Treatment Pillars: Medication and Behavior (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 (4.75 CME/CE), delve into the pharmacological and behavioral components of clinical obesity treatment.

Critical Components of an Obesity Treatment Plan

Medication: Obesity medications are one of the evidence-based tools available to support the physiologic and behavioral changes necessary for sustained weight loss. Obesity medications help to decrease hunger, appetite, and cravings; increase satiety; block fat absorption; and increase adherence to a treatment plan by mitigating biological and genetic factors. During the medication portion of the Treatment Pillars course, learn about the available obesity medications and combinations, how and when to prescribe them, and how to incorporate them into a comprehensive treatment plan.

Behavior: Positive and sustainable behavior change is integral to weight loss and long-term weight maintenance. During the behavior portion of the Treatment Pillars course, obtain practical tools for motivating your patients to make lasting lifestyle changes that will help them achieve clinically significant weight loss. You'll learn how you can incorporate science-based behavioral therapy techniques, such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy, into your practice.

Schedule: Wednesday, April 4

Plan your flights and accommodations accordingly. This schedule is subject to change.

  • 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.