Patient-Centered Care of the Patient with Obesity

AACE has determined that endocrinologists, diabetologists, and other health care professionals providing care to patients with obesity and associated comorbidities would be well-served by an educational program that improves participants’ understanding of:

  • Available clinical guidelines for obesity management
  • The multifaceted pathophysiology of obesity
  • Strategies to individualize obesity management treatment
  • Evidence-based approaches to successful patient counseling and lifestyle intervention
  • The role of pharmacotherapy in managing patients with obesity
  • The importance of intervening to address obesity to prevent the development of comorbid conditions like diabetes, and to improve patient health among those with conditions comorbid to obesity.
  • The role of team-based healthcare provision in managing obese/overweight patients

This information can help attendees implement systemic health system changes that could improve overall patient outcomes.

Method of Physician Participation/How to Obtain CME Credit

  • It is anticipated that this activity will take 1.75 hours to complete.
  • Read the educational material.
  • Complete the posttest questions and get a passing mark of 70% or higher.
  • Complete the CME Activity Evaluation form.
  • Fax/mail/email the completed posttest and evaluation form for processing to:

AACE Educational Services

245 Riverside Ave., Suite 200

Jacksonville, FL. 32202


FAX: 904-404-4193

  • Only those who get a score of 70% or higher will receive credit.
  • Allow 4-6 weeks for processing of CME certificates.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of endocrinologists/diabetologists and other healthcare professionals directly involved in the management of patients with obesity and associated comorbidities.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing medical education activity, participants should be able to:

  • Provide brief, structured counseling on weight management that is individualized and relevant to obese/overweight patients.
  • Explain to patients why obesity is a chronic disease, requiring lifelong management.
  • Apply focused interviewing/counseling and goal-setting techniques to their treatment of obese/overweight patients.
  • Define cut-points for obesity, as well as recommended methods to identify obesity.
  • Explain the importance of providing obese/overweight patients with lifestyle interventions.
  • Provide obese/overweight patients with focused counseling and goal-setting techniques related to lifestyle intervention.
  • Propose policies that will integrate lifestyle management into endocrinology practice.
  • Explain the role of obesity drugs in a comprehensive obesity management plan.
  • Describe the mechanism of action, key clinical research findings, and possible contraindications for all drugs currently approved to treat obesity.
  • Develop targeted, individualized pharmacotherapeutic strategies for patients with obesity.

Additional information
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 AMA
  • 1.75 Attendance
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W. Timothy Garvey, MD, FACE; Daniel L. Hurley, MD, FACE; Robert F. Kushner, MD

Available Credit

  • 1.75 AMA
  • 1.75 Attendance

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