Eligibility

qualifications for certification

QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION CME PATHWAY

REQUIRED CREDENTIALS

  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of a residency in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.

REQUIRED CME CREDIT HOURS

  • A minimum of 60 credit hours of continuing medical education (CME) recognized by the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 Credits on the topic of obesity are required for certification.
  • At least 30 credit hours must be obtained in-person at a live meeting or conference.
  • The remaining 30 credit hours may be obtained by at-home CME activity.

CME CREDIT TIMELINE

  • All 60 CME credits must be earned within 36 months of the application deadline (August 30, 2013 – August 30, 2016).
  • All CME credit must be earned and documented at the time of application, except in the case of two specific meetings that take place each fall. CME credit hours from the Obesity Medicine Association’s Fall 2016 meeting and The Obesity Society’s ObesityWeek 2016 meeting will be valid for the 2016 ABOM exam with meeting registration documentation submitted with all other application requirements.

EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE

July 15, 2016: $1,500

APPLICATION DEADLINE

August 30, 2016: $1,750

NEXT TEST WINDOW

ABOM’s next exam window is December 3-10, 2016 at Prometric Computer-Based Test Centers. Begin your preparation by reviewing the Exam Resources page, with information on textbooks, ABOM sample test questions and much more.

Exam Resources

Please Note the Following:

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.

POLICY DETAILS:

  • 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.
  • Click here to download a list of obesity-related topics that will be accepted for credit.
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QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION FELLOWSHIP PATHWAY

  • Proof of an active medical license in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Proof of completion of a residency in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Active board certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board or osteopathic medicine equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an on-site clinical fellowship with an obesity component where the fellowship director attests to at least 500 hours on the topic of obesity or obesity-related conditions.