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QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION:

GET CREDENTIALED IN OBESITY MEDICINE

Get recognized for your obesity medicine expertise by sitting for the nexts Pan American Board of Obesity Medicine (PABOM) Certification Exams 2023.

EXAM ADMINISTRATION

  •  May 29, 2023, Monday / 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

FLORIANÓPOLIS / SANTA CATARINA / BRAZIL / COSTÃO DO SANTINHO RESORT / CONVENTION CENTER  

The exam will be offered in English and Spanish. The exam will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com 

  • July 30, 2023, Sunday / 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO / BRAZIL 

The exam will be offered in English and Spanish. The exam will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com 

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EXAM ELIGIBILITY AND MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

 

REQUIRED CREDENTIALS / CME PATHWAY

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CREDIT HOURS)

1. Be an active Member from any country in North America, Central America or South America.   

The annual fee for PABOM Active Membership is $ 38 (U.S. currency) for developing countries that includes Mexico and countries in Central and South America.

The annual fee for PABOM Active Membership is $ 68 (U.S. currency) for Canada and United States.

2. Proof of an active, unrestricted medical license in any country in North America, Central America or South America. Note: Training licenses are NOT accepted. 

3. Proof of active board certification, residency or fellowship in one of the following medical specialties:  

Anesthesiology / Cardiology / Cardiovascular/ Thoracic Surgery / Clinical Immunology / Allergy / Critical Care Medicine / Dermatology / Diagnostic Radiology / Emergency Medicine / Endocrinology and Metabolism / Family Medicine / Gastroenterology / General Internal Medicine / General Surgery / General/ Clinical Pathology / Geriatric Medicine / Hematology / Medical Biochemistry / Medical Genetics / Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases / Medical Oncology / Nephrology / Neurology / Neurosurgery / Nuclear Medicine / Obstetrics/Gynecology / Occupational Medicine / Ophthalmology / Orthopedic Surgery / Otolaryngology / Pediatrics / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Plastic Surgery / Psychiatry / Public Health and Preventive Medicine / Radiation Oncology / Respirology / Rheumatology / Urology or Osteopathic Medicine equivalent [waived for Canadian physicians]

 

4. A minimum of 20 CME credits hours on the topic of obesity is required for certification. The credits must include the word “obesity” in the course title. All 20 CME credits hours must be earned within 36 months prior to the application deadline. The credits must include any ONLINE or IN-PERSON participation in educational events (Review Courses in Obesity Medicine / Self-assessment programs / Meetings / Congress / Conferences) offered by:

  • PABOM / Review Course in Obesity Medicine 

EXAM ADMINISTRATION

PABOM Certification Exams will be held in Brazil in 2023, in Mexico in 2024 and in Panama in 2025.

 

The 2023 PABOM Certification Exams will be administered two times a year (bi annual).

The 2023 PABOM Brazil Certification Exams will take place on:

  • ​May 29, 2023, Monday / 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

FLORIANÓPOLIS / SANTA CATARINA / BRAZIL COSTÃO DO SANTINHO RESORT / CONVENTION CENTER  

The exam will be offered in English and Spanish. The exam will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com 

  • July 30, 2023, Sunday / 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO / BRAZIL 

The exam will be offered in English and Spanish. The exam will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com 

The exam is a multiple-choice test comprised of 100 questions with a 3-hour time limit. The exam, as The PABOM Review Course on Obesity Medicine, will be offered in English and Spanish. The exam, as The PABOM Review Course on Obesity Medicine will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.come.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES (EXAM) 

Developing countries that includes Mexico and countries in Central and South America:

  • 2022 Early Application Deadline: December 30, 2022 - USD $ 580 fee (U.S. currency) 

  • 2023 Final Application Deadline: May 10, 2023 - USD $ 680 fee (U.S. currency)

Canada and United States:

  • 2022 Early Application Deadline: December 30, 2022 - USD $ 1.580 fee (U.S. currency) - as a courtesy, includes 3 nights single acommodation on extraordinary all-inclusive Costão do Santinho Resort, exclusively for physicians with proof of an active, unrestricted medical license in Canada and United States, only for the exam performed on May 29, 2023.  

  • 2023 Final Application Deadline: May 10, 2023 - USD $ 1.680 fee (U.S. currency) - as a courtesy, includes 3 nights single acommodation on extraordinary all-inclusive Costão do Santinho Resort, exclusively for physicians with proof of an active, unrestricted medical license in Canada and United States, only for the exam performed on May 29, 2023.  

Once required credentials and CME credit hours are completed, candidates may submit an application to sit for the certification exam. 

Click here to begin an application. 

