AMA’s Resolution 111 – Patient Access to Evidence-based Obesity Services
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) applauds the American Medical Association (AMA) on supporting patient access to evidence-based treatments for the disease of obesity. The passage of AMA’s Resolution 111 – Patient Access to Evidence-based Obesity Services allows for the AMA to support advocacy efforts to improve access to evidence-based obesity treatments for those affected by this disease. “ABOM Diplomates provide best patient practices for the management of patients who are affected by obesity. We support the AMA’s efforts to bring attention to this gap in access to care.” Says Dr. Robert Kushner, Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL.
The ABOM was established to serve the public and the field of obesity medicine through the establishment and maintenance of criteria and procedures for examination and certification of candidate physicians who seek recognition of their accomplishments in obesity medicine. Physicians who complete the ABOM certification process in obesity medicine are designated Diplomates of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Diplomates are committed to providing effective, evidence-based therapy for patients who are overweight or obese and recognize the need for a comprehensive approach that considers the multiple factors contributing to obesity including lifestyle, medical, and surgical treatment options. There are over 850 ABOM Diplomates in the United States and Canada. A complete list can be found at http://abom.org/certification-verification/.
ABOM certification signifies excellence in the practice of obesity medicine. It distinguishes a physician as having achieved a higher level of competency and understanding in obesity care by completing specialized education. Obesity medicine physicians meet rigorous qualification and assessment requirements.
To learn more about the certification process please visit www.abom.org or call 303-770-9100.