Ryan, MD, FTOS

8:35 AM Tailoring Obesity Treatment to Address Individual Patient NeedsChristopher D. Still, DO, FTOS

9:05 AM The Growing Obesity Epidemic Among AdolescentsRobert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

9:20 AMPatient Perspective: Sharing the Decisions to Improve OutcomesPatricia Nece, JD

9:40 AMQuestion and AnswerModerated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

9:55 AMBreak

10:10 AMImproving Informed Decision-making When Considering Obesity PharmacotherapyScott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS

10:50 AMObesity Case ChallengesModerated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

11:30 AMPosttestModerated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

11:35 AMObesity Management FAQ: Pressing Questions From the 2018 Obesity ForumsModerated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

11:55 AMQuestion and AnswerModerated by Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS, FTOS

12:15 PMConclusion

Learning Objectives

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

Incorporate effective screening, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with overweight or obesity.

Adopt a multidisciplinary team approach to facilitate comprehensive management of the full range of health concerns in patients with obesity.

Incorporate patient advocacy strategies into practice to improve shared decision-making in obesity management.

Implement effective approaches for improving adherence to behavioral and lifestyle modifications among patients with overweight or obesity.

Select appropriate patients for treatment with anti-obesity agents and tailor therapy based on the risk-benefit profiles of medications as well as patients’ characteristics.

Identify and refer patients who are candidates for bariatric surgery, as well as provide comprehensive post-surgical follow-up to improve outcomes.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is internists, general/family practice physicians, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with overweight and obesity.

Other Dates and Locations

More information on other dates and locations that are a part of this series: 

August 24 - Baltimore, MD:

September 14 - Minneapolis, MN:

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

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

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 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 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 4.00 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.MIPS Qualifying Activity:Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).  Participants who successfully complete the activity and its performance assessment will receive printable documentation of successful completion for MIPS self-reporting.
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