INFORMATION REGARDING ACCEPTABLE CME 2023

PABOM applicants seeking certification through the CME Pathway are required to meet minimum continuing medical education (CME) credit hour requirements on the topic of obesity as set forth in the current PABOM Policies. All CME credit hours submitted to the PABOM are subject to review. 

The PABOM will not accept CME credit hours on topics outside the field of obesity medicine. The PABOM has sole discretion regarding whether a CME credit hour will be accepted for the CME Pathway.

The PABOM CME requirement is intended to direct self-study in an in-depth and comprehensive manner that prepares applicants to become PABOM Diplomates but does not guarantee an applicant’s success. The applicant who does not succeed in the exam, will be able to repeat it without any additional fee in the next certification exam.

If you have completed a live/virtual course and recordings of the same course, please submit only ONE set of credits to count toward the requirement. To qualify, you must submit  in obesity medicine along with your application, due December 30, 2022 (regular deadline) or May 10, 2023 (late deadline). 

RESOURCES FOR EXAM PREPARATION

PABOM recommends the following resources for exam preparation. The exam is a multiple-choice test comprised of 100 questions with a 3-hour time limit. The exam will be offered in English and Spanish. The exam will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com. The examination is designed to assess the knowledge base and the cognitive and deductive skills of candidates. The Test Content Outline provides a listing of all the subject areas that may be covered on the exam. 

1.PABOM REVIEW COURSE IN OBESITY MEDICINE

  • May 28-29, 2023, Sunday / Monday - 08:00 am / 08:00 pm

FLORIANÓPOLIS - COSTÃO DO SANTINHO RESORT - SANTA CATARINA - CONVENTION CENTER - BRAZIL

The course will be offered in English and Spanish. The course will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com 

  • July 29-30, 2023, Saturday / Monday - 08:00 am / 08:00 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO - BRAZIL

 The course will be offered in English and Spanish. The course will be offered in Portuguese to applicants registered through the website www.sbemo.com 

This course covers critical topics in the prevention and treatment of obesity and related disorders. It includes didactic lectures and panel discussions to improve participants’ ability to care for patients with obesity. In addition, an Obesity Medicine board review is offered for participants preparing for the PABOM board examination exam. During the 2 day review course, there will be interactive case-based studies and tips on test-taking strategies. Presentations will have question and answer sessions about the related topics designed to simulate board examination. Practical strategies to optimize the management of obesity and its many complications, and provides the most up-to-date approaches to obesity prevention and treatment.

Participation fully satisfies the requirement to qualify for the PABOM certification.

This course is targeted to all medical specialties and Healthcare professionals with an interest in the latest approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity and its complications, including: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dietitians, and Mental Health Professionals. 

The course provides certificate of completion, however get certified as an PABOM diplomate is exclusive for physicians with the minimum requeriments listed on this page.

This course is presented by authorities in medicine and diplomates of the PABOM and the SBEMO.  

This course providers the knowledge to:

  • Identify, evaluate and manage patients with high-risk obesity

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the patient with obesity

  • Pathophysiology of obesity

  • Medical management of the patient with obesity

  • Emerging precision medicine approaches to obesity and metabolic disorders

  • Obesity comorbidities

  • Optimizing medical outcomes after bariatric surgery

  • Effective counseling and motivation techniques

  • Genetic and syndromic obesity

  • Nutrition and exercise assessment and intervention

  • Apply effective counseling and behavioral modification techniques

  • Pediatric patient management

  • Medical and surgical treatment of children and adolescents with obesity

  • Apply current pharmacological approaches to the treatment of obesity

  • Emerging strategies and therapies for genetic obesity

  • Navigating our understanding of how diet influences metabolic processes

  • Building and maintaining a successful Obesity Medicine practice

  • Provide lifestyle-based therapies for obesity, including nutritional, physical activity, and behavioral approaches

  • Assess patients for their need and appropriateness for bariatric surgery and determine surgical options

  • Enhancing communication about obesity with patients, referring providers, payers, and the public

REGISTRATION DEADLINES AND FEES (REVIEW COURSE) 

Developing countries that includes Mexico and countries in Central and South America:

  • 2022 Early Application Deadline: December 30, 2022 - USD $ 468 fee (U.S. currency

  • 2023 Final Application Deadline: May 10, 2023 - USD $ 548 fee (U.S. currency)

Canada and United States:

  • 2022 Early Application Deadline: December 30, 2022 - USD $ 668 fee (U.S. currency) 

  • 2023 Final Application Deadline: May 10, 2023 - USD $ 748 fee (U.S. currency) 

