Plan Your Trip

Make sure you don't miss a minute of class, networking, or the exhibit hall at Obesity Medicine 2018 in San Diego. Use the timing in the conference schedule below to plan your flights and travel accordingly. While timing won't change drastically, program details are subject to change.

Treatment Pillars: Medication and Behavior (April 4 | 4.75 CME)

The Obesity Medicine Association's four obesity treatment pillars are nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication. Treatment plans comprised of these four approaches can help patients reach their weight and health goals. During the brand new Treatment Pillars: Medication and Behavior course, delve into the pharmacological and behavioral components of clinical obesity treatment. Learn more...

Wednesday, April 4

  • 1:00-2:00 PM
    Optimizing Obesity Treatment Using Medication Combinations | Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 2:00-3:00 PM
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Obesity Treatment | Jennifer R. Shapiro, PhD

  • 3:00-4:00 PM
    Motivational Interviewing: The Basics | Colleen Fairbanks, PhD

  • 4:00-4:15 PM

  • 4:15-5:15 PM
    Using Anti-obesity Medications: A Case Study | Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 5:15-6:00 PM
    Evidence-based Use of Non-prescription Medications and Supplements in the Treatment of Obesity | Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 6:00-7:00 PM
    Welcome Reception
    Supported by the American Board of Obesity Medicine

  • 7:10 PM
    San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Baseball Game
    Purchase tickets here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Obesity Treatment Foundation.

The Business of Obesity Medicine (April 5 | 7.75 CME)

You asked, we listened! Our brand new course, The Business of Obesity Medicine, offers more practice management and business-focused education than ever before. It's one full day dedicated to helping you increase practice efficiency, effectively code to maximize your reimbursement, and implement innovative techniques to improve patient care. Learn more...

Thursday, April 5

  • 7:00-7:45 AM
    Business Models Panel Discussion during Breakfast

  • 8:00-10:00 AM
    Getting Started and Managing in Obesity Medicine | Owen J. Dahl, LFACHE, CHBC, LSSMBB

  • 10:00-10:45 AM
    Break in Exhibit Hall

  • 10:45-11:45 AM
    Marketing 101 in the Digital Age | Cindy Haskell, COE

  • 11:45 AM-12:45 PM
    Group Visits for an Obesity Medicine Practice | Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD

  • 12:45-1:45 PM
    Lunch in Exhibit Hall

  • 1:45-2:30 PM
    To Package or Not to Package? | Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 2:30-3:30 PM
    What You Need to Know about Billing and Coding (Part 1) | Jeremy McConnell, MD, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 3:30-4:15 PM
    Break in Exhibit Hall

  • 4:15-5:30 PM
    What You Need to Know about Billing and Coding (Part 2) | Marcia Cox, LUTCF, CMBS

  • 5:30-7:00 PM
    Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

  • 7:15 PM

Spring Obesity Summit (April 6-8 | 17.5 CME)

At the Spring Obesity Summit, you will learn about the latest advancements in the treatment of obesity, helping you individualize and optimize treatment for patients with obesity and patients with additional obesity-related conditions. Learn more...

Friday, April 6

  • 6:30-7:15 AM
    Walk with the Doc

  • 7:00-7:45 AM
    Breakfast with the Experts

  • 8:00 AM
    Presidential Address and Welcome | Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FAAFP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 8:00-9:00 AM
    Harold C. Seim Opening Keynote: Meal Frequency and Timing | Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD

  • 9:00-10:00 AM
    Fasting as a Therapeutic Option for Weight Loss | Jason Fung, MD

  • 10:00-11:00 AM
    Break in Exhibit Hall

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Meal Timing and Intermittent Fasting Panel Discussion | Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, and Jason Fung, MD

  • 12:00-12:45 PM
    Obesity Algorithm Updates | Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 12:45-1:45 PM
    Lunch in Exhibit Hall

  • 1:45-2:45 PM
    Optimizing Medical Treatment for Both Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes | Leigh Perreault, MD

  • 2:45-3:45 PM
    Can Effective Obesity Counseling Fit into the 20-minute Appointment? | Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD

  • 3:45-4:45 PM
    Break in Exhibit Hall

  • 4:45-5:30 PM
    Update on the Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative (OMEC) | Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 5:30-7:00 PM
    Obesity Treatment Foundation Reception

  • 7:15 PM

Saturday, April 7

  • 7:00-7:45 AM
    Meet Your Neighbors Breakfast

  • 8:00-9:00 AM
    Pharmacotherapy and Post-surgical Weight Gain | Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM

  • 9:00-10:00 AM
    Research: A Telehealth Enabled Approach to Multidisciplinary (TEAM™) Weight Management | Michelle Alencar, PhD, CCN, ACSM-CEP

  • 10:00-10:15 AM

  • 10:15-11:15 AM
    Telemedicine and Weight Loss: The Application | Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM, and Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, Dipl. ABOM

  • 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
    Understanding the Adiposity-based-disease Model (ABCD) as a Diagnostic Term and the Chronic Care Complication-centric Approach to the Treatment of Obesity | W. Timothy Garvey, MD

  • 12:15-2:15 PM
    Lunch (Not Provided)
    Use this opportunity to explore San Diego or take a walk along the waterfront!

  • 12:15-2:15 PM
    Motivational Interviewing Workshop | Colleen Fairbanks, PhD
    Limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration required. Learn more.

  • 12:30-1:15 PM
    Patient-centered Physical Activity (PCPA) Demonstration | Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 2:15-3:15 PM
    W. L. Asher and Peter G. Lindner Lecture: The Effects and Impact of Adipose Tissue | Michael D. Jensen, MD

  • 3:15-4:15 PM
    Peeling the Onion: Unraveling the Medical Complexities of the Patient with Obesity | Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA, Dipl. ABOM

  • 6:30 PM

Sunday, April 8

  • 7:00-7:45 AM
    Ask the Expert Panel Discussion during Breakfast

  • 8:00-9:00 AM
    Addressing Weight Bias in Health Care: How to Be a Better Clinician | Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Dipl. ABOM

  • 9:00-10:00 AM
    Stealth Interventions to Motivate Behavior Change | Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH

  • 10:00-10:15 AM

  • 10:15-11:15 AM
    Clinical Treatment of Thyroid Disorders Related to Obesity | Michael McDermott, MD

  • 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
    Patient-Centered Encounters: The Power of Stories and Shared Decisions | Sam Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA

Upcoming Events

4apr - 8apr 412:55 pmapr 8Full Conference12:55 pm - 12:00 pm (8) Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place

4apr1:00 pm- 6:00 pmTreatment Pillars: Medication and Behavior1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place

5apr8:00 am- 6:00 pmThe Business of Obesity Medicine8:00 am - 6:00 pm Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place

6apr - 8apr 68:00 amapr 8Spring Obesity Summit8:00 am - 12:00 pm (8) Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place

7apr12:45 pm- 2:15 pmMotivational Interviewing Workshop12:45 pm - 2:15 pm Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place