announced; CME clarification

The 2016 Exam testing window is December 3-10, 2016. The American Board of Obesity Medicine Certification Exam will be offered at computer-based testing centers throughout the United States and Canada. For all exam-related information, please visit the ABOM website.


Early application deadline: July 12, 2016 ($1500 fee)
Final application deadline: August 30, 2016 ($1750 fee)

“Obesity-Related” CME Clarification
Most new ABOM candidates and all recertification candidates are required to complete continuing medical education as part of the application process. ABOM recently updated its guidelines regarding what type of courses will help satisfy this requirement. Please see below for further information about what will be accepted as obesity-related CME.

OBESITY CME POLICY: ABOM will accept all AMA PRA Category 1 CME on the topic of obesity. If the CME course title explicitly lists obesity in the title, we will accept the credits.

OBESITY-RELATED CME POLICY: The ABOM Test Content Outline is used to determine the applicability of CME credit hours when those hours are obesity-related, e.g, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and not obesity-specific. The ABOM maintains this standard to ensure that exam candidates are participating in CME activities that support their obesity medicine practice.

Please follow the guidelines below when submitting CME credits on obesity-related topics:

    • If the course title is not clearly on the topic of obesity or on one of the topics listed on the Test Content Outline, you must submit a written statement describing how the course is relevant to the practice of obesity medicine along with your CME credit documentation.
    • Requests for obesity-related course credit may be reviewed by a physician subcommittee of ABOM’s board of directors.
    • For CME credits earned through courses that are broad in scope (e.g. MKSAP ABIM exam prep courses), only those credit hours on obesity-specific topics will be considered valid. You must follow the above guidelines if you would like ABOM to consider obesity-related credits earned from such courses.