2. OBESITY MEDICINE GUIDELINES

AACE guidelines: Timothy Garvey, MD, FACE; Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACE, FACN, ECNU; Elise M. Brett, MD, FACE, CNSC, ECNU; Alan J. Garber, MD, PhD, FACE; Daniel L. Hurley, MD, FACE; Ania M. Jastreboff, MD, PhD; Karl Nadolsky, DO; Rachel Pessah-Pollack, MD; Raymond Plodkowski, MD; and Reviewers of the AACE/ACE Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines

https://pro.aace.com/files/obesity/final-appendix.pdf

Adult OMA Obesity guidelines:

Obesity Algorithm®

Bays HE, McCarthy W, Christensen S, Tondt J, Karjoo S, Davisson L, Ng J, Golden A, Burridge K, Conroy R, Wells S, Umashanker D, Afreen S, DeJesus R, Salter D, Shah N, Richardson L. Obesity Algorithm eBook, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. www.obesityalgorithm.org. 2020. https://obesitymedicine.org/obesity-algorithm/

Exercise – ACSM guidelines

https://www.abom.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Quantity_and_Quality_of_Exercise_for_Developing.26-002.pdf

Obesity Management – ACC/AHA/TOS guidelines:Michael D. Jensen, Donna H. Ryan, Caroline M. Apovian, Jamy D. Ard, Anthony G. Comuzzie, Karen A. Donato, Frank B. Hu, Van S. Hubbard, John M. Jakicic, Robert F. Kushner, Catherine M. Loria, Barbara E. Millen, Cathy A. Nonas, F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, June Stevens, Victor J. Stevens, Thomas A. Wadden, Bruce M. Wolfe, Susan Z. Yanovski

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/11/11/01.cir.0000437739.71477.ee

Pediatric Obesity—Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Dennis M. Styne, Silva A. Arslanian, Ellen L. Connor, Ismaa Sadaf Farooqi, M. Hassan Murad, Janet H. Silverstein, Jack A. Yanovski. J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2017) 102 (3): 709-757.

https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article-lookup/doi/10.1210/jc.2016-2573

Pediatric OMA guidelines:

Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

Cuda S, Censani M, Joseph M, Browne N, O’Hara V. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. 2018-2020.   www.pediatricobesityalgorithm.org.

Pharmacotherapy – Endocrine Society Pharmacologic Management of Obesity guidelines: Caroline M. Apovian Louis J. Aronne Daniel H. Bessesen Marie E. McDonnell M. Hassan Murad Uberto Pagotto Donna H. Ryan Christopher D. Still

https://www.abom.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Pharmacological-Management-of-Obesity-an-Endocrine-Society-Guideline.pdf

Surgery – AACE/TOS/ASMBS Guidelines 2013: Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D., Adrienne Youdim, M.D., Daniel B. Jones, M.D., M.S.,W., Timothy Garvey, M.D., Daniel L. Hurley, M.D., M. Molly McMahon, M.D., Leslie J. Heinberg, Ph.D., Robert Kushner, M.D., Ted D. Adams, Ph.D., M.P.H., Scott Shikora, M.D., John B. Dixon, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Stacy Brethauer, M.D.

https://asmbs.org/wp/uploads/2014/05/AACE_TOS_ASMBS_Clinical_Practice_Guidlines_3.2013.pdf

The USPSTF Pediatric Guidelines (June 2017)

https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/obesity-in-children-and-adolescents-screening1

3. REFERENCE HANDBOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS

  • Primary Care: Evaluation and Management of Obesity, 1st edition (2022) – edited by Robert Kushner, Daniel Bessesen, Adam Gilden

  • Obesity Prevention and Treatment: A Practical Guide, 1st edition (2022) – edited by James Rippe and John Foreyt

  • The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, 2nd edition (2020) – edited by Ninh T. Nguyen, Stacy A. Brethauer, John M. Morton, Jaime Ponce, Raul J. Rosenthal

  • Handbook of Obesity Treatment, 2nd edition (2018) – edited by Thomas Wadden and George Bray

  • The SAGES Manual of Bariatric Surgery, 2nd edition (2018) – edited by Kevin Reavis, Allison Barrett, Matthew Kroh

  • Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment, 2nd edition (2018) – edited by Michael Freemark

  • Bariatric Surgery Complications: The Medical Practitioner’s Essential Guide, 1st edition (2017) – edited by Robin Blackstone

  • Bariatric Surgery Complications and Emergencies, 1st edition (2016) – edited by Daniel Herron

  • Handbook of Obesity, 4th edition (2014) – Volumes 1 and 2 – edited by George Bray and Claude Bouchard

  • Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Strategies for Primary Care, 2nd edition (2014) – Edited by Sandra Hassink

  • Managing Obesity: A Clinical Guide, 2nd edition (2009) – edited by Cathy Nonas and Gary Foster